Saturday, March 8, 2014

Roatan Rent: What $400/month Gets You


I had such a huge response to my last Roatan Rent post that I decided to dig through my iPhone photos and do another post on my last apartment that I rented! I guess people are looking for this kind of information online, and I think budget rentals on Roatan are not represented online much. When I was looking before I moved down here, all I could find were expensive vacation homes and hostels.

So now that you've seen what $300/month gets you (remember, that one includes water, drinking water, cable, propane and a cleaning lady once a week), check our what $400/month could get you:







This is my old studio apartment that I lived in last year. It cost $400/month and included water, propane and electricity. It was small and hot, but came with a pretty cool upstairs neighbor. The studio next door to mine was rented as a vacation rental so sometimes cool people were in it and sometimes they were weirdos. The screened deck you see in the first photo was shared by both studios.

I think it was pretty expensive for what I got, but there are two reasons for that: 1) the location - this place is right in the center of West End and even in a village of 300 people, the closer you are to the action, the more money it is (this one was right behind a bar, which was probably one of the reasons I had to leave), and 2) electricity was included in the rent. Electricity is SUPER expensive here, so to have it included means they figured out what it would cost if I left everything on all day long and then added that to the rent. I used to leave fans running while I was out to keep the house cool...my dog was in there, but I mostly did it cause I figured, what the hell, I'm paying for it anyway. I think it's better to pay your own electricity here, cause landlords will cover their asses, not yours!


Which one do you like better - the $300 one or the $400 one??


Guys, make sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter ... there's lots of extras posted there that don't make it onto the blog. (I also have Google+ if anyone even uses that?) Plus it makes me turn my fans off now that I pay my own electricity bill. So there's that.

20 comments:

  1. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)March 08, 2014 11:22 PM

    Well, I am a sucker for a nice porch, and this one looks really beautiful. But I actually think I prefer the cheaper place you are in now! I think being right behind a bar would probably be a dealbreaker for me too, though maybe for different reasons (I think the noise would get to me). I'm still really impressed with how much space you get for this kind of money. I'm sure our dollar would go further if we were not in HCMC, which is probably Vietnam's most expensive city, but I dream of the day we can afford more than just a bedroom w/ private bathroom.

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  2. Ooooh super interesting! I actually like your new place better I think, but it seems they both have their mega perks and that'd be so nice to not have to worry about electricity, especially in the extra warm months.

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  3. The place looks beautiful, it's small and cozy, but for this price I am not sure if it's worth it. So expensive!!! :-/

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  4. Rent is very expensive on Roatan, unfortunately :( Even a lot of places in the North America you could get something better than that for $400!

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  5. I probably would have gone for the old place if it had air conditioning and electricity was included, but I only had fans. New place has A/C....I have to pay the electricity but I don't care, I'm just so happy to have A/C!

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  6. I *had* a dog :) She's living with someone else now.


    I prefer my new place by a long shot, but I didn't want to influence anyone through the post - I wanted to see what others thought!

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  7. My porch at my new house is a lot bigger, but it's not screened in which sucks for bugs. I prefer my new place too! Do you think you guys will get a chance to stick in one spot long enough to rent a place somewhere else going forward or will it be mostly traveling?

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  8. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)March 11, 2014 9:43 PM

    Currently our future travel plans are very much hazy and up in the air once we return home this summer. We'll certainly be moving too fast in the months leading up to that to rent anywhere even remotely long-term, but once we're back in North America, we're not sure what we'll be doing, but it certainly won't be what we're doing now. Once we have some plans of how we might proceed, I'll post them on the site, but for now we're pretty much in the dark!

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  9. ok, what does one have to do for work to afford such luxury??? Not being sarcastic. It comes with an ocean, beach, no polar vortex-es.....sounds like a steal either way!!!! (honest question....work?)

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  10. Rika - very cool look at the apartment layout and what you can get for the price. This makes my all too expensive shoebox apartment in Manhattan look that much worse.

    What's the deal on the internet? Pay per use/MB?

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  11. I like both! They both seem like a bargain to me :-) Before Beijing, we'd been living in London for a few years and rent there is so expensive! You couldn't even get a shoebox for under £1000. Rent is quite expensive in Beijing too, but luckily for us, we don't have to pay :-)

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  12. That's kind of awesome and makes me want to live in Roatan (and dive every day, *swoon*). I've never lived anywhere where you could get anything for under $400/month. Even in college in Knoxville 10+ years ago (wow, I'm old!) I paid $400 for my portion of the rent in our apartment.

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  13. I don't think I've ever had anything under $400/month either...but the quality has been a lot better than what I get here. The diving every day IS a pretty nice perk though :)

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  14. That's nicer than my first apartment in NYC which cost triple that amount!

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  15. I always wanted to live in New York when I was growing up, until I found out how expensive it was to live there!!

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  16. I think I prefer the $300 option, but even then, I think both options are awesome!!!! I also like just getting to peek at how you live, too! And as a House Hunters fan, I'm also just super into these posts!

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  17. I like the $300 better too :) I also like seeing how people live in different locations! Too funny that you mentioned House Hunters...they actually scouted me for the show in my $300 place, but my landlord refused to sign the release so it never went ahead. I was bummed! Maybe in the next place...

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  18. Remarkable TravelsApril 01, 2014 6:50 PM

    Just from the pics, the $400/mth one has better floors and finishings, but they are both amazing - which did you choose?

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  19. Well, both! I lived in the $400 one for three months... then I house-sat for eight months... now I've been living in the $300 one for two months! I like the $300 one better :)

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  20. Hey rika
    This place looks really nice. Heading to roatan in a couple of weeks and searching for a place to stay 2 months. Any address you could recommend ?
    Thanks ! :)

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