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Kite Week in Bonaire June 11-16

May 24, 2013

Kite Week in Bonaire

Photo by Hagen/ Cactus Blue Food Truck

Press Release from Kite Week Bonaire – Edited by Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

International Kite Course Racing Event Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Bonaire – For decades the trade winds have blown across the oceans and sailors from many lands have enjoyed the freedom of the seas and the love of salt water spraying in their face. Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean basin, outside of the hurricane belt, once known as the Netherland Antilles. Despite political changes and collapsing global economies, the island and the people continue their lives interacting with nature and the wind and ocean, much the same way their fore fathers did previously. With a fringing reef that encompass the island and an abundance of fish, the locals are still able to rig their sails and continue to fish for Wahoo or Mahi Mahi, using the simplest of techniques.

Sailing and cruising visitors enjoy the facilities laid out by the Bonaire National Marine Park, with moorings close to the shore and even more importantly, close to the main town, Kralendijk. The Marine Park also helps keep our pristine reefs healthy where even the license plates proclaim our connection to the sea, “Bonaire Divers Paradise”.

With such perfect wind conditions that are steady and consistent, you will see windsurfers, optimists, sunfish sailors as well as kite surfers enjoying the conditions on a daily basis. Larger sailing boats too, will cruise daily up and down the coast as well as taking a short sail around Klein Bonaire, which is a small island in visible proximity to Bonaire itself. To supply these boats with all of their needs there is a small, but well stocked Budget Marine Chandlery. Bonaire is home to one of the oldest Sailing Regattas in the Caribbean and hosts world class events for windsurfing and other sailing classes. Bonaire is quite famous for its windsurfing already. Now it is time for Kite Surfing to take the spotlight.

This year, between 11th and 16th June, Bonaire will be hosting an International Sailing Event, the South and Middle American Kite Course Racing Championships. This event will award 100 ISAF points toward the world rankings so it is a must for all of top level sailors. It will take place in an area to the south end of the island located at a site called Atlantis “Kite Beach”.

To have a kite course race event, where the conditions allow the racers to come within twenty feet of the shore line, is very unique as it is bringing the action right up close to the spectators and photographers. Side off shore winds which are steady and constant mean that the regatta will see plenty of action. A planned schedule of after race events will entertain not only the racers but also visiting sailors and other tourists who visit our beautiful island for the diving, snorkeling or just simply to relax.

With an estimated 90 top professional riders coming from all parts of the world, Bonaire will enjoy a spectacle never seen in our waters before. The excitement is already building and some local riders are training on a daily basis to ensure that the island gives a great performance during the week of racing.

There will also be a spectacular final race, to be called the Bonaire Classic which will see as many as 70 kites racing from Atlantis into the bay of Kralendijk, rounding the island of Klein Bonaire before heading back upwind to the finish line at Atlantis with a distance of 40 km plus, this will be a sight worth watching. This event will be open to amateurs and Pros alike. The action does not stop there; stay tuned for a free style event during the following week.

Kite beach is a unique high energy location where sailors can easily launch their kites and enjoy the perfect conditions. It is also the home to 2 mobile kite surfing schools and the Cactus Blue mobile restaurant to keep you well fed and refreshed. During the rest of the year, the schools offer lessons and rentals as well as sales of equipment to keep sailors of any level happy. There are several safety boats to give those who have not mastered upwind sailing or have equipment difficulties a ride back. Even if you are not sailing, it is worth a trip to the kite beach to watch the action.

To book your accommodations and vehicle rental, contact Ann Phelan ann@bonairecaribbean.com. She has accommodations 65 USD a night and up for two and car rentals for 271.00 a week.

Photo Courtesy of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

Photo Courtesy of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

The First Annual Bonaire Kite Week June 11 through 16, 2013

January 6, 2013

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Kiting is alive and exciting on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. The kite scene is located at Atlantis Beach in sunny Bonaire. Two kite schools, two food trucks and a hip and fun kite scene prevails on this little Dutch Caribbean outpost.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe organizers of the “Bonaire Kite Week”, together with the Bonaire Kitesurf Association (BKA) are planning an annual course race event to be held in June. This will be an adrenaline packed event for all kitesurf enthusiasts. Caribbean Wind & Sun is featuring several accommodations for guests to enjoy while on island attending this event. The accommodations include a small boutique hotels with rates starting at 90.00 a night and a lovely 3 bedroom condo priced at 1440.00 for the week.  Contact the watersport experts on Bonaire at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com  today. 

