Frequently Asked Questions
An island is private and secure. You can see both the sunset and the sunrise. You can choose which beach you want depending on the breeze and the sun. You can control pests since no other property is adjacent to yours. You can get the ocean breezes from all directions. No neighbors.
Almost everything is available three miles away in the City of Guanaja. This trip takes 5 minutes by speedboat and 15 minutes by work boat. The stores are small but carry a surprising variety of goods. Fishermen come to the dock on a regular basis with fish, lobsters, and crabs for sale. Fish, shrimp, lobsters, and crab are available fresh year-round.
There is a power line to the municipal power supply on Guanaja. If that source fails, an automatic transfer switch turns on a generator on the Cay and power is restored in about 20 seconds. There are three diesel generators on the Cay which can provide electricity.
The houses are totally hidden from each other and each is about 70 yards from the nearest one. They are visible on the aerial photograph of the Cay. They all have views of the beaches.
The island is a rookery for pelicans and a nesting area for sea turtles. There are also songbirds, sea birds, iguanas, and geckos. There are no snakes or anything poisonous.
All natural environments will have a certain number of insects. Half Moon Cay is not bothered by roaches, spiders or mosquitoes. A few days a year the Cay has some “no see ums” also called “sand flies”. These can be completely eliminated for months at a time.
All work on the Cay is done by the permanent staff. Almost nothing is contracted out. The staff has numerous lists of routine jobs that are carried out on a regular basis.
The Cay is part of the Bay Islands of Honduras. The department capital is in Roatan. Honduras has a democratically elected government with a president, congress and supreme court. There have never been any legal problems with Half Moon Cay.
You would retain full U. S. Citizenship. To own over three-fourths of an acre of land, you must form or purchase a Honduran corporation. There is a registered Honduran corporation that would be transferred for the acquisition of the Cay.
The title on the Cay is secure and is registered in the Capital of the Bay Islands. There are no liens or mortgages against it, of any sort. There is title insurance through First American Title in the United States which is payable over to the corporation which holds Half Moon Cay and Katherine’s Cay.
The rainy season is approximately October 15 through December, but there are beautiful days every week even then. Water is not a problem at any time of the year. There is also an undersea water line which brings water from the main island of Guanaja.
The Bay Islands are out of the usual hurricane paths and are hit much less frequently than islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The last hurricanes were in ’72, ’78 and ’98. The island went through Hurricane Mitch in 1998. It was an unusually strong hurricane, which inexplicably stalled over Guanaja for 50 hours. All of the buildings did very well.
American, United, Delta, and Taca airlines all fly into Roatan. From there it is a short domestic or charter flight to Guanaja. The airport is only 10 minutes from our Cay.