10 Reasons Why Barefoot Cay is the Best Place to Honeymoon

You’ve made the huge step, and committed to a lifetime together. All the months of stress and wedding planning will be over, and you want to pick the perfect spot to start your new lives together as husband and wife. A honeymoon is an incredibly special trip, and will create memories to cherish forever. There are beautiful places all over the world, so the decision making can be tough. We’ve decided to help you out! Though there are many, many reasons, here’s 10:
1. With just 11 accommodations and over 50 staff, you’ll always feel pampered at Barefoot Cay Resort
2. Our beachfront bungalows are private little cabanas right on their own beach, complete with hammocks
3. King size, Heavenly bed with high quality linens- these beds are so incredibly, wonderfully comfortable that many guests have ended up ordering one for themselves when they return home!
4. A romance package that includes champagne in your room on arrival, a couples massage out over the water at our palapa, a candlelight dinner on your porch, breakfast in bed
5. When you eventually get out of that king size bed after your leisurely breakfast in bed and want to explore, the Caribbean island of Roatan has lots of great activities, including scuba diving (our on-site dive shop offers lessons if you’ve never tried), snorkeling, ziplining, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, sailing, parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding ….
6. Our staff love honeymoons too! As our dinner staff to prepare a romantic dinner out at our garden pergola, and you’ll be bowled over at the oasis they create.
7. Did we mention that we just have 11 accommodations? That means you don’t have to stake out a lounge chair, the staff all know you by name, and if you want to skinny dip off the palapa in the middle of the night, there probably won’t be anyone around to see
8. We have our own private cay. Our resort is located partially on the south shore of Roatan, and partially on a private 4 acre cay, across a 75 foot channel. The beachfront bungalows are on this cay, so you’ll truly feel a world apart. Access to the cay is restricted only to our resort guests.
9. You’ll get to make friends with our resident parrot, Chaccarron. He’ll wolf-whistle at you from the trees as you walk by, you’ll hear him chatting ‘how you doin’?’ when you’re by the pool.
10. Your honeymoon will be magical. We believe in letting guests set their own pace, so no one will be trying to recruit you to do water aerobics. Before you come, we’ll send you lots of vacation planning information, and our guest service staff is there to help with all your needs once you get here, but if you want to be away from the world, undisturbed in your newlywed cocoon, we get it! Room service is available, the bungalows have their own full kitchen if you want to keep any drinks or snacks in your room, and housekeeping service can be scheduled at a time that’s convenient to you. Treasure your escape from the world!"                               "

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A Private Island Wedding

We love to host weddings at Barefoot Cay – the joy and excitement of two people committing their lives to one another is always such a delight! Nicole and Jacob were no exception. They opted for our “Exclusively Yours, Private Island Wedding” package (see our Weddings page for package details), and brought all of their friends and family for a huge celebration! Congratulations, Nicole and Jacob, we wish you all the best in your future together!

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Unique Dining Experiences on Roatan – Best Eats Available

Baleadas, pastelitos, Monkey La las- sound foreign? These are a few of the great tastes to enjoy on Roatan.

A baleada is one of the most typical snacks here. It’s a flour tortilla, with refried beans, a salty cheese, and sour cream inside. That’s the most basic version, called ‘sencilla’. Baleadas are also available with the addition of scrambled eggs, or with chicken and avocado, or vegetables, meat.. lots of variations! At Barefoot Cay, we have an excellent crispy baleada on the breakfast menu: it’s stuffed with scrambled, eggs, vegetables and cheddar cheese, and the tortilla is lightly pan fried to make it crispy. Delicious!

A pastelito is a half-moon of deep fried dough, stuffed with either chicken, beef or fish, and sometimes rice. The dough can be either made of corn flour or wheat flour- either one are scrumptious.

Sampling the local food is great, but lets not forget drinks! There are several local beers- Port Royal, Barena, Imperial, and my personal favourite, Salva Vida (it means ‘life saver’). One of the most popular blender drinks is a Monkey La La- Baileys, Kahlua, Vodka, Coco Lopez and ice in a blender- mmm!

Experiencing new tastes is a great part of traveling somewhere new. If you’re not too adventurous taste-wise, don’t worry. There are plenty of familiar items on our menu, like surf and turf :)

Preparing for Activities at Barefoot Cay Resort

There are lots of different vacation styles- some people just want to relax in a lounger with an umbrella drink, and others want every day to be action packed.  If you’d like to do some activities around Roatan, here’s how you can make sure you’re ready.

Ziplining: make sure to pack shoes that won’t fall off your feet as you’re zipping through the jungle!  If you were only planning on bringing flip-flops, you might want to toss in a sturdier pair of sandals that have straps, or a pair of running shoes.

Snorkeling: the sun is hotter than it feels!  When you’re in the water, you don’t feel the sun’s heat as much, the sun gets reflected on the water, and there’s so much to see that you lose track of time.  The best defense is to keep on a t-shirt or a rash guard, so that you don’t end up in pain later on.

Diving: are you already certified?  If so, make sure to find your certification card and bring it along.  The dive shop can usually look up your certification on-line if you’ve misplaced it.  If you’re planning to try diving for the first time, a medical questionnaire will need to be completed, and if there are any medical conditions indicated, you’ll need a doctor’s clearance before getting wet.

Horseback riding: make sure to pack appropriate clothing/footwear if this is on your list of activities to try.

Touring the island: planning on renting a car?  Don’t forget your drivers’ licence, you won’t be able to rent without one!

