We are looking at renting a house in Palmetto Bay in December. However, I heard that sand fleas are a big problem. But I’ve also heard they are common pretty much everywhere on the island Any suggestions on how to confirm or refute the rumors? Any advice is appreciated.
No. They are not a “big problem.” - They can be an issue if you are not prepared. Apply repellent before you are out over the sand and that alone will make a difference.
Yes, Sand flies are common all over. However, there are more sandy areas on the northern shore of Roatan which is also the leeward side of the island. Sand flies are most common around sandy areas with little wind.
Take preventive action and you’ll be alright. Always carry repellent with you and apply it regularly. An olive oil and vanilla mix is an alternative to using traditional bug spray.
Prepare like you would during a visit to any tropical destination. Coconut Oil is a good preventive measure too.
The amount of sea grass washed ashore determines if sand fleas are a problem. Normally there isn’t a lot of sea grass on the beach so sand fleas are not an issue. After a storm, more sea grass is washed ashore and the property management team does not have enough equipment so it might takes 2-3 days to clean up the sea grass. During this time, the sand fleas can be murder. Otherwise, Palmetto Bay is a very nice place if you want isolation and it has more of a true island feel to it compared to other resorts. We stayed there a few times and really enjoyed it.