Traveller Tips

Climate:

All of the Bay Islands have a similar tropical climate, with comfortable temperatures year-round – ranging from a cool average of 25ºC to a peak average of 31ºC (77ºF and 88ºF, respectively). You can also expect it to be humid year-round, however when the trade winds pick up, they can provide a cool breeze.

The dry season runs from April to mid/late-July. Don’t forget your sunglasses and some cool clothing because this is the sunniest and warmest time of the year. This is the time to enjoy the light breeze at the beach or to jump in the cool calm waters for some of the best snorkeling or scuba diving in the Mesoamerican Reef.

The rainy season in Roatan runs first from mid/late July through early September, followed by a brief dry spell through October, and then picks up again from October through February. However, you need not be discouraged from booking a trip around this time of year, as the occasional rains cools things off and leave blocks of comfortable, sunny weather in between. That being said if you book during the peak rainy season, from mid-January through the end of February, you may want to bring a light windbreaker and some rain gear.

 

Getting There and Back:

Roatan By Air:

The Juan Ramón Galvez International Airport (RTB) is the only international airport in the Bay Islands and it is located in Roatan, approximately 3 km (1.8 miles) from downtown Coxen Hole. It serves commercial and private traffic as well as international and domestic flights.

The following airlines operate in and out of Roatan (RTB):

International Commercial Airlines: Air Panama, American Airlines, AVIANCA, Delta Airlines, Easy Sky, IBC Air, TROPIC AIR, United Airlines.
International Charters: Air Transat, Sunwing.
Domestic Commercial Airlines: Aerolíneas Sosa, AVIANCA, CM Airlines, Easy Sky and Lanhsa.

Roatan By Sea:

Safe Way Maritime provides transportation by ferry between the island of Roatan and the port city of La Ceiba in mainland Honduras with two daily departures.

From La Ceiba To Roatan: 9:30 AM & 4:30 PM

From Roatan To La Ceiba: 7:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Note: Schedules may vary depending on the season.

For more information on their rates visit their website at http://roatanferry.com/

 

Utila By Air:

There is a small air strip in Utila for domestic flights servicing small propeller airplanes.

The following airlines operate in and out of Utila:

Domestic Commercial Airlines: Aerolíneas Sosa (via La Ceiba), CM Airlines (via San Pedro Sula and Roatán), Island Air (via Roatán and La Ceiba).

There are connecting flights to other destinations out of San Pedro Sula (SAP), La Ceiba (LCE) and Tegucigalpa (TGU), all international airports in main land Honduras, or from San Salvador (SAL), El Salvador.  

Flight schedules change depending on the time of year (high or low season), so be sure to check with the airline for available flights.

 

Departure Tax:

There is a Honduran Departure Tax for international and national flights. (As of January 2017):

International Departure Tax: (USD) $46.20. (This tax is usually already included in your ticket).

National Departure Tax: (HNL) L.48.47. (To be paid at the check-in counter or airport bank).

 

Currency and Withdrawing Cash:

The local currency is the Lempira, however the USD Dollar is very common and widely accepted on the islands. At the time of this posting the conversion rate was approximately 24 Lempiras to 1 USD Dollar (to see an up-to-date conversion rate try this link www.google.com/finance/converter).

The Bay Island’s ATMs are not always reliable, and although there is an option for some to disburse USD Dollars they only distribute in Lempira. Many ATMs will not take foreign cards and also restrict the amount you can withdraw. Be sure to notify your home banking institution that you will be traveling before you attempt any transaction. Restaurants and shops do not commonly take traveler’s checks, so it is usually recommended to bring USD Dollars in small bills if possible.

 

Don't Leave Home Without...

Bug spray: Sand fleas, or “no-see-ums”, as well as mosquitoes are common year round so make sure you bring protection against these pesky insects. Plan ahead to find a brand that is sure to work against both, and keep non-toxic, environmentally safe brands in mind - for your health and for the health of our ecosystem! The larger supermarkets in Coxen Hole, Roatan carry natural insect repellent brands like “Burt’s Bees”, “Cactus Juice Eco Spray” and “Blue Ocean”.

Dive certification card: If you plan to dive, be sure to bring your card if you have one.

Clothing and other donation supplies: Many local schools and organizations will be happy to accept these donations, and this will also stake out some real estate in your bag for souvenirs on the way back!

Valid Passport: Also remember to keep a photocopy of your passport with you at all times.

 Voltage converter: For those traveling from outside the United States, the Bay Islands use the same electric voltage as the U.S.: AC (60Hz), 120/240 volts.