It’s been a whirlwind! This time last year we were on lockdown in Roatan and the streets of West End were bare. For those of us on the island, we could only venture out on specific days based on the number on our ID card (Although some knew how to photoshop).
It was about this time last year when we were all stressing because there were question marks over the freight boats being able to make it to our small island and many of the local stores were running low on supplies – and alcohol!
But, we endured as the island always does and these last 365 days have demonstrated just how resilient people can be.
In the last few months, the food drives have slowed and we are seeing more and more full flights arrive to the island which is WONDERFUL for those who suffered so tremendously last year. While the rest of the world reopens with the introduction of vaccinations, Honduras has been slow to roll out vaccines, but it is finally starting to happen. Many adults over the age of 60 have been able to receive the vaccine in the last couple of weeks. BITB has been instrumental in securing vaccines for the tourism sector as well, so many of our employees will be able to receive a vaccine due to these efforts.
As we all adjust to the new norm that hopefully will put COVID forever behind us, this will be our last COVID update. It’s been a while since we did update the page because we’ve got some big things happening at The Beach House.
If you’d like to learn more, we are hoping that we can continue updating you all via our Newsletter or Owner’s Blog. Shoot us an e-mail if you are interested in joining the Newsletter.
Stay safe, stay well and see you soon at The Beach House Roatan.
Good Morning to all our readers! Sorry we have been slow in getting an update out here. Things have changed quite a bit over the last couple of weeks with the travel restrictions from Canada and new travel policies from the US.
However, the new measures implemented by the US, though annoying for your wallet, have been quickly adapted here and all the clinics listed previously in these blogs are available for the COVID-19 Antigen test. Many require appointments so if you need assistance in planning for your travel home, let us know and we can help coordinate. If you are staying with us at TBH we are working with UNIMED, a clinic nearby, to come administer the test for you here at the hotel.
In terms of COVID-19, there was a small outbreak on the island last month, but it seems to have calmed down and not much has changed.
We still have a 9PM curfew, which is fine for this small fishing town that is generally (even pre-COVID) early to bed, early to rise, and masks are required when walking about town, in shops or restaurants and bars.
In more upbeat news, we have been seeing a lot of sea life around our dock! The last two weeks we have been greeted by the Half Moon Bay sting ray almost everyday (see our Insta picture here) and a friendly puffer fish who seems to follow the ray’s path. The storms brought a bit of trash to the shores but that has since cleared, with the help of some local hands, and the beach is once again clean – thanks much to Henry’s muscle!
We are getting ready to do a fun Valentine’s Day dinner this weekend that we know you’d all love to try! Joxan has been testing and re-testing various recipes and might we say they have been delicious! We were even lucky enough to have a few East End foodie friends visit and they gave it their seal of approval, so take their word for it.
As always, The Beach House team is happy and excited to welcome new and return guests whenever you feel confident to travel once more. If you have any specific questions, please do let us know and we’d be happy to help you or connect you with someone who can!
As of yesterday we were alerted to this article about the new United States testing requirements. It seems that the US will be similar to Honduras in that it will require a PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test which is great news!
There are a few different places to get the PCR test on island. You can expect to pay $200-$300 per test for a PCR test and should check with the respective clinic for appointments and so on. The UniMed clinic on island has the ability to send their doctors to your hotel or rental to administer the test.
The Rapid Antigen tests are also available on island and are 1500 lps (~$60 depending on the exchange rate) per test. Woods Medical Center is offering Rapid Antigen tests and we would recommend reaching out to them directly to get an idea of appointments and schedules.
If you have any specific questions or are waiting on replies for any of these clinics please send us a chat or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will try and help as best we can!
Your Beach House Team