Where is Roatan?
Roatan is a beautiful, Caribbean island just off the Eastern coast of Honduras. It is most popular for its scuba diving around the second largest reef system in the world. Please do not get scared how dangerous is Honduras mainland. Roatan island is safe touristic area.
What other wildlife will I see in Roatan?
Marble Hill Farms is a perfect destination for those who love exotic animals. Along with 3 resident dogs, 5 cats and sheeps, you can see flocks of parrots and numerous kind of birds fly overhead, iguanas run across the road, island rabbits and armadillos around your rooms. You can visit national park, reserve parks, animal rescue and an iguana farm while on the island as well.
Where is the central hub of Roatan?
Coxen Hole is the main destination for the airport, government offices and the original cruise ship dock. ATMs are becoming more widespread and the closest to the farm are in French Harbour. Be careful to keep personal belongings close when travelling into Coxen Hole.
Where can I get groceries?
Oak Ridge, about 10 minutes by car, offers basic groceries, numerous fruit and veggie stores, street food and gas station. French Harbour, about 25 minutes from Marble Hill Farms, is home to Eldon’s Grocery Store, stores that sales everything, a gas station and amazing street food! Beliadas are a combination of homemade tortilla, black beans, cheese, cream and sometimes egg. They are together with pastelitos the most popular and delicious street food on the island!
What is the currency and exchange rate from US to Honduran dollars?
Lempira are the national currency in Honduras. The exchange rate is steady at about 22.5:1 lempira to dollar ratio. Whole island accepts US dollars, you do not need to exchange US dollars to Lempiras.
What are the different ethnicities on the island?
The largest percentage of islanders are of Indian or Spanish descent. Spanish is predominately spoken amongst islanders. Roatan was once predominately black. Most of the people of African ancestry on Roatan are English speaking. The Garifuna tribe speaks their native African language of Garifuna and Spanish.
What should I expect when I enter the country and go through customs?
You will need your passport to travel to Roatan. Your passport will be stamped upon entering the country and you can legaly stay 90 days.
What should I bring with me?
Please do bring eco-friendly bug spray, bathing suits, scuba gear. Please do not bring spear guns, non disposable cans of OFF or specific foods that will be confiscated.
Should I rent a car?
Highly recommended. Marble Hill Farms can help arrange for taxi transportation to and from the airport if needed (approx. $35 per trip and maximum 4 passengers in a car). Or we can help you to rent a car. If you would like to visit other parts of the island it is nice to have a car but you can always take a taxi for an island tour. If you decide to rent, bring your passport with you at all times and keep a copy of it in the car. The police do frequent road blocks and stop people at random. Road conditions vary and it is cautioned to rent mopeds.
What is the climate like?
Roatan’s hot season is typically between the months of April- August while the rainy season is between November-February. Temperatures can get cool at night during the rainy season and a rain jacket is advised.
Are there mosquitoes?
The island has small bugs called sand flies that do bite. Bug sprays work on the sand flies, but needs to applied often. Many people start taking vitamin B-12 to keep the bugs away. Staying off of the beaches during dawn and dusk is advised to avoid bites.
Is it dog friendly?
We always have a number of security dogs on the property who are extremely friendly and most of the day free. It is the responsibility of the guest to monitor and look after their pet. Please let our staff know prior to visit on bringing a pet to MHF. Dogs are not allowed at our restaurant.
Are there hospitals or clinics on the island?
There is a doctor and pharmacy in Oak Ridge (10 minutes by car). Woods Medical Center in Coxen Hole and Hyperbaric Chamber in West End area.
Should I take anti-malaria medication?
This is a personal preference but many doctors suggest getting the yellow fever, typhoid and tetanus shots. If you decide to take malaria medication expect some negative side effects. If you don’t like taking medication, wear slacks and bug spray to avoid bites.
Can I drink the water?
Do not drink tap water on the island. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and refill it anytime in your room, main house, dive center or restaurant. Otherwise, bottled water is suggested at all times.