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Learn to Windsurf Update – ABK in May

March 15, 2016

Bonaire

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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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

March Mindfulness on Bonaire- Spring Equinox

March 2, 2016

Welcome to a weekend of mindful meditation on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.  The retreat is one day, March 20th, from 2-5 PM.  The timing includes an opportunity to celebrate the Spring Equinox, a time of renewal and re birth.

This course will focus on offering a safe and nurturing setting to commence or expand on your meditation practice. The weekend experience will foster a stronger connection between body, mind and spirit through non-judgmental and patient practice.

The weekend is suited for beginners or those who have taken time from their practice and would welcome a gentle and non-striving  return to meditation and mindfulness. This afternoon is teacher led with instruction and discussion as well as guided meditation, both seated and walking meditation.

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For one hour we will share a silent meditation.

The March Retreat offers an opportunity to explore your practice surrounded by the sea and nature.  We will connect our mind body experience with nature, the perfect balance.

Prices are 35.00 per person *. For registration and details email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

*If payment is a challenge please contact me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com.

 

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Abandoned Beauty: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

February 26, 2016

Amazing Bonaire Perspective

Delicious Excursions

I recently just got back from my annual Christmas trip to Bonaire, and when I mean recently, it was actually three weeks ago. But in all honesty, my mind is still kind of on vacation mode.

During the last couple days of my vacation, I discovered an abandoned shrimp farm while touring the southern part of the island. I’d driven by the building many times before but never considered going in. Now the shrimp farm was used to export shrimp from the island, but it has long been completely empty, with just the remains of what used to be. You know me with my love of run down, deserted buildings, I just had to check it out. It turned out to be photographic magic for me! There’s something so beautiful about pure chaos…

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Like what you see? Don’t worry, there will be plenty more posts about Bonaire in the future!

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Kitemanera – Kite Surfing Fun Event

February 19, 2016

It’s  on, Kitemanera, a fun and freaky kitesurf event slated for March 19 and 20th.  The event, limited to 100 slots has 20 openings for competitors so sign up today.   There are great prizes and lots of fun.  This non profit event has gained popularity in the South American and Caribbean community thanks to a great format and super organization.

To book your accommodations for Kitemanera, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com. She has the insight into the closest and best accommodations near kite beach, Atlantis.

For Kitemanera information check out http://www.kitemanera.com

 

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Summer Airlift News- United Airlines

February 9, 2016
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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.

Staying Healthy on Bonaire – Mosquitoes

January 31, 2016

I had a repeater guest recently ask me about the Zika Virus on Bonaire.  This is a very serious health matter impacting the Caribbean and the Americas. Fortunately, Bonaire is not on the CDC’s list of islands with cases of the Zika Virus.  With that said, I always speak to how to stay healthy when it concerns the matter of mosquitoes.  Having lived on two Caribbean islands,  I  have noticed mosquito activity is at it’s highest,  before dawn and after dusk.  Also, after a rainy spell, mosquito activity is higher.  With that said, always apply bug repellant. I particularly recommend you apply before going out at night for dinner.  As far as a product, I won’t make recommendations as you may have your own preference but if your able to, use a product with DEET. Check with your doctor for recommendations.

For more information on the Zikas Virus click on the CDC’s website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-caribbean

To book your next vacation to Bonaire, contact me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

10 Must Do Dining Delights in Bonaire

January 20, 2016

IMG_4781I am a self-professed foodie. I pour over food blogs and websites daily. I am an Elite Member of Yelp and I met my boyfriend of two years on Foursquare over a dining review. When traveling, I seek to immerse myself in the site and sounds of the country and love to savour the cuisines. Since traveling and living on Bonaire, I have discovered some sublime culinary treasures. Today, I will reveal my top 10 dining favorites. I assure you, they represent the best tastes on island. Let me know if you approve.

1. Pasta 007 at Capriccios- homemade pasta, light tomato sauce and delicate pieces of fresh local fish, tasty shrimp and fresh spices. Each forkful tantalizes your taste buds. I also want to add one more dish, the Carbonara. My daughter’s chef boyfriend professes it is delicious. This restaurant has the best wine list on island. Ask Lola to make a recommendation. Oh, Pasta 007 is not on the menu, you have to ask.

2. Tarte Tatin  at Bistro de Paris – light pastry and fresh apples with whipped cream, ahhh. This dessert brings much delight to my palate. Scoop up the sugary sauce and drizzle over the lovely apple treat.  The marina view location is perfect.

3. Tres Leche at Mi Banana- oh so decadent and oh so lucious. Sweet, milky cake with cream and sugary bliss. This dessert is house made so don’t miss it. Mi Banana features Columbian fare in a friendly, laid back atmosphere.

4. French Fries and BBQ at Bobbejan’s- What’s so special here? Crispy, salty fries and  the fragrance of BBQ sauce that wafts through Kralendijk. Weekends only, this spots packs ’em in due it’s reputation for the best BBQ on island. My daughter loves the ribs!

5. Bami and Sate at Mati’s – this Surinamese hole -in- the wall next to Flamingo TV, serves up the best Bami, a flavourful noodle dish with  grilled  chicken sate with peanut sauce. Lunch only! Try the Roti, a Surinamese version of a burrito.

