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I've never been to Roatan, and I have an RCC port of call in March 2020.  I've read so much about sand flies that I'm wishing that I was not taking my elderly mother in law on this cruise.  I'm worried about her.  Yes, I have read all about how to protect ourselves.  BUT, in all the reading that I've done, I haven't found any recent posts or articles on the subject.  Everything I read was posted 3 or more years ago.  So I'm wondering if it's still a problem.  Is it?  

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The bug problem varies from person to person, possibly from time of day, possibly from time of year and possibly from location. There is no way for us to know if you or your mother will have a worry. I reccommned going prepared to deal with the bugs and if you don't need to implement those measures count yourself lucky. 

 

The Trip Advisor Roatan forums maybe of help as well. 

Edited by Guest 2000

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We have been to Roatan 3 times in the last 2 years.  One trip was to a resort on West Bay for 8 days.  We did not encounter sand fleas on any of our trips. I do remember years ago, a had a red rash on my lower legs that I though may have been from sand fleas.  Nothing in the last several years.

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They are sometimes worse on non windy days which isn't often but can't be planned for

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Husband and myself both had sand flea issues the first time in Roatan.  We took a tour that ended up at Bananarama Beach Resort where we spent about two hours at the beach swimming and lounging on the chairs.  We didn't notice any issues until we woke up the next morning in our cabin with small itchy bites on both legs below the knees.  We thought we had bed bugs in our cabin bed.  We knew that could not have been it because we had slept in that bed for a few nights and the bites were only on our lower legs and no where else on our bodies.  I then remembered reading about sand fleas in Roatan and figured out that must have been what happened to us.  Next time we went to Roatan I brought along spray.  We went to a beach for a few hours but it was not Bananarama, can't remember where we went.  We didn't have bites on that trip.  We are going back this December and I will be packing the spray!  Those bites were not comfortable.

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I suppose it really doesn’t matter much but the culprits are sand flies, not sand fleas.  I recommend you consider repellent wipes instead of spray.  I used them at Lamanai in Belize and they worked great without the overspray going all over everyone around me and no wind blowing it back in my eyes.

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lifes-a-beach...thanks for the idea.  I would rather use wipes instead of spray.  I will look for those on my next shopping trip.

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I ordered them on Amazon. Just enter “insect repellent wipes”. I’ve used the Bens, Deep Woods Off and Repel. The Deep Woods Off probably work best for us but we mainly use them for mosquitoes in the jungle. 

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15 hours ago, lifes-a-beach said:

I ordered them on Amazon. Just enter “insect repellent wipes”. I’ve used the Bens, Deep Woods Off and Repel. The Deep Woods Off probably work best for us but we mainly use them for mosquitoes in the jungle. 

I used the Bens wipes and they seem to work fine.

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The first time we went to Roatan we went to a resort and spent a little time laying in loungers on the beach.  Before the end of the day I immediately noticed red bites all over my legs - but they weren’t itching.  BTW, my legs were covered in bug spray as bugs seem to love me!  By that evening the bites were barely noticeable.  However, exactly one week later, I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst intense itching on my legs.  It was those same bites!  It’s like they had incubated under the skin and then came to life - it was awful!  We are visiting Mahogany Bay in a few weeks.  We would like to spend some time on the beach in the area reserved for cruisers, but I’m having second thoughts as I remember the bites from last time.  I may just have to get the strongest repellent I can find and go for it.  Yuck.

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49 minutes ago, LHARTWICK said:

The first time we went to Roatan we went to a resort and spent a little time laying in loungers on the beach.  Before the end of the day I immediately noticed red bites all over my legs - but they weren’t itching.  BTW, my legs were covered in bug spray as bugs seem to love me!  By that evening the bites were barely noticeable.  However, exactly one week later, I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst intense itching on my legs.  It was those same bites!  It’s like they had incubated under the skin and then came to life - it was awful!  We are visiting Mahogany Bay in a few weeks.  We would like to spend some time on the beach in the area reserved for cruisers, but I’m having second thoughts as I remember the bites from last time.  I may just have to get the strongest repellent I can find and go for it.  Yuck.

 

I use deep woods off wipes. 

 

Many members of  the Roatan Trip Advisor forums reccommed a very high percentage of deet...with that said I know at least one person it did not work for.  You need to find a product which works well with your body chemistry and apply it often. There is also talk of the bug liking people more with a bit of salt water on them so be attentive to application when getting out of the water. 

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It was the maximum strength.  That’s all I buy.  Bugs just love me!  They won’t touch my husband.  Guess he’s not sweet enough!  LOL!

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