Let’s get the important things out of the way first.
Happy Hour can be found everywhere on West Bay. Some places offered Happy Hour from 3-5 or 4-6, changing what was on special every day. Infinity Bay offered a special cocktail all day long. We found a place that offered 2 for 1 drinks all day on West Bay Beach. So if we did not want to wait we could just go there.
Monkey LaLa’s are my favorite drink for this island. We tried them at different places, and it seems that no bartender makes them the same but here is what is in them. 1 oz Baileys, 1 oz Kahlua, ½ oz Vodka, ½ oz Rum, 2 oz cream of coconut, splash of milk or cream, add some ice and blend. Squirt chocolate syrup in the cup or on top. YUM
The local beer was only $2 at the places we visited, but not sure if this was the price everywhere. We did see a place in West End where beer was $1 until 6:00 p.m.
If you have not heard of the Donut Man you must hunt him down. He’s an older gentlemen with a white beard. He usually can be found on West Bay walking the beach several times a day selling his homemade donuts.
We ran into him the first day as we were going to Happy Hour. He was selling donuts 3 for $5, if you get more it’s cheaper, but I don’t remember what it was. That day he was selling banana donuts. We only had a couple of $20’s on us, and he did not have change. He gave us the donuts and said he would catch us tomorrow. In today’s world have you ever had someone do that. I was not comfortable with taking his donuts and not paying for them but he insisted. So off we went with the homemade donuts.
We did not get to eat them until the next day. They were the best donuts I have had. We microwaved them for 30 seconds. They were so GOOD. We ran into him the next day and paid him, telling how good they were. He was selling pineapple donuts, but we declined as we still had some. Later that week, I heard he also sells hamburgers, but you have to pre-order and prepay and he delivers them the next day. I wish I would have known about that when we ran into him. I would have loved to try out his hamburgers. Oh well, next time.
We found a local vendor selling food on the road by Bananarama and the Hangover Hut. We were going to the Hangover Hut for lunch but it was closed on Mondays. We saw this sign on the left hand side of the road and decided to give it a try.
For $5 you get 2 pieces of fried chicken, beans, plantations, potato salad and rice. It was really good, I see why it was packed with locals eating there. Can you believe all of this was only $5?
The next day we went back to the Hangover Hut for lunch. This place is owned by a Canadian couple who moved to Roatan a couple of years ago. Since we were the only people there we started talking about their life on the island while waiting for our food. Right when our food came more people started to arrive. The food was good and we will definitely return.
Hole in the Wall
One day we rented a car and drove around the island. One of the recommendations from Rick the general manager at Infinity Bay was to go to the Hole in the Wall while taking the Mangrove Tour in Oak Ridge. The only way to reach this restaurant is by boat. This place is literally floating in the water.
There were a couple of other people there when we arrived. They greeted us and took our food and drink orders. We savored our time at this unique place, taking in the vista. After eating our lobster and hamburger it was back to the boat.
Back in the boat, we passed houses to rent through VBRO. The only way to reach these places is by boat. I don’t know if I could stay there for a whole week and be that secluded.
But it might be fun for a few days to have these amazing views. What a memorable day.
La Sirena de Camp Bay
I read about La Sirena de Camp Bay before coming to Roatan and I knew we had to go there. It’s a couple hours’ drive from West Bay to the East End by car.
When we finally arrived to the turn off, we knew it was going to be a dirt road, but did not realize how rough and how long the drive would be.
It seemed like it took forever to reach La Sirena de Camp Bay only to find out they were not open. You can imagine our disappointment traveling all that way not to experience having food and drinks in this peaceful setting. But it is island time and they set their own hours. We took some pictures and left.
We both decided we would probably not return due to the long drive from West Bay, the very rough road to get there and not knowing if it would be open, but at least we saw it. Maybe you will have better luck than we did.
One day we walked to the West End for lunch to stand in front of the web cam so our daughter could see us. We told her about what time we would be waving to her. She captured it on her computer. That was fun when we face timed her later and talked about our day. It takes about an hour to walk to West End from West Bay but the views and scenery are amazing.
There are some places where you have to go through the water or climb on rocks depending on the tide.
J broke his flipflop along with way and ended up walking barefoot.
After walking around West End looking for a new pair of flipflops for J we found a pair he liked. We then made our way to the second floor above West End Divers to get to Café Escondido. It feels like you are in a tree house that has a great view of the water.
We ordered the diver lunch special, a smoothie for me and a beer for J. After our delicious meal we took the water taxi back to West Bay to go snorkeling. It’s only $3 per person to take the boat.
TIP: Have cash for the water taxi and restaurants as some places do not take credit cards. Make sure the bills are not torn or written on as they will not be accepted.
Beachers is right on West Bay beach, so it was a quick walk from our hotel. Our view while we were waiting for lunch was gorgeous.
We both ordered the grilled chicken sandwich and ice tea. It was so hot, we could hardly wait to finish to get back in the water.