West Bay Beach
West Bay Beach
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West Bay is what many consider the picture-perfect Caribbean destination: white sand, clear, calm waters and full service resorts. The variety of water activities include scuba diving, fishing charters, snorkeling and parasailing. Scuba diving and other outfitters leave directly from the beach so starting your water-based activities is easy and convenient.
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  • Marino
    Barrie, Canada11 contributions
    Amazing beach, people and food
    If you go to Roatan West Bay is a spot you cannot miss. Incredibly clear light blue water where tides seem not to exist. White sands and warm sunny weather. If you go on a Cruise ship, get a cab to take you to the bananrama. They are located in a great spot on the beach and their food is amazing. You can grab a table in their restaurant and enjoy the beach while drinking and eating. The island is poor but still amazing.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Aussiesinmaine
    Falmouth, Maine217 contributions
    Crowded tourist beach, beautiful white sand and clear water
    West bay beach has lovely white sands and crystal clear water. However, it is a narrow beach with many beach front hotels, so there are large numbers of tourists. The whole beach is privately owned by the various hotels, so you do need to stay at one of the hotels or pay for a day pass ($usd15). There are numerous hawkers selling all kinds of things - t-shirts, hair braiding, massage, tamales, fruit, banana bread. This could be quite annoying if you intend to enjoy a quiet day on the beach. However, the banana bread is excellent- warm and just a little gooey where the banana has softened.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2023
  • sunking64_11
    19 contributions
    Major league snorkeling from shore!
    Major league snorkeling right off the beach! All the way to the end until you hit the rock wall. The farther out you go the better it gets. Nice white sand beach, but gets very crowded with cruise ship passengers. Best day to go is Sunday, no cruise ships. I wouldn't want to stay in this area as it's all resorts and no local character. West End is much more vibrant and funky with lots of local food and shops.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Antonio C
    12 contributions
    Marcus
    Went for the day to west end beach off our crusie ship, didn't like all the hassling over a cab from locals. Until Marcus (Serafin Marquez) tool us to west end beach, just me and my wife. He stayed with us for the whole thing, leaving us alone when wanted to and there when we needed him. Made sure nobody bothered us. If you go to Roatan go to beautiful west end beach or find Marcus he was really a kind man.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • cito2
    Lexington, South Carolina23 contributions
    Beautiful waters
    West bay and Roatan was great. Before our trip we we always stock up and our travel gear from traveladdicts.shop . In Roatan be mindful that “winter” is there rainy season so it will rain. Also there are many people in mopeds and motor bikes that wip around you. When you get to west bay beach be prepared for the beach peddlers they are relentless.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Angie E
    Waverly, Iowa8 contributions
    Snorkel the wall! Once you find the wall, snorkel it! Loved seeing conch shells on the floor, colorful fish.
    Snorkel the wall! Once you find the wall, snorkel it! Loved seeing conch shells on the floor, colorful fish. Go when tide is lowest for best snorkel views. Stayed at west end and took $5 water taxi to the beach. Unfortunately bad weather kept water taxis from running so grabbed a car taxi to get back to west end. (Glad we stayed at West End because West Bay is even more touristy.)
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • okcm144
    Oklahoma51 contributions
    Great experience at West Bay Beach
    3 couples on this self guided excursion from Princess Cruise ship. I contacted Larson Bodden via email for the trip to West Bay Beach. He was the BEST! Every contact was very professional, and quick. We met him outside the walk through entrance that goes to the street at the port. This was the only area that was questionalble about safety. He/We found each other by mentioning his name to the others that were there offering excursions. They all seemd to know him. He had a private van for 6 with air and good seating. The trip to and from the beach were uneventful and good. He even bought us beer and water on the trip to the beach. After arriving and getting us setup, we agreed on a return time and he left us in good hands. The entry cost included chairs and internet, but the umbrellas were $10. Yes you need the umbrellas and there are not enough for all, so get them asap. We all had a good time, and really appreciate Larson Bodden for the help. His contact is larsonbodden41@gmail.com. He and his son operate their business, so feel confidient in either person for your trip!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Penny K
    2 contributions
    Wonderful Day in Roatán!
    Very trustworthy & professional Business. First time I booked an excursion not with the cruise ship. I highly recommend Five Stars. Our tour guide & driver, Daniel was very accommodating & knowledgeable. It was an awesome day!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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al1241
Covington, LA47 contributions
Jun 2022
My wife and I recently visited Roatan and had the opportunity to visit both West Bay and West End. West BAY and West END, are very close together, have very similar names but offer VERY DIFFERENT experiences. This is my rating for West BAY.

West BAY is the home of Roatan's major resorts. The resorts offer typical resort amenities like big swimming pools, lots of beach chairs and umbrellas, crowds on the beach, usually an attached restaurant, lots of beach activities and LOTS of people. There is a beautiful reef just offshore in easy swimming distance which does offer excellent snorkeling. There are also lots of nearby restaurants and shops and lots of locals offering all kinds of excursions and selling everything. The "vibe" is that of a typical resort town with people everywhere. Some people love that experience and, if you do, West BAY may be the place for you. However, in my opinion, there is little reason to travel to a place like Roatan for that experience.

