Palmetto Bay Plantation
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... a trip, or going to the beach every Sunday and going night swimming every full moon jumping from the 2nd level of a wooden dock into the black ocean...or having our respectable elders wear fake moustaches to demand our obedience in the bus on the way to an assembly in El Progreso. It really warms my heart to know that no matter how weird I feel sometimes, I will always be at home here :-D
Ok, that is it for now, don't trip on the elephant on the way out!!!!
... s been asking Sarah to make her famous guacamole, and she said she would if he brought the ingredients. Yum! We noticed that we were missing cilantro and jalapenos (I don't put jalapenos in my guac, but Sarah says it's a must), so we went over to another grocery store. They didn't have fresh jalapenos but some in cans, and they didn't have cilantros but "cool-antros" (spelled culantros), which is a cousin of cilantro. It looked different but smelled the same, ...
First destination that we had planned in Honduras was Copan Ruins. This town thrives off the nearby archaeological site that contains some ancient Mayan ruins. To get there though, it was another couple of shuttles. Our first took us from Semuc Champey to a deserted restaurant in the middle of some desert. Then our next shuttle arrived to take us across the border and into Honduras. It was in this shuttle we met two of the most ...
... our Rescue training and free fun dives were: On a Rescue training dive we did see a nice nudibranch, a seahorse and Yalzy found a pipe horse which got Frank pretty excited. We also played with a clear golfball sized looking bubble thing which Frank tells us is the largest single-cell organism in the world - Joshua's swash - last week they saw 2 hammerheads here. We didn't. It was still a nice dive through coral canyons (about 6-10m deep). - Black Hills. We did a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPalmetto Bay Plantation Roatan
Planned to stay here for 7 nights but ended up moving to the West end for a little bit of luxury.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Palmetto Bay Plantation is a great spot on the north coast of Roatan away from it all. The grounds are full of tropical plants and trees and the beach is pristine. The villas are open-air Balinese-Style, but could be closed up and air conditioned if needed. Our Villa was spacious enough for 6 with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. We could have eaten in, but the restaurant was not to be missed. The menu had a good selection of various cuisines, and the Key Lime Pie was fresh and amazing! I would go back, and I would recommend this property to anyone who is looking to get away from the tourist areas of Roatan and relax!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Palmetto Bay Plantation Roatan
I'd been traveling to Roatan for years, and thought this wonderful Bay Island was a secret paradise known only to divers. Just about a year ago, I "discovered" Palmetto Bay Plantation, after a friend mentioned to me that this north shore community of private homes had the "biggest, best, and finest" beach on the whole island, with calm bay waters, and a relatively unexplored reef.
The grounds of Palmetto Bay Plantation proved my friend right. They really were gorgeous. The layout of the area leading up to the beach is like a sculptured jungle, lush with vegetation, and beautifully landscaped with a large variety of flowering plants and trees. The beach itself is a large expanse of clean white sand, calm warm waters, and dotted with tropical palm trees. I thought this would be anyone's picture of Caribbean paradise!
Palmetto Bay Plantation is a community of private homes, many of which are available for vacation rentals. But they also have a centrally located "lodge" that houses a restaurant that hosts live music on weekend nights, and consistently features a varied menu of well-prepared meals with outstanding specials. The management shows a sensitivity to the environment, and buildings are architecturally designed to enhance the appearance of the grounds and bring the outdoors inside, with sliding floor-to-ceiling doors and overhead fans. The lodge area also contains a swimming pool and hot tub with outdoor fresh-water showers, built out on a huge deck right over the beach.
The location on the north shore makes Palmetto Bay Plantation a quiet, peaceful getaway from the more crowded west end. This is a lush and tropical caribbean beachfront community where you can spend hours in the sun, and swim, float, snorkle or dive almost from your front porch.
I would recommend Palmetto Bay Plantation for anyone, including couples and families who would like to experience their own piece of caribbean heaven.
Fabulous Place to go!
My Husband and I have just returned from a wonderful Honeymoon.
Although we have been married for over 5 years we had never taken a proper Honeymoon.
Palmetto Bay resort was more perfect for our break than I could ever hoped for. The Accommodations were great and the resort was breathtaking, Landscaped beautifully and the beaches were pristine and secluded.
The people who worked at the resort were both friendly and provided great service. We would love to go back anytime. Pictures does not do it justice and we can only say that the snorkeling there was unbelievable.
Lastly the cost was great, We felt as though we had a "5 Star" holiday for a great bargain.
Our thanks and good wishes to everyone at Palmetto Bay!
S& G Meates
Beautiful E oresort, untouch miles of pristine reef right out your door!
Although my wife have travelled the world, we continue to return to Palmetto Bay Plantation about every 2 years. This newly developed, quiet but beautiful resort is mid-island - away from the bustle of the West End, but now easily accessible by a reasonable coastal road in just 20 minutes. Incredible reef right off the beach. This is true paradise - not manufactured or Disney-fied. You can easily experience real island life by just walking down the beach and being friendly with the locals in this area. Palmetto Bay is the Gem of Roatan.
