So you’ve decided to go to Roatan! Your first real decision is where on the island to stay, a choice that will likely be between West Bay and West End.
The decision should be West Bay, and here is why:
West Bay actually has a beach. West Bay’s beach stretches about a mile, and is full of soft white sand to frolic in. If you enjoy laying out or walking on the beach, you won’t have that same comfort at West End. Frolic away on West Bay.
West Bay’s reef starts about 20 yards off the beach, compared to around 200 yards off West End. Not to mention West Bay has a dedicated area to snorkel sans boat traffic and superior coral and sea life. If you enjoy swimming with the fishies, head to West Bay. If you prefer to dodge boats, West End may be better.
Bars, Bars, Bars
Hey Vacaybuddy! But West End has all the bars! West Bay serves alcohol too my friend. If you are coming to Roatan to party, you’ve come to the wrong place. Roatan is known for great beaches, weather, world class diving/snorkeling – NOT nightlife. If you are looking to party, head to Cancun.
The hotels and resorts are much better quality. In fact, the buildings overall in West Bay are much cleaner, newer, and nicer.
Although West End may have more restaurants overall, the quality is better in West Bay. Vintage Pearl, Nice N Spicy, Beachers, Celeste, Bite on The Beach, and Luna Maya are all fantastic. Yeah for food!
Everyone loves to Instragram pretty pictures of sunsets. So if you want to impress your friends – West Bay is the spot.
If you are toiling between the two locations, West Bay is your answer.
Want to learn more about Roatan? See my West Bay Roatan Travel Guide.
The Guide includes:
- Roatan secrets only the locals know
- Hand-drawn maps to help you navigate West Bay
- Detailed information about the best resorts, restaurants, and activities
- Money saving tips for Roatan
- And MORE!