What’s a tropical island vacation without happy hour? Well, in Roatan, you’ll find plenty of locations where you can kick back and relax with a cold drink in hand. Take a look through our happy hour guide for a few ideas, and check out these great locations for live music if that’s appealing. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out these popular drinks in Roatan.
All About the Monkey Lala
While the monkey lala is actually a local lizard in Roatan (also called the Basilisk, or Jesus Lizard), it is also the island’s popular frozen cocktail. Each bartender will have a special spin on the basics, but you can expect to find some combination of Kahlua, Baileys, vodka, dark rum, coconut cream, ice, and chocolate sauce as the regular ingredients. Yes, it is delicious. Yes, it is a heavy drink, so you’ll probably only have one or two, but you certainly need to give it a try while in Roatan!
Local Beers in Roatan
The local beers you’ll find in Roatan are all brewed on the mainland. You’ll see the most popular beer in Honduras, Salva Vida, advertised everywhere and for sale at every watering hole on the island.
You’ll also notice its green-labelled brother, Port Royal, which is named for the old port on Roatan’s East End. Take a look at the label and you’ll notice the latitude and longitude for the port. Another common local option is Imperial, and finally, Barena – which is very similar to a Corona.
Local Rum in Roatan
You’ll find Flor de Cana available throughout the island, whether for mixed drinks or cocktails, Flor de Cana is the default local rum made in Nicaragua.
Happy Hour at Sunset
You’ll find lots of great happy hour deals throughout the island. Some will even last all day…so enjoy the happy days! The majority of those specials will be just before sunset, after the dive shops close and everyone starts heading out for a refreshingly cold drink after a hot island day.
Pausing at a beach bar for a beer at sunset is a regular activity in Roatan. Wherever you are as the sun sets on the horizon, remember to stop and take in the moment. Be on Island Time and just relax…there’s nothing better than enjoying those few minutes as the sun dips into the sea. Especially if you’re enjoying those moments with a cold drink and a few friends.
Nightlife in Roatan
Activities in Roatan are definitely focused on daylight hours and being outdoors. Between the many water activities you can do, the plentiful and beautiful beaches you can enjoy, and the various tours and adventures you can take, by evening most people are pretty well wiped out. Nonetheless, Roatan enjoys lots of incredible talent with live music, so that’s a popular option for evening entertainment.
In terms of bars and clubs, you’ll find your options limited to West End, where a few locations will stay open into the early hours of the morning. Just remember to take it easy on those monkey lalas if you’re doing the first morning dive!