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Roatan White Sand Beach, Diving,Fishing and Personal Service.

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
6 nights


Sandy Bay Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Spacious apartment will sleep 2-4-6 persons. Full size kitchen

Hobbies Hideaway is located on a half mile stretch of white sand beach, with crystal clear waters in the Sandy Bay area of Roatan, just 4km outside of West End. This area represents some of most unspoiled reef area of the Roatan Marine Reserve, with popular dive sites within swimming distance from your beach front apartment.

Explore the coral reef and its pristine beauty of underwater corals, fish and flora. Centrally located between West End and Coxen Hole with banks, ATM's, duty free shops, grocery stores and fine Honduran gift shops with island culture. Our area is undisturbed without the high end tourism. Quiet and tranquil yet close to all attractions. We provide airport transportation to the lodging at no charge.

Honduran coffee is provided free.


The large apartment has a private bath, fully equipped kitchen, all kitchen ware, purified water, tiled floors, ceiling fans, air conditioning and orthopedic bedding. The apartment faces the beach and reef. Outside your front door is a large entertainment area for socializing, watching the spectacular sunsets or observing the marine life. .BBQ available on the beach to cook fresh local fresh caught fish,shrimp and conch. Free coffee. The Apartment has cold air conditioning for humid and hot days. The Bedroom has your choice 0f King, Queen and twin beddings.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

John Hobson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
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October 27, 2016
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About John Hobson

We are orignally from the Florida Keys Diving the reefs of Fla,. In earlier years it was unsurpassed. Then we discovered Roatan on a vacation. We came to fish and dive but decided to retire here.

John Hobson purchased this apartment in 2005

Why John Hobson chose Bay Islands Honduras

The beach front is beautiful,. Sunsets a different one every night .Being able to swim to the reef without a boat keeps you in shape.

What makes this apartment unique

No stress ,peace and quiet with the ecological natural beauty of the area.

If your seeking to escape the crowds of tourism at high end resorts our area is quiet and undiscovered but close to high end tourism areas

Guestbook comments from the owner

please visit <>for reviews. Many quests tell us what a great time they had and what a wonderful place. When they get back to the states they get caught up in the hurried daily routine and soon forget to leave feedback.
Apr 2010
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based on 22 traveler reviews

Roatan White Sand Beach, Diving,Fishing and Personal Service.
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 23 reviews
Nags Head


  • 5 of 5

As the title emphasizes, Hobbies is situated at one of the best possible locations on Roatan. Sandy Bay has a beautiful white sand beach fringed by Coconut palms, and mangroves. Extremely important and biodiverse eel grass extends from the beach out to the reef. Snorkeling is superb! Sunsets are too. The grocery stores, shops and airport are about 10 to 15 minutes away. Getting to and from Half Moon Bay and West Beach is very easy and very cheap. And course the icing on the cake are the wonderful hosts John & Sue; and their right hand man, Ronald – okkiee dokiee

John picks you up and drops you off at the airport and takes you to the grocery store frequently. If he's busy, taxis are readily available to take you anywhere. John and Sue provide a wealth of information about the island and the local way of life. Their hospitality is not confined to the van or the living quarters above. This is the place to relax, kick back, drink a cold one and tell stories. Comfortable, friendly and it felt familiar and safe.

Our unit was well furnished. We did not lack for a thing. We cooked what we caught on our fishing trip with John and Ronald on the grill onsite. Made our evening cocktails and enjoyed the company of the other guests. Ronald took us on a unforgettable snorkel adventure. We spent our last day touring the island with John.

In the end we knew we had chosen the best location on Roatan for our long awaited vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, And thank you for a great review. Location, location ,location, is very important as you had all the conveniences close to you. No long drives from West Bay for provisions. Thank you from our staff and us. Our personal service and attention to your needs is what the Hideaway is about. Our reward is your memorable vacation time. Please hurry back to paradise. Sincerely, John and Sue
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Just as described. We'll be back.

  • 5 of 5

Everything you'll read in the reviews is right on. Everything John put in the description is the way it is. It's like being at home on vacation with your best friend or neighbor ready to help you when you need it. Sue celebrated a birthday with friends while we were there and they didn't hesitate to invite us to share a drink with them. Hired John for a great tour of the island one of our days there. He stopped for us in Coxen Hole on the way back and we picked up lobster and snapper for a couple of our dinners. The Salty Mango is a short walk away serving great breakfast and lunches. Blue Island Divers is also a short walk away. West End is an easy taxi ride away. Eating is cheap on Roatan. Great snorkeling is a short swim away. John, Sue and their help Ronald are some of the best people you'll ever meet. Ronald climbed a tree out front for a couple fresh coconuts for us that he cut open. We also sampled Sue's salsa and John's Key Lime pie.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you would want for a wonderful, relaxing, water activity filled vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just got home last night but we sure did not want to leave. It was our 8th visit to Hobbies Hideaway with another visit planned in August we just love it there! It is everything we want in a vacation- right on the beach and water- the second largest reef in the world is right off the pier!! John and Sue are the best hosts possible and Ronald their right hand helper is wonderful. They pick you up at the airport and take you back, they take you to the grocery store they

