Las Rocas Resort & Dive Center: Sunset at Las RocasLas Rocas Resort & Dive Center is home to a cozy, open-air waterfront restaurant and bar with a great deck for watching the sunset from the private north end of Roatan's gorgeous West Bay beach. (lasrocasresort.com)
Las Rocas Resort and Dive Center, West Bay
Ever wanted to be in the middle of the action and still have your own private refuge? Las Rocas Resort and Dive Center offers you just that.
Situated on West Bay, Roatan’s premiere stretch of sand, Las Rocas is just a short stroll down the beach from quaint and funky West End, the center of the action for Roatan’s younger set.
But the resort’s collection of wood-frame bungalows, clustered around a tropical garden that includes a small restaurant, bar and dive shop, is its own little world, a homey, hammock-filled oasis where the motto is “100 percent relax, zero stress.”
“That’s the good thing about a small shop,” says Mirta Marozzi, who co-owns the on-site PADI dive shop. “We’re never in a rush.”
“People come here knowing it’s a very personal experience because of the size that we are,” says Pasquale Paonessa, Las Rocas’ congenial co-owner, who gave up a career in business in Italy to start the resort in 1996. “We have a lot of repeat guests who come again and again.
“Modern life moves at a very fast pace,” he says, smiling as he recalls his escape from the rat race. “That doesn’t apply here.”
Las Rocas Resort and Dive Center
» PADI Dive Resort with PADI instruction to divemaster
» Boats Mae Mae and Alejandra, max eight divers each
» Guided Dives by instructor, one guide per boat
» Max Dive Time 60 minutes
» Gas Mix nitrox support
» Rentals dive gear available, except computers
» Storage over-night storage available for resort guests
» Accommodations seventeen wooden bungalows, all with air conditioning, mini-bar and private porch with hammock and ocean or garden view; WiFi available for a fee; waterfront bar and restaurant; small saltwater soaking pool
» Amenities only West Bay Beach shop with private dock; three single-tank dives daily; 35 sites within five- to 10-minute ride
» Reservations 877-379-8645, firstname.lastname@example.org
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