What is the cost of living in Roatan
The cost of living really depends on your means and lifestyle, you can live on a comfortable monthly budget starting at $1500, however if you like to wine and dine and enjoy your luxuries it may be very different but either way it won’t break the bank.
This includes the following expenses:
The main expense for example is rent. Rental
Apartments situated in the West End or Sandy Bay area for example that are a stone away from the beach typically start at about $500 per month. But, if you prefer to live by the water, you will probably pay between $800 to $1000 for your monthly rate. The same estimate also applies if you want to stay in a 2- or 3-bedroom house that is near the beach. West Bay and other areas can be considerably higher.
Since it is an island, pretty much everything is imported, so you can expect to pay the same price as you would in the US for staple grocery items. There are small local shops dotted around the island and many fruit and fruit and vegetable stands on most corners. The typical budget for groceries in Roatan is $300 pp
. depending on what you like to have in store.
In terms of electricity, the cost can be relatively expensive especially if you want air- conditioning, a one-bedroom apartment will cost about $100-$150 per month without A/C. With hot weather you may be tempted to use air conditioning very often this will dramatically increase the cost of your electricity bills. However, by turning it on for short periods of time and keeping your doors closed to conserve energy you can definitely get a good night’s sleep after spending your day outside enjoying the beautiful island. The temperature of the house can vary much depending on the direction of the sun and structure of the building and where the wind is coming from. Besides, with a beautiful island like Roatan, it’s more likely that you will be spending your time outside so you can save on your electricity bill.
As mentioned, most of the ingredients in Roatan are imported since it is an island. This is why eating out can be quite expensive. Imported food and gourmet restaurants do a great job of balancing available produce at the lowest possible costs to suit the audience on the island. Local cuisine is much cheaper as it tends to use home grown produce only. The fusion of the two means there is something for everyone. Development over the years has brought a very welcomed wide array of options.
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