West Bay Beach is located on the western most part of Roatan. It is no wonder Lonely Planet described it as “pitch perfect” (2010). The moment you set your eyes on this magnificent strip of sandy bliss, you, like many others, will fall in love.
West Bay is what many consider the picture-perfect Caribbean destination: white sand, clear, calm waters and full service resorts. The variety of water activities include scuba diving, fishing charters, snorkeling and parasailing. Scuba diving and other outfitters leave directly from the beach so starting your water-based activities is easy and convenient. Water taxis connect West Bay Beach with West End Village (about ten minutes at a cost of about 50L ($2.60USD)) during daylight hours.
On days when multiple cruise ships are in port, West Bay Beach can become busy yet there are always less travelled parts of this stretch of paradise so don’t be afraid to explore a little. Cruise ship day trippers tend to congregate in front of the main resort areas so venturing further to either ends of the beach usually afford a quieter, less visited experience.
The evenings in West Bay Beach are calm, relaxing and tranquil. Spectacular sunsets are common and because Roatan sits at 16 degrees latitude, sunset times vary by only about one hour throughout the year. There are several restaurants offering a variety of menus and experiences from casual to fine dining as well as lounges where you can find your favorite tropical drink or glass of wine. While West End Village, ten minutes away by car, is a hub of nightlife activity; West Bay Beach maintains a more family-friendly, slower-paced atmosphere.
Getting to West Bay Beach
West Bay Beach is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Roatan International Airport and Port of Roatan cruise ship terminal. Allow about 45 minutes to drive from the Carnival Cruise Ship Terminal (Mahogany Bay). Taxes are available (see taxi fare chart on the Getting Around page). Transportation rental agencies are located at the airport as well as in the West Bay Mall.
Water taxis connect West Bay Beach with West End Village (about ten minutes at a cost of about 50L ($2.60USD)) during daylight hours. Driving between the two communities takes approximately ten minutes. Taxis run constantly between the two towns (see taxi fare chart on the Getting Around page).