Many activities are right on site - economical but wonderfully prepared meals in the beautiful open air restaurant and pool, gorgeous brilliant white crescent beach, large dock and gazebo which will put you way out towards the active reef making it an easy swim, sea kayaks, horse rides on the beach, meeting other adventurous travellers lucky enough to have landed in this gorgeous spot, hike the landscaped hills into the "estate lots", snorkel by boat with Subway Sports or a local villager, charter an all day or overnight sailing adventure, survive the excitement of the nearby canopy tour zip line system, mountain bike the steep road over the center of the island spine to French harbor for lunch and back, lounge on the beach under a quiet palm shade stand or in a hammock, listen to the dozens of bird songs constantly eminating from the nature preserve, hike the preserve boardwalk trail to observe the wide variety of native plants, etc . . .
Cecilia and Mike (the rental managers) are fantastic to work with. They can arrange practically anything you need or want with some notice (including airport pickup and drop off, eliminating the substantial cost of a rental car on the island).
Roatan in general is developing very rapidly. The Temptation Island television series (both American and European versions) have been repeatedlyfilmed in this special place - and now you can rent one of the beachfront homes at Palmetto Bay "where the girls stayed". At least 4 major cruise lines make regular weekly port calls near the West End. Real estate prices are climbing rapidly - yet Palmetto Bay Plantation remains a fantastic value due to its somewhat isolated location. The northern coast is preferred because the beaches are much more appealing, the seas calmer, the reef more easily accessible.
Here are plenty of opportunities for day sailing adventure to even more remote locales - Pigeon Cay at the far East End of the islands, to the bustling West End for lunch and back, the other two Bay Islans of Guanajo and Utila, or Cayos Cochinos - an exciting 4 hour sail over open seas back toward the Honduran coast line. Cayos Cochinos is an archipegalo of 15 small, mostly uninhabited islands now designated as a national marine park - and home to more than 10 very rare species of marine life such as the frog fish. Cochinos Grande is home to the legendary Pink Boa Constrictor (we didn't see one). We recommend sailing with the awesome crew of the Graciafelize - a luxurious 70 foot catamaran with unbelievably spacious and nice sleeping quarters - thanks to owner Linda McCorkle & Captain Jesse. Our 36 hours on board was pure "Life Styles of the Rich & Famous" - only better . . . no annoying Englishman bantering about the many "names" who have undoubtably been on board with you. Thanks for keeping the Tangueray and Tonics overflowing! The extremely personal attention, friendship and gourmet meals were unexpected - you were awesome!
The value and true Carribean experience on Roatan are verifiably unsurpassed, and Palmetto Bay Plantation puts you right in the middle of it all! We especially enjoy staying in the front unit - Casa A-1. It is the closest to the beach and features a beautiful wooden bridge over the shady creek by the front porch to access the beach just 20 feet away through the palms. Push back all 5 of the retracting floor to ceiling louvred hardwood doors and this beautiful nearly 2000 SF 3 bedroom casita with a full kitchen, two baths, and three decks will become a truly exotic indoor/outdoor tropical experience - complete with friendly geckos in a variety of colors, meek fruit bats too polite to venture inside, live orchids growing from the trees (tied up in a local custom), a family of woodpeckers residing in a tree easily visible from the comfortable front deck chairs (great fun to watch the comings and goings right into their perfectly drilled tree hole), full size clothes washer and dryer, and an oversized master suite. Choose daily maid servce and even a chef and you won't lift a finger.
Honduras is so economical you could hire a boat and driver knowledgeable about the local reef to stay at the ready for you all day for tropical fishing (unbelievable, we pulled in a different fish every time we threw our lines out and brought them all back to be prepared in our own lunch feast by the cheerful restaurant crew - who were happy we gave them our extras!) alternating with your private snorkelling adventures - go exactly where you please, not on a preplanned tour!
Mike & Nancy Mulligan
Incredible beachside resort - Palmetto
We spent a week at the beautiful Palmetto Bay Plantation - could have been more! Our family of five spent hours on the private beach and swimming pool. The snorkeling in the bay seemed untouched and very private. The open aired restaurant serves great food and a wonderful variety of live music on the weekends. The fresh lobster and steak is a must.
The beach houses are well designed and roomy with full kitchens. The trees, gardens and melody of birds make for a truely unique and relaxing atmosphere. Because it is a smaller resort you are able to get to know the personal staff and managers who made our stay very enjoyable. We felt like we were not too far from the main attractions on the island.
It is a place to remember!!!!!
Quiet Location, Inviting Restaurant
Have lived here over a year now and love the people - especially Gary and Cecilia - they always make you feel so welcome, entertainment at the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays is Great! Not a pool person but the pool and beach are very popular here. A quiet retreat, not for an action type vacation - you will enjoy for a uncomplicated but top of the line environment to rest and relax.
