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.