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Beach House Across From Dolphin Sanctuary!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beach house w/ 2nd & 3rd floor decks, private beach, & dolphin sanctuary!

This is a very comfortable and cozy beach house with second and third floor decks, located in a quiet island neighborhood, complete with private beach & dock. It is surrounded by coral reef and a dolphin sanctuary! Included with your stay are kayaks and! Guests also get a discount on rental gear from Sandy Bay Paddle.

Snorkeling right off the dock is superb. You can swim up to the dolphin enclosure. They will usually come up to the fence netting to say hello. It's tempting to pet them, but please do not as it makes the dolphin staff unhappy.

Swim/snorkel to either side of the dolphin pen for great snorkeling featuring abundant coral, all kinds of fish, turtles, rays, eels, flamingo tongues, and much more!

The property manager will greet the guests upon arrival to give them the key and a quick tour of the property.

The property manager lives in the separate, first floor unit. The property caretaker also lives on-site in a separate building.

The house is located in a real Honduran neighborhood. Although a large resort and other beach rentals surround the house, this is not a resort/vacation community. Outside the property's fence you will see the local people, children, dogs, and day-to-day activities that make up this great little neighborhood.

Maximum Stay: 14 Days.

More Details

Property Manager
Nevada Montagu
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Nevada Montagu


I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York; went to high school and college in Arkansas; and spent the last 17 years living in Denver, Colorado.

I'm currently living on the island of Roatan, which is 35 miles off the coast of Honduras. It's surrounded by coral reef and the Caribbean Sea.

I manage a rental property here, located in Sandy Bay on the north side of the island. It has a large studio apartment on the first floor and a two plus bedroom apartment on the second and third floors. It's a little slice of palm-tree-fringed heaven right on the beach.

While I'm in Honduras, I'm renting out my home in Denver, CO.

I recently completed my PADI Divemaster certification with a dive shop in West End, Roatan. I freelance as a Divemaster around the island.

I hope you come visit. It's a great little island!



Nevada Montagu purchased this house in 1992

Why Nevada Montagu chose Sandy Bay

The property belongs to my friends who live in Lander, Wyoming. They have been doing medical missions (Mission of Mercy) to villages in the remote jungles on the Honduran mainland since the 1970s.

They and their family use the property for themselves but needed help managing it as a vacation rental. When they heard I was leaving 'cubicle land' and considering a Divemaster Internship somewhere, they asked if I was interested in managing their property. Having stayed here a year earlier, I immediately said yes!

What makes this house unique

The best part of this property is its location. It's located in beautiful and quiet Sandy Bay. It's right on the water with a small, private beach and a dock you can dive off of or sit and watch the sunsets. And guests really seem to love the dolphin enclosure that is about 50 feet (15 meters) from the end of our dock. The dolphins are part of Anthony's Key Resort located next to us. If you're interested, you can swim or even scuba dive with your own dolphin! Either way, you can sit on the dock, beach, or decks and watch them play for free.

We recently purchased kayaks for the guests to use!


Sandy Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • No shoes in the house. Please clean your shoes and bare feet in the rinse buckets at the base of both porch steps. Please do this every time.
  • No parties or extra guests. Absolutely no new overnight guests. This is for your safety as well as mine. I will be very strict about this.
  • Guests pay for their electricity usage.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , outdoor shower , First Floor Utility Room
  • There are two full baths, one in each of the master bedrooms. There is an extra half bath located on the first floor utility room where the snorkel gear is located. There is a key to this room on the kitchen key rack. NOTE: The utility room must stay locked at all times. There is a cold fresh water shower on the beach.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Third Floor Sofa
  • The two master bedrooms are identical. Each has a queen bed, full bath, and air conditioner. The living room has a futon, as does the third floor loft. The living room and the loft are not air conditioned.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house is close to scuba/snorkel/fishing operations. All kinds of tours and activities can be arranged. Many will pick you up from our dock. Guests of the house get discounted rental equipment at Sandy Bay Paddle: - SUPs, GoPros, & Waterproof Phone Housings.


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Beach House Across From Dolphin Sanctuary!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful two weeks here. We enjoyed the gorgeous apartment, the atmosphere at the island, the nature, the water, the hospitality, diving, snorkeling, sunsets, good food ... and so much more.