Terrific Vacation at Palmetto Bay
We just returned from 8 days at Palmetto Bay and had a wonderful trip. The property is lovely, the houses were clean and well equipped, and the staff were very helpful (especially Cecilia, Larry and Luis). There were nine of us, including one baby, and they were very accommodating in meeting our needs. The restaurant and bar were very good, and we were able to cook our own meals as well. Lots of fun activities on the island, and the folks at Palmetto Bay recommended an excellent Dive Shop (Subway Watersports). It's helpful to have a rental car as Palmetto Bay is a bit remote, but we took many daytrips to West End (fun/touristy area), West Bay (nice beach) and Coxen Hole (bank, grocery store, fish market). There is a beautiful/isolated beach, horseback riding, a great Canopy Tour nearby, and excellent snorkeling just off the resort's shore. The bugs were definitely an issue but we weren't bothered when we used repellent or cactus juice (were very bothered when we didn't). This is not a five-star type hotel, more like independent houses with resort amenities-a terrific place for families or large groups.
The Charming Resort
We arrived in a hotel in Roatan's Westbay and decided to look for another more quiet place. Fortunately we found Palmetto Bay Plantation by local recommendation. Coming from Old Europe we must say that this resort was exactly what we expected: a quiet and friendly place, very comfortable bungalows, great beach, clear waters, good drinks and excellent food. If you expect a five star hotel than you are completely wrong. If you expect caribian nature, only a handful people and a friendly athmosphere than you found the right place. We will come back from Germany!
Secluded, beautiful, elegant, and peaceful
I've been traveling to Roatan for about 25 years now. I've seen it grow, and I was there when there were no Spanish speaking people at all. The island was in the hands of the British for some time, but today Spanish and English is spoken everywhere. I remember the first hotel I visited, very basic, no A/C, and it was easier to get there by boat than by car.
Palmetto Bay Plantation seems to offer this "old Roatan" style, full of vegetation, flowers, fruits, incredible views, palm trees, beautiful pristine and practically all-to-yourself beaches. Yet you have all of the modern conveniences that were not available 25 years ago. It offers this in beautifully designed architecture that takes advantage of the local wood, the natural breeze and the setting of the property. Their restaurant serves very good food with a very friendly staff, and basically they are there to please you whatever you might need.
If you have been to Roatan before, this is where you can really go and forget about the world for a few days. There are no tourists here, no cruise ships, nothing but you and nature. If you've never been there, make sure you rent a car or arrange with the hotel for travel in and out of the resort. Taxi drivers can be abusive with rates sometimes, but arranging your ride in advance is a good solution. I have arranged to be picked up daily by the same cab driver, established the rate before hand, and managed to save some money.
Now remember, this is not Cancun or some well established resort. Roatan is still somewhat simple. No high-rises, no big chains of anything (at least so far). You will be greeted by the hotel owner, and will be treated like family. If you have any needs please bring them to the staff, they will be happy to help.
Work in progress
Palmetto Bay Plantation is not a hotel or resort, it is an unfinished real-estate development where they rent out your holiday home to tourists for you when you have bought it. We visited in January 2005, out of season, and were underwhelmed. The food was mediocre, even by American standards ("Lunch special - hotdogs and fries") and the winelist amounted to a choice between red or white. As mentioned in the previous review, the insect life is voracious, though I don't suppose that is anybody's fault. On the plus side, the snorkelling on the reef beyond the beach was really excellent. We borrowed the sea-cycle to get out beyond the seaweed and moored on a buoy by the reef itself which was a great way to do it. Unfortunately they only have the one sea-cycle so what happens at peak times when other guests want to use it, I do not know. The development is very isolated and unless you have a car, you are a $30 taxi ride away from any alternative sources of food or entertainment. However, you do get a mile or so of white sandy caribbean beach to yourselves which can't be bad.
Palmetto Bay Plantation
We just returned from a one week stay at Palmetto Bay Plantation. While the villas were perfect and the grounds were beautiful and the staff was friendly and accommodating... the bugs thought so too. Now I know that one should expect bugs, but the severity of the problem was not adequately expressed to us, despite direct questioning prior to booking. We had a local doctor tell us once we arrived that we should have in fact taken the anti-malaria medication, specifically because of our accomodations location. I am not talking about a few annoying bug bites, I am talking about 100's of itching swollen bug bites, despite thorough and repetitive applications of 100% deet and cactus juice.
Furthermore, this particular establishment appears to have some food handling and or purchasing issues, as 16 of 22 guests in our party alone contracted some form of e-coli or salmonella, severe enough to send two to the clinic. the management appeared to be apologetic and claimed that they would address the problem.
Also when they say that they are on the beach only a few homes have beach views. And the beach is not swim able not just because of the bug problems, but also because of the sea weed.
But the bar tender "Freddy" rocks and his drinks are the best on the island!