Located about one third of the way from the west side, on the south shore of Roatan, is the town of French Harbour. Barefoot Cay is one bead of a necklace of cays between French Harbour and Brick Bay to the west. Situated between the reef entrances of French Harbour and Brick Bay, Barefoot Cay is 1.2 miles west of French Harbour. Barefoot Cay Resort has beachfront accommodations and amenities such as the dining service and pool on the cay, and additional amenities of dive shop, spa rooms, and retail shop, as well as our oceanview loft accommodations on the other side of the channel in the Barefoot Divers building. Boats and yachts with up to a 9 foot draft can travel through the 75-foot-wide channel that separates the island of Roatan and Barefoot Cay, and dock at our full-service luxury marina.
Barefoot Cay is located in the Western Caribbean, on the island of Roatan. Roatan is about thirty miles north of the mainland of Central America. Roatan and the surrounding islands of Utila and Guanaja, collectively called the Bay Islands, were British colonies until the 1850s when they became a part of Honduras. Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands, is about thirty miles long but only between two to three miles wide. There are numerous bays and fjords accessible through various cuts in the reef that surround the island. The reef drops off vertically to the deep ocean floor offering some of the most fabulous wall diving in the world. A modern international airport is located about 10 minutes from Barefoot Cay, near the town of Coxen Hole on the western side of the island, with daily direct flights from several U.S. cities.
United, Delta, American Airlines and TACA Airlines fly directly from the U.S. to Roatan. United flies from/to Houston. Delta flies from/to Atlanta. TACA flies from/to Miami and from/to Houston on. All Four airlines, in addition to United, fly to San Pedro Sula on the mainland Honduras daily from various U.S. cities with commuter flights available to Roatan. Sunwing offers direct flights to Roatan from Toronto and Montreal, Canada, during the winter months. Current flight information and fares can be obtained through the links above or through travel agents. Barefoot Cay can also help to arrange your travel plans and car rental, if requested.
|Visa & passport requirements
All travelers need a passport with an expiry date which is at least six months from your arrival date in order to enter Honduras. Upon entering the country, you will be issued a ninety day "tourist" visa if you are traveling with a US or Canadian passport. Other nationalities please check with the Honduran consulate to see entry requirements. A yellow fever vaccination certificate if arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever. There is a $39 airport tax charge when leaving the country.
The national language is Spanish, however since the Bay Islands were once British colonies, many people on Roatan speak or understand English.
Roatan offers a favorable tropical climate all year round, where the temperature generally ranges between 77°F and 84°F (25°C and 29°C). On the south shore of Roatan, Barefoot Cay benefits from the prevailing easterly trade winds.
All during the year, the weather patterns change frequently on Roatan. Mid-October to December or mid-January are the rainiest times on Roatan, but rainfall is often periodic and a typical day or week in the rainy season can include days that have full or partial sunshine, along with some occasional or continual rain. The tropical rain on Roatan often begins and ends abruptly. The island’s indigenous exotic trees and plants are kept healthy by ample annual rainfall.
The summer months are warmer and there typically is less breeze, however on Barefoot Cay, there is usually at least a light breeze, especially on the Palapa, which extends 260’ from the Cay itself. It’s easy to cool off on even the warmest days with a short swim in the pool or the Caribbean Sea. The heat in the mid to late summer months sometimes causes nighttime electrical storms on Roatan.
While Roatan’s median temperature is 80°F (26.7°C), its waters are equally warm. The average water temperature varies from approximately 78°F (25.5°C) in winter to 84°F (29°C) in summer.
Roatan lies to the south of the main hurricane track, which typically passes through the eastern Caribbean, then north through Cuba and to the United States.
How to Help Roatan
Some guests like to fill extra suitcases with supplies to be used by the schools or medical facilities on Roatan, or with extra clothing or toys for the people here. We will be pleased to distribute such donations brought to Roatan by guests.
What to Bring
The dress is casual on Roatan, with bathing suit, shorts, T shirts, tank tops being typical attire. Bring more than one bathing suit. The sun is intense, so a lightweight long sleeved shirt and pants are handy to have. Rubber thongs or TEVA's provide good footwear. CROCS are sold a Barefoot Cay.
Roatan uses the same electric voltage as the U.S.: AC (60Hz), 120/240 volts. The local electric provider, RECO, has outages from time to time but they typically do not last long. Barefoot Cay has a back-up generator that serves all buildings on the Cay during power outages.
The local currency is the Lempira. The exchange rate to U.S. dollars is approximately 20 Lempiras to one U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars are accepted at nearly all locations on Roatan. There are ATM machines in French Harbour and Coxen Hole. Credit cards are accepted at many places, however there is usually a fee for using a credit card. Travelers’ checks are not accepted everywhere, but we can usually make arrangements for cashing travelers’ checks in limited amounts.
All tap water on Barefoot Cay is filtered, sterilized and safe for drinking. It is best at other places in Honduras to request bottled water.
Eldon's in French Harbour stocks a wide variety of groceries, produce and liquor. In addition, there are numerous pulperias that offer grocery items and produce.
There are numerous restaurants on Roatan offering a variety of menu selections, in several price ranges. Barefoot Cay has the menus from many of our guests' favorite places to eat. There are three restaurants in close by French Harbour, one of which can be reached by small boat.
Meal and beverage services are available to guests of Barefoot Cay. Served in the Pool Cabana, Lookout Lounge or in your bungalow, villa or boat, you can select from yummy preparations of local or imported foods and beverages.
The Bay Islands are generally safe for visitors, however normal precaution should be taken, such as when walking at night or walking in remote areas. Barefoot Cay has full security.