Best beach bar on Roatan (and the world)

The following is a review I wrote for TripAdvisor about Sundowners Beach Bar in West End, Roatan: When you think of the idyllic Caribbean beach bar, you’re thinking of Sundowners. There’s nothing quite like Sundowners. THE watering hole for West End, this is where town’s eclectic mix of tourists, dive instructors, locals, expats, and street dogs come together to toast the sunset with a cold beer or a glass of rum and pineapple.’ It’s called Sundowners for a reason: located directly on the white sands of Half Moon Bay, this site is privy to exquisite sunsets for most of the year. The popularity of sunset-watching is only eclipsed by the weekly game of “Chase the Ace,” where every Wednesday each » read more «

Munchies and music at Le Bistro

I’ve gotta hand it to Frank: he knows customer service. He sits at the corner of his bar, chatting with locals and sipping a glass of red wine. His employees bustle behind him, conjuring hot plates of spring rolls, pad thais, and chow mien for the small crowd accumulating on his deck above West End Divers in the heart of West End, Roatan. Brion strums a few notes on his guitar, flicks back his hair, and launches into a tune by the Eagles— not one of his renowned fret-bashing solos, but appropriate for the casual dining atmosphere of Le Bistro. Frank’s pride in his business clearly shows. Le Bistro started in the little sliver of shopfront between Tyll’s Dive and » read more «

oASiS kicks ASS

I just got back from a kickasstastic evening up at Oasis Lounge in Sandy Bay. Since Mark and Jonie have taken over the place a few months ago, the quality of service, atmosphere, and food has improved by leaps and bounds. No longer just another random out-of-the-way bar, the new Oasis Lounge merges the serenity of a pool bar with the low-key spunk of a local hangout, albeit one taken up few notches by savory snacks (the Southwestern Egg Roll is defintely worth a bit) and an effective (and attractive) wait staff. The large plasma television in the lounge is connected to a US-based satellite, ensuring that your Monday Night Football games will air uninterrupted even when the Honduran cable » read more «