Archive for the ‘Getting to Bonaire’ Category

Hurricane Irma and Jose- What Now?

September 11, 2017
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

View of Klein Bonaire

The storms have passed and no doubt, Hurricane Irma was  one of the most  devastating storm that has hit so many islands.  The fury of Mother Nature left a bold reminder of the fragility and vulnerability of the islands. In the aftermath, social media has allowed us a first hand glimpse into the chaos along the Eastern Caribbean island chain. Barbuda, a small island of about 1600 is uninhabitable. Anguilla has lost many business and homes. Sint Maarten and St. Martin are both incredibly impacted. Other islands significantly impacted include but are not limited to Saba, St. Barths, The BVI’s, Cuba, Puerto Rico and St. John and St. Thomas. The visual images reveal mass destruction. It is clear, restoration will take time. In some case, months.

As tourism is the primary income of the islands, one cannot worry about the future of so many that rely on the hospitality industry for their livelihood.   What next?  Donate to a charity or rebuilding effort of your choice.  Plan a trip! Yes, some of the islands, whilst damaged will be able to welcome tourists soon.   The Caribbean is one of the closest international tourist destinations to the US. Come back and come back soon.  Foliage will return to it’s original splendor and properties will be re built.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is offering discounted vacations for all new bookings for those who require a rebooking from an originally planned vacation. If you had a vacation planned with another company, have them contact me and I will be happy to re book on Bonaire.   For inquiries contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

May all the islands restore and revitalize soon.  The people of the Caribbean will demonstrate resilience and grit during this very difficult time. Lend them your support. Come back soon.

Advertisements

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.

 

Indy snorkel.jpeg

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.

 

C9237A42-E484-47BC-A6B8-0016F74B60D5

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!

 

Airline News – Toronto to Bonaire

May 14, 2017

Kralendijk-

KLM

Tourism Corporation of Bonaire has announced a new airlift on Canadian airline, Sunwing for seasonal service to Bonaire.  The anticipated flights are expected to commence mid December, 2017.  The weekly Sunday non stop from Toronto to Bonaire will feature flights on a Boeing 737-800.  Contact http://www.flysunwing.com/

To celebrate the new airline, Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is offering 5% off select properties when booked by Dec. 15. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details.

United Air Fare Sale- Again!

July 27, 2016

Press Release from Adams PR

Fall is around the corner, and if you haven’t yet, now’s the time to book your fall escape to Bonaire.  United Airlines is offering airfare as low as $447 on their non-stop Houston-Bonaire flight, for travel during September and October.

The southbound Bonaire flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturdays at 1:00pm, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50pm. The northbound return flight departs BON on Sundays at 7:30am, arriving in IAH at 11:35am.

The weekly round-trip flight provides more options for you to visit Bonaire and take advantage of low season savings from the following connecting gateways:

  • Denver (DEN): $425
  • Chicago (ORD): $451
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $493
  • San Francisco (SFO): $523
  • Phoenix (PHX): $577

These fares were valid as of Monday, July 25, 2016. Rates are subject to change. To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit United’s web site.

This is just in time for the coral spawn. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today to learn about her special discounted accommodations for this fall. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

United Airlines New York Air Sale

May 18, 2016

Press Release from TCB Inc.

We have MORE great news to share with you and your clients for summer travel.

 Starting today, United Airlines has extended the booking window for their Newark Summer Fare Sale for all destinations originally covered. The booking window now extends through Tuesday, June 7, 2016. All travel must be completed by August 14, 2016.

Additionally, they are offering a deeply discounted local sale for both the Saturday and Sunday Newark-Bonaire flights. This fare is not good on the feeder cities – only for local Newark originating traffic.

The Saturday base fare for local originating traffic is $199 one way, making a round trip ticket as low as $501 including taxes and fees. For the Sunday flight, the base fare is $159 one way, making a round trip ticket as low as $421 including taxes and fees.

IMG_1139

To further sweeten the deal, Caribbean Wind & Sun is discounting their land packages 5-10% for new bookings. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

United Airlines Summer Airfare Sale

May 10, 2016

Pack your bags, you’re coming to Bonaire. United shared news of an airfare sale; book by May 17 and travel from June 12- Aug. 14 and save up to 25% on flights to our sunny island. Air prices from 463.00 (Chicago departures) and 455.00 (Cleveland) are being posted. Take advantage of these super deals and come dive, kitesurf, windsurf, snorkel, mangrove kayak or participate in a Wellness Vacation. Contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today to plan your escape.kitesurfing-lg

New Website, New Look

February 14, 2016

Bonaire – Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, owner, Ann Phelan announced  a complete rebranding and  new website for her specialty niche agency. Phelan specializes in the windsurf market and is a windsurfer herself. At the cusp of her 27th anniversary in business, Phelan, celebrates her many years in the  industry and is enthusiastic to share her new website for her discerning clientele. The new and improved features of the website include a navigation bar that ensures travelers can quickly find exactly what they are looking for; tourist information, detailed accommodation listings and an online inquiry process that will lead to almost instant replies.  A special feature is her informative blog which highlights island information including weather and wind updates, dining reviews of island hot spots and windsurf news. Phelan also unveiled her new product, Bonaire Intimate Properties, a collection of what she describes is the best of Bonaire’s windsurf accommodations. She chose her select inventory considering location, management, amenities and quality. Ann inspects her properties often and takes pride in knowing all she sells. For more information click on http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/

1078817_10151481235161020_1493959598_o

Klein Bonaire Meditation

Summer Airlift News- United Airlines

February 9, 2016
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Summer is one of the best times to travel to the island. Crowds are lighter and there are no lines or parking fees to access the beach. Come learn to dive, kite surf or windsurf. Snorkelers will revel in the perfect conditions with over 50 shore sites to explore. Summer in Bonaire is bliss.

Thanks to United, it’s never been easier to visit Bonaire. Commencing June 12, 2016, United will offer a second non-stop flight from Newark to Bonaire every Sunday.

The southbound Bonaire flight will depart Newark International Airport (EWR) on Sunday at 9:00am, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 1:45pm. The northbound return flight will depart BON at 2:45pm, and arrive at EWR at 7:50pm. The Sunday non-stop flight is slated to run through August 2016.

In addition to the Sunday flight, United will still offer their Saturday non-stop service from EWR to BON. The southbound United flight UA1422 will depart EWR every Saturday at 9:00 am, and arrive at BON 1:45 pm. The northbound United flight UA1420 will depart BON every Saturday at 2:45 pm, and arrive at EWR 7:50 pm.

To celebrate the new airlift, Caribbean Wind & Sun is offering 5-10% off select properties. These discounts apply to new bookings for the summer of 2016. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com. She will organize a dive, kitesurf or windsurf package that fits your budget.