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Bonaire Wellness

September 30, 2017

Kralendijk – Recharge and reset on the island of Bonaire. Bonaire Wellness is a web directory of wellness practitioners on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. The directory allows visitors to locate and book wellness activities to compliment their vacation. Heal your mind and body choosing from  a myriad of restorative services. For those seeking an active wellness vacation, participate in a seaside Tai Chi class or sunset yoga. For those desiring a full immersion, plan a week-long wellness vacation complete with an individualized program.  Bonaire is provides an unhurried and unspoiled destination.  Come find your center. Bon Bini, welcome to Bonaire. 

Visit Bonaire Wellness at http:www.bonairewellness.com

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After the Storm

September 11, 2017

More information on the island of Bonaire. Thanks to Ms. Hillhouse for her informative and humble blog post.

Source: After the Storm

Bonaire – Is It Safe to Travel To Bonaire

September 8, 2017

First and foremost, thanks everyone for checking on my welfare. I am fine, actually on Cape Cod for my annual fall respite. Bonaire has not been impacted by Irma. Allow me to share a bit about Bonaire.

Bonaire is outside the hurricane belt. Located north of South America, the three island chain of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao rarely see hurricanes. As a result, they are also quite arid.

As we read about the devastation from Hurricane Irma, it is important to know, whilst many islands were impacted, there are a group of Caribbean islands typically not impacted by hurricanes. They include but are not limited to:

  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curacao
  • Grenada
  • Barbados
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Grenadines

The Caribbean islands rely on tourism. Continue to visit the islands prepared for tourism. Keep the Caribbean vibe alive. For those islands that have suffered devastation, fear not, they will rebuild. As of press, Antigua is open and ready for business.

For questions on Bonaire, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Hurricane Irma – Relief

September 8, 2017

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Barbuda Pink Shells

My love affair with the Caribbean began in 1987 on my first trip to Antigua. I was captivated by the people, the music, the smells, the sounds. After a week’s stay, I returned to a cold and dreary landscape in the US. I always knew I would return, and I did, to later move to Antigua. There, I met a man, fell in love and had a child.   My experiences included visiting many of the islands in the chain, including my favorite Barbuda. I loved the people and was astounded by a 17-mile pink beach.  I have life long memories of my time in the Eastern Caribbean. Later in life, I shifted gears, became a windsurfer and eventually found Bonaire.  Bonaire is outside the hurricane belt, above the coast of Venezuela. Most people know Bonaire’s neighbors, Aruba and Curacao.  The climate and culture is vastly different from my former home. There is a strong Latin influence and a dry climate. Bonaire has it’s own beauty.

For the past thirty years, I have followed every storm that has passed through the islands. I have lived through some of the storms. Some that come to mind include Hugo, Gilbert, Luis, Marilyn, Floyd  and more recently, Omar. Each wreaked havoc on the islands. Still, I have never seen anything with the magnitude of Irma.  Irma has left a path of devastation through so many islands. Please know, my source of information is from social media, dialogues with friends and news sources and not first hand.

The devastation on Barbuda is massive. Nearby Antigua, got off easy. As they say in Antiguan dialect, “Barbuda took licks”. The damage is so bad, I am told, many if not all are being relocated off island.

Up the chain, Sint Maarten and St. Marten, the dual nation community suffered severe damage to homes, hotels, businesses and industry.  Visual images reveal devastation.  A friend posted a video during the hurricane revealing her roof gone and the storm washing into her living room.

Reports from friends are much the same on Anguilla. I am told most roofs are gone. Images of the much loved Pumphouse reveal it is completely flattened. Rebuilding on Anguilla will take months. The entire infrastructure is impacted.

I could go on and on about each island. What I really want to say impress in this post is, the expansive impact on so many islands is like nothing I have ever seen. The Caribbean community is going to need help in so many ways. Some of the islands have the support of their mother lands. Such will be the case for the USVI’s and BVI’s. Other independent nations will have little support.   There are many sources of information where to donate. Storm Carib has been a resource for me for many years. Some folks are posting crowd funding sites there.

One site I do recommend, is a group spearheading an effort to save the animals that will soon be abandoned on Barbuda.  I am not personally connected to any so do your homework. Here are three sites to consider.

Lastly, I strongly recommend you continue to visit the islands that were not impacted by the storms. Tourism is the main economy in the islands. Keep the Caribbean vibe alive. The islands hit will rebuild. Caribbean people are resilient. If you find a worthy relief effort to share, do let me know.

 

https://www.gofundme.com/barbuda-hurricane-animals

http://stormcarib.com/

https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto

www.rebuildsxm.com

Bonaire Travel Tips

August 21, 2017

Welcome soon to Bonaire.  Bonaire is unspoiled with pristine waters, protected by STINAPA as a Marine Park. The island is protected to preserve the beauty and nature that tourists and locals have come to love.  A few mentions to support your visit.

  • Do drink the water. The island de-salination plant provides delicious water throughout.
  • Purchase a Marine Park Tag to access the waterways of Bonaire. 25.00 for divers and 10.00 for others (snorkeler, windsurfers, kites surfers). Available at all sport shops.
  • Drones are prohibited in Bonaire air space.
  • ATMs are located throughout the island. USD is the official currency.
  • Wear sunscreen – we are close to the equator and the sun is very strong.
  • Look but do not touch – it is prohibited to remove shells, coral, sand and sea life from Bonaire.

