West Bay Beach
West Bay Beach
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West Bay is what many consider the picture-perfect Caribbean destination: white sand, clear, calm waters and full service resorts. The variety of water activities include scuba diving, fishing charters, snorkeling and parasailing. Scuba diving and other outfitters leave directly from the beach so starting your water-based activities is easy and convenient.
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  • Marino
    Barrie, Canada11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach, people and food
    If you go to Roatan West Bay is a spot you cannot miss. Incredibly clear light blue water where tides seem not to exist. White sands and warm sunny weather. If you go on a Cruise ship, get a cab to take you to the bananrama. They are located in a great spot on the beach and their food is amazing. You can grab a table in their restaurant and enjoy the beach while drinking and eating. The island is poor but still amazing.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 13, 2023
  • Aussiesinmaine
    Falmouth, Maine217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded tourist beach, beautiful white sand and clear water
    West bay beach has lovely white sands and crystal clear water. However, it is a narrow beach with many beach front hotels, so there are large numbers of tourists. The whole beach is privately owned by the various hotels, so you do need to stay at one of the hotels or pay for a day pass ($usd15). There are numerous hawkers selling all kinds of things - t-shirts, hair braiding, massage, tamales, fruit, banana bread. This could be quite annoying if you intend to enjoy a quiet day on the beach. However, the banana bread is excellent- warm and just a little gooey where the banana has softened.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2023
  • sunking64_11
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Major league snorkeling from shore!
    Major league snorkeling right off the beach! All the way to the end until you hit the rock wall. The farther out you go the better it gets. Nice white sand beach, but gets very crowded with cruise ship passengers. Best day to go is Sunday, no cruise ships. I wouldn't want to stay in this area as it's all resorts and no local character. West End is much more vibrant and funky with lots of local food and shops.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Antonio C
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marcus
    Went for the day to west end beach off our crusie ship, didn't like all the hassling over a cab from locals. Until Marcus (Serafin Marquez) tool us to west end beach, just me and my wife. He stayed with us for the whole thing, leaving us alone when wanted to and there when we needed him. Made sure nobody bothered us. If you go to Roatan go to beautiful west end beach or find Marcus he was really a kind man.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • cito2
    Lexington, South Carolina23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waters
    West bay and Roatan was great. Before our trip we we always stock up and our travel gear from traveladdicts.shop . In Roatan be mindful that “winter” is there rainy season so it will rain. Also there are many people in mopeds and motor bikes that wip around you. When you get to west bay beach be prepared for the beach peddlers they are relentless.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Angie E
    Waverly, Iowa8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkel the wall! Once you find the wall, snorkel it! Loved seeing conch shells on the floor, colorful fish.
    Snorkel the wall! Once you find the wall, snorkel it! Loved seeing conch shells on the floor, colorful fish. Go when tide is lowest for best snorkel views. Stayed at west end and took $5 water taxi to the beach. Unfortunately bad weather kept water taxis from running so grabbed a car taxi to get back to west end. (Glad we stayed at West End because West Bay is even more touristy.)
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • okcm144
    Oklahoma51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience at West Bay Beach
    3 couples on this self guided excursion from Princess Cruise ship. I contacted Larson Bodden via email for the trip to West Bay Beach. He was the BEST! Every contact was very professional, and quick. We met him outside the walk through entrance that goes to the street at the port. This was the only area that was questionalble about safety. He/We found each other by mentioning his name to the others that were there offering excursions. They all seemd to know him. He had a private van for 6 with air and good seating. The trip to and from the beach were uneventful and good. He even bought us beer and water on the trip to the beach. After arriving and getting us setup, we agreed on a return time and he left us in good hands. The entry cost included chairs and internet, but the umbrellas were $10. Yes you need the umbrellas and there are not enough for all, so get them asap. We all had a good time, and really appreciate Larson Bodden for the help. His contact is larsonbodden41@gmail.com. He and his son operate their business, so feel confidient in either person for your trip!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Penny K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Day in Roatán!