West END, although only a 5 minute taxi ride (or 10 minute boat taxi ride) from West BAY is entirely different. It is more authentic Roatan. The beach (very nice by the way) is not crowded although you might have some local kids swimming nearby. You can get a beach chair but, unless you are staying at one of the boutique hotels directly on the beach, you will probably have to rent your chair from a local vendor. Hotels are much, much smaller than on West Bay and usually frequented by a few divers. The restaurants, shops and bars are open air and mostly front directly on the main street. It is very easy to book diving, snorkeling tours, and anything else that you want to do directly from the local shops.

West BAY may be just what you are looking for; however, my wife and I much preferred the slower pace and relaxed vibe of West END.
Written July 3, 2022
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Michael G
Peabody, MA154 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We have been to rotan and went to tabayna beach which was beautiful. Our plan was to go there again but our driver suggested west beach so we went there. The beach was nice but not as nice as tabayna. When we got back on the cruise ship we noticed several small red bites on our legs, all 4 of us had bites. Don’t waste your time going to west beach I think the taxi drivers get some sort of commission if they bring you there plus tabayna is further away and they would rather not drive that far. Don’t let them convince you to go to west beach. I will not go to that beach again
Written March 16, 2020
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Michelle
Del Mar, CA62 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
We walked from Spash Inn down the beach to the Grand Roatan Resort for lunch on the last day of our trip. The beach was beautiful, and we saw many lovely resorts along the way. Next time when we are not diving in the afternoon, we will make a whole day of it and stop for cocktails at a few places. The walk is a nice example of the variety of resorts, bars and restaurants on the island, from casual and isolated to festive and hopping with beach activities. Lunch on the covered beach patio of the Iron Shore Restaurant was relaxing, and we caught a water taxi from Bananarama’s dock back to the Splash Inn . Will definitely make the trip again.
Written January 5, 2020
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snodewd
Cambridge, Canada33 contributions
Dec 2019
Great place to relax and wind down. Water was clear and shallow so could walk out a long way out to another sand bar maybe 120 yards. No good snorkelling right off the beach but can get a local boat out to the reef by 20 min boat ride. Restaurant was extremely slow for anything ordered at the beach and usually forgot half the order when it finally arrived. We were off a cruise ship so when your time is limited you need fast service...better to wander up to the bar yourself and order what you want then bring it to your spot on the beach.
Written January 30, 2020
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thomjane
Parry Sound, Canada150 contributions
Feb 2020
We took the water taxi from West End to West Bay, which cost 3 dollars. Great snorkeling off the beach as the reef is really close. Only drawback is that there is very little shade on the public beach strip that you can access. The rest is owned by a big hotel. And if it happens to be when a cruise ship is in it can be really packed. Good for a snorkel and then go have lunch somewhere along the beach.
Written February 25, 2020
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Tina M
Toronto, Canada38 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice bars, restauramts and perches to sit and soak in the atmosphere
Beware of the sand flies. They're small but brutal. Bring something edfective and safe. Maybe citronella spray? We just ignored them and itched for a few weeks after =) After -bite which is mainly ammonia, works on those.
Lots of vendors go around offering massage and hair-braiding services. Sylvia was nice and reasonable. $30 for a one hour massage. Sane for braiding. And she does a great job!
Sometimes the Garifuna people come dresses in their traditional festival wear and do spectacular dance and drumming. Be ready to participate when they pull you in. It's a lot of fun.
Love the pools at Infinity Bay Resort.
Written March 6, 2020
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AngelaSims
Placitas, NM16 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a great day visiting from West End. The water taxi was $3 per person and was a great experience in and of itself. The beach is lined with high end resorts (many all-inclusive). The sand and water are gorgeous and you can rent a beach chair at most spots for $15-$20 bucks for a day. We just walked up and down and stopped in for a couple of drinks at Beachers, which is a great place. It was a very nice place to spend a day.
Written January 14, 2020
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Tyrant37
San Francisco, CA99 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
The beach is flawless. Crystal clear water and warm. The west bay is naturally more expensive to eat compared to the west end but that’s expected. I recommend swimming closer to grand roatan resort as there are tons of fish and reefs to see and the food at that resort is also really good.
Written July 23, 2021
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Michelle C
Thunder Bay, Canada14 contributions
Feb 2020
This Beach is beautiful and you are able to snorkel just a few feet out for a gorgeous spectrum of fish. Unfortunately there is so many people for such a small place. Be prepared to turn down hundreds of messages and the same t-shirt from 20 different locals.
Written February 28, 2020
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Sasha Marquez
55 contributions
Feb 2021
Johanna is the best (she is a local) who gave me the best massage. Very interesting lady who knows her business. She makes the neatest and longest lasting braids and her massage is actually very serious matter. She certainly knew what she was doing.
Written March 19, 2021
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