About the property
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Excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, fly fishing, beach combing & hikiing
This is in our private home in a gated community on the pristine, quiet east end of Roatan. We are located between Calabash Bight & New Port Royal on the south side. The snorkeling & diving here is excellent, with abundant fish, many types of coral. There are excellent do it yourself bone fishing flats within easy walking distance and we are located between 2 dive sites with an excellent PADI dive instructor close by.
Your ocean front casita is a newly built, compact 2 BR apartment with its own private entrance. There are 2 queen beds, 1 BA, combined kitchen & living area, laundry room & small deck as well as an outdoor grilling area & firepit. This is totally self catering. There is no daily maid service. We do have friendly, outdoor only, watch dogs, cats & employ a full time caretaker/watchman.
We enjoy life here in our own paradise and have few rules: mainly NO illegal drugs and no smoking.
Chuck or Barb Shogren
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- May 15, 2018
About Chuck or Barb Shogren
We are retired Americans from Minnesota enjoying life here on Roatan. After having traveled for many years, always keeping an eye out for our dream retirement spot, we found it here on beautiful Roatan.
Chuck or Barb Shogren purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Chuck or Barb Shogren chose Calabash Bight
We love the water. We have an unbelievable view which changes by the minute, our own beach, fruit trees. It is so peaceful it soothes the soul!
What makes this Apartment unique
Listen to the sound of waves breaking over the reef. Quietly meditate with a cup of coffee in the morning or a drink at happy hour while the trade winds keep you cool. Relax in the hammock with a good book, maybe one about the fascinating pirate history of Port Royal. Every hour of the day brings a new view. There are do it yourself bone fishing flats within walking distance and local guides can be hired to take you out for a day of fishing. The snorkeling on the pristine reef right off our beach is amazing. We also have a PADI instructor nearby & stunning dive sites to explore. Check out Leif's website Roatan Catamaran Adventures is based out of nearby Oakridge and offers top notch snorkeling adventures into Port Royal. Check their website for information & availability.
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Peace and quiet and snorkelling from shore!
We left Canada late because of de-icing the airplane and then adding more fuel, and hence arrived in Roatan late. Chuck was waiting for us nonetheless as pre-arranged. ( He offers this service for a nominal fee , enough to cover his gas .) We went to Eldon's for groceries , and Chuck offered good advice on the local cheaper brands and other helpful suggestions. Then we went to Bojangles ( yes, Bojangles!) and bought two of the two - chicken breast dinners, senior discount included! Great for supper for two nights. The casita is below Chuck and Barb's upper level house, right on the beach. It is well equipped , clean, airy, and the entire week we were not lacking anything. We slept in the front bedroom with the windows open , catching the breeze. The watchee, Mario , was always nearby for answers , local history lessons, and to help with the kayak. He brought us free coconut , conch, and some red snapper through the course of our stay. As a bit of a side business, he offered to take us to Oak Ridge, Port Royal, or on a snorkelling and / fishing excursion in his newly- acquired boat . We were there for the off- shore snorkelling , and this visit decided to stay put. We did go snorkelling right in front of the casita, but the channel is a bit shallow, so afterwards we used with existing permission a dock three down to the left. The entry was much easier. I did tow the kayak as a marker for the occasional boats passing before we reached the reef, but next time would have a life jacket to tow or a diver's flag. (Mario would take the kayak to the dock and bring it back ). The reef itself was very nice , warm clear water, lots to see ,and we could spent up to two hours there at a time without anyone else around. We have a lot of experience snorkelling , and were well pleased. When we were on shore, we read some books of local flavour provided in the casita ( really, a must !) , as well as others we had brought. The area is very tranquil, an occasional person walking by ,and is in a community of 17 or so ex- pat homes, most unoccupied . We felt very safe. So very quiet! That is important to know. Just what we wanted!
A peaceful escape away from everything.
We have been to Honduras several times before this and we fell in love with the Island and it's people. We chose this property for it's beach location and quiet area. We were not disappointed. This location is away from EVERYTHING. Buy everything you may need before you get there. Chuck will pick you up and take you to Eldons. Plan what you may need for your time there, I brought spices, crystal light, salad dressing, rice, wine, and some snacks. Eldons has everything you may need. As far as the apartment goes, it is BASIC. The fridge is tiny, the dishes are sparse, and some new ice trays are an absolute must. We needed to pin the fridge shut with a table. We felt the beds were comfortable, the lack of AC was fine while we were there, there was a considerable breeze. Bring DEET. We left a can there, but I still was eaten alive. No surprise, I am bug bait. I wish there were some drawers to put our stuff away, but, as I said...BASIC. No clothes dryer, but the clothesline works fine. The entire key to this place though, is Mario and his family. I believe the sole reason this place is still a rental is because of Mario. This man is incredible. He genuinely cares for his 'guests' and their enjoyment while there. He tirelessly showed us a good time, everyday. He's a never ending source of info. Getting us transportation to town when we needed groceries, taking us snorkeling, fishing, etc...he, along with Alba and Javier, are a treasure. Whatever they are paid, it is not enough. If you are considering staying here, this is my 2 cents. This place is a basic apartment, with enough to sustain 2 people. The owners seem like they are interested in only having adults stay there. The one time our teenager tried to take out the kayak out, it did not end well. It felt that they were more concerned with possible damage to their kayak, then the enjoyment and the adventurous nature of a 14 year boy trying out the kayak that was 'part' of the apartment (he wasn't being careless). What we were left with, was that we were only 'allowed' to use the amenities, so long as our 'keeper/babysitter' Mario was attending us. This was disappointing, and along with an insecure teen boy, he didn't try again. It definitely put a damper on our trip. We absolutely loved being here, warts and all. It was quiet, peaceful, relaxing. I don't know if I would stay here again without a mild kitchen upgrade. (fridge, garbage disposal, at least) and less micromanaging from Barb&Chuck
Thank you for your review. We live on the ocean, and we are concerned about our guests and their safety. There is a reef around this island, and we only want kids to be safe when they are out in a kayak by themselves. That is why we have life vests here for guests to use. When a 14 year old boy and a ten year old girl are out in the kayak we want them to have life vests on. We are not trying to interfere with your vacation time, just trying to make it safe for kids.
