The Beach House is located on the west side of Roátan, right at the entrance to West End. We are approximately 20 minutes by taxi from the airport (Juan Manuel Gálvez Airport, code RTB). Guests regularly ask what the difference is between West End and West Bay. And there is a difference, even though they are not far apart (not to mention that the West End is on a bay, and West Bay is at the end…)!
West End Village
West End Village has been a community on the island for decades. West End Village has evolved into an eclectic mix of local Roatánians who live and work in the village, and an interesting community of new visitors to the island each of whom has each put their stamp on the community in the form of dive shops, art galleries, beach bars and restaurants that are dotted along the West End Road.
There is one main beach in West End, and the entire community is essentially beachfront. Half Moon Bay sits at the entrance of West End; it is a delightful protected cove which offers fantastic snorkeling, paddleboarding, swimming and the iconic “isoar” (or the “ilean”, depending on your perspective) – a salvaged sailboat with a rope swing. The Beach House is situated in a unique location right in the center of Half Moon Bay and every room faces west, so the sunsets – oh, the sunsets!
West Bay is a 15-minute water taxi away from the West End and provides a fabulous beach with even more snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. West Bay offers more of a resort feel. There wasn’t a community there 20 years ago, so it’s all fairly new, and there are some bigger resorts. This is where to stay if you’re looking for an all-inclusive experience with a large swimming pool. Most people venture to West Bay at least once during their time on Roatán, and doing so is very easy. The water taxis run between sunrise and sunset between West End and West Bay for $3 per person. It is really a wonderful experience, if even just for the boat ride!