|By Tobi Fess (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 10:25 pm:|
I have been viewing this site for a while and know there are many great options for accommodations in Bonaire. I would like to hear your opinions on what hotel would most closely tailor to the following preferences:
|By Vince DePietro-www.bonairebeachcondo.com (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3496) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 6:05 am:|
Tobi..Asking that question would be analogous to asking what's the best restaurant on Bonaire. EVERYONE has different opinions and experiences.
|By brenda (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1300) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 7:14 am:|
Tobi, your list matches ours exactly. Husb keeps the room soo cold, I can't go in directly after a dive!
|By Brandon W. (BonaireTalker - Post #21) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 8:50 am:|
I would second the recommendation for Buddy's to fulfill the requirements of your list..!!
|By Denise K (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #2961) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 9:10 am:|
Yes, there are many opinions and many very good choices. I 'third' the Buddy's recommendation. Diving off their dock is awesome no matter which way you go !
|By scott appelt (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #10) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 9:45 am:|
check out sand dollar, dive shop next door and nice reef right outside your door
|By Eric author of "Why is the Grass Green?" (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1630) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 11:58 am:|
I 2nd Sand$. Bari Reef is known for being unrivaled in number of species present. BDA is a great dive shop and the water access from their dock offers many entry options.
|By brenda (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1301) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 12:07 pm:|
We've never had a charge for air conditioning, and as stated before, husband uses it. Never have used the tv or phone, so can't comment there. There is a book shelf by the front desk, so, if your a reader just take 1 and leave 1.
|By Antoine Dodson (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #112) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 12:10 pm:|
Agree with Vince D. Go to belmar-bonaire.com. There is a video that shows the lay-out, etc.
|By Angela M (BonaireTalker - Post #11) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 6:09 pm:|
I recommend Buddy's or Den Laman, both fulfill everything on your list. I have stayed at both and enjoyed both.
|By Tobi Fess (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Friday, April 1, 2011 - 6:57 pm:|
Thanks for the advice. I will check out the locations you recommended!
|By Virginia Miller (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 8:19 pm:|
We like Belmar best because the rooms are much, much nicer. We personally feel Buddys is getting shabby. The other issue with Buddys is the sand, while makes you feel more beachy, does harbor the no-see-ems. That said, Buddys does have a very convenient reef and gear storage area and the restaurant is close by.
|By Mel Briscoe (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #876) on Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 8:38 pm:|
The Buddy Dive folks thought it was getting a bit shabby, too, so renovations have been going on. The older, original Buddy Dive apartments have nearly all been fixed up...new kitchens and bathrooms and furniture, among other things. We stayed in one of those a week ago. Very pleasant. They start next on the newer, old Lions Dive, apartments. Also, the Lions Den restaurant is now closed (Kirk is focusing on the Sunset Grille) and it too will be renovated, then reopened by Buddy Dive. Lots of changes.
|By Gail T.*********** (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #5081) on Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 10:45 am:|
Check out the Black Durgon Inn. It has all of your requirements. Very secluded, very private, and a great house reef.
|By Thom Wright (BonaireTalker - Post #76) on Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 8:39 pm:|
I've done Buddy's, Captain's, and Sand$. I prefer Buddy's, been there more than a dozen times. They make shore diving easy with their dive and drive plan along with the drive up tank station, they have security, they provide breakfast, and their reef is just about ideal for night dives.
|By Joanne (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 6:19 pm:|
Our family stays at Capt. Don's. Their new apts. opened in Nov. so are very they are clean with wonderful ocean views; you're right at the water's edge; great sunsets. The house reef diving couldn't be easier and it's 24 hr. access. They now have a security guard as well. We eat at many different restaurants, including their Rum Runner's. It's also walking distance to Lover's Ice Cream!
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