Part of a Central American vacation is the food, especially when it’s done with a Caribbean flair as you find in Roatan. West Bay is on the tourist hot spots on the island. Here are my recommendations for where you can find the best fish tacos, coconut shrimp and breakfast in West Bay.
Fish Tacos: Thirsty Turtle at Bananarama Dive & Beach Resort
Thirsty Turtle is the main restaurant and lively bar at Bananarama Dive & Beach Resort in the heart of West Bay. It’s super popular for the island cocktails and beer along with its pizzas and fish tacos. The fish tacos are so good I had them twice! You can get 3 corn or 2 flour tortillas filled with grilled fish, cheese, slaw and topped with a tomato slice. Salsa, jalapeños and Honduran cream (their version of sour cream) is served on the side. They’re no frills, but delicious. Pair with a Barena, what the locals dub the “ladies beer,” for a traditional sip. Salva Vida is the other local beer. It’s slightly heavier than Barena. Plus, you can eat in your swimsuit and enjoy a great view from the deck.
Coconut Shrimp: Beacher’s Bar & Grill
Multiple people recommended the coconut shrimp at Beacher’s Bar & Grill. Even had one friend say “they’re the best on the island.” We went for dinner and I have to say they live up to the hype. Plus, we had a wonderfully friendly and outgoing waiter making our dining experience extra delightful. We sat out on the deck enjoying the evening breeze. I scarfed down my coconut shrimp. They’re served with rice and beans and fried plantains for a wonderful island plate. They also have a location in West End, another fun area filled with bars and restaurants on Roatan.
Breakfast: Trattoria da Piero at Las Rocas Resort & Dive Center
I found this spot on my first morning in Roatan on a solo walk and instantly fell in love with its island vibe include swings at the bar. While staying at Infinity Bay for a few days, my friend Wendy and I walked down the beach to Trattoria de Piero, an open-air, waterfront bar and restaurant at Las Rocas Resort and Dive Center. We went 4 mornings in a row. The first morning we had empanadas. I went for a cheese one and Wendy had the ham and cheese. The second morning breakfast was veggie burritos. They were our favorite. For the third morning we had quesadillas. On the fourth morning which was New Year’s Day, Wendy’s husband Coach joined us (he was diving the other mornings). We started the new year with rancheros. Whatever the chef fixed for “desayuno tipico” (typical Roatan breakfast) depended on what she found in the kitchen to work with each morning. The breakfast comes with fruit, pastries, juice, and coffee for $4-6 each. After breakfast we enjoyed a leisurely walk back to our condo. It was the perfect way to start each day, especially the first day of 2022!