|By HD (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 10:37 pm:|
Hi! My husband and I are looking into moving to Bonaire for a couple of years... if not longer. We are just curious to hear from people who currently live there or have moved there recently. What is the average rent for a home? Where are the best areas to live in? What type of jobs are available and what's the average pay? We're going in January to check it out so any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
|By michael gaynor (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #2289) on Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 9:57 am:|
Jobs are pretty hard to come by for non antilleans. Perhaps you should look into buying a going business. Pay is also not close to what you would make in the US. You really need to do a lot of networking and investigating before moving to Bonaire. If you have a skill that is saleable, perhaps it will be easier for you. It takes a real love of the people and the island to make it here. I am sure others will have more to say..
|By jenny (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #259) on Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 10:26 am:|
|By Dennis Wightman (BonaireTalker - Post #63) on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 8:17 pm:|
Hi HD-we retired from Florida and love it here. Leave your jewelry, make-up, and any non-essential material needs in the U.S. This is not a shop-til-you-drop place. This is a place to really enjoy life, the sea and all it's gorgeous creatures, the birds,lizards, donkeys and the wonderful people. This place will mellow you out and teach you patience and more kindness as everyone here will be kind to you.You will learn here that quality of life has more to do with who you are rather than stuff. You can rent cheaply here, food is better than in U.S.(nobody here is dropping from the spinach and lettuce) and less expensive, and everybody I know walks around with a smile. Feel free to email us privately if you like for any specifics.
|By Teresa Hemphill (BonaireTalker - Post #22) on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 8:21 pm:|
|By jenny (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #260) on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 8:17 am:|
|By Tim (BonaireTalker - Post #41) on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 8:28 am:|
|By Andrew Stanway (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 8:47 am:|
We have just recently bought a house in Bonaire and thought the island was mainly crime free. Is this not just a few cases of petty crime, that happens everywhere when some people get short of money and think theft is a way to earn some extra?? We all live in a world that is full of rape, murder, etc - a few small thefts is nothing really to worry about, is it??
|By Teresa Hemphill (BonaireTalker - Post #23) on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 11:20 am:|
Thanks to all for the responses. The world is full of crime. My husband and I love Bonaire and have been coming there for the past 12 years. I think with a little effort on our part, we will be fine. Of course, if theft occurs, there is always insurance!
|By Rosanne (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #712) on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 11:34 am:|
Interesting thoughts from all, Dennis you summed up life on Bonaire just wonderfully! I Don't live there yet but have been a visitor since 1986 and wouldn't trade it for any other place in the world!
|By Liz D (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 3:59 pm:|
Hey there, my dutch boyfriend and I are moving to Bonaire beginning of next year to work on a resort. Any comments, advice, tips??
|By Antony Bond (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #139) on Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 11:52 am:|
My advice is not to leave your common sense in your country of origin. Don't leave doors and windows open when you are out or in bed unless you have bars at the windows. Don't leave valubles in your car or on your porch.
|By Liz D (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 4:42 pm:|
Luckily we're not that fussed about material things, so we probably won't have too much worth stealing, except the basics of course. Do you live there Antony?
|By Antony Bond (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #140) on Friday, November 3, 2006 - 10:27 am:|
|By MadMan (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 11:29 am:|
Lived on the island for over 40 years and have seen a lot of changes. But i still sleep with all my windows open (No AC). My home got broken into 2 times between 8am and 1pm in the last year. Al they took was some jewelry and money. All they did was make a big mess in the house. Still have no barr's on the house(don't need them), got my self a dog,who's a little bit aggressive to strangers. and if they want to get in the'll get in.
|By TC Panecaldo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 11:55 am:|
Have been reading all your comments regarding living in Bonaire.What a wonderful,stress free place it is to live. I lived there for many years and then moved back to the US for almost a year now. I AM READY to move back HOME to Bonaire. Hopefully if all goes well I will be there in the next couple of months. Time will tell. IT IS REALLY the place to live for peace of mind, understanding who you and what you want from your life. Bonaire is hard to beat.
|By Angela de Weger (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #151) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 12:21 pm:|
|By Brian (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2588) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 2:47 pm:|
|By TC Panecaldo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 8:36 pm:|
Hi Guys, Thank you so much for the welcome. I do remember our trip to Lac, it was great fun.We can do it again soon I hope. There is so much snow here and so cold. The water pipes in my home are frozen....I have no clue.....Darn I miss the warm HOT sun of my home......
|By Bruce Wallace (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #206) on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 11:06 am:|
Hey TC. I had heard that you moved back to the states, (was it Alaska?) and wondered if you had lost your mind. I'll look forward to seeing you in Bonaire soon. I'll bring doggie treats!
|By TC Panecaldo (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 11:26 am:|
|By Christina Glass (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Monday, December 11, 2006 - 3:06 pm:|
Hi all. I'm new to the site and am seeking enrollment at the medical school. Not the typical student though I'll be moving down with my two teenaged children. Been told so far that the schools are taught in Dutch so figured we will have to be doing a home schooling program since my kids have only had Spanish and French in middle school so far and they unfortunately do not teach Dutch here in the schools. I'm looking into buying a home for our stay there so we can have a house to go to every year on vacation as well. My common questions and concerns are what neighborhoods are more safe (since I have seen the postings about the increasing crimes and already plan on getting a very very big dog as soon as we get there), are there any English speaking schools for kids in 7th and 8th grades and any other suggestions for someone with little knowledge of the island but excited to be there? Saw the need for english books and since my kids have tons of them, we will be saving them and bringing them with us so they can share with the other kids on the island...Thanks for any help in advance!!
|By Victor Mena (BonaireTalker - Post #77) on Monday, December 11, 2006 - 6:53 pm:|
Hi Mrs.Christina!,I think it will not be a big problem for your children to learn dutch or papiamento,you know being they so young.I have a little cousin that moved to the U.S about five years ago,by that time she was ten and did not know any single word in english but she learned pretty quickly at school,now she speaks like an american,that is why I tell you that your children wont have too many problems,well,good luck in your adventure!
|By Cyn (GH) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #406) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 11:46 am:|
Christina, welcome to Bonaire Talk! The schooling system has been discussed at length here on BT, you may want to browse through the local items threads, or do a keyword search at the bottom of this page for "schools." I do have a question, have you been to Bonaire?
|By Christina Glass (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 9:18 pm:|
Thanks for everyone's help! Looking forward to being on the island asap!
|By Phil Bennett (BonaireTalker - Post #26) on Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 8:16 pm:|
If anyone is looking for information about moving to Bonaire from UK, I would be happy to share our experiences. We can definitely NOT recommend the firm that we used in UK & would be happy to tell anyone about it off forum. All you need to do is ask.
|By Gary Marshall (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 8:05 am:|
We all know about the diving, but which is the best family beach with nice white sand?
|By TC Panecaldo (BonaireTalker - Post #28) on Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 8:30 am:|
|By mgk (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 9:15 am:|
Hello...Can anybody rec. nice places to live near the St James MD School.....thnx!
|By Brian Smith (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 7:14 pm:|
It looks like a while since anyone has posted here but hopefully someone will see this.
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