A big thank you to you Nevada, that you always were there to help us with anything that came up. We felt welcome (by the way give a hug to Hayden) and liked very much to have a chat with you .

The apartment is huge and perfectly equipped. Our kids decided to split in two rooms so everybody had enough privacy. We enjoyed the deck with the views spending a lot of time watching the dolphins or the hummingbirds that came to visit us.

Sandy Bay is a quiet place with just a few hotels and restaurants and two dive schools just five minutes away.

We loved this place and will surely try to come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kerstin. I truly enjoyed hosting you and your family. Hayden and I would love to see you again someday. Please come back anytime!
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Wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

The beach house was great with a very open floor plan, lots of space and nice variety of screened in and open deck space. The dolphin sanctuary was 24/7 entertainment and Nevada and Michelle were great hosts (property mgmt).

Tandem kayaks were great for getting around and out to the dive / snorkeling spots but you can also just snorkel right off of beach. I would highly recommend the spot and would come back in a heart beat.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect island getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is comfortable and very well equipped. We made a lot of use of the kayaks and snorkelling gear to go out to the reef for several hours a day. We saw a huge variety of fish,turtles and even a nurse shark. Everyday brought a different wonder. Evenings we ate out at blue Bahia or the sunken fish which are both just a short stroll down the beach. We often just sat out on the enclosed deck , listening to the dolphins , playing cards and ate in. Nevada was a great source of information when needed and we loved his latest rescue dog who was a bit timid at first but gradually became more confident with us over our stay. We got great pictures of the humming birds that visited the feeder all day and enjoyed their antics as they competed for sole possession of the food. All in all it was the perfect holiday and we shall definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Baltimore, MD

Perfect vacation.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a week with my husband and adult son. After a brutal work week and a false start when our airplane had to return to Baltimore for engine trouble and we couldn't rebook until the next day, it was the perfect place to relax. Hopping in the water then sitting on the dock in the breeze was a great way to beat the heat. The dolphins were always entertaining and so much closer than we expected. LOVED the kayaks and the snorkeling! I want to go back just for that. The screened porches were great spots to get out of the sun and perfect for playing cards on the one day of rain that we had. The wifi was great.

Our favorite dinner spot was the Blue Bahia which was a short and lovely walk down the beach. Even in the dark, we felt completely relaxed and safe. Our last night they had live music which was fantastic.

I had worried about bugs and mosquitos and came armed with a ridiculous amount of DEET free products. The only thing we used was Lemon Eucalyptus and that was perfect.

Nevada was great (thank you so much for everything), quiet and available when we had a question. He takes such great care of the property and the landscaping is beautiful. We also loved the rescue animals he's caring for.

I recommend this house for anyone who wants to relax, enjoy privacy, and have access to the water without a lot of fuss. I hope to go back some time with other family members.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ohio USA

Awesome island home with the best view we could imagine: watching dolphins every day.

  • 5 of 5

El Rancho Delfin had everything we'd expected in an island getaway. A little private beach to swing on a hammock, launch kayaks or stand up paddle board, and a dock to watch sunsets while enjoying happy hour and watching dolphins. There's a 2nd story deck as well, right off the living room, which gives a great view of dolphin island. We even watched dolphins swimming outside of the sanctuary enclosure. There's great snorkeling off the shore with the reef within swimming distance. El Rancho Delfin has most all the gear you need to jump right in. Likewise, it offers all the comforts of home, including an incredibly well-stocked kitchen. The house was clean and well cared for. Prepare for the sand fleas on the island by bringing lots of Cactus juice repellent. Our host, Nevada and Michelle, were friendly offering helpful advice and suggestions whenever we needed it. It's about a 7-minute drive to West End. We'd definitely recommend this place. We also definitely recommend taking a trip to the Sloth Sanctuary, which is about a 30 minute car ride.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

