Archive for April, 2010

Jibe City Summer/ Fall Discounts!

April 25, 2010

May 1-Nov. 30 Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations has teamed up to offer 15% discounts off pre paid rental rates. Enjoy JP, Hifly and Tabou boards and Ezzy and Gaastra sails. On site is Hang Out Bar for morning coffee, a lovely lunch with healthy choices and one of Bonaire’s most scenic happy hours. Contact Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations and request the Bonaire Bliss special. Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

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AA on Sale to Curacao

April 25, 2010

AA has a spring sale for seats in the low to mid 200’s now until early June. I found a fare of 200 BOS CUR. Then you may take Divi or DAE or one of several other commuter flights to Bonaire.

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations at 011 599 786 3134 or US Toll Free 800-219-0118

Kings Beach Condo – New Listing in Paradise

April 21, 2010


Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is pleased to announce the addition of a south side vacation exclusive. Kings Beach Oceanfront Condominium affords the kind of Caribbean views you dream of. Beautifully furnished, this newly constructed property is conveniently located just a few miles south of Kralendijk at Punt Vierkant. This 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom townhouse apartment is fully furnished and equipped with a modern kitchen, air-conditioning throughout, ceiling fans, telephone, TV, Wifi internet and a washer/dryer. The master suite balcony faces the sea insuring fabulous views of the sunsets and perhaps even a green flash. The living room also offers stunning views of the sea and a walk out patio-terrace for outdoor dining, sunning and entertaining. Walk out 150 feet from the patio, across a sandy yard to a palm and palapa studded coral beach perfect for sunning, swimming, snorkeling and diving. South shore dive sites including Hilma Hooker (practically next door), Margate, Torey’s Reef and Red Beryl are minutes by truck. If you enjoy running or power walking this location is ideal. Windsurfing is 5 miles away and town a short drive.

Priced at 1500.00 a week year round this escape is perfect for two couples. Dive and windsurf packages available. Contact the dive and windsurf specialist at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations at 800-219-0118 or 011 599 786 3134. You may email Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Bonaire Non Profit Needs Your Help

April 21, 2010

Stephen Janes of Asheville NC, (http://www.ashevillejanes.blogspot.com) has partnered with Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation to help collect funds and product for needy kids of the Netherlands Antilles. The project is called Pasku Briante (Bright Christmas). Every year BYOF collects items ranging from pencils and crayons to hats and t-shirts, and personal hygene products to fill 500 shoe boxes. The members of BYOF then distribute the shoe boxes to kids who are in need.
Stephen, who once lived on Bonaire for 6 years will be helping with the effort from the United States and is looking for willing individuals to help transport some of the items to Bonaire. Stephen is hoping for people who will volunteer luggage space in an effort to save money on the cost of shipping.

Please contact him via the Blog listed above or via Facebook for more information on how you can help.

Thanks in advance for helping support the kids of the Netherlands Antilles.

Youp Schmidt Windsurf Rock Star

April 19, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Youp Schmit

The Curacao Challenge was the premier Caribbean based windsurf event of the Spring season. Youp Schmidt, a young talent from the island of Bonaire earned 1st place in the freestyle category for 18+. The freestyle event was held for two days April 5 and 6. While the winds were light, Youp pulled off some slick moves including a Shaka seen below. Youp goes on to Europe this summer to compete in the Professional Windsurfing Associations (PWA) world freestyle tour.

Photo Courtesy of Youp Schmit

KLM and Bonaire- more delays

April 19, 2010

As of today test flights are the only flights in the air. Guests in Bonaire are stranded unable to get back to AMS. It’s been since last week and some are enjoy the extra days on island while others are missing days at work and racking up their credit cards with unexpected delays. For me I would be happy to be stuck in that direction versus sitting at home waiting to get to my well deserved vacation. The cause, an erupting volcano (with a name too hard to pronounce and spell) send an ash plume into European air space. The volcano is burping sending tremors today but the ash cloud is only two miles into the air.

For those stuck on vacation, enjoy. If you are needing cheap eats, try Mi Banana or El Fagon. Polars are cheap in the Chinese restaurants. Sun and wind are free…chill and wait for Mother Nature to stop sending out her fury.

