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October in Roatan?

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October in Roatan?

Buenos dias! I am hoping to make my first trip to Roatan in a few weeks. I've been researching for a while but have a few questions I haven't found answers to. Big thanks to all the forum regulars for all the helpful posts! :^)

-- Is October rain (I see there is likely lots) typically a 4-6 thing, or an all-day thing? (Realizing of course all bets are off in event of hurricane/tropical storm)

-- What is the water visibility for snorkeling like in October?

-- Are a lot of the businesses closed in October?

-- TACA calls this "Low low season" -- are 4-hour layovers (I checked CM, EasyySky, Islena) my best bet, or should I hire a driver to La Ceiba and take the ferry instead of sitting at the airport?

Our other option is Isla Mujeres in Mexico - Isla is great, but I'm pushing for Roatan.

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1. Re: October in Roatan?

you can expect rain almost every night along with thunder and, you know, lightning, as well as localized intense brief daytime storms. Prolonged rain only if there is a system in the area. And the effect on water clarity is localized, probably not too bad in the west end of the island. And with all this some pretty intense humidity, maybe almost as bad as Hotlanta. Ocean temp about 84. The trouble is that the sky is less clear, so the bright colors on the reef are diminished.

TACA has a differing schedule from San Salvador to Roatan each day of the week, so if you look into different travel days, you may have a shorter layover. I'm surprised that TACA does not fly to Atlanta. American is starting their MIA-RTB service in November. Will this help?

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2. Re: October in Roatan?

Thank you, dhauk! I appreciate the info for sure.

I suppose if liquid sunshine gets heavy, one could always stop in a bar. As long as they don't roll up the sidewalks there in October. (Do they?)

Do the intense pop-up storms tend to cause power outages? Or are power outages independent of weather? DH would certainly be more comfortable with AC to take the edge off the humidity. Just like at home. ;-)

I think my flight is going to have to be Delta ATL to SAP and then SAP to RTB via one of the local carriers. TACA/Islena/Sansa does not seem to fly in/out of ATL As for AA, we have some AA miles to use up within the next year, so maybe we can take advantage of the AA flight some other time :-) Based on what I've read about the long, slow lines at SAP it sounds like we may need those long layovers.

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Sorry, one more question -- how quiet is it in the first half of Oct from a people standpoint? I lived on a tourist island for 3 years and it was completely dead for about 5 weeks every winter. No tourists, just locals huddling at one local dive bar watching Sportscenter for some human interaction.

Hoping it's a little livelier than that. :-)

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My cousin and new wife will be honeymooning on Roatan Oct 13 - 20. Will you be there then? As far as power outages....count on it...but hopefully wherever you are staying has a generator

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6. Re: October in Roatan?

Thanks, MomofRose & Manuel. Will bring a flashlight. I live in the 'hood so I'm used to being the 'last one back up' after power outages. Our local power company is responsible for over 1/3 of our metro area's air pollution, so I'm unfortunately also used to less-than-upstanding power company owners.

MOR, I'll be there the previous weekend, so I will miss the honeymooners. Just bought my plane tix today, so it's ON! :-)

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I will be there as well that week with a good friend. Where are they honeymooning? I'm still looking for a place to stay send all the choices are somewhat overwhelming. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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I will be there as well that week with a good friend. Where are they honeymooning? I'm still looking for a place to stay send all the choices are somewhat overwhelming. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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Sorry for duplicate posts! :(

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10. Re: October in Roatan?

I will be there as well that week with a good friend. Where are they honeymooning? I'm still looking for a place to stay send all the choices are somewhat overwhelming. Any suggestions are much appreciated!