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“Beautiful but beware of the peddlers”
Review of West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach
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Zipline, Monkey and Parrot watching plus Beach Resort Combo Tour in Roatan
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Shore Excursion: West Bay Beach with Lunch
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Snorkeling Tour from West Bay
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in West Bay
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The beach is beautiful but beware of the peddlers. One lady started pouring baby oil on my back and tried to give me a massage and I pretty much had to get ugly with her to get her to stop. I ended up getting a pretty nasty sunburn because of the oil and it was a little aggravating trying to enjoy the peace when all of these people are bugging you. Snorkeling is wonderful here!

Thank Melissa V
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a beautiful beach and bay with fantastic coral gardens and some of the best off the beach snorkeling I've ever seen. However, it is clearly in decline due to careless development, increasing noise, boat traffic, garbage, litter, etc. Noisy, cheesy resorts with idiotic activities like banana boats speeding over the coral are proliferating around the older, quieter accommodations.

This is supposedly in a protected marine park, but the clear trajectory is development at any cost... if it continues for much longer all the things that make people want to come here will be gone.

Thank miko73
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

West Bay Beach is a really safe beach with awesome water, great snorkeling and many places to eat or get a drink.

Thank Crawford67
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I recently spent a week in a rental house on West Bay Beach. The coral reefs off West Bay Beach are beautiful and have a wide variety of sea life. The sand on the beach is soft and white and the height restrictions of the resorts make the beach feel relaxed and the skyline look natural.

However, there are some significant negatives to this beach area that need to be pointed out. Hopefully they will be addressed soon, as they truly hampered my enjoyment of the place and make me think twice about coming back to stay in the West Bay area or Roatan in general:

- I spent a week snorkeling off West Bay Beach and every single day, I picked up disposable coke cups, pieces of plastic, granola / candy bar wrappers, and other garbage. I picked this trash up while snorkeling around the reef and while walking on the beach.
-There are plastic bags everywhere on Roatan: in every store, supermarket, fruit / vegetable venders, souvenir shops. Unfortunately, everyone is giving out plastic bags. The awareness among residents that Roatan is a highly sensitive ecological zone and marine park doesn't seem present from what I observed.
-There is a particular resort on the beach that always has huge speakers pumping out music or showing movies on the beach. This really disturbs the peaceful 'paradise' island vibe that most people want when they sit on a white powder beach. This resort has no respect for all the other resorts or all the other people who don't want to listen to Shrek II at full blast from 200 feet away.

6  Thank Explorasi
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

They tried to charge us 10$ each to SIT IN A CHAIR. The beach was man made and pretty but things here seemed to be so much higher than anywhere else. We saw tourists, but very few locals. Didn't feel like Roatan. Felt like a tourist trap.

1  Thank Lori H
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