Mangazina Di Rei- Culture in Bonaire

July 26, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting the restored Mangazina Di Rei today for the Cultural Market. The event featured local music, local food and a craft market. Also on hand was a produce and plant market. The center as abuzz with locals and tourists sampling amazing culinary delights made by the local people of Rincon. I sampled some delicious pancakes made on an traditional hot cooking plate. Later, I shopped for plants and produce. Price are astounding, really. I secured some great deals for plants and handicrafts.

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The Mangazina di Rei (1824) was originally used by the dutch government to store provisions for the slaves.The second oldest stone building on Bonaire now forms part of the center. Multi generations of Bonaireans are striving to maintain their local culture. An educator shared stories with me about the local ways. I appreciated his knowledge and commitment to preserving Bonaire’s culture.

The market is held the last Saturday of each month from 8 AM- 1 PM. Get there by 11 for the best food.

For more information check out

http://www.mangazinadirei.org/

To learn more about activities on Bonaire click on

http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/todo_bonaire.html

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A peak at Bellafonte’s front yard…

July 3, 2014

One of my most popular properties for repeaters is Bellafonte. The oceanfront setting is magical. The dockside patio on the sea is perfect for sunning, sipping cocktails and of course sharing the sea with pelicans and lovely fish. It’s close to the airport and town as well so very convenient. The manager Yuri, is quite amazing, assisting all of my guests in enjoying a spectacular experience. I live across the street so can attest to this peaceful property. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations to book a stay at Bellafonte.

Enjoy this lovely video thanks to clients, Mirtha and Eduardo!

Bonaire Beach Art

June 28, 2014

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When my daughter and I first came to Bonaire we used to take afternoon drives along the East coast in search of beach treasures. We were always and still are in search of a gold coin or something special. Alas, the most you find are shoes, lots of bottle caps, driftwood, lightbulbs and other typical junk that comes in from the shipping lanes. Some beachgoers create funky cool art at the beach using coral and junk. Here is my favorite of the month. The “beach man” even has an erect penis..

Bonaire Coral Man

Bonaire Coral Man

Capriccio’s New Menu – Delicioso

May 8, 2014

Our annual girl’s night out ventured to Capriccio’s last night. I have been dining at Lola and Andrea’s Italian Eatery since 2001. They offer the best wine list and homemade pasta on island, hands down. Their new oceanfront setting is chic and bright. Our group of 16 dined al fresco. Lola proudly revealed their new menu. I wanted something light with pasta so chose a lovely eggplant dish with grilled eggplant, homemade noodles, a light savory sauce and chicken ragout. It was divine. We had liters and liters of house Pinot Grigio and Cabernet and of course their amazing house made Foccacia.

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When my discerning clients arrange their Concierge Service, I often add Capriccio’s to their list. Each year, my repeat clients return again and again. Quite simply, Lola and Andrea and Chef Mauro offer delectable Italian cuisine in a lovely oceanfront setting. Sit back, relax and allow the evening to unfold.

Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations offers free Concierge Services to her clients. To book your dive, windsurf or kite vacation, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Pelican and Villa Ganshi on Sale

May 7, 2014

Pelican Reef is a romantic oceanfront cottage minutes from town. The snorkeling in front of the house is amazing. Pelican Reef is a 15 minute walk to town and dining down picturesque Playa Lechi.

10% off

Villa Ganshi is an upscale yet casual villa on the sea in tranquil Bonaire. The closest dive site, Something Special, and the sea in front is teeming with sea life. 

10% off

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Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details and other special offers.

Free dates

For Villa Ganshi:
May 24 till June 7

For Pelican Reef:
May 17 till May 24
May 31 till June 21

Lek Lek Take Out Thai Food

May 6, 2014
Bonaire has Thai Take Out!

Bonaire has Thai Take Out!

The culinary options in Bonaire are quite impressive. The island is a melting pot of cultures represented in our cuisines. One can enjoy Surinamese food, Colombian fare and other South American delights. New to the scene is Lek Lek Thai Take Out. Based out of the lovely Roomer Boutique Hotel, Lek Lek turns out amazing Thai food every Monday evening. Ruby, the brainchild behind this culinary delight takes orders up to a week ahead and often sells out before Monday. It’s that good! She has a loyal following and there’s good reason; the food is amazing. When can you recall the last time you didn’t want your meal to end? Last night was such an occasion. I arrived at 6:15 after a hike in the kunuku. Ruby, her husband and colleague were fast and furious behind the counter creating culinary bliss. Ruby welcomed me and advised me my 7 PM order would be ready in 30 minutes. Normally, I’d wait at the Roomer bar but my dog was waiting for her dinner so I drove two miles home, fed my girl, showered and returned. The aromatic fragrance wafting through the breezeway of the hotel was intoxicating. I picked up my order (17.50 or 20.00 with a well deserved gratuity) and headed home. I gleefully tore into my dinner, a lovely tofu dish so spicy and delicious. Pure ambrosia. There was also a salad with Thai seasoning and greens and a perfectly cooked fried egg. Ruby also offers a little dessert tasting. Last night she prepared a layered coconut milk Pandan steamed traditional Thai dessert called Khanom Chan. I devoured this simple yet flavourful sweet treat. As my dining experience came to an end, I was sad. I wanted more. Thankfully, Ruby’s here to stay on Bonaire, for now anyway, serving Thai street food cuisine.

To order, contact Ruby

Authentic Thai street food @ Bonaire
Roomer, Belnem
Tel: +599-7870370
leklekthaifood@gmail.com

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Coral Spawn 2014

May 5, 2014

Coral Spawn 2013

STINAPA Bonaire has posted the schedule for the upcoming Coral Spawn, Sept. and Oct. 2014. Ask about Bonaire Bliss’s Coral Spawn Dive Specials. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/images/stories/file/spawning%202014.pdf

Wicked Wind

May 4, 2014

The trades continue to howl here in Bonaire. It’s truly, windsurf paradise. We’ve had little rain so the Sahara dust is fierce thus making sunsets spectacular. Come on down. Ask me for my many spring specials including 5-10% off select properties for last minute May bookings. I have space available for Andy Brandt’s ABK Spring Bonaire Camp May 26 week. Email ann@bonaireacaribbean.com

Sorobon Bliss

Sorobon Bliss

KLM Spring Sale Amsterdam to Bonaire

April 24, 2014

KLM has a great sale for air from Amsterdam to Bonaire for the spring. I found some fares for around 500.00 Euros round trip! To celebrate these special prices, I am offering 5-10% off select properties when flying KLM. This applies to new bookings only. Ask me how!

KlM arrival into Bonaire

KlM arrival into Bonaire

Jibe City on Sale

March 30, 2014

The winter season is over and spring sailing is upon us. Conditions have been amazing. Our windsurf community looks forward to a windy low season. To inspire and motivate low season visitors to come to Bonaire Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations has teamed up to offer some great prices. Book your stay between Aug.15 and Dec. 15, 2014 and enjoy 5 non consecutive day days of windsurfing for 250.00. Book a new package and earn 5-10% discounts off select accommodations. Ask about our Fall Bliss Packages. When the winds are light, take a flowstyle freestyle lesson, enjoy SUP, bonefishing, mangrove kayaking, diving and snorkeling. I have come to love low season with less crowds and great pricing. Email Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

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