|By Russ Coash (BonaireTalker - Post #54) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 3:44 am:|
american eagle: i have heard bad stories about people and their getting flights back home - has anyone had a bad experience??
|By michel jarry (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 9:12 am:|
I used the San Juan-Bonaire flight two weeks ago, and the only problem I had was my fault: my flight was leaving from gate 1B at San Juan airport, but I read 18 and missed my connection. However, they put me on the next day flight, and everything went well.
|By bob neer (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #659) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 9:16 am:|
i've done AA/AE three times in the last 18 months without any real problems...some stateside re-routing - came back thru dallas once instead of chicago - luggage has always made it...
|By Ann Phelan (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #959) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 10:06 am:|
I've done AA 4 times and never a prob. The terminal for Caribbean flights is stuffy and crowded but a people show for sure. It's funny but most flights to the islands are overbooked and they come on the PA and offer vouchers to give up your seat. No one ever offers right away as the price usually goes up in time. LOL..since there is no other flight to BON I would NEVER give up my seat.
|By Susan Taft (BonaireTalker - Post #94) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 9:38 pm:|
We have used American Eagle from San Juan to Bonaire and other islands without any issues (oops --- hope I did not just jinx us for our flight in three weeks). We have found ways to occupy ourselves in San Juan during long layovers and just consider that part of the trip. One thing we learned last year on leaving Bonaire -- arrive early, check in, leave and get a shower and breakfast at your accomodation and then return for the flight. And as my friend Annie said --- the waiting area in SJ is great for people watching -- try to figure out what island people are going to, if they are the resort type, are they divers, etc -- endless possibilities. Airline travel can be what you make of it these days!
|By Tom Cousino (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #156) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 9:45 pm:|
Anytime I HAVE to spend in warmer climates is alright by me.
|By Ruth van Tilburg (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Monday, February 3, 2003 - 11:03 pm:|
If you have a few (3+) hours in San Juan, go out to the gov't taxi stand (it's obvious, and they control the rates), and tell them you want to go to the Wyndham Hotel (formerly known as The El San Juan). It's about a 5-10 min ride, and $8. It's a big resort, with casino, shops, restaurants, pool bar, beach, etc. Much nicer than the SJU airport. We do it on the way home, so check thru all our luggage so as not to have to drag it around.
|By PW Claus (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 - 3:39 pm:|
We just came back from Bonaire 2/1/03 (sob!). On the flight down the week prior, from SJ to BON, our two kayaking guides, who had arranged the entire trip, were bumped from the flight, ostensibly because they had e-tickets and they "couldn't be confirmed". They, and about 14 others, were practically shoved onto the next flight for Curacao, which was leaving immediately. They ended up spending the night there and getting a puddle jumper on Divi-Divi the next day.
|By Glen Reem (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1330) on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 - 4:39 pm:|
|By Ira Warren (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #3) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 5:15 am:|
Is there anywhere to get a reasonable meal in the Caribbean terminal in SJU? The AA flight down from DFW serves breakfast (yum) and the BON flight gets in late as you know. Is any restaurant still open in BON by the time you clear customs and get your luggage (9:30?), or is the SJU terminal meal lunch and dinner?
|By bob neer (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #678) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 9:14 am:|
might try asking the folks where you are staying to have a pizza and a six pack waiting for you on bonaire
|By Jake Richter (Moderator - Post #3840) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 9:25 am:|
Some restaurants may still be open on Bonaire then. Also KFC is open late here.
|By Corney Ann Carter (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #140) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 9:26 am:|
There a couple of fast food places before the Caribbean terminal in SJU. There was one place that had a chicken sandwich. If you are there a long time you can go into the main terminal to the food court there. We carry protein bars with us also and usually some fruit in our pockets.
|By Susan Taft (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #101) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 2:17 pm:|
How long is your layover in SJU? Our flight arrives there around 11am so we leave the airport for the day as I have yet to find good food there. We get a cab to one of the hotels in Isla Verde (8 dollars and 8 minutes) and then find a beach bar. That way we can have better food and start our time in the sun.
