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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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Caribbean Journal Bliss

August 31, 2016

My new fav online publication is Caribbean Journal. They have a plethora of news and info on de islands. Thanks Caribbean Journal for promoting my Wellness Vacations. Pure Bliss

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Cheers from the sunny Dutch Caribbean

Photo Courtesy of Janine Charles- Curacao

 

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Wellness Vacations

August 15, 2016

Caribbean Wind & Sun is unveiling their new program, Wellness Vacations to Bonaire. Many travelers seek to de-stress and unwind on vacation. Some are able to unplug simply by reading a booking or walking the beach. Others need a little guidance and support as they seek to fulfill their personal goals.  If you are already immersed in your own practice at home and want to expand in the Caribbean, Bonaire offers the perfect setting. Our island is restful and healing. We have many gifted practitioners with skills to support your goals.

For those that want to combine an active vacation with some wellness activities, look no more. You can dive  and windsurf and then have customized spa and restorative services. We will discuss your goals whether it’s fitness and health or restorative and healing needs  If you prefer a Wellness Vacation in totality, we will create the perfect program to meet your desired goals.

We offer an individualized program of activities in areas of restorative, active and solace. Restorative services include Reiki, Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs, Reflexology and an array of massage styles. Active choices include Pilates, Yoga (several types), Tai Chi, Body Pump and Body Balance.  Solace programs include Mindfulness Meditation and Life Coaching my a trained professional.  All programs are aimed and assisting in finding your balance and calm as you seek to achieve your personal goals.

For those seeking a fuller immersion, we offer Wellness Weeks throughout the year with more customized and detailed programming including healthy food, group practice and Mindful Meditation. Our first Week for 2017 will be May 6, 2017. You will be accommodated in a lovely villa with an amazing pool and restful garden setting. Healthy meals will be prepared considering any dietary request. Transportation will take you to various yoga classes off site while other programs such as Mindful Meditation and Tai Chi will take place on site. Spa Services on site and in a local spa are available featuring the famous Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs.

Our aim is to pamper you and when you leave, you feel completely rejuvenated and connected to your center.

For more details, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today to find your balance and calm. We welcome you.

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Photo by Marc van Swoll

Bonaire Coral Spawn 2016

July 29, 2016

It’s time for nature’s true undersea wonder, the coral spawn. In August, September and October, Bonaire divers will be treated to a wonderful display with sponges, sea urchins and corals.   Local dive shops can guide you in securing the best dates to dive but typically, a few days after the full moon is the best dive opportunities for this phenomena. For the schedule of events, please click on this link.

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To celebrate the coral spawn, I am pleased to offer 5-10% discounts on  select dive packages. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. With the United Airlines sale, coral spawn and steep dive package discounts, this fall is the time to come to Bonaire.

 

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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. 

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Beachcombing: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

May 27, 2016

Fantastic blogger with a different perspective of Bonaire!

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One of my favorite things to do during a cloudy day on Bonaire is beachcomb at Baby Beach.

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My mom and I try to venture to the south side every time we’re on Bonaire, and last week was no different when we were on island for a mother-daughter trip. Sometimes after days on the beach we like to do something different.So we headed down to the south of the island to see some of the treasures that may have washed ashore from the sea.

It’s always good to go into beachcombing with a positive attitude- “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, right? You’ll never know what you’ll find. Sometimes its just washed up sea urchins, bottles, and driftwood, but sometimes there are real treats. I’ve heard of a local family finding a gold doubloon once. Hey, I’m still in search of my golden treasure; one can dream…

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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.

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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

United Airlines Alert

April 16, 2016

United Airlines Alert- For those flying on United through Newark, note the flight times departing Newark have changed that may impact your incoming flight to Newark!!  The dates I am aware of are in June but other dates may be impacted. The flight departs Newark 1.5 hours earlier and thus any incoming connection will mis connect.   The new schedule requires an overnight in Newark. Again, I have only checked dates in June.

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Call United for details and information!

Learn to Windsurf Update – ABK in May

March 15, 2016

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Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is pleased to announce a special spring learn to windsurf clinic on sunny and windy Bonaire. Andy Brandt and team will return to Bonaire for a one time May 30, 5 day clinic on the windy island of Bonaire. Come hone your skills and take it to the next level. Beginners will really enjoy this clinic. Lac Bay is one of the world’s best places to learn to sail with gin clear water, balmy temps and on shore winds. Jibe City is the site for this clinic. Best known for excellent customer service and high end performance gear, the team at Jibe City and Andy’s crew will put on a great clinic. Trust the only tour operator who also windsurfs, to plan your windsurf vacation. Ann Phelan, a former PWA Event Promoter will assist with every detail of your trip. 

Discounted land packages including gear, clinic, accommodations and vehicle start at 1800.00 per week. Email ann@bonairewindsurfing today for details.

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Ann Phelan

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Fodor Editor: http://www.fodors.com/world/caribbean/bonaire/12366510_10207390054245576_1379459548_nLearn how to freestyle like this guy! The water down here is magic. Photo by Markus Seidel