|By Gwen Stewart (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 7:56 pm:|
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #11073) on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 8:05 pm:|
Gwen, it will surely be a LONG 5 1/2 hour lay over. AJ USED to let Bonaire travelers use the First Class lounge, but I'm not sure if they still allow that. If they do, that is where you want to go...if they don't, then as I said, it will be a long 5 1/2 hours...the chairs are not very comfortable, the place isn't really air conditioned. The lower level has food and shops, but nothing fancy...
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3440) on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 10:55 pm:|
Jimmy Buffet's place is on the upper level....don't know what time they open up in the morning, but they do have food and television and air conditioning and fairly comfortable seating. Good luck! Either way, it will worth the wait....getting to Bonaire is, I mean! LOL. Carole
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #11079) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 12:55 pm:|
Thanks Carole, I thought they weren't letting "regular" passengers in anymore (to the First Class lounge)...guess those days are over I don't remember seeing the Jimmy Buffet place on the upper level...I thought I walked all over that place!
|By Lisa Barclay (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #105) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 6:29 pm:|
The "Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville" is a nice place. I am not sure what the hours are but they have lots to look at and the food (and drinks) are great. Last year my husband and I went to Jamaica and the only thing we found to do at the airport was go to "Margaritaville". Have a great time and I hope the layover isn't too bad for you.
|By Liz Ginocchio (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #218) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 6:48 pm:|
They do have a lounge on the 2nd floor for smokers. It is air conditioned and has seats with TVs. A little more comfortable than down stairs. They also have those smoke eaters in the lounge, they only work well as long as you don't have a lot of smokers in there. Ed and I have sat in their when there were only around 5 people in there. We had a drink and watched TV in Air Conditioning.
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3442) on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 7:20 pm:|
Cynde, how did you miss Margaritavlle??! LOL!!! You have to walk right by it to board the planes. Pretty funny. It's more towards the end of the gates where Air Jamaica has their planes....away from the immigration area. It's a pretty neat little place. I can only imagine how Joe and I might have gotten very comfortable in that little place in the past when we used to "party"!! (Key word is "used to"...) I do know a couple of folks were in there having fun for a very, very long period of time once when our return flight was delayed and they were "killing time" in the bar area....they couldn't get one of he guys off the floor! I guess you just have to know your limits....time and consumption. LOL.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #11096) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 6:32 pm:|
Carole, we landed at 6 am, and left at 11am, so maybe it isn't open in the morning. on our return flight, we didn't have any layover time at all, had to rush from one plane to the next, so I wasn't paying too much attention!
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3448) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 10:57 pm:|
Must have been on that ole Red Eye, Cyn! Wow, what a long layover for you, too. It might not be open that early (6) but probably does have lunch it not a brunch hour. If you cruise thru MB again, check it out....swing chairs and all! Carole
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1386) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 8:33 am:|
I love the shops downstairs. I go and buy spices and sauces in the spice/coffee shop, Maggie loves the spicy Jamaican meet patties and Ting. The Jamaican Bobsled Team has a booth now..and their is the cheap booze..haa..
|By Chris Gianos (BonaireTalker - Post #14) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 11:59 am:|
We have a long layover as well June 20th, and we are traveling with a 16 month old. So, I am also wondering what to do. Does anyone know if AJ will let you pay a fee to access the first class lounge?
|By Gwen Stewart (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 4:51 pm:|
Thank you everyone for your input! It's been very informative, and now I have a better idea what to expect. I will try out Margaritaville and check out the shops. Just curious....what is 'Ting'?
|By Freddie Hughes (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #4893) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 5:18 pm:|
yummy grapefruit flavored soda!!
|By Carole Baker (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #3451) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 5:27 pm:|
Chris, unfortunately, I think the only fee accepted by AJ to access the first class lounge is the price of a first class ticket all around. Carole
|By Kelly Jo Lott (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1118) on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 8:39 am:|
I had my first Ting in Antigua and I am addicted to it. Love it w/ vodka.... lol ...
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1387) on Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 8:47 am:|
|By Chris Gianos (BonaireTalker - Post #15) on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 4:26 pm:|
Two more questions to add to this since we are on the LAX to MBJ red eye in just 4 Weeks!!! Do they keep the plane quiet, low lights, etc? They advertise an 'in flight fashion show' and I am hoping this is short and at the end...
|By Nadine Rubin (BonaireTalker - Post #62) on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 8:11 am:|
Don't know if the early morning is quiet or not. It is like a zoo mid morning when most east coast flights arrive. They started something new - they won't let you from the one wing (gates 1-5) to the other(6-14)unless it's your time to board. They have created a second departure area just before immigration. They started to select certain flights and hand check all carry on luggage! There is such a level of noise that either your baby will sleep through it all or be very curious!
|By Ann Phelan (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1414) on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 8:21 am:|
Go to the Jamaican Bobsled kiosk..haaa..
|By Chris Gianos (BonaireTalker - Post #22) on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - 12:59 pm:|
Well, we will see soon. We leave LAX Saturday night arrive in Jamaica for a 5 hour layover at 6:30am. Not looking forward to the travel with a baby but we are sure looking forward to arriving!
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