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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 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.
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
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!
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!
We had a great time in Sandy Bay at El Rancho Delfín. The rental was clean, had a great view, and a perfect layout for a family with 2 kids. We loved waking up with coffee and watching the dolphins from the balcony. The kayaks were great for navigating around Sandy Bay to beautiful snorkeling and dive spots. One night, paddling back after dinner at either Blue Bahía or Tranquil Seas, we saw some bioluminescence lighting up in our wake! The house also offers good quality snorkel gear, although we brought our own. We loved jumping off the dock and swimming in the area, careful though, just off the dock is a small boat channel since there is no reef.
The rental is in a central location, easy to access many other popular parts of the island. El Rancho Delfín is located in a neighborhood, sometimes it can get loud on weekend evenings, but never too late, and the A.C.'s drown out external sound. The locals in the neighborhood were friendly, and we never felt unsafe, the property also has a large fence and locking gate.
The property is well maintained, and the property manager, Nevada, is very friendly and welcoming, but not intrusive. If you have any questions, Nevada is very knowledgeable and happy to help.
Thanks, we highly recommend staying here!
The most relaxing place EVER. The beach house is humble and extremely well equipped from the kitchen to the water-sports gear. Snorkeling in the backyard and reading on the beach shore was so peaceful. Nevada is a wonderful host, he was always available to help us with anything we needed and answered all of our questions. He even told us about other places on the island that were fun to explore. The best part of this location is the amazing views at any time of day. From the moment the sun rises the Dolphins start filling their tales and when the sun sets the sky is painted with bright stars and lightening. If you pay close attention you are guaranteed to see a shooting star every single night. Five star hotels have nothing on this intimate home, I wish I could have stayed longer. Definitely a place worth returning to!
We booked this stay to celebrate our birthdays and were thrilled with the setting and accommodations.
The house has everything you can think of and more! So spacious and lots of screened in and open porch areas. We loved sitting on the deck(s) and watching the dolphins, or listening to them slapping their tails at night. The kayaks were great to have, and we found the waters very calm, clear, and easy to navigate. We enjoyed paddling around the perimeter of the dolphin enclosure and Anthony's Key.
The owner/manager is helping look after a local dog and cat, and food is available to help fill their little bellies. The house is in a very special location in Sandy Bay, and you'll get more of a "local" experience here than in one of the larger resorts.
The house is very spacious and the bedrooms have A/C, which helped for those muggy days. There were several small appliances, dishes, glasses, mugs, utensils, and full size fridge and stove. There were lots of handy items for our use as well, accumulated from previous guests and the owners. A house cell phone is available for use, and the caretaker was available when you needed him.
I would recommend a car rental in this area, or you can walk over to the main road or Anthony's Key and grab a taxi. The house is a short drive to West End with its plethora of excellent restaurants. You can also go a little further to West Bay for more restaurants and great beaches and reef snorkelling.
We were so happy to have found this place, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique experience in Roatan.
My husband and I and our son and daughter (ages 17 and 15) stayed at Rancho Delfin for five nights and it was perfect. The kayaks included with the rental made this the best value by far and it was only a quick swim or paddle out to the reef to snorkel all day long which was what my son did. The dolphin sanctuary seemed so much closer in person than it did in the pictures and they periodically let a few out so my husband and kids all got to play with them in the open water. A bit trippy because they are so big, but very friendly. I ended up being diagnosed with breast cancer after I had booked this trip and wasn't sure if my doctor would let me go because I'm in the middle of my chemo treatments, but she did and this was the perfect place for me. There is a hammock on the beach about 6 feet from the waters edge and close enough to the house where I could still pick up the wifi to answer work emails and catch up on instagram. The foliage in the yard provided plenty of shade to keep me out of the sun and the dock was there for sunshine. The neighborhood is an interesting mix of third world housing and resorts. The first couple of days we just stuck to the local restaurants that we could walk to. Then we bought some fresh eggs that were terrific from the local store that charges a bit more if you are a gringo. When we finally ventured into the West End, it couldn't have been easier. You just walk up to the main street and flag down one of the passing taxis or vans. I was told by someone at Anthony Keys resort to pay $1/person for the ride into town and that it might go up to $2/person to come home at night. That's what I paid and never had any issues. It is a quick ride and the West End provides a bit more variety and some cheaper options for meals and drinks. There are also some bigger groceries if you want to really save some money and take advantage of the fully stocked kitchen back at the house. Nevada can hook you up with a car where they will drop it off at the house and pick it up for about $40/day. I regret that we didn't take advantage of exploring the island a bit more, but because of my condition, this was more of a relaxing vacation and less of an adventure. My husband was happy to fly fish every morning and even went out with a guide a couple of times. Not much catching, but he had some opportunities for permit and bone fish. With the snorkeling, kayaking and dolphins the kids were plenty entertained.
We rented for five nights. Two adults and three 20-something girls. The house is very nice, magnificent views and dolphin shows just across from the dock. The house is well equipped for rustic dining...not overly fancy but very functional. Brand new washer and dryer. Filtered water. Good fridge. This is definitely not a resort experience, you are in the midst of a blue collar Honduran Neighborhood. We found it very safe and very friendly. There is a small bodega/restaurant called BeBe about 50 yards outside the driveway, run by Antonio and his sweet wife. It looks a little imposing at first but make the effort. Lots of charming kids and adults in both English and Spanish. And we ate dinner there twice...delicious with no follow-on issues. The shrimp night is to die for. Ten minute walk down to beach to the Beach Grill at Blue Bahia Hotel. Nicer, elegant food at very reasonable price. We were supported by Tex, who lives on our property and was readily available if we had any issues. This is a do-it-yourself, rustic type property, with lots of room, three great kayaks for paddling out to the reef, lots of local flavor, terrific swimming and a ten minute drive to West End. Get a car or use collectivo cabs to get into town. Strongly recommended.
We absolutely loved this property. It was everything I had hoped for and more. I enjoyed getting up about 5:30 every morning and having a cup of coffee on the upstairs deck and watching the Dolphins jump. I was mesmerized! I fell asleep on the deck one day after a long day of snorkeling and woke up to a hummingbird chirping in my face. They are not shy at all! The kayaks were a wonderful plus too! We paddled around Bailey's key and and I was amazed at the beautiful reef right below us. An array of fish and sea turtles were to the left of the dolphin pen. So be sure and check it out!!! World class snorkeling in the backyard! Sandy Bay is a residential area so we got a great feel for the culture which is why I don't do all inclusive results. I want culture. Please do yourself and walk to the Sunken Fish at Tranquil Seas and have dinner. That was my favorite restaurant on the island. Nevada was great with answering our questions and we will be returning!!! Missing it already!
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.
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.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.