As of last week, the charter flights began landing at the airport, bringing an influx of tourists to our wonderful island that wish to escape the cold. With Roatan being a fairly new tourist destination, there is one question that frequently gets asked. It is ‘Is Roatan Safe’?
So, here are a few insights!
Is Roatan Safe?
Thousands of tourists come each and every year without incident. That being said, it is important to take proper precautions to protect your valuables as theft can be an issue. Really, this is common sense anywhere. If you left your cellphone on a table in New York City or Toronto, it would probably also be stolen.
Be familiar with where you are staying and the surroundings. West Bay and West End are heavily frequented by tourists and expats that have bought homes on Roatan and have a substantial security presence. It is advisable to not carry large sums of cash and ask for a safe in your room to keep our valuables in.
There are areas of the island like Coxen Hole which can be recommended to be avoided after dark if you are on your own. Ask around if you are unsure or make sure you get the number of a trusted driver that can take you to where you wish to visit and drive you home.
There have been recent issues with ATM’s cloning credit cards or debit cards, so the safest bet is to bring enough cash with you. Also, there are not many ATM’s on the island and they can frequently be out of cash which can make it inconvenient if you need to access funds.
Like any new city or area you are not familiar with, take a taxi at night and take the standard precautions you would anywhere else. Your hotel or resort can recommend taxi drivers and the best areas to visit if you are exploring on your own. Thousands of tourists visit Roatan daily and while there can occasionally be some petty theft, our island is quite safe – with many visitors remarking that they feel safer here than their big city hometowns!