The weather is normally warm all year round, and dress is casual, so the rest of your packing won’t take up much space.  If you’re not sure what activities are on the island, check out our A-Z guide on our website: http://barefootcay.com/resort/activities/

 

 

10 Things to Do Barefoot at Barefoot Cay

1. Enjoy a walk along the beach, soft sand under your toes.
2. Take a running leap off the end of the palapa into the turquoise water of the Caribbean.
3. Get comfortable in a hammock with a good book.
4. Find a patch of sand when you’re in for a scuba dive, take off your fins, and experience the sensation of being weightless under water. Do a few karate chops, back flips, a Russian dance :)
5. Dangle your feet in the pool, while sipping on an icy-cold Brick Bay Kiss
6. Go stand-up paddle boarding.
7. Head out exploring on a kayak.
8. Charter out a boat for a day of deep sea fishing- you can leave the shoes behind.
9. Luxuriate in a few spa treatments
10. Say ‘I do’ with a wedding on the beach- barefoot, of course!
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Mango Season

Walk down any little side street in Roatan, and you’ll be dodging mangoes.  Mango season is here, and the trees are dripping with this delicious fruit!  Here, lots of locals eat them when they’re still green, sliced up and dipped in a mixture of vinegar, salt and pepper.  I’m not a fan of them that way, but ripe and sweet can’t be beat!  They’re good just all by themselves, but there’s also tons of things that you can use mangoes in: mango smoothies, mango chutney (great topped on fish), mango cheese cake, and our very popular tropical salad.  If you’re planning for your next trip to Roatan, remember June for Mango Madness!

The Best Kept Secrets of the Roatan Bay Islands

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A couple decades ago, the entire island of Roatan was a secret. Scuba divers had heard about Roatan, but that was about it. A tiny island off the coast of Honduras, there was just a small airport with flights coming from the mainland. Over the years, Roatan started to get discovered. International flights started coming directly to the island (today, we have flights from Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, El Salvador, as well as charter flights from Montreal, Toronto and Italy), and a cruise ship port was built, and then a 2nd cruise ship port. Large resorts, small resorts, and mid-size resorts got constructed, as well as a golf course. For a brief period, there was even a Wendys! (Happily, they have since closed- I’m not a fan of fastfood chains coming to my island paradise.)

Roatan is no longer a secret, but it does still have a few secrets here that I’ve discovered:
The Secret of an Uncomplicated Life
No mail service delivered to your house means not being bombarded with the message of commercialism- no flyers, no sales catalogues. I’d love to say no bills, but unfortunately these still have a way of finding you: electric and water bills are dropped off by one of the company’s employees riding around on a scooter.

The Secret of Good Health
Though there are now frozen foods and prepackaged meals available, they’re not usually used. Instead, almost everything is prepared fresh- stewed red beans, homemade tortillas, mangos the size of someone’s head, bananas growing in your yard. Children are outside playing ball, climbing trees or fishing, instead of sitting in front of Playstation or Wi.

The Secret of Letting Go of Time
Trying to accomplish a huge list of things, scurrying from one spot to the next? Island life means a slower pace, those who try to change that end up frustrated. Instead, the island will help you change, adapting your way of thinking and prioritizing- being effective doesn’t necessarily mean being frantic. Hammock time is an essential part of this adjustment :)

The Secret of Learning What Really Makes You Happy

With the slower pace and less materialistic influence, life on the island gives you time to reflect on what you really enjoy. Hop in the water and spend some time with the fish, letting the tranquil setting relax your mind. Take a long walk on the beach, admire a hummingbird flitting around the garden, enjoy the company of family and friends.

Is a week in Roatan enough time to reveal these secrets? That depends on you. Leave your cell phone behind, your work behind, the demands of your life behind. Bring with you a relaxed attitude, a curiosity to discover new things, a commitment to be ‘in the moment’. And maybe review the airline policy on ticket date changes, in case one week isn’t enough :)

A Day at the Resort: What to Put in Your Beach Bag

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Coming down to visit us at Barefoot Cay? Most guests have a few questions about what to bring with them to Roatan. Before you head down, we’ll email you a packing list, but here’s a few things you should pop in your beach bag:

Sunscreen: Roatan has beautiful, sunny weather almost year-round, with average temperature of about 30 C (for US friends, that’s 86 F), and the sun’s rays are strong, so make sure you bring some protection!

Kindle: Wi-fi is available throughout the resort, so if you run out of reading material, just download another novel! You’ll have plenty of relaxation time, swinging in a hammock out at the palapa, or lazing in a lounge chair on the beach or by the pool.

Camera: You’ll want to capture lots of great memories by having your camera stashed away with you. If you bring down a waterproof one, you can even hop in with it when you’re snorkeling

Bug spray: We have an automatic spray system all around property to combat the no-see ums, which Roatan is known for, but some repellent is a good idea too.

We have towels, so you can leave that behind, and whatever drink you might want is available through the bar- an icy margarita or other frozen concoction like a Monkey La La. It’s important to stay hydrated too, and all the water at the resort is purified, so that’s no problem. And since our beach is on our private cay and we have a maximum of 26 guests, you don’t need to worry about crowds or making sure you get a beach chair!

Comfy place to lie? Check. Protection from the elements? Check. Something to keep me entertained? Check. A delicious fruity drink with a little umbrella in it? Check. I’m all ready, how about you? Hope to see you here!

An intimate destination wedding

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Stina and Gustaf said “I do” on March 3rd, committing their lives to one another in an intimate ceremony (just the bride and groom!) on the beach. They decided to keep the nuptials a secret until after the ceremony, so their families in Sweden were (pleasantly) surprised when they emailed them the wedding photos that evening. Thanks Stina and Gustaf for sharing your special day with us – best wishes to both of you from all of us at Barefoot Cay!

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Our “Simplicity Wedding” Package is perfect for an intimate wedding for just the two of you, or for a vow renewal. Please see our weddings page for more information on weddings at Barefoot Cay Resort: http://www.barefootcay.com/Weddings/WeddingsVowRenewals/.