Tucked away in a little private oasis, in Sandy Bay, is the Roatan Backpackers. I was hot and bothered by the time I got to Roatan Backpackers and it was only 12pm! I got dropped off by a taxi right at the door from the ferry for $5. I was greeted by Mel, one of the best hostel owners I have met in all my travels. Once she showed me my room, she took me up to the roof top hang out with a gorgeous view of the beach and gave me the low down on the island.
Mel told me pretty much everything I needed to know and I didn’t even have to ask any follow up questions. It was good to hear the prices of the taxis and collectivos. She also gave me tips on how to catch them and where from. It is a 5 minute drive by collectivo or taxi to West End. Here you will find restaurants, shops and water taxis to West Bay. You have cruise ship days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These were the days I was in Roatan. Every time I went in town it was so busy, it was nice to head back to the peace and quiet of Sandy Bay.
My room was a small loft room with a shared bathroom. The best thing about it, is that is was super clean. I loved my room! This was my first private room of my trip and oh my gosh it was heavenly! The only thing I didn’t like was the dive master students were up super early talking loudly and banging about in the kitchen. It was hard to get a sleep in if you wanted one. They were such nice people that it was easily forgiven and luckily, I’m an early bird anyway.
There’s a small lounge with a book exchange, a big well stocked kitchen and the security at this place is one of the best. Mel hires out snorkels for $5 a day and tells you exactly where the spots are for the best snorkelling. I wasn’t able to hire a snorkel due to the limited amount of time I was there.
I saved the best for last, the pool!! The BEST way to cool off was in and around the pool! Roatan Island can get hot and humid, being near water is a must. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Roatan Backpackers. Chatting with Mel, hearing her passion for what she does and how she does it was awesome. I made a friend when I stayed there. I feel Mel’s energy and aura gives the place the vibe it has. Everyone was welcoming and nice. Her 2 sons were polite, her dog Lilly, and cat Cashew, were adorable!
Contact the lovely Mel at: Roatan Backpackers
Thank you to Mel at Roatan Backpackers, who provided me with accommodation on Roatan Island. As always, all opinions of my experience are written honestly and are entirely my own!