Here we will give you our up to date information on getting to Roatan. Not the easiest place to get to has also meant that development and local culture changes more slowly than on other Caribbean Islands. If you have anything to add or spot no longer valid information please contact us to let us know. Of course its not just about getting to Roatan some planning is helpful so that you do not incur additional expense once you arrive nor bring items that you may not need.
Note some busy periods in here like christmas and new year and as the Northern USA and Canada descend to escape the snow but it really is never too crowded on Roatan with the exception of at Semana Santa - check the latin calendars online for each year the date is different.
You probably can't get super cheap unless you live in a gateway city not requiring a connecting flight but you might get some value deals I love sky scanner to find your flight easily checking many airlines websites at once - a great time saver. Please help us maintain this website page for accuracy by sending us your findings on flights.
The Rainy season is best to avoid ? Well depends if you mind a bit of rain and cloud breaking up the monotony of heat. It would be unlucky of you to get caught out at this time of year without much sun on ANY day. So if you are around at this time it may not be too bad. It starts mid October but could start to get wetter during August and can finish as late as January. Having said that New Years is a busy time. June and July can have a mini rainy season as well. It can be hard to predict what it will be like anywhere in the tropics and Roatan is no exception. It is predicted that on any given day there will be warmth and sun ! Summer can be very hot indeed and so is not considered a high season as its very hot and humid. Beware the week of easter (easter week) and surrounding for the Spanish festival Semana Santa things get fully booked on the island but it can be a fun time to arrive especially if you like to party.
It is now possible to arrange private sea borne travel between Utila and Roatan daily. This is only saving you time as it is more expensive than hitting La Ceiba and back out to the other island. Time vs Money!
If you are stopping over in Houston on your way to Roatan then we recommend The Clarion Inn Hotel. A spacious room internet pool and gym, very good mattress and 5 -10 minutes from departures. It cost us under 100 so it isnt the cheapest option included breakfast that you may be able to start before 7.30 to catch the Roatan flight. Also there is a few good places to eat and drink a 3 minute walk away, there are a cluster of hotels here.
Bug spray will make your stay more comfortable and it can be bought on the island but it is more expensive so bring a can for your first couple of nights so you don't get caught out. Seriously don't leave it a moment the bugs will taste your 'exotic' ness and really make a mess of you. If that happens read here for some tips on what to do after sand flea or fly attack.
La Ceiba is the port on mainland Honduras where you can catch the daily ferry to Roatan. La Ceiba is an interesting destination in itself - beware you are now in CA (Central America) proper so take a little extra care how you present yourself. We are here to discuss getting to Roatan for the moment and so here is the latest schedule from the wave.
From La Ceiba To Roatan: 9:30 AM & 4:30 PM
From Roatan To La Ceiba: 7:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Please DO check the schedule on their website for changes (and price updates correct below at Jan 2017).
And please let us know if they have made a change - thank you.
ROUND TRIP TICKETS
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ONE WAY TICKETS
La Ceiba to Roatan
Roatan to La Ceiba
La Ceiba to Roatan
Roatan to La Ceiba
* Senior discounts apply for Honduran Citizens and Residents only
Arrival in Roatan is at the main road in Dixon Cove right by the Mahogany Bay cruise ship terminal 5 minutes away. Its a lot better than when it used to dock at Coxen Hole.
If you are looking to get to Utila from Roatan you can get a sailing charter for $50 one way and takes about 6 hours or you will be forced to get the first boat to La Ceiba then transfer to the Utila Princess then a ferry which travels from La Ceiba to Utila. the Galaxy schedule coordinates with the schedule of the Utila Princess for passengers making connections there. The Utila Princess costs$25/adult each way call 2425-3190 or 2408-5163
Utila Princess Schedule
La Ceiba to Utila Departs daily 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM
Utila to La Ceiba Departs daily 6:20 AM and 2:00 PM
i.e. if you want to get to utila from Roatan you need to get either boat, the morning boat and the 2.00pm boat arriving at La Ceiba 3.15pm gives you an easy 45 mins before the last Utila Boat of 4:00pm departure.
Travel Between Roatan and Utila
There is a route you can take to get between Roatan and Utila
Daily Trips Between Roatan and Utila. Leaving Utila from Bush's Supermarket at 6:00 a.m. Roatan from Coconut Tree Dock at 1:00 p.m.