|By Ira Warren (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 3:19 pm:|
Our layover is about 2 1/2 hours going down (and almost 4 hours on the return). That really isn't enough time to run out to a hotel, not to mention we'll each have a roller bag and a purse or laptop case carry-on that I really don't want to schlep around. (Even though we snorkel rather than dive, we still have our masks, still and digital camera and cases, laptop for downloading digital stills, and minimal clothes that I would be very leery of checking in.) PS, thanks all for your ideas.
|By DARLENE ELLIS (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #678) on Friday, February 7, 2003 - 9:32 pm:|
I can think of two late places to eat good food at. We are at 10:30 pm the night we arrived at Taverne Uno Munde and it was delicious and the atmosphere was great. It is right on the waterfront. The other place that stays open to about 11 is Pasa Bon Pizza. They have great pizza and a bar.
|By Ann Phelan (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #977) on Saturday, February 8, 2003 - 10:02 am:|
Taverne Uno Munde has a great bartender. Martin makes THE best fresh lime Margaritas. I have not eaten there but his Indonesian food looks GREAT. And the VIEW!
|By Josie (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #749) on Saturday, February 8, 2003 - 5:16 pm:|
I second the recommendation of Pasa Bon Pizza -- that's where we stopped when we arrived, and thoroughly enjoyed our wahoo pizza.
|By Ira Warren (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Saturday, February 8, 2003 - 9:18 pm:|
Josie, we had to laugh at this last response. When we were in Bonaire 2 years ago (our only time, but we're fixing that very soon!), we ate at Dock of the Bay most evenings since we stayed at Buddy's. After the 3rd time, we stopped asking what the Catch of the Day was since it was always wahoo. So to see wahoo pizza ... well, what can I say. Anyway, since we're on the Atkins diet (very successfully), pizza and anything else hi carb is out, but we now realize there are many restaurants open to 11 or later on a Friday (Pirate's Steak House, Zeezicht, Beefeater, De Tuin, Late Night Grill, even KFC and perhaps others) -- rather impressive. We liked Zeezicht when we ate there, and I saw positive reviews of De Tuin plus now Taverne Uno Munde.
|By Ann Phelan (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #979) on Sunday, February 9, 2003 - 8:36 am:|
Ira, I too got a tad sick of wahoo..I have had Rainbow Runner, tuna and snapper on occassion. Why is that? Is there a season for all fish and I happen to hit wahoo season a lot??
|By Ira Warren (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Sunday, February 9, 2003 - 1:32 pm:|
My wife have been on it for 6 1/2 months now. So far I've lost 70 lbs. and my wife has lost 40-some odd, so we're very happy with the diet. We've had regular blood tests just to be sure that the fairly extreme regime has not hurt us, and all of our indicators are better than they were! Personally I've found this the easiest diet ever since there are so many things I can eat that I like. Also my portion sizes are way down and I'm comfortable with it. I just don't think about the things I'm missing. And it seems we can always find something to eat when we go out. We've switched from sushi to sashimi at our favorite Japanese restaurant to eliminate the rice, which has worked great. It gets easier after induction, by the way, since choices are not so defined. If there is a low carb store in your area, make use of it. We've found lots of alternatives (like low carb bread) that are quite good.
|By Jeffrey Rein (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Sunday, February 9, 2003 - 6:33 pm:|
Can dive knives be brought on the American Eagle flights in checked bags? I remember reading a while back that they wouldn't let you because passengers have access to the cargo area on those planes. Has anyone traveled with knives on those flights recently? Leaving next week and starting to get gear together.
|By Joann Vick (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #24) on Sunday, February 9, 2003 - 11:53 pm:|
Jeff, I packed my dive knife in my check-in bag and had no trouble with American Eagle, nor AA for that matter, when I went to Bonaire in December. I also put all other "sharps", e.g. scissors, in my check-in. (I flew AE to Dallas and from San Juan to Bonaire.)
|By Jeffrey Rein (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:08 pm:|
thanks for info
|By bob neer (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #779) on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 10:23 am:|
AA/AE is still around $600 for june departures from chicago and new york...what day is that wedding?
Visit: The Bonaire WebCams - Current Bonaire images and weather!
The Bonaire Insider - the latest tourism news about Bonaire
The Bonaire Information Site, InfoBonaire
Search Bonaire - Search top Bonaire Web sites