Welcome to the latest in my Roatan Review series!
This time I'm facing my post-traumatic stress disorder from my stint at a gelato shop to help save for my move to Roatan (that's how much I like the owner of this shop...and ice cream).
It should go without saying that every tropical destination needs an ice cream shop. West End in Roatan was sorely lacking in this department. Last year we all cheered when Sophie's Ice Cream Shop opened, only to close a few months later (the story of so many shops and restaurants here). So we waited, and sweated, and waited, and sweated, and finally Sam and Luis decided to help us all out and open a damn ice cream shop.
This is a brand new business on Roatan, owned by Sam and Luis and another partner. Not only is it an ice cream shop, it happens to now house my favorite laundry place so I can get clean underwear AND ice cream IN THE SAME PLACE. Best combo ever. This location is perfect too, right on the beach and near the center of the village (it's right beside the Baptist church in Half Moon Bay - used to be Didilly's Gift Shop). Sam has done a great job turning it into an ice cream parlor! It's clean and fresh with a cute interior that will only get better with the addition of display photos from famous Roatan photographer Shawn Jackson.
|a customer enjoying the view off the back porch with her ice cream cone in a hammock|
Sarita is the big brand of Central American ice cream here on Roatan and this is what Sam serves. It's simple - cup or cone, choose 1-3 scoops, get some sprinkles if you want some, and away you go to the beach. I have to admit that I turned into a bit of a gelato and ice cream snob after working at the gelateria that won the award for best gelato in the world, but I like the ice cream here - it's ice cream. It's basic, it's not pretentious, it's cold and cheap and those two things on this island are worth a million bucks in my books.
Sam has a variety of flavors that change every once in awhile. They're all listed on the front of the freezers. There are basics like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, and interesting ones like rum raisin, dulce de leche (caramel) and pistachio (I usually put those last two together in a cone and I'm a happy camper).
But there's not just ice cream...Sam also whips up smoothies (no ice, just frozen fruit - which is awesome, I hate ice in smoothies), cookies, brownies, banana splits, hot or iced affogatos (again with the PTSD from the gelateria on this one), milkshakes, hot or iced coffee, brownie sundaes and more. All of this at really affordable prices! There's pretty much nothing over 80 lempira (about $4 US) on the menu. West End is known for expensive 'gringo prices' on everything, but Sam has kept Deliciosa serving up sweet treats at prices locals can afford.
I'm really looking forward to watching this shop grow (and me growing along with it, if I keep up this pace with the ice cream treats) because everyone thought it was ridiculous that a beach town didn't have an ice cream parlor. Plus it's a huge bonus that I can get my laundry done at great prices too. Deliciosa fits the bill, and I hope to keep eating brownie sundaes for a very long time here! If you are in West End, make sure to stop in and cool off with a cone, you'll be glad you did.
What you need to know:
- contact info: they just got on Facebook or you can call 9812-2416
- hours of operation: 11am to 9pm every day! Perfect for dessert or a day at the beach.
- check out their TripAdvisor page
- they have parking right in front by the church, but it's best for motos as it's a little tight.
- make sure to tell them Rika sent you!
Rika's Rating: LOVE it! Go! Get a triple :)
Disclaimer: I bought my ice cream cone during this visit (and many, many others on other visits - haha!) but Sam generously provided the brownie sundae so that I could try it and get that super cute pic of it. Thanks, Deliciosa!
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