The New International Living Roatan Correspondent


I’ve just signed and sent the contract so it’s official: I am the new Roatan Correspondent for International Living. After writing for them intermittently over the last year and a half, I’ve been offered the opportunity to become their official Roatan Correspondent, meaning they have someone writing about Roatan regularly who lives here, works here, and knows what daily life here is like. Be on the lookout for even more highlights of expats living in Roatan soon!

If you’re an International Living subscriber, be sure to check out Roatan in the cover story of the March issue of International Living Magazine featuring the “Top 5 Tropical Islands for Retirees on a Budget.” Also, the March issue of Incomes Abroad features three Roatan businesses working with cruise ship guests: Waves of Art Gallery, the Roatan Chocolate Factory, and the Roatan Rum Company.


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35 thoughts on “The New International Living Roatan Correspondent

  1. I love your blog. I have really enjoyed reading it the last few months. I am also a huge fan of International Living. It sounds like you have a great opportunity with them, congratulation! I fell in love with Roatan the first time I went and I now seem to think about the island everyday. I really need to keep working on my goal to make it a full time home. Someday soon hopefully….


  2. Critically high crime rate and warning and when you do the math, things are not so nice. Last year 10 Americans were murdered in Honduras. I don’t know how many cruise passengers went there, but you need to realize almost all of these cruise passengers were only there for a period of several hours, at most
    So lets say there were 1,000,000 visitors for a day, this is equivalent to 2739 people living there for a year. So imagine visiting a small town of 2739 people, and 10 of them are murdered per year. I doubt that you might want to visit


    • Jocylen,

      You’re making the common mistake of equating Roatan with mainland Honduras. From the State Department warning:

      “Roatan and the Bay Islands are geographically separated from Honduras and experience lower crime rates than the Honduras mainland. The national government of Honduras, Roatan authorities, and businesses took measures in 2014 to improve tourism security. However, as on the mainland, thefts, break-ins, assaults, rapes, and murders do occur, and you should exercise caution, especially at night. If staying at a hotel resort, book tours and sightseeing through the resort or reputable tour companies. Coxen Hole on the island of Roatan should be avoided after dark.

      If you are traveling on a Cruise ship, you should also take safety precautions, avoid unfamiliar areas, and take care to book only with reputable tour companies during your stopover in Honduras. Cruise lines and port agencies work with approved tour companies to offer packages. Additionally, the port agencies at Mahogany Bay and Towne Center have worked to improve taxi service to and from the ports. The vast majority of cruise line passengers in Honduras experience no problems, but incidents of armed robbery and carjacking have been reported.”

      So, is Roatan safe enough to go exploring in unfamiliar areas on your own? No, but you can pretty much say that about anywhere. In fact, the warning above would be just as appropriate for the cruise ship port in Miami, Florida as it is for Roatan!


      • So we look at this piece by piece “If you are traveling on a Cruise ship, you should also take safety precautions, avoid unfamiliar areas, ”

        Isn’t EVERYWHERE on Roatan unfamiliar to the majority of cruise visitors including West End and West Bay?


        • I just played tourist today on West Bay Beach with a few thousand cruise shippers. Looked like everyone had a great time! But I wouldn’t expect someone as negative and pessimistic as you to understand how to relax for a day on the beach in the sunshine. Hopefully someday you can enjoy a day like that yourself. Cheers!


        • Here’s the rest of the sentence you selectively edited out: “and take care to book only with reputable tour companies during your stopover in Honduras.” Pretty much what someone with common sense would do any time they visit some place unfamiliar, particularly a cruise visitor who has to be back to the ship on time!


  3. Any news on the Dallas Marteens slaying or the Joe Odonell being shot in the back in broad daylight in West End? Or the killing of the businessman in Coxen hole a few weeks ago or the hardware guy shot 5 times yesterday for payroll?


    • Wow! You’re really good at the scare-mongering! It would seem that they’re dropping like flies in Roatan – except that those cases are spread out over the past 5 years on an island with a population of 100,000 people (although it was about half that 5 years ago). Furthermore, contrary to your earlier post (and interesting math), none of those people were tourists and it’s a pretty safe bet that all of the attacks were premeditated, not crimes of opportunity like a tourist would be subject to (not that those don’t occur from time to time).

      Dallas Martens was killed in 2009 and his widow is a suspect in his death. Joe O’donnell was shot in 2011, apparently after some conflict with his assailant’s wife. I assume the businessman you are referring to was Gary Conley, who was actually killed in his home in a robbery in 2009 (his stolen vehicle was recovered in Coxen Hole). I couldn’t find anything on the hardware guy, but it’s not shocking that an armed robbery occurred. These are all tragic events, but that sort of thing does happen occasionally anywhere a significant number of people live.

      I currently reside in San Antonio, Texas, which is not considered to be a particularly high-crime city. Yet, if I watch the news, I’ll generally see at least a one or two stories about violent crimes in my city pretty much every day. Roatan has a much smaller population than San Antonio, but proportionally, the violent crime there does not appear to be any worse than it is in San Antonio.

      Nobody says that Roatan is crime-free, but I don’t understand why you seem to have such an axe to grind. Just like anywhere else in the world, the vast majority of violent crime in Roatan occurs in two situations: people engaged in other crime (such as illicit drug transactions), and personal conflicts the victim has with someone they know. Random crimes can and do happen there, just as they can and do happen anywhere else in the world. But as the owner of the guesthouse I stayed at on my first visit to Roatan told me, if you stay away from drug deals, don’t flash a lot of bling, and don’t sleep with another person’s “significant other”, you’re not likely to have any problems there.


  4. Congratulations, Amanda, so happy for you. I am going to Roatan for a month soon and renting a car. Am wondering if you know of any decent gps maps I could download for my Garmin for the trip?


    • Hi Leslie! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! You really don’t need a GPS system here, there’s only one main road. It runs the length of the island and there are many small roads that branch off into neighborhoods, so it’s very easy to navigate. Hope that helps! 🙂


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