Roatan Backpackers' Hostel

We're a small hostel with a warm, friendly atmosphere that'll make you feel right at home. Many of our guests stay for several weeks or even months!

I live on property most of the year. I have one staff member Belkis, who has been with me for several years, and sometimes hire on one or 2 other workers, depending on the time of the year and whether I'm away. We have space for up to 3 volunteers at a time. Volunteers are accommodated in a room of the staff apartment, which has a bunk bed and a single bed (and the room next to it is for a staff member, when I have one living on property). Meals aren't included, but there's a communal kitchen that volunteers are welcome to use. Volunteers help out in a variety of things around the hostel, wherever needed. There's always something to do at the hostel- if it's slow, there's gardening, or sometimes painting.


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United States


Roatan Backpackers Hostel was an amazing experienceI I Volunteered for 7 weeks Mel is a Fantastic owner as well as a host she constantly interacts with her guests as well as her volunteers it was a true pleasure to meet her as well as volunteer for her I really hated leaving but unfortunately Backpackers move on to explore new adventures... Again Thank you Mel..

8 months ago

United States


My first Worldpackers and I recommend this stay for anyone, especially female solo travelers. The hostel is gated & in a quiet and safe neighborhood. Work hours were 3-4 hours/ 6 days a week w/ 1 off day, leaving plenty of time to explore the island. Work task included cleaning rooms & kitchen, bathrooms, gardening, sweeping the pool deck. Living quarters had the necessities, but the ants will go marching so get some raid from the local store. The work is simple but very dirty. Mel is extremely communicative & kind. Belkis was very helpful, especially with my Spanish.

10 months ago

United States


This was a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to see the island at the same time. I would definitely recommend.

11 months ago



We had a very nice time at Mel's place! The working hours were as agreed to and also the living space. We were there when the Hostel wasn't that busy. The supermarket isn't far away & the Hostel kitchen is fully equipped, so you can cook what ever you want. After work we still had enough time to explore the island. To use the Pool on a hot day is also really good ;)

about 1 year ago



La experiencia es muy gratificante, se convive con viajeros de todo el mundo y se tiene acceso a actividades turísticas de forma muy económica. Lo recomiendo mucho para viajeros que busquen una experiencia multicultural y que disfruten de las actividades en el mar.

over 1 year ago

Perfect for you if you're looking for


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