BAREFOOT CAY

   Boutique Resort   

Roatan, Bay Islands

 

 

FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions to assist you in your vacation planning

 

Front Desk Hours:  8am to 4:30pm

 

Room Check-in:  3pm

Room Check-out:  11am

Guests arriving to the resort earlier than 3pm are welcome to use the resort amenities such as the pool, palapa & restaurant after registering at the office 

Guests departing from the resort later than 11am may continue using resort amenities after checking out of their rooms, until they're ready to depart (up to 4pm)

Luggage storage is available in the office for guests who arrive early or depart late

 

 

GETTING HERE​

GETTING TO ROATAN

Roatan's international airport is Juan Manuel Galvez (RTB), and receives direct flights from North America via the following carriers:

  • United Airlines from Houston (IAH)

  • American Airlines from Miami & Dallas-Ft. Worth

  • Delta from Atlanta

  • Sun Country from Minneapolis/St. Paul

  • WestJet from Toronto

 

Avianca Airlines offers flights from a number of North American cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles (LAX), Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston (IAH), New York (EWR & JFK), Washington DC, Miami, Toronto and Mexico City), connecting to Roatan through San Salvador

 

Additional flight suggestions:

  • compare airfares via Google Flights or the Hopper app

  • check airfares to San Pedro Sula (SAP) as many major carriers offer flights there, and affordable flights domestic flights can be booked between San Pedro Sula and Roatan via CM AirlinesSOSA Airlines

  • check airfares to Belize City as affordable flights between Belize City and Roatan are available with TropicAir

GETTING TO BAREFOOT CAY RESORT

We're located approximately 7 kilometres (4.25 miles) east of the airport, which is about a 10 minute drive on the main road depending on traffic.  The entrance to our driveway is marked with a Barefoot Cay sign, and is on the right-hand side of the main road when heading east.   Complimentary parking is available for resort guests in our secure parking area behind the Barefoot Divers building

Airport transfers can be arranged by our front desk staff.  Please contact us to inquire about pricing for this service

GETTING TO THE CAY

Our resort has two components:  our private Cay (where our 5 oceanfront villas, pool, spa, palapa, and restaurant are located), and the Barefoot Divers building (home to our 5 spacious oceanview accommodations, PADI 5 star dive center, and offices) on the shore of Roatan, overlooking the Cay and the Caribbean

Our step-on pontoon passenger ferry is available 24 hours a day to transit guests across the narrow 85' channel that separates the Cay from the Barefoot Divers building, so guests have convenient access to all areas of the resort

 

 

ROATAN TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Make sure your passport will be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your scheduled arrival date to Honduras, or you will not be permitted to board your flight.  Temporary visitor's visas are issued by immigration upon entry into Honduras (30-90 day validity), and cannot be obtained in advance

All travelers coming from a yellow fever country must show proof of current yellow fever vaccination or will be turned away from your flight to Roatan (check the list of yellow fever countries here)

 

 

PACKING​ FOR YOUR TRIP

WHAT TO PACK
 
  • Swimsuits (we suggest you bring more than one, and put one in your carry-on, so you can jump in right away even if your room’s not ready yet when you arrive)

  • Casual warm weather clothes, sandals or flip flops, hat, sunglasses

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent (available at our gift shop if you forget yours)

  • Passport 

  • Laptop/wireless devices (complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort)

  • A good book (the perfect way to relax while swinging in a hammock; we have a book swap, so if you finish the book you brought, you’re welcome to exchange it)

  • Water bottle (all tap water at Barefoot Cay Resort is filtered, sterilized, and safe for drinking; if you plan to venture offsite, it's recommended that you purchase bottled water or fill up a bottle with our purified water to take with you) 

  • Credit card & US cash (see the next section for more details)

WHAT YOU CAN LEAVE BEHIND... LIGHTEN YOUR SUITCASE!
  • Towel (we provide towels by the pool, towels on the dive boat, towels in your room, so there’s no need to pack one)

  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap (luxury bath products are provided in your room)

  • Hairdryer (provided in your room)

  • Fancy clothes and shoes (no black tie nights here!)

  • Electricity converter (we use the same plug-ins as North America)  

  • Snorkel gear (you can sign out a set of snorkel gear from the dive shop to keep with you during your stay at no charge; there's great snorkeling just off of the palapa)

If you have a little extra space in your suitcase, Clinica Esperanza is a wonderful non-profit clinic, providing inexpensive medical care on the island, and is always in need of ibuprofen, stool softeners, acetaminophen, children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen liquid.  PIER (Partners in Education Roatan) provides student and teacher training, and a variety of literacy programs, including a library and two bookmobiles.  They collect school supplies and children’s books in Spanish or English, and we’d be happy to pass along anything that you are able to bring down

 

 

CURRENCY, CASH & CREDIT CARDS​

The currency of Honduras is the Lempira, however US dollars are widely accepted on Roatan, so there’s no need to obtain Lempiras for your vacation here. If you use US dollars, make sure the bills are new or in excellent shape, as worn and torn US bills are not accepted by any banks on Roatan, so people and businesses don't like to take them either.  It's also a good idea to bring smaller denominations ($20 or less) versus larger bills, as change for cash purchases is typically given in Lempiras, and some businesses don't keep large amounts of cash on hand

