About the property
- House1800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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.
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About Nevada Montagu
Hello! 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! Cheers, Nevada
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!
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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.
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!
Very well appointed! We will return!
The property is well set up for two couples with the identical master bedrooms. The kitchen is well stocked although we only 'cooked' dinner one night. There was nothing that I couldn't find or thought was missing. There are lounge chairs on the dock and on the beach area, which were nice for sunning and to sit in and watch the dolphin show. The deck was nice to sit and read and it was mostly shaded all day (in January). The property was easy to find with the directions given, we rented a car and drove to the house. The weather was not in our favor (Very windy) so we didn't spend a bunch of time at the property, we used the car to find some calmer spots on the island, so we didn't get a lot of use out of the snorkel gear or kayaks. Had the weather been calmer we would have used them every day! The house was within walking distance of Blue Bahia restaurant, which we went to three or four times during our stay. We also went to Papa Bones pizza which was close. Grocery shopping needs to be done in Coxen Hole, so you can stop there at Eldons on your way through. The property is a 10 minute drive to the West End where there are lots more restaurants available. And the cell phone that is provided was great! Our bag didn't make it on our flight, so having the phone was very nice to keep in touch for having our bag delivered. Also, we could call and set up tours or call for a taxi. The details are all thought out and there was nothing I felt was lacking with the house or our stay.
Great place to stay, love watching the dolphins from the deck.
We all had a great time here. We enjoyed the great apartment, the atmosphere of the island, the dolphins in the morning while drinking our coffee , the diving , and the great sunsets from the dock, and we cannot forget about Hayden, what a great dog.
A big thank you to Nevada & Michelle , that you always were there to help us with anything that came up.
The apartment is great and perfectly equipped, and the decks are great for reading, catching some rays, watching the dolphins and the sea, or just taking a nap.
Sandy Bay is a quiet place with just a few hotels and restaurants and two dive schools just five minutes away, this is the perfect place if you want peace and quiet.
We loved this place and will be back, but next time we will come back when it is not in the rainy season ;~}
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.
Perfect island getaway
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.
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.
RESTAURANTS 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. GROCERIES 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. THINGS TO DO 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.
Additional information about rental rates
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.