 

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Lionfish and Cactus Blue Food Truck

December 1, 2012
Chef Hagen Wegerer

Chef Hagen Wegerer

My friend Hagen formerly owned one of Bonaire’s most beloved Caribbean inspired restaurants. When not cooking, his passion is kite surfing. During a moment in life, Hagen decided to switch directions, simplify his life yet maintain his love for cooking. He scoured the internet and located a food truck in Texas. He and a friend flew to the US, bought the truck and had it shipped to Bonaire. The colorfully painted truck is a fixture now at Kite Beach in Bonaire. Atlantis is where kiting happens and now, Hagen camps out here daily turning out some sumptuous cuisine including my new favorite lunch treat, Lionfish burgers. Lionfish, non indigenous to Caribbean waters is decimating the sea life in Bonaire and around the Caribbean. Local divers take to the waters legally catching the fish. There are over 300 lionfish hunters on Bonaire including Hagen. I was a bit skeptical to try this really beautiful but spiny fish. Thanksgiving morning I decided to make a day of it and head to Atlantis.
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Upon arrival, Hagen’s colorful truck was beachside. It was a light wind day so the beach was quiet. Hagen showed me his spiffy truck with all the bells and whistles needed to turn out simple beach cuisine. I asked for the popular Lionfish Burger. The filet itself is very light and tender. He marinates it in a secret seasoning blend and places it on the hot grills. He serves it up on a toasted bun with a lovely creamy sauce. My first bite was pure ambrosia. I could have eaten two but I was in a bikini. Nuff said!

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Once sated from my Thanksgiving lunch, I took to the beach and strolled the long expanse enjoying the glistening water and warm Caribbean sun. I looked back and saw a small crowd socializing around the truck. It is truly a fun, chill spot. Hagen is open 7 days a week when there is a light to high wind. He is closed during completely dead low wind season.

To learn more about vacationing in Bonaire, or to learn about the kite scene, contact the local expert at ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations books kite vacations to Bonaire.

Aruba Hi Winds

June 19, 2011

Aruba Hi Winds was once the Caribbean’s hottest windsurf events. I attended several events on Aruba. The last one in 04 was one of the most fun filled well organized events I had attended. This year Aruba is hosting a PWA Grand Slam and the biggest names in the sport are on hand. Check out this trailer. Success to all! To book your windsurf vacation in Aruba or Bonaire contact Ann Phelan at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

New Website New Specials

April 14, 2010

To celebrate a bright new website facelift, Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is offering blog readers 5% discounts on select bookings for travel before Dec. 1 2010. Reference “Bonairebliss” to earn discounts and other blog reader specials. Caribbean Wind & Sun is entering it’s 23 year of business and has had the privilege of sending away thousands to the Caribbean. A Bonaire specialist, Ann Phelan truly loves her job sending booking vacation escapes. Enjoy the website and happy travels. The website URL is http://www.bonairecaribbean.com

Heading North

Villa Trepanier

January 30, 2010

Bonaire-Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is proud to unveil their latest property, a lovely oceanfront villa on Playa Lechi. This spectacular 3 bedroom 2 bath villa offers a luxurious yet restful escape with stunning views of the sea and Klein Bonaire. Located on the seaside, you may swim in the refreshing pool or dip in the sea. Villa Trepanier features a full kitchen for your culinary pleasure, cable TV and high speed internet. The glass design creates spectacular views and an open living experience. Walk to dining, shops and diving. Prices start at 1800.00 USD a week including taxes. Free Concierge is offered to all our discerning guests. Cook and Nanny services available. We also offer Dive , Kitesurf and Windsurf Package Specials so call for details.  Call 800-219-0118 or 011 599- 786-3134 to book your week of Bonaire Bliss. You may also email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Photos forthcoming! Video Courtesy of Villa Trepanier and Mathieu Le Blanc

Belnem Villa – Villa of the Month

December 6, 2009

Bonaire Bliss

Bonaire Bliss

I am pleased to unveil my new signature property, Belnem Oceanfront Villa. Located on EEG Blvd, this amazing villa is on the sea with splendid views. There is a dock to dive and swim or snorkel. Sunning is a delight on one of your multi level patios. There is a rinse area and outdoor shower for divers. The house is equipped with washer/dryer, AC in bedrooms, wifi, entertainment center and outdoor living space for dining and parties. Dive from your front yard or drive a few miles north or south for prime diving. Windsurfing is 4 miles away and kiting about 6 miles.

Photo Courtesy of Mark van de Meulen

Photo Courtesy of Mark van de Meulen

The first level consists of a large living area, with an enormous kitchen and bar, 2 double bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms, guest toilet, garage with automatic doors and space for two cars, lots of storage space. The upstairs features a master suite with a private patio and bath.

The house sleeps 6 with the possibility of adding 2 children if air mattresses are used.

Master Suite with Private Balcony Overlooking the Sea

Master Suite with Private Balcony Overlooking the Sea

Special Introductory Rental Prices:

1 – 2 guest:     $ 3100 per week

2 – 4 guest:     $ 3400 per week

4 – 6 guest:     $ 3600 per week

Prices include:

Pick up at the airport

Groceries on the day of arrival

Car reservations

Housekeeping once a week

Electricity, gas, water, w/d

Wireless internet connection

Cable television

Prices are excl. 10% service charge, and excl. $ 5,50 Bonaire Tourist tax per day per adult older than 13.

I am offering repeater discounts as always and for bookings for the remainder of 2009, each new booking (commencing today) will earn a dining credit.

I appreciate your business and hope to welcome you back soon.

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Bonaire Singles Weeks

January 26, 2009

Singles Month in Bonaire

Our 5th Annual Singles Weeks are fast approaching March 7-20, 2009. Single/solo travelers will meet on island and dive, windsurf and kite by day and at night wine and dine. Caribbean Wind & Sun has expanded their weeks into the summer for divers.

Summer Singles Dive Weeks  will be held July 1-20 in Bonaire. Dive by day, dine and dance at night. Dive prices start at 800 USD* pp for a single accommodation (7 night stays), truck and 6 days unlimited shore diving with free Nitrox upgrade.  Optional activities included guided hikes, birding, snorkeling, kayaking and mountain biking.


Singles month was created by Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations to meet the needs of the independent traveler who seeks to meet other like minded adults. There is ample time for solo ventures such as shopping and exploring. It’s a freestyle week to do what you like when you like knowing there are others for diving and dining. Call 800 219-0118 for dates and additional information. You may also send an email to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

* Rates are subject to availability and dates. Taxes and insurance not included in the rate.

Dinner Party At Capriccio's

Christmas Trades and Veerwerks

December 22, 2008

Pagara at City CafeKralendijkDecember is a busy time on the island of Bonaire.  The snowbirds return for their Winter Migration.  I of course refer to the retired and rich who spend the Winter windsurfing, diving or simply chilling.  Most head down to dive one of the 80+ dive sites. Some come to windsurf in pristine Lac Bay. Others simply come to bask in the sun. Tourists from Europe and the America’s return in Dec. for the holidays. All incoming flights were packed which is healthy for our economy.

Right around Christmas the trades returned this year making it windsurf paradise. There were a few days I enjoyed my 4.7 meter Gaastra sail and my 85 liter Angulo wave board. My friends the Hibdiges from New Forest (England) were dazzled by the winds burning themselves out each day sailing non stop.  Daddy Trevor was setting his goal to beat his previous speed record. I think he topped 3o knots but need to double check. Son Sam turned 16. We had a marvelous time at his birthday dinner at Patagonia, one of two Argentinian steak houses on Bonaire.

Dec. 27th the entire island seems to have a fireworks stand. Veerwerks are blown off by businesses all day Dec. 31 to send off the new year and for hopes of prosperity and luck next year. It’s called a Pagara and is essentially a long tied massive rope of thousands of fireworks. A good Pagara can last up to 5 minutes. The smoke and noise is massive but it’s good fun. Our wonderful sanitation company Selibon is on hand to clean up and move on to the next Pagara. This year a flu bug prevented me from enjoying the revelry.

Jan. 1 is a quiet day on island.  Here’s to a prosperous and joyful New Year.

Welcome to My World

November 3, 2008

Sunset Over Bonaire

Come see Bonaire thru my senses. I will introduce you to the sights and sounds of our tranquil island. Learn some simple Papiamento phrases. Get a first hand look into the climate and culture of this diverse island.  I will share my tips on where to dive and dine.  Learn about the famous Team Bonaire, a group of professional windsurfers who have changed the landscape of the windsurf world.  Bon Bini!

Bonaire Landscape


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