Archive for September, 2016

TS Matthew

September 29, 2016

Tropical Storm Matthew is churning through the southern Caribbean dousing the islands with heavy rain, flash flooding and significant wind gusts.  All eyes are on this system, watching the path as it traverses the islands.

Matthew is far south, heading towards Bonaire. Typically, the islands in the Windward chain escape tropical storms, particularly Barbados and Trinidad. The ABC islands are considered outside the hurricane belt so when storms head that far south, weather watchers perk up their ears. I have been living and traveling in the Caribbean since 1987. My first island home, Antigua was often hit by tropical systems. I have some memories of significant storms over the years.  As a windsurfer, I am pretty addicted to weather sites to watch the wind forecasts. Whilst my days as a sailor have slowed down, I am still a weather geek.

I have been watching the weather predictions for Bonaire all week. TS Matthew was named today and is slated to pass north of the island around 11 PM EST Sept. 29.  The island will certainly experience gusty winds and heavy rain. Keep an eye on your favorite weather service for updates.

As of today, friends are boarding up their homes. Diesel supplies are dwindling as everyone prepares their generators. If you have travel plans for the island, continue to monitor your flights. Most airlines allow for change in travel without penalties when weather concerns prevail.

Here are a few links to my favorite weather sites:

http://stormcarib.com/

https://english.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/tropical-storm-matthew-forms-in-the-lesser-antilles-islands

http://www.windguru.cz/int/

 

 

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Women’s Windsurf Week

September 27, 2016

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Arrianne Aukes and Ladina Van de Swoll have teamed up to present a fabulous windsurf and yoga clinic for women on sunny Bonaire. Located in the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is a windsurf Mecca due to gin clear water and steady on shore trades. Arrianne, a seasoned windsurf pro will help you ramp up your skills, taking your windsurfing to a new level.  When not on the water, Ladina will teach her flow style yoga daily in a serene spa setting.

This clinic is perfect for women’s groups, yoga students, team building and reunions. Be pampered and challenged all in one week. Learn one of the hottest water sports on pristine Lac Bay.

The dates are 3-7 April, 2017. The clinic price is 650.00. Accommodations are 45 USD a night and up for singles and doubles. You may stay in rustic bungalows or garden apartments. Those seeking a more luxurious experience may choose from seaside villas with pools and modern amenities.  Free Concierge Services are available. For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

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Photo Courtesy of Marc van Swoll

 

Photos Not To Miss- Marco di Gianvito Windsurf Celebrity Photographer

September 20, 2016
Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Wellness Retreat in Bonaire

September 11, 2016

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May 7-12, 2017

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations presents Mindfulness In Nature- A Bonaire Experiential Retreat

In this week long event, you will participate in a series of wellness activities aimed at de-stress and spiritual health and well-being. The retreat will include group programs including sunrise yoga, Reiki, mindfulness meditation, Stand Up Paddle Yoga   as well as individual services including healing massage and Bonaire Salt Scrubs.  Led by Ann Phelan MA CAGS, a travel specialist as well as a life coach and mindfulness teacher, the program will be an opportunity to unplug from life’ stressors and nurture your mind body and spirit on the pristine island of Bonaire. 

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 001 508 737 5245

Cadushy Distillery in Bonaire

September 5, 2016

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Off the beaten path day trips appeal to my sense of adventure. After 13 years living on island, I still find some new excursions. Recently, I toured Cadushy, a distillery on Bonaire. Off the beaten path, on a side street in Bonaire’s “first capital”, Rincon, a little oasis is found.

I parked on the street under a shady tree. Street dogs mingled with locals in the area. The operations is behind a fence in what later revealed to be a large property complete with tasting area, bar, distillery, rest rooms, parrot feeding stations, massive Calabash trees and visitor stations with information and displays. What really surprised me was finding a full on active cinema. But wait, I am moving to fast. Let me begin by explaining who runs this cool property.

The Cadushy Distillery was founded in 2009 by Eric and Jolande Gietman, a Dutch couple. They fell in love with the people and culture in little Rincon and set roots. Eric is the distiller. Jolande runs the business end. Things moved slowly, as they do in the island but on September 6th of 2009, the first bottle of Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur was presented to the then Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire, Mr Glenn Thode.  Eric uses locally found Cadushy or Kadushi,  a cactus found on island. The plan can grow to 12m and live up to 100 years.   The cacti is peeled and dried (in a car sitting in the sun, no less)  and then mixed with locally grown Sorgum for sweetness. There is an 80% grain alcohol base.  The still was gorgeous. Eric shared, it’s made in Portugal.

Eric has expanded his operation and now makes vodka, tequila, Rincon Rum and Captain Don Whiskey. Eric uses oak barrels and Cuban Tobacco for his Whiskey blend. He also has  created delicious liquors, made to celebrate the islands;  KukuÏ of Aruba, The Spirit of Bonaire, Cadushy of Bonaire, Calbas of Curaçao, Gold of Statia, Spices of Saba and Orange of Curacao. Each bottle is colorful and definitely a collectable.

Back to the cinema, the property came with a working movie theater. Once in awhile, Eric and Jolande show films to the locals but in the future, may do more to include the public.

Kaya Cornelis D.Crestiaan, Rincon, Caribbean Netherlands

Phone: 011 599 786 8769

 

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