Sources

http://www.bonaireinternationalairport.com/2017/02/think-twice-before-packing-your-drone-for-bonaire/

http://stinapabonaire.org/bonaire-national/

 

 

 

Spectrum Adventure Vacations – New Launch

June 28, 2017

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is proud to launch, Spectrum Adventure Vacations, trip planning for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to the island of Bonaire.  Ann Phelan, owner and tour operator is professionally a counselor. Her specialty is working with young and older adults on the Autism Spectrum.  She understands the social and emotional needs of the individual on the spectrum. Ann’s vision was to create individualized vacations on Bonaire, featuring Discover Diving with her partner, VIP Diving   Along with Discover Diving, there will be snorkeling tours, windsurf lessons, mangrove kayaking and horseback riding.

 

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Photo by Casper Douma/ http://www.nature2experience.com

The vacations are organized and individualized to create a stress -free and memorable experience. Each package will include family- friendly accommodations with pools and views. Additional features include airport meet and greet, vehicle rental, individualized itineraries and tours.  Free Concierge services are included to include babysitting and childcare, dinner reservations and spa services.

 

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Photo by Mike Burns

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for a trip consultation.

Fall Festival on Bonaire

May 20, 2017

Press Release

BONAIRE LAUNCHES THE 3RD ANNUAL BONAIRE FALL FESTIVAL

**Program Supports Airlines’ Fall Service to Island and Offers an Array of Hotel, Excursion and Cuisine Specials**

Kralendijk, Bonaire (May 16, 2017) – In continuous efforts to support United and Delta’s fall airlift to Bonaire, Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) will be launching the 3rd Annual Bonaire Fall Festival: Dive-Dine-Discover program. From mid-August through early November, the Bonaire Fall Festival has a lineup of accommodation packages, unique excursions, underwater and topside adventures and culinary specials that will make Bonaire the top spot to Dive-Dine-Discover this fall.

 

“Maintaining a continuous flow of visitors from North America to Bonaire during the fall season is not only a top TCB objective, but a priority for the entire island and this can only be achieved by uninterrupted airlift,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The Bonaire Fall Festival will serve as a catalyst to attract visitors to Bonaire during this time of year. From mid-August through October, divers can witness Mother Nature’s phenomena of the coral spawning; visitors can enjoy the festivities surrounding the 50th International Sailing Regatta in October; and foodies can discover the award winning culinary scene the island has to offer. A fall vacation to Bonaire should be on everyone’s bucket list!”

 

United Airlines flight 1402 departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Saturdays at 1:00pm, and arrives in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50pm. The return flight 1401 departs Sundays at 8:20am, and arrives in IAH at 12:25pm. United’s non-stop from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) returns October 7, 2017. Flight 1422 departs EWR Saturdays at 9:00am, arriving in BON at 1:40pm. The return flight 1420 departs BON Saturdays at 2:45pm, arriving in EWR at 7:40pm.

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your windsurf, dive or wellness vacation today!

Villa Bliss

Bonaire’s premiere oceanfront villa!

 

Valentines Day Girls Trip to Bonaire

February 4, 2017

 

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Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Cheers to Bonaire fan and free lance writer extraordinaire, Sue Campbell for the Bonaire love. I completely agree, Bonaire is perfect for lovers but girls too would enjoy a Valentines Day getaway. Wellness Vacations, Spas, oh my. And the water sports, so good.

http://www.atastefortravel.ca/6331-6-girlfriend-getaways-youll-love-for-valentines-day/Valentines Day on Bonaire

iPhone Photo Contest

January 8, 2017

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I love taking photos with my iPhone 6s. I feel the quality of photos is quite good. The photo on this page was taken recently. The location is Cargill Salt Company.  I was inspired by the perspective of my photo and equally enjoy viewing the amazing photos captured and shown on Instagram and other social media outlets.

I thought it would be fun to have a little photo contest. Everyone is welcome, the only requirements are amateur photographers may submit. Submit your photo on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Caribbean-Wind-Sun-Vacations-43269467011/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf before March 1. You may also email your photo to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Prizes include Bonaire swag including t shirts and more. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Any shot is welcome; nature, people, things.

Questions and feedback may be sent to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Decisions made by the judges are final. By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used on http://www.bonairebliss.com and http://www.bonairecaribbean.com

Taste of Bonaire – Wellness Nov. 19, 2016

November 8, 2016

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The Bonaire Wellness Committee, TCB Inc., The Government of Bonaire and Mas Eventz Productions have teamed up to present a new and exciting Taste of Bonaire, Wellness. Bonaire renowned for world class diving and windsurfing is also a Mecca for those seeking wellness vacations. Spearheaded by Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, promotion of Bonaire’s health and wellness programs is being expanded. With several yoga  and fitness studios on island, spas and restorative services as well as non-traditional healing programs , this new travel niche is taking off.

To spotlight the many programs, Taste of Bonaire will celebrate wellness, November 19 at Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk. The event kicks off with a 5k Race Walk organized by Mas Eventz Productions.  There will be food booths and a market. There will be live yoga and pilates demonstrations as well.

The event is free to attend. Food will be available for sale. The event is a family and tourist event so come, enjoy and meet the local practitioners who celebrate the healing arts.

To register for the race call 796 6270. The cost is 5.00 USD and includes water and t shirt.

For more information on Wellness Vacations, contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.