Two years ago, we ventured off to Roatan in the Bay Islands for an entire week. This time, we went for a wedding and decided we needed a little bit more #islandtime and spent 10 days here.
If you’re looking for destination wedding ideas, honeymoon ideas, or a tropical getaway for this year, this post is for you. Or if you’re just daydreaming at your desk, and need a little extra push to book a much needed vacation, this one’s for you too.
Here’s our updated guide of this magical place,
Booking Your Flight
There’s tons of airlines that fly to Roatan from the US (United, American Airlines and Delta). United flies almost every day to and from Roatan, AA & Delta have limited days of the week in which they fly. As for prices…if you’re flying out of NOLA you’re looking at a $600-800 flight. If you buy really early you might even get lucky, like us, and get First Class seats at the same price! #yas
Where To Stay
To make the best of your time in Roatan, not have to rent a car & be by the best beach on the island, you have to stay in West Bay. Hotels can certainly be pricey, especially in high seasons, however, lots of these hotels have privately owned condos you can rent on Airbnb or VRBO.
This time around, we booked a 2 bed/ 2 bath condo at Infinity Bay through VRBO. Our hosts, Bill & Mary Ann, were amazing and so helpful. They even arranged for our transfers to the airport – and were available through email while we were in Roatan to help us extend our stay. The condo was spacious and had everything we needed, it also came with a maid service, access to the hotel’s towel service & free kayaks!
If you’re more of a boutique hotel kind of person, we recommend you check out Ibagari Boutique Hotel. It’s 5 minutes away from West Bay and we’ll definitely be checking that place out next time we go back. It’s an 8 room hotel, with a beautiful infinity pool, a killer view and amazing food. PS: It’s also the perfect place to host a bridal shower 😉
What To Eat
Seafood, duh!. There are seriously so many good places to eat throughout the island, we recommend you even try to venture out of West Bay to restaurants where the locals eat. Here are our favorite things we ate and drank on this trip,
Find these all over the Island
La Palapa at Infinity Bay
This was probably the best meal we had on the Island,
Find him on West Bay Beach
Mr. Banana Donas is on the beach every day selling his homemade banana doughnuts. He’s easily spotted and you can’t say you’ve been to Roa until you’ve tried these,
Trattoria da Piero
We stumbled upon this place because we just couldn’t decide where to eat. This was the very last place we went in to and their 2X1 drinks happy hour convinced us. Boy were we blown away,
Multiple Locations & They Deliver
Yeah, yeah, we know we have Bojangles in the US. But there’s something about Bojangles in Roatan that just tastes so much better. Plus, it’s the perfect remedy for a post-wedding hangover.
Where To Go & What To Do
Little French Key & Big French Key
These two keys are both about a 30-40min drive from West Bay. This time, Little French Key was closed when we arrived so we went to Big French Key. These are both great spots to spend the day laying out, kayaking, snorkeling and drinking rum and (diet) cokes.
Chill on West Bay Beach
We spent 80% of our time doing this. The ocean is so calm and the water is so clear that you won’t ever want to leave. Plus you are just steps away from bars to go grab drinks.
Snorkeling & Diving
For those of you who are into this sort of thing, I’m personally terrified of the deep blue sea. This is paradise for divers – and we’ve heard it’s relatively cheap and easy to get certified.
Party on West End
If you have the energy to keep drinking till sunrise, check out West End. You’ll find awesome bars, drinks & maybe a couple of cute locals 😜.
Roatan is one of the three Bay Islands. Take a ferry or a flight to Utila or Guanaja and explore more of these beautiful islands.
The Destination Wedding
Although we’re light years away from getting married, we loved this wedding we attended in Roatan. For those of y’all looking for a destination wedding spot, here’s where the wedding activities took place,
There’s Always Time For A Bridal Shower
The bride lived in Brazil & the bridesmaids lived all over the place – so we decided to throw her a bridal shower the day before the wedding. We found Ibagari Boutique Hotel on Instagram & fell in love with the place. This was, in fact, the very first event for non hotel guests that they had done & it was perfect.
An Impromptu Bachelorette party
We also had to improvise on the Bachelorette activities, so we decided to have an Island Bachelorette with the cutest matching goodies we could find. Shoutout to Andrea’s Vinyl Shoppe, a Louisiana Babe who made the most fabulous Bachelorette tees & matching cups.
The Wedding Venue
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at The Buccaneer in French Harbor. This event space was recently redone & it’s all you can ever ask for your destination wedding. It’s outdoors but with plenty of breeze, you’re right next to the ocean & they’ll let you party all night and all morning long.
God this just made me so nostalgic. I need a beach right now!
Have more questions about traveling to Roatan? Feel free to email us!