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170 ft. of private, secluded, sand beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Chuck or Barb Shogren
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My stay at Barb and Chuck's casita on the east end of Roatan has been an absolute delight. It's a perfect 2 bedroom apartment 30 feet from the sea. It offers a nice shaded porch and hammock area right outside the door. The barbeque grill is a few steps away. The waves lull me to sleep and the trade winds keep me cool.There is great snorkeling 70 feet from the front door. The laundry and everything you need is right here.You can snorkel and catch your own lobster, or just pay a local to bring you fresh lobster, snapper, or my favorite, barracuda fried in locally made coconut oil. The area is serviced by road, or by water taxi that goes to the stores in the town of Oakridge. Mikey is the best water taxi operator. I have spent a great month here. Chuck and Barb respect my privacy, but are also very warm and welcoming when I stop by. They are willing to help with anything, and we also enjoy sharing some drinks and conversation. Mario is their security and maintenance man who helps with anything you need, and helped me learn a lot about the island. This month has been the most pleasant time I have had for a long time. I strongly recommend staying here and experiencing the real roatan. You will love it. Live the dream.
Apr 2013
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Calabash Bight Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Tiled shower
  • Tiled shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • shelling
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Do it yourself bone fishing flats are within walking distance. Bring your snorkel & dive gear as there is a pristine reef right outside your door and PADI diver nearby.


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170 ft. of private, secluded, sand beach
average rating of 4.8125 based on 17 reviews

Apartment is modest but functional. It was very neat and very clean.

  • 4 of 5

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 !

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Wonderful! Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Relaxing week away from it all

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you here, and I hope we see you again. Congratulations.
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Great Property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Casa Escondida for a week this December and it was great! We had everything we needed and the little store in Oak Ridge wasn't too far away. It was the end of the rainy season, so a 4 x 4 was a MUST! Deep Woods Off was also a MUST! Mario and his family were so sweet and helpful, and the snorkeling right off the beach was excellent! We also stayed for a week in Sandy Bay, which was a completely different experience. We loved both sides of the island, but the East End is definitely more rural and peaceful.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Casa Escondida for the month of March this year. We booked this property for its location. We had stayed on the East end of Roatan (north side) last year and really enjoyed the less populated end of the island. Casa Escondida is exactly as described. It was very clean. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed since we prepared most of our own meals (we did eat out at some of the local restaurants as well), bottled water was provided. The water pressure in the shower was good and the shower head was a good height for my tall husband. We were very happy to have access to the washer and dryer. The WiFi was great and we had our own NetFlex to watch movies. Best of all, the beach is 30 steps from the deck! I would recommend water shoes, there are sea urchins and some rocks. The snorkelling right out in front of the property is amazing. You can either swim out to the reef or take the kayak that is provided. Probably my only suggestion to make my visit better, would have been a single kayak. I found the double to difficult to take out myself which I would have done while my husband was off diving. The reef is very healthy and there is a variety of fish. I would also recommend Deep Woods for days when there is no breeze, very helpful in preventing "no-see-um" bites. There are several dogs both from this property and nearby properties. They don't bother you at all and it is fun watching the antics of some of them. The dogs bark if someone they don't know or the local horse and burro (Bubaloo) come wandering along the beach. Chuck is fabulous--we didn't meet his wife Barb, she was in the States. Chuck will pick you up and return you to the airport. Chuck always checked with us before he went to town incase we needed groceries. If we did, we would go along with him. We had some great laughs with Chuck. Chuck even suggested a book he keeps in the casita-- Roatan Odyssey, a good read with East end history. The watchee, Mario was also very helpful. He would light the outside wood grill whenever we wanted to grill supper. He will also arrange for a local fisherman to come by if you are interested in fresh "catch of the day". My husband walked 10 minutes east to a dock that Port Royal Divers--Kathy and Lief--would pick him up. He had amazing dives. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking to get away from it all, would say more but have run out of room!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words Susan. Looking forward to seeing you two next March
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Roatan, Honduras (RTB)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Crow's Nest at Marble Hill Farms
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Crow's Nest at Marble Hill Farms
Nearest Beach
Our own at Casa Escondida
Car: recommended

Come get away from the crowds and enjoy Calabash Bight and Port Royal's unspoiled dive sites. Just short walk on the beach to the dock for a boat ride to the dive site.

* Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

* Personalized service and PADI Instruction

* Small groups for a truly relaxing experience


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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