KLM lands pre volcano

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

Bonaire heads to the USD

April 12, 2010

From BONHATA

Introduction of US dollar on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba as from
1 January 2011
Information for enterprises, retail businesses and institutions

In view of 10 October 2010, the date on which the Netherlands Antilles will cease to exist, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba have chosen to adopt the US dollar as their new currency.
As from 1 January 2011, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) will be responsible for payments on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. In view of this capacity, the Dutch Ministry of Finance has requested DNB to organise the transition to the new currency. Within this scope, DNB has developed a scenario for the currency changeover, which will be worked out in detail with the parties involved, like banks, enterprises and retail businesses, in the coming months. Under this scenario, every party is responsible for the necessary preparatory measures, including the costs involved, and DNB is in charge of the direction and progress monitoring.
GENERAL
The currency changeover scenario for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba is derived from the euro introduction scenario applied in the Netherlands, but adapted to the local circumstances. The scenario describes the smoothest possible way for realising the currency changeover, distinguishing between a cash part and a non-cash part.
The key moment for the changeover will be Saturday 1 January 2011 at 00.00 hr. On that moment, the US dollar will become the legal tender on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. As from that moment, non-cash payments will only be effected in US dollars. Account balances in guilders will automatically be converted to US dollars. For cash payments on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, guilder banknotes and coins will still be accepted until 1 February 2011. After that date, the guilder will continue to be legal tender on Curaçao and Sint Maarten only.
The official exchange rate at the moment of introduction of the US dollar is set at Naf 1.79 for 1 US dollar. It has been provided by law that all guilder amounts will be converted to US dollar amounts by operation of law. This implies that citizens and enterprises will not need to take action in this regard. The same holds for loan agreements, mortgages etc.
THE CASH CHANGEOVER:
• To promote a smooth changeover for banknotes and coins, banks shall, as from 1 January 2011, only issue US dollars, both via ATMs and counters.
• Retailers are requested to make sure that as from 1 January 2011 they give back change in US dollar notes and coins only.
• Residents are advised first to use up their guilder notes and coins for payments on and after 1 January 2011.
• When paying in shops, residents are advised not to use large quantities of guilder coins and to avoid the use of two currencies in one payment transaction.
• Cash payments in guilders shall in principle be accepted until 1 February 2011.
• As from 1 January 2011, cheques shall be paid out in US dollars, also when written out in guilders.
• As from 1 January, cheques may only be written out in US dollars.

For a smooth changeover, it is important that the guilder has been taken out of circulation as much as possible prior to 1 January 2011. The public will be advised to exchange coins at a bank prior to October 2010 or deposit coins on an account.
On 31 December 2010, there shall be a sufficient supply of dollar coins and notes (including the lower denominations) available on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
After expiry of the period during which payments can be made in either guilders or dollars, citizens shall still be enabled to exchange guilders at banks on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba against dollars, free of charge, until a date yet to be decided. From that date onwards, exchanging guilders shall be subject to the same fee as the purchase and sale of foreign currency.

THE NON-CASH EXCHANGE
On 1 January 2011 at 00.00 hr., all guilder accounts held with bank branches on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba shall automatically be converted to dollar accounts. It will not be possible for citizens and enterprises to convert their existing accounts to dollar accounts prior to the changeover.
• Enterprises and retailers shall make the necessary arrangements to ensure that they can effect all non-cash payments in dollars as from the date of the changeover.
• To this end they shall make sure that their accounting systems are adjusted accordingly in time and able to work in dollars. Cash registers with pre-programmed conversion buttons shall be adjusted.
• Banks shall be ready in time for the conversion of non-cash balances to dollars and the transition of non-cash payments to the US dollar.
• DNB will closely monitor the progress of the conversion to the systems.

COMMUNICATION
The success of the changeover hinges on good communication. The authorities will see to the public information. DNB will distribute information on payments. Banks, enterprises and institutions will need to inform their customers on branch-specific subjects.

The changeover in brief:
Prior to 1 October 2010 Exchange as many guilders as possible
1 January 2011 Introduction of the US dollar
1 February 2011 Guilder ceases to be legal tender on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius & Saba

New Status with Holland – The BES islands, Saba, Bonaire, Statia

April 11, 2010

Bonaire is now officially a municipality of Holland. It’s hard to keep up with all the news streaming in on the upcoming change in status. We are now known as the BES Islands. Much controversy remains despite a vote and decision was made by the people. Political parties are in discord and many are simply confused. Sean Paton, radio personality, environmentalist and island supporter posted a website worthy of your time. Take a peak. Sean can be heard on Mega FM live streaming:

http://www.megahitfm.com/default.asp?ZNT=S0T2O697

http://www.minbzk.nl/english/subjects/aruba-and-the/new-status-for-the/regional-service