Getting Around Roatan
By far the most fun and exciting way to get from West End to West Bay and back is by water taxi from the water taxi docks on both sides. For just $4 pp you will wait until the boat has enough passengers to leave, or you can pay extra to cover the costs if you are in a rush. Having said that there is no need to be in a rush, you sit back and relax and see the island from afar, the green rolling hills, to Sandy Beaches, restaurants and hotels that you may plan to visit later and enjoy your mini cruise in a small boat through splashing turquoise water. You will probably make lots of friends you may meet again later.
Taxi prices are reasonable the only reason the prices rise is when you are requesting a private taxi or one that is going off a track which makes it more expensive for the taxi driver, for example West End to West Bay or vice versa. The reason is the most common form of tazi is called a ‘collectivo’ it is much less expensive and it means that the taxi driver stops for anyone who wants a ride when you hear the taxis beeping at you this is what they are doing, essentially filling their car to make their entire trip worthwhile. Taking a collectivo taxi is a fun way to mix with locals and expats alike, there is always a smiling face and don’t be scared if you end up on a detour this is the nature of the collectivo leaving everyone where they need to be.
If you want to take a couple of days to explore further down the island the best way is to rent a car. To do so you must be over 18 and have 2 years driving experience. However you may not want the responsibility everyday depending on where you are staying. An alternative is to take a guided tour to the East End.