    Very trustworthy & professional Business. First time I booked an excursion not with the cruise ship. I highly recommend Five Stars. Our tour guide & driver, Daniel was very accommodating & knowledgeable. It was an awesome day!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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Mike D
Salisbury, England, United Kingdom5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We met Larson Bodden on our way out of the port as previously arranged. Larson’s communications were excellent and he was really pleasant and told us all about his family. We walked a short way out of the port to his car that was clean, air-conditioned and in good order. We had arranged to go to Fosters at West Bay Beach and that turned out to be a good decision as it was a beautiful white sandy beach with crystal clear blue water with the reef some way off shore ( boat needed). We were asked by Larson for $20 each for the entrance fee to Fosters resort (although the wristband had $15 on it….bit of a mystery!?). The entrance fee covered the hire of sunbeds and use of showers and restrooms for the day. We pitched ourselves in front of the bar and then there was another $5 requested for each umbrella required….although we only needed 2 umbrellas as they were very large and most of us were in the water snorkelling anyway. Drinks at the bar were very reasonable ($4 for a Corona) although we didn’t try any food, it looked and smelled lovely and wasn’t expensive. After taking a boat out to snorkel the reef, that was a bit expensive at $60 each, we discovered that you could actually wade out to the reef from in front of the Infinity resort at the far end of the beach but it was very busy there and for us, snorkelling out over the main reef was a good experience (be aware getting back on the boat after snorkelling was not easy as the access ladder was rather makeshift!). We had negotiated the transport price up front and Larson was happy that we pay him on our return to the port. He charged $25 per person for the transport there and back, that seemed reasonable. Larson was very prompt to pick us up after our day at the beach and was a careful safe driver. Overall it was just what we were looking for and although the boat trip seemed a bit pricy it was overall good value for money. I was glad we made contact with Larson before we got off the ship and didn’t have to bother with the hordes of taxi drivers vying for customers at the port exit. I would very much recommend Larson, but just ensure you fix all the prices before you commit yourself! Also all payments were required in cash, so have plenty with you as it disappeared fast and there is no ATM at the resort. Thank you Larson, much appreciated.
Written February 29, 2024
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Chris
Independence, KY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful water and beach. Great place to relax, have dinner and drinks on the beach. The kids snorkeled right out from the beach and saw tons of marine life.
Written February 27, 2024
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Penny K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very trustworthy & professional Business. First time I booked an excursion not with the cruise ship. I highly recommend Five Stars. Our tour guide & driver, Daniel was very accommodating & knowledgeable. It was an awesome day!
Written February 11, 2024
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okcm144
Oklahoma51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
3 couples on this self guided excursion from Princess Cruise ship. I contacted Larson Bodden via email for the trip to West Bay Beach. He was the BEST! Every contact was very professional, and quick. We met him outside the walk through entrance that goes to the street at the port. This was the only area that was questionalble about safety. He/We found each other by mentioning his name to the others that were there offering excursions. They all seemd to know him. He had a private van for 6 with air and good seating. The trip to and from the beach were uneventful and good. He even bought us beer and water on the trip to the beach. After arriving and getting us setup, we agreed on a return time and he left us in good hands. The entry cost included chairs and internet, but the umbrellas were $10. Yes you need the umbrellas and there are not enough for all, so get them asap. We all had a good time, and really appreciate Larson Bodden for the help. His contact is larsonbodden41@gmail.com. He and his son operate their business, so feel confidient in either person for your trip!
Written January 28, 2024
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Angie E
Waverly, IA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Snorkel the wall! Once you find the wall, snorkel it! Loved seeing conch shells on the floor, colorful fish. Go when tide is lowest for best snorkel views. Stayed at west end and took $5 water taxi to the beach. Unfortunately bad weather kept water taxis from running so grabbed a car taxi to get back to west end. (Glad we stayed at West End because West Bay is even more touristy.)
Written January 28, 2024
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Maureen
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The photos can be deceiving. It is beautiful. But the day we went, the surf was relentless allowing for absolutely no snorkeling and the crowds were intense. It was a great place to people watch, lots of food choices, not as many wandering vendors than I expected.
Written January 16, 2024
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cito2
Lexington, SC23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
West bay and Roatan was great. Before our trip we we always stock up and our travel gear from
traveladdicts.shop . In Roatan be mindful that “winter” is there rainy season so it will rain. Also there are many people in mopeds and motor bikes that wip around you. When you get to west bay beach be prepared for the beach peddlers they are relentless.
Written January 9, 2024
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meg_arita_11
Framingham, MA41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you don’t mind thousands of cruise ship tourists for 5 hours descending on the beach with you than this is the place to be. Yes it’s got white sand, beautiful turquoise water- complete with all sorts of plastic floating in it, tons of bars/restaurants, hawkers, and a now dying reef (which used to be magical)because they didn’t protect it.
Written January 7, 2024
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luvmy32000
San Antonio, TX1,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a pretty spectacular beach. Lots to do here and tons of restaurants. Very laid back. If your on roatan plan a day here. The water is fabulous
Written November 13, 2023
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FarAway126632
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Loved West Bay! Beautiful, friendly people. Cheap lobster. Great diving/snorkeling. Cute boutque hotels, line the beach.
Written September 24, 2023
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