try to do everything they can to make your visit the best. We just love them!!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Best personal service ever! And the water and sand and sun were awesome too!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hobbies Hideaway (Mar 1-7th, 16). It was exactly as anticipated, except somehow we lucked into a large, two bedroom, full kitchen, big bathroom apartment (expecting a smaller accommodation). We loved the space and all the amenities. John and Sue are more like your wonderful next-door neighbours - always ready to help, provide advice and Sue even makes home made salsa for her guests! The snorkeling is wonderful, as are the sunsets and friendly, well-behaved dogs.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank yo Jackie, Reviews are important to us and our best thank you. Our apartments to your surprise are upscale spacious with all amenities. Reasonable pricing and beautiful sunsets from the beach patio or dock. No bungalows or hotel room,just your comfort needed. We enjoyed your company and please hurry back. John and Sue
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Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came for a week and had an amazing time! Hobbies Hideaway was the perfect place to stay for privacy on a budget. John and Sue were great hosts! The beach was private and just breathtaking. And the snorkeling at the reef just past the pier was awesome! They were very accommodating and took us out on the boat for snorkeling and had Ronald take us zip lining! A must to do while you're there! Thank you so much for your hospitality! Will be back again I'm sure!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Aimee, Your review is the best for us and a great thank you. Our goal is to be sure you enjoyed your stay at Hobbies Hideaway. Were looking for you to return.
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Relax in Roatan

  • 5 of 5

Hobbies Hideaway right on the beach in Sandy Bay is in a perfect location for endless kayaking and snorkeling (we did both every day). Most days my husband and I only saw 4-5 people the entire day, peace and quiet is our idea of a perfect vacation. It is the most tranquil setting you could hope to find.

We had a two bedroom, 1 bath apartment and were provided with plenty of towels for our 7 day stay. The kitchen came equipped with all the necessities needed for every day living. The refrigerator/freezer was large enough to handle all of our cold storage products for a full week, with more than ample room to spare. The air conditioner for our place kept us super cool and comfortable when we were inside. Wifi is available, though it can be spotty like everywhere else on the island. If you want Ritz accommodations, this place is more pedestrian, but if you want all of the awesomeness that Roatan has to offer, Hobbies Hideaway is the only place to book your stay.

John (a knowledgeable captain and font of historical island information) and Ronald (the maintenance man and human embodiment of the Swiss Army Knife) took us out on one of the boats to snorkel our last day. It was great fun, we got to see Ronald spear a lion fish, he is extremely adept at spotting things in the ocean that appear to be amorphous blobs to the untrained eye, one definitely wants to snorkel with him. After the outing Ronald plucked and deftly macheted fresh coconuts for us, what is more rhetorically tropical than that?

Sue was able to set up a private cook for us one night. Laura the chef made us island spiced chicken, red beans with rice, fried plantains and bananas as well as a small salad with her super tasty homemade dressing. Laura was another fabulous addition to our stay.

Every day we took one of the two, 2 seater kayaks out right from our beach access point where we would randomly pick a portion of the Meso-American reef to drop anchor and snorkel. Not one day were we anything but stunned by the vast array of fish, conchs, lobsters and ocean flora. Our little GoPro (we would recommend any underwater camera) worked overtime to document the amazing colors of all the flora and fauna as well as the various blues of the ocean itself.

Hobbies Hideaway in Sandy Bay is the place to unwind and relax when you need respite from the everyday trials and tribulations of your fast paced existence.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hobbies Hideaway
Pristine Bay Resort Golf Course
Anthony's Key
Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Roatan International Airport (RTB)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
Galaxy Wave
Nearest Motorway
0.02 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Salty Mango
Car: not necessary

Snorkel excursions to best of the reef, Dive certifications, Offshore fishing, Excellent bone fishing on the flats, rental boats available, Marine ecological park in front of beach apts., popular dive sites, Dolphin encounters and show close to us, disco bars, nightlife, . Canopy Zip line,24 landings. Total island tours


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Sandy Bay Apartment Rental Rates

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Nov 19 2016 - May 27 2017
6 night minimum stay
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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%

Reservation cancellations forfeit deposit 45 days before arrival, Airline or travel itinerary delays illness or acts of God deposits or rental time are not refundable. Change of date or location during requested rental time no refunds
Free shuttle service from airport or ferry. Initial supermarket stop on arrival
The Honduran currency changes in value. Currently American cash brings a higher rate of exchange. We suggest cash as you get more value for the dollar. lock boxes in apartments

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Sandy Bay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
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  • Away From It All
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  • Romantic
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  • Microwave
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  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Vanity sink
  • Full shower with hot and cold water. no Jacuzzi tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Extra or different bedding is available,
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • KING SIZE or Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) On request for infants, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Fold down Fulton in living room area ,sleeps a additional person. Your choice,email
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
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  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
snorkeling equipment provided ,motor skiffs available, Charter offshore fishing,flats fishing, Island tours available. our tours you will see the whole island a full day tour, Lighthouse estates, West Bay , West End, Punta Gorda Oak Ridge, Jonesville .Hole in the Wall. more.

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