When you research on Trip Advisor, pick highly rated lodgings, love them, then return to post a review, it's hard to come up with positive things that haven't been said over and over. That's the case right now for me and this review of Hobbies Hideaway. In summary:
:: the beach is beautiful
:: the owners, Sue and John, couldn't be more helpful
:: our apartment was spacious, well appointed, comfortable, and a bit funky (in other words, perfect)
:: the snorkeling was FANTASTIC!
We shopped in Coxen Hole at Plaza Mar and prepared all but a couple of our meals in the apartment kitchen; we ate a dinner and a breakfast at the Sunshine Cafe just outside our door and enjoyed both. My husband fished every day with only minimal success but loved the hunt. I dove 3 times with a neighbor named Holly who is setting up a dive shop next door (wonderful) and snorkeled to my heart's content - I spent more than 4 hours a day in the water. It was an easy and interesting 5 minute swim over turtle grass to the house reef. Although the reef gets a lot of pressure, the fish populations were strong and we saw some really special critters in addition to the usual cast of reef fish; I identified nearly 100 species. Highlights were eagle rays, sting rays, triggerfish, lots of juvenile damsels and butterflies, gorgeous angels, huge barracuda and porcupine fish, and recurring visits with a school of ENORMOUS rainbow parrot fish, 4-5 feet long (see photos).
Sandy Bay is a good base, a bit secluded (in a good way) yet within easy reach of Coxen Hole for banking and groceries and West End andWest Bay (though we didn't set foot in either this trip). I spent one morning hiking in the beautiful Carambola Reserve again this visit.
Hobbies Hideaway is a beautiful, inexpensive, comfortable home away from home with a gorgeous reef an easy swim away - highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Sandy Bay,just off the main road on a secluded beachfront area that is quiet and tranquil. The white sand beach parallels the reef and inside the Roatan Marine preserve . Here is a pristine reef system with a abundance of tropical fish and corals within swimming distance from your accommodations Hobbies Hideaway offers affordable prices and a excellent location. Close to West End for the night life,bars and restaurants yet far enough away not to hear the bands at night. Coxen Hole has the new supermarkets and sovenier shops. Best prices on the island just a taxi ride away. $2.00 a person ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hobbies Hideaway Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands