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Big Game Fishing – Fish Tales

August 17, 2015

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Photo Courtesy of Caribbean Wind & Sun – Fabien, first mate!

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Yuri van Kempen, owner of Fishtails,  a Pursuit 3000 offshore.  Yuri takes clients out for specialty fishing charters in pursuit of  Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna and Mahi Mahi.  The boat, is equipped with all the technology to find and catch fish safely; radar, GPS, chart plotter, fish finder, VHF radio and all required safety gear. There is also a bathroom, fresh water wash down and deck shower with hot water.

Photo Courtesy fo Fishtales Website

Photo Courtesy fo Fishtales Website

Yuri and his crew are mindful of the reefs and marine life and therefore practice a strict catch and release policy for all billfish. They are a member of the billfish Foundation.

To book your charter, use your Concierge Service with Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations by emailing ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

Photo Courtesy fo Fishtales Website

Photo Courtesy fo Fishtales Website

Take Away Part 3 – Kirty’s Surinamese Cuisine

August 12, 2015

Bonaire is blessed with a plethora of dining options. Being a foodie, maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge with so many delicious menus to choose from. I am fascinated with the growth of take out options on island. A group of women have created an industry of take out cuisines that are remarkably delicious. Kirty adds to the mix with her Surinamese blend of dishes. Offering a Tue. and Thur. lunch menu, she always has something savory with a little sweet.  Her specialty is Roti with curry and vegetables. Her roti is flakey and light. Her curry is pungent and flavorful.  My favorite is her pickled cukes.

Photo Courtesy of Kirty

Photo Courtesy of Kirty

To order, when on island call 795 3729.  She is located near More For Less in Nikiboko and has pick up, 12-1 PM.

Styrofoam Free Bonaire – A Cleaner Future

July 3, 2015

Bonaire is one of the most eco minded islands in the Caribbean. Our marine park is protected thanks to the efforts of STINAPA.  The pristine coastal waterways attract tourists who revel in the world class diving and spectacular snorkeling.  Whilst our island is every eco minded and in the forefront of eco tourism, there is room for improvements. Bonaire has a plethora of take out dining options. There are ethnic and fast food eateries strewn across the island. Most patrons cart home styrofoam containers of their food treats. The remaining containers end of in Bonaire’s overly stressed landfill.

Photo Courtesy of Bonaire Images

Photo Courtesy of Bonaire Images

Let’s move towards reducing the use of styrofoam. Whilst eradicating it fully will be a challenge, it is possible we all reduce the use by bringing our own reusable containers to take outs. Also, encourage your favorite eateries to consider using more eco minded products instead of styrofoam. One step at a time, one person at a time, all moving towards the same goal; a cleaner healthier island.

What do you think of this initiative?

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for private commentary and opinion.

Floris Suite Hotel- A Little Piece of Heaven in Curacao

January 14, 2015
Curacao Bliss

Curacao Bliss

My travels to and from the US often involve a stopover in Curacao. For the past 14 years, I have experienced several hotels whilst on island. The place I keep returning is Floris Suites. First discovered in 2002, I fell in love with the chic modern property with unique furnishings and lovely pool setting. Recently my boyfriend and I had a post New Years stay and experienced pure bliss. From our reservation experience to arrival and check out, we were pampered and treated like royalty.

Photos Courtesy of Floris Suites

Photos Courtesy of Floris Suites

Comprised of 72 luxury suites, the property has experienced a fantastic facelift.  Retaining the boutique hotel experience, all suites reflect a contemporary European feel. The property offers an array of amenities including an entertainment, free WIFI, spa services, beach, tennis and the signature of the property; an amazing pool. All of the loungers are spread about discreetly allowing guests to have privacy and space. There are two fabulous cabanas for intimate relaxation.

We had the unique privilege of enjoying a poolside Royal King Suite. The room was massive with a huge bath and shower room complete with a large kidney shaped tub, fit for two. The rain forest shower with side jets was well appreciated after a day of work. We slept soundly in our king bed complete with Egyptian cotton crisp white linens complete with feather pillows and duvet. The living room was spacious as well. It was a quiet oasis for rest, insuring a wonderful night’s sleep.

Dining was sublime at Sjalotte. The dining area is al fresco and again, tables are spread out insuring an intimate experience. The waitstaff are professional and efficient allowing impeccable service. We ordered from the 3 course menu offered which was an amazing deal for 39.00 USD. We also had our dinner paired with a wine course for a reasonable addition. Plating is creative and artistic. Flavors are bold and delectable.

Beach

The property features a small beach a short walk or shuttle away. There is a bar and restaurant with basic fare. We recommend light bites and slushy tropical drinks.  We had well made pina coladas whilst enjoying the view. It was the perfect ending of a lovely day.

Special thanks to Zulaika at the front desk and Jurandy, the assistant manager.

To book your escape to Curacao, contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. For more information click on http://www.florissuitehotel.com

KLM Sale Amsterdam Bonaire

November 20, 2014

Are you seeking a winter getaway? Right now you can buy air from Amsterdam to Bonaire for only €445.00 (select dates).

Click on the link below to access the KLM website. 

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To celebrate this super special, Caribbean Wind & Sun is offering steep discounts on accommodations, dive and windsurf packages. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

We’ve Got Wind

March 19, 2014

 

 

The wind gods are happy and so am I! I was fully overpowered on a Severne SWAT 4.7 (Jibe City premium rigs rock) and my 85 liter Chango. There was voodoo chop in the bay but I loved it. Windguru nailed the forecast. Come on down. 5% discounts for anyone arriving this weekend (new bookings only) to celebrate the return of amazing wind. Discounts on Jibe City rental gear as well for last minute travel this weekend. Ask me how. Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com  

 

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ABK Boardsports 2014 Camps in Bonaire

October 17, 2013

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The 2014 ABK Boardsports Bonaire Camp Schedule is up. I am pleased to sponsor the camps offering super discounted packages for all. New gear is streaming in and of course, Lac Bay offers the best in windsurf action. 

Mention Bonaire Bliss and receive 5% discounts on all new 2014 bookings. Earn 10% off select 2013 new bookings as well! 

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com 

 

 

Lobster Season Bonaire

May 8, 2013

Lobster Season Bonaire

From May 1- Oct. 31, lobster season is closed. It is important not to support any restaurants serving fresh local lobster during these dates. Contact STINAPA for details.

Airline Alert- United Airlines

March 25, 2013

Good News Bonaire Travelers, United Airlines will continue service through September this year with their non -stop flight from Houston to Bonaire! The flight will be available starting March 31, 2013. September is the perfect month to visit the island for divers. The coral spawn phenomena occurs and diving is perfect with light winds and flat seas. Now is the time to plan your September getaway. These dates coincide with the US Labor Day Holiday so extend your days off for a perfect week diving on Bonaire . To book your air, contact United direct. Then, contact Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations for your land package. If you mention Bonaire Bliss, and book 4 divers, one will dive for free (160.00 credit towards the group).  Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. 

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Bonaire Harlem Shake

March 21, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Pre B Day Shake


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