Is buying real estate in Roatan a safe investment?

I know markets change. I’m not asking about value here. This topic is more about stability. How comfortable are you (those of you that own homes) with the economy and government stability of Honduras? I saw the news about the mayor having a structure torn down due to some “permit issues”. Seemed a bit extreme to me but I don’t know all the circumstances. Will some of you please chime in? It looks like a great place to retire but I want to feel comfortable about investing in a home. Thanks!


My wife and I purchased our lot in the spring of 2017. We used Margo & Matt Halliday (they are Canadian) as our real estate agents. They are highly regarded and have been selling real estate for the past 17 years.

Our lawyer is The best law firm on the island.

They are also doing our pension residency.

We started construction in the summer of 2018 of our home which is a triplex, as we are going to AirBnB two units. Our builder is Daniel Parsons. We cannot say enough good things about Daniel. He would send us pictures and video when we were back in Canada as he built our place. There are other builders here who see North Americans as ATM’s and will take advantage of you. As my wife says she would leave her children with Daniel.

We officially retired here in February 2019.

I know that our waterfront lot has increased in price and we were fortunate to negotiate a good deal in December 2016. For the past 18 months the market has been hot. Reasonably priced homes sell.

The question is are you going to loose money? I highly doubt it. Programs like Caribbean Life or whatever is on HGTV give you a good idea. However, by buying a lot and building our triplex we did save money instead of purchasing an existing one.

My wife was reading an article today that Roatan has the most consistent stable weather in the Caribbean. You should also note. that Roatan is not in Hurricane Ally as the other islands are. The last Hurricane was in 1998 and did minimal damage. Hurricanes do not track towards Roatan. Know if you were mean spirited you would wish more hurricanes struck the islands to the east of us like St. Martin, St. Lucia etc. because that may drive the market up here.

This is our place

We have a 10 x 40 foot deck on each floor.

Each floor is approximately 1,000 sq. ft. plus the deck (400 sq. ft.) Total cost of construction $250,000 USD. The bottom floor is the Bedaga with the utility room which is 330 sq. ft.

I have joined Rotary and my wife and I are taking Spanish lessons. Please email me at if you want more info.


I invested here in 2008 and bought a condo in a beachfront community. I have never ever had any issues with the legal ownership of my home. The title was properly executed and is in my name. I would say if you do your proper due diligence you should have no problems.


@Johntom - Define “Safe Investment”…

If by “safe” you mean, able to defend, will, and claim ownership of a property over the long haul, then yes, it is safe. Just be sure to purchase your property through a reputable broker.

If by “safe” you mean, a safe investment to liquidate, then no. Roatan is like many developing areas with banks offering high interest rates. So it often requires a cash buyer to come along before a sale can be made.

Buying property on Roatan is safe from a legal point of view.

Stability is good and unlike the mainland. Roatan is largely isolated from the political winds we see on the mainland. Bid with confidence and welcome to Roatan. Like anywhere else, you should keep your wits about you and always carry on with a mind toward being safe. But crimes on Roatan are petty for the most part and they are most frequent during large holidays when there is a large influx from residents on the mainland.

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