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Moving to Roatan, Honduras

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Roatan, Honduras: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Roatan.

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What do I need to know before moving to Roatan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Roatan, they said:

"Roatan is a beautiful island known for its stunning beaches, clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. Before moving there, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, the official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases. However, English is widely spoken due to the high number of expats and tourists. The cost of living in Roatan is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to budget for unexpected expenses. Healthcare is available but may not be up to the standards that some expats are used to, so it's recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The island has a tropical climate, which means it's hot and humid year-round, with a rainy season from October to January. While Roatan is generally safe, like any place, it has its share of crime. Expats should take standard precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. The island is part of Honduras, so expats will need to comply with Honduran immigration laws. This may involve obtaining a visa or residency permit. Roatan's infrastructure is not as developed as in some other countries. Power outages can be common, and internet service may not be as reliable. Finally, it's important to respect the local culture and customs. Roatan has a laid-back, island lifestyle that can be a big adjustment for those used to a fast-paced city life," commented one expat who made the move to Roatan.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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