I rented El Rancho Delfin for a week in May 2017 - four women from mid 20's to 80 and we felt very safe and secure. The two bedrooms, two baths and third floor loft provided plenty of space to spread out. The house is centrally located on the island and the location was perfect for exploring all Roatan has to offer. I recommend a car, as driving is easy with one main highway going pretty much everywhere we wanted to go. Punta Gorda and the wonderful Flamingo Cultural Center is just a 45 minute drive, West End with it's abundance of restaurants (we recommend Beachers) and great snorkeling in Half Moon Bay is a short 15 minutes away. West Bay with it's beautiful beach is about 25 minutes away. We really enjoyed being in a 'real' neighborhood and away from the tourist areas at night. The dolphins are so close we sat on the deck or kayaked over to watch them each morning, and went to sleep each night to their sounds of tail slapping, squeaking, and 'blow holing' - it was wonderful!!!! This house could not have been more perfect. The kayaks, snorkel gear, well equipped kitchen, decks, lounge chairs etc we all much appreciated. The couple of nights it was just too sticky hot to sleep, the room a/c cooled things off quickly. There is a great community center across the road - be sure to visit and meet the neighborhood children and teachers. If you have room to bring some soccer shoes, shin guards, balls, or school type supplies - please pack them as they will be much appreciated - and it creates instant space for bringing home something from the many shops in West End! Nevada and Michelle were wonderful hosts - not at all intrusive, but happy to help if needed. I hope to return soon as a week was simply not long enough!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Ellen! You and your family were great guests. I'm glad you had fun. You certainly made the most of your time here! Please come back anytime!
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Nearest Airport
5.5 Miles
Roatan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Blue Bahia and Tranquil Seas Resorts
Nearest Ferry
8.1 Miles
Carl O. McNab Sr. Maritime Terminal
Nearest Golf
13.6 Miles
Pristine Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Blue Bahia and Tranquil Seas Resorts
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended


There are a few restaurants within walking distance of the house.

There is a little store just up the street, at the concrete bridge. Besides selling basic groceries, they make baleadas for about $0.75 each.

Anthony's Key Resort has a restaurant/bar up on the hill and a simple snack bar down on their dock.

Blue Bahia Resort, 5-10 minute walk down the beach, has a moderately priced restaurant and good food.

West End is a 5 minute drive from the house. It has dozens of restaurants and bars, several mini grocery stores, a bank, ATM, gas station, dive shops, and a variety of other shops.

West Bay also has loads of restaurants. Though a little pricier than West End, you can still find moderately priced options -- especially for lunch.


There are three little stores in the neighborhood. The first is the baleada place next to the concrete bridge. The second is located down a dirt path between the baleada place and the house across the street. They are better stocked and always have milk and ice cold beer. The third is up the street and located back from the street a bit. I only go there if the other two are sold out of something I want.

West End has several mini groceries with more variety and fresh vegetables.

Coxen Hole, a 10 minute drive, has three modern grocery stores with everything you'll need. Eldons, located up the hill behind the gas station, is your best bet.


Half Moon Bay is located in West End. It's beach and water are great for a quick dip or impromptu beach session. Though not as nice as West Bay's beach and water, it's still very nice. It's also a great place to watch the sunset.

For the quintessential beach day, head to West Bay. It's about a 20-25 minute drive from the house. White sand and crystal blue water are the best on the island. Snorkeling along the Wall at the south end of the beach are must-do's. Those comfortable in the water will want to snorkel all the way out to the Rock.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $50

Maximum Stay: 14 Days.

We've lowered our rental rates! Electricity on the island is EXPENSIVE! By popular demand, guests now pay for the electricity they use. An electricity meter has been added in the house so guests can track their usage. A reading is taken at check-in and check-out. Guests pay $0.50/kilowatt hour. I can't control what you'll pay, but we often see a family of four having a $35-$45/week bill. This is when AC is used only at night and only in the bedrooms as well as efficient use of the clothes dryer. If you throw one wet bathing suit or towel in the dryer at a time, your bill will be much higher.

Guests have total control of how much they pay for electricity by going easy on the AC and turning off lights and fans when not in use or when they leave the house.

Guests are responsible for safe return of all the equipment they use or allow their friends to use. Equipment includes kayaks, paddles, snorkeling gear, life vests, and miscellaneous sporting goods. Breaking or losing these items requires the full replacement cost. This includes theft of any of the items while they are in the guest's care. Do not leave equipment unattended in a vehicle or on the beach.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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