Apartment is modest but functional. It was very neat and very clean.
We had bad weather but the few tours we got out on with Mario showed a very healthy reef a short kayak trip from shore. Access to a kayak is critical to enjoy the snorkeling here and super Mario will set you up and take you out. He also has a small boat now and for forty or fifty dollars will take you for a tour to Jennings point to sight see and snorkel. That tour with Mario was our best day of the trip and would have been much too far to paddle. The beds look quite new but were a little firmer than we are used to so it took me a few days to adjust and sleep well. Chuck patiently collects you at the airport and takes you shopping. Somehow he always knows where there is sale on rum.
All in all this was the perfect location for our first retirement trip as we decompressed to island time. With a softer bed and less rain I would have been in heaven. The daily assistance from Mario is the reason I will go back. He also took me bone fishing and supplied the fly rod. He treated us to coconuts, sour sop, and fresh fish fillets. Can get you breadfruit too. Super Mario !
I'm sorry that the weather was not better. We strive to give everyone a five star visit. The rates we charge are not luxury. they are basic, clean and honest.
We spent the month of January (2018) at Casa Escondida. There was alot of rain; more than the locals have seen in the last 10 years --- but it really couldn't dampen our spirits! Our hosts were wonderful, our resident caretaker (Watchee), Mario, was constantly our local guide and the area was fantastic. It was difficult to access because of the rain/roads; but there was so much everywhere and there was always a way to 'make it happen', our days were filled with 'things to do and places to see'! Casa Escondida is unique that it is the only rental property in the immediate area and that offers a wonderful security of a residential community. We believe the area is on the path to development and investment and the locals seem to welcome each and everyone who comes. We loved our time!
Thanks Jane and Tom
We really enjoyed the time you spent with us. Please let Tom know that I did order a mass air flow sensor for the car, and hoping it gets here soon. I hope your trip home was pleasant, and things are not too cold in Wisconsin. I hope we see you again. It was great to meet you.
My wife and I had a great stay at the house although Barb and Chuck were both out of the country. Mario took very good care of us from walking the flats with us while I fished, walking the path to Calabash Bight pointing out different flora along the way and he even grilled up some chicken for us. It seemed that Chuck had clued the neighbors in that we were coming because everyone stopped by and wanted to make sure we had all we needed. We got a chance to meet some great folks during our stay and feel as if we made some new friends.. Everything went off without a hitch from Mario meeting us at the airport upon our arrival to him setting up of ride back to the airport when we left. Loved to be able to snorkel right off of the beach and be able to fish the flats just a few minutes walk to the east. Once again I would highly recommend staying with Barb and Chuck.
Thanks Stan, I am pleased that everything went well during your stay. Hopefully if you visit Roatan again we will be able to greet you in person.
Relaxing week away from it all
We were desperatly looking for a vacation away from the AI scene and crowds of tourists. We had a very relaxing week at Casa Escondida with exceptional snorkeling right in front of the house. A kayak for two people is at your disposal to paddle out to the edge of the reef where an amazing snorkelling adventure awaits. We felt very welcome by our hosts as well as Mario and his lovely family who were a joy to interact with. Mario is always more than happy to make sure you have everything you need during your stay. Many ex-pats from Canada and the US have made the East end their permanent home and it's a small community so you will often see familiar friendly faces out and about at the local restaurants etc. We went on a half day discovery dive with Leif from Dive Port Royal it was a wonderful first time dive experience for both of us. I cannot insist enough that you rent a 4x4 vehicle if you plan on staying at Casa Escondida because the dirt road with steep hills can be challenging. Thank you so much Chuck and Barb for sharing your little slice of paradise with us. Jennifer and JS
It was great having you here, and I hope we see you again. Congratulations.
Come get away from the crowds and enjoy New Port Royal's unspoiled snorkeling and dive sites. Fishing flats are a short walk away * Scuba Diving nearby and fishing guides can be arranged. Pristine snorkeling right off our beach.