While your resort bill for incidentals can be settled at check-out by credit card (and most of our guests leave gratuities for our staff by credit card at check-out as well), if you are going to be souvenir shopping or eating away from the resort, keep in mind that most small businesses on the island prefer payment in cash.  Taxi services are also paid in cash, directly to your driver

Should you need additional cash while you're here, there are several bank at the Mega Plaza "mall" (about 5 minutes east of Barefoot Cay), where Lempiras can be withdrawn from an ATM.  While there a number of ATMs around the island, we recommend that you only use ATMs that are located within a bank, as other machines have been subject to fraud

Please be sure to inform your credit card company that you will be travelling to Honduras, in order to assure smooth processing of your transactions

 

 

EXPLORING ROATAN

Our front desk staff are happy to assist with arranging private taxi service and guided tours.  If you'd prefer to venture our to explore the island on your own, rental cars can also be arranged.  While 24 hours' notice is typically sufficient for our front desk staff to secure rental car arrangements, during dates surrounding major holidays (Christmas/New Year’s, and the week before Easter), it’s recommended that you reserve a vehicle prior to your vacation

Most of the nightlife on Roatan is in the West End and West Bay areas, about 30 and 45 minutes away, respectively. For visitors who want continual nightlife within walking distance, those areas might be a better location for you.  But we find that many guests love going out to explore various parts of Roatan, and then come back to their little refuge here at the resort

 

 

WEATHER

Roatan offers a favorable tropical climate all year round, where the temperature is generally in the mid-80’s. On the south shore of Roatan, our location benefits from the prevailing easterly trade winds

Roatan’s waters are equally warm. The average water temperature varies from approximately 79°F (26°C) in rainy season to 85°F (29.4°C) in summer

All during the year, the weather patterns change frequently on Roatan. Mid-October to mid-January are the rainiest and coolest 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 wind, however here there is usually at least a light breeze. It’s easy to cool off on even the warmest days with a short swim in the pool or the Caribbean Sea

 

 

LANGUAGE​

Most islanders speak English with a heavy Caribbean accent, even though the official language of Honduras is Spanish. Roatan was controlled by the British until 1859, when it was ceded to Honduras. Perhaps due to the British influence, English remains a prominent language here, and you’ll find that it’s easy to get along if you know English only, but some basic Spanish is helpful, as a large part of the present day population are Hispanic, having migrated over to the island from the mainland during the past several decades

 

 

GET 'BUG READY'

The no-see-ums of Roatan are notorious, and many people have read about them before they ever arrive.  They’re small little bugs that leave a very itchy bite.  We spray all around property and rake the sand regularly to destroy their eggs, but they’re still around, so prevention is a good idea.  Many people find that taking vitamin B-1 and garlic supplements for a couple weeks leading up to their stay, and while here, significantly help to prevent bites.   Since there’s no downside to taking them, it’s worth a try!   While you’re here, you’ll also want to use a topical insect repellent, either a DEET-based product or a natural product; being proactive and consistent with repellent will significantly help to prevent bites

 

 

RESORT OCCUPANCY & GROUPS

Barefoot Cay is a boutique resort, with just 10 accommodations. We have two One-Bedroom Oceanfront Villas, two Two-Bedroom Oceanfront Villas, and one Oceanfront Grand Villa directly on our private Cay, as well as three Oceanview Studios and twoTwo-Bedroom Oceanview Suites on the upper floor of the Barefoot Divers building, directly across from the cay.  Based on two per bedroom, Barefoot Cay has a total capacity of 30 guests

Our size makes us ideally suited to resort buyouts, and we love to tailor our services to groups who book the entire resort.  We’ve hosted many weddings, dive groups, and yoga retreats, among others

 

 

CHILDREN

While we don't cater specifically to children, we’ve had some very happy families stay with us. We want to be open with prospective guests and ask that if you are considering a vacation on Barefoot Cay with your child or children, you rent one of our two-bedroom villas or two bedroom oceanview suites, as they're more family-friendly and spacious. The villas are located on the farthest end of the beach, and the loft suites are at either end of the upper level of the Barefoot Divers building, so that children can play apart from other guest areas, where the occupants seek the peace and serenity that the resort offers. Children can try the PADI Bubblemaker experience at age 8 and can learn how to dive beginning at age 10. Ask us about all the wonderful activities for children around the island

 

 

CONTACT US

info@barefootcay.com

1-866-246-3706 (toll-free to Roatan)

+504-9967-3642 (local)

Brick Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands

Barefoot Cay is one pearl in a necklace of cays off the south shore of Roatan in the Bay Islands. The resort is positioned perfectly for the trade winds to create a tropical breeze over the entire Cay

Centrally located between Roatan's more touristed West side and less-populated East end, our locale provides the perfect jumping-off point for exploring and experiencing the island; ask our front desk staff to assist with arranging taxi service, or a rental car if you'd prefer to venture out on your own

Our step-on pontoon passenger ferry is available 24 hours a day to transit guests across the narrow 85' channel that separates the Cay from the Barefoot Divers building on the Roatan shore, so guests have convenient access to the island of Roatan and all areas of the resort

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