Weather and Residency in Roatan

Roatan’s location in the Caribbean creates an ideal temperature all year round. The average temperature in Roatan is 28 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit), with seasonal fluctuations of 4 to 6 degrees, depending on the month. The peak average temperature is 31°C and occurs in September. In January, the weather is great as you can see in this video:

Roatan has a hot season and several rainy seasons. The summer rain season occurs in June and July, while the winter rainy season runs from October to February.

Although it is humid throughout the year, rain can be scarce during the hot season, allowing for bright and sunny days. Downpours are frequent and numerous throughout the day during the rainy season and begin and end abruptly. Strong winds may accompany the rain, bringing in cooler weather.

When traveling to Roatan, it is important to be prepared for heavy rains, hot and cool temperatures, and erratic weather patterns throughout the day, therefore, clothing for both warm and temperatures and a rain jacket are a must.

Thank God, Roatan isn’t really located in a region that suffers much from hurricane activity. Roatan is receiving tradewinds, however, that provide fine cool breezes and occasionally a few thunderstorms. Strong winds can accompany the rain during this season along with slightly cooler weather, making a very light windbreaker a possible clothing option for travelers who are on the island during this time.

Enjoy Tropical Sunsets

The island of Roatan has some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. There’s just something special about a tropical sunset. Looking at the brilliant hues of orange and pink shimmering off of the ocean makes us sigh and long for more island time. Gaze through palm fronds blowing gently in the tropical breeze. Great conditions for scuba diving so check out if that’s something for you. Watch the majesty of the fiery sun as it paints the western sky in hues of purple, pink and orange.

The West End of Roatan offers unobstructed views of the tropical sun setting over the ocean in its many bars and restaurants. Pick your favorite drink in hand and relax while the sun sinks slowly below the watery horizon.

Shopping in Roatan

Roatan island has a diverse selection of places for you to shop at. Enjoy it’s department stores, fashion boutiques, must-have accessories shops, international restaurants, banks and art galleries. This is THE place to go for some fine island getaways. 

Roatan offers an endless number of businesses that open their doors to bring you the best in customer service and value. You may enjoy the simpler businesses that have grown hand-in-hand with Roatan, including stores that offer goods made by local artisans, clothing, souvenirs and so much more.

The malls have become meeting places for locals as well as visitors. Temporary events and shows can be found in the shopping center of your choice. Be delighted by the diverse activities these places have in store for you.

Residency in Honduras

When you’ve made the decision to live in Honduras, either full or part-time. A very exciting prospect! Prior to moving to your dream Caribbean retirement destination and enjoy the pristine Roatan Reef, it’s important you compile the proper paperwork and visit your local (in your home country) Honduran consulate. The following is a list of documents you will need:

–       A valid passport. It must be valid for at least a year from the date of your application.
–       A health certificate. This doesn’t have to be done in your home country; you can have it done in Honduras if necessary.
–       Migratory records, etc, that you get once you’re already in Honduras.
–       A photograph (a passport picture works well for this).
–       A police record from your home country.
–       Financial documentation to back-up the type of residency you’re applying for.

Permits for residency in Honduras are processed in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, by the Secretary of Justice. Therefore, finding a local attorney is mandatory as its necessary for them to file your application. If you’re a marine life enthusiast, see also this article about the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences.

Residency in Honduras falls into four basic categories. Permits that may be acquired are:

–       Retired: You must be receiving a minimum of $1500 a month, for the rest of your life, from either a private or government establishment.
–       Relative: You must be related to a citizen of Honduras.
–       Rentner: You must be receiving an income of at least $2500 a month from a source outside of Honduras. For example, bonds, rents, deposits, etc.
–       Investor: You must be able to prove that your project is being, or will be, denoted by a venture of no less than $50,000

These residency options will let you include your spouse and any children that are moving with you. Be aware that the above-listed amounts of money date back a few years so please check for current requirements.

You might be wondering what the purpose and/or advantage of applying for residency in Honduras is… well, consider this: as a non-resident, you can’t stay in the country any longer than 90 days. Which, if you plan to only visit a few months a year, will work a-ok for you. However, if you’re thinking of a more long-term or permanent living arrangement, residency is a must. Especially if you wish to bring any of your belongings with you. If you have residency status, you’re able to bring all of your household items at once with a duty-free exemption. And if you have a retired residency status, you can ship in a new car and boat every five years.

Basically, if all you’re looking to do is buy a nice little piece of paradise and either quietly retire or venture out and start your own business as a scuba dive instructor, and you have no ulterior motives or anything to hide, obtaining your residency in Honduras is a painless task. A little paperwork both in your home country and in Honduras and you’re an official resident of a spectacular Caribbean country where diving is maybe the best in the world!

Please note: In some individual cases, you may be required to produce additional information or documents. The policies, rules, and procedures of the Honduran Embassy can and will, be adjusted overnight.