6. Fresh Salads seaside at Hang Out Bar – It’s hard work, sunning at Jibe City. When I crave some food, I leave my ocean view beach chair, cross the sand in my itty bitty bikini and plop myself in one of the seaside tables and enjoy a colorful, delicious fresh salad. My favorite is the Greek, chock full of tangy Feta.  The sangria is the best on island

7. Pizza at Blue Garden Brazilian Grille and Pizza Gourmet- made in an iron pan, served hot, the blend of unusual flavours thanks to unique spices makes this pie awesome. While waiting, enjoy a house made Caipirinha. Divine!

8. Ceviche at Rum Runners- ask for the Lover’s Table and dive into their light and fresh seafood ceviche loaded with lime, Scotch Bonnet Peppers and cilantro. Oh so good. They have really good pizza as well and always, fresh local fish.

9. Fish Tacos at Wil’s Restaurant- Fresh fish is the order of the day, prepared with love. Enjoy the serene garden setting and be prepared for  a memorable dining experience. Chef Wil samples cuisines from around the world and brings an exciting menu to his tables. Enjoy!

10. Tuna Two Ways at At Sea- Chef Rick is one of the island’s most creative chefs, no doubt. I love the Tuna Tartar and the  Tuna Tandoori. The flavours are incredible. Grab a high top by the bar for an intimate dining experience. The Chef’s 4 course menu with a wine pairing is memorable.

11. I know, I already shared 10 but I simply had to add the fresh sashimi at Kite City Food Truck. First off, the guys are super sweet and super handsome, second, you eat smack dab in the sand, seaside and three, the fish is fresh and wonderful. Located at Te Amo Beach across from the airport, go here! When you are done, hop in the sea for a nice snorkel sesh.

When booking your vacation I offer free individualized Concierge Service, so call today.  I love sharing my passion for the island and welcome the opportunity to plan your escape.

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Blue Garden Brazilian Grille and Pizza Gourmet- Food Nirvana

January 4, 2016

 

Dining options on little Bonaire are diverse and plentiful. Just when I thought I had my favorites, I find a new spot. Such as the case this weekend when my family and I discovered Blue Garden.  Recommended by a fellow foodie, we made a res this past weekend. I know the manager, Paolo so knew we were in good hands.

 

We arrived to a full house. The vibe was lively and welcoming. Service was earnest and considerate despite the crowd. We were given water and pizza bread sticks with a lovely tomato salsa, within minutes of being seated. Drinks came later. Food came slowly as the night passed.  I was mindful of the holiday peak time and settled into the slow flow.

 

The drink feature are the house made Caipirinhas. Our table sampled a traditional blend, Passion Fruit and Spicy Tangerine. The drinks were sublime.  I am a fan of Cachacha Rum and can say, the bartender at Blue Garden concocted a fantastic rendition.

We were famished so placed an order for Brazilian Cheese Bread. Baked with Yucca flour, we loved the flavours. I do recommend an order.

A bit overwhelmed by the amazing menu, we asked Manager Paolo for recs. The three meat eaters ordered a specialty pizza with sausage and cheeses. I opted for an Anchovy pizza.  We also ordered a Hearts of Palm Pizza. The pies are medium size and three was ample for 4 adults. I’d even say, two would suffice along with a salad.

I must digress and say, the aromas wafting in the restaurant are tantalizing. The source was the Brazilian Picanha, a grilled meat. If you are a meat eater, give it a go.

Prices are a bit high for pizza but if you consider all of the imported Brazilian products and the complexity of the menu. it’s well worth the cost.

Blue Garden was easily the highlight of our holiday dining. As always, clients of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations are offered free Concierge Services. Do allow me the opportunity to plan your dining experience soon.

 

Contact me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

 

Unveiling a Fresh New Website

December 18, 2015

Welcome to the new improved Caribbean Wind & Sun Website. Thanks to my amazing web designer, Susan Davis, I am unveiling my new site.

Caribbean Wind & Sun has gone through so many changes since the carnation of my travel business in 1987. Originally called Antigua Small Properties, I rented out small villas and cottages on Antigua and Barbuda. Later, I took on over 25 villas and hotels on Montserrat and changed the name to Endless Vacations. A dormant volcano came to life on Montserrat shifting the focus of my business.

In 2001, I visited Bonaire and my life forever changed. The island became my family’s home and we built a little cottage to live our new life. I shifted my focus solely on Bonaire, creating Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. My focus was a speciality niche windsurf agency. Along the way, I had a nice following of divers and snorkelers and eco tourists whom I welcomed greatly.

Today, my specialty is Bonaire Intimate Properties, a collection of the best and brightest properties for my discerning clientele. I still offer dive vacations working with two great companies, VIP Diving and Dive Friends.  It is a true labor of love planning vacations for those who love being under the sea. Windsurfing remains my largest client group.

Thanks to my loyal repeater clients. I welcome and appreciate my new clientele as well. I will strive to continue to provide an individual approach in travel planning.
Welcome back soon

http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/

 

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At Sea- in dining heaven

December 16, 2015

My family and I have dined with Chef Rick and his wife, Kim, for many years. They started off in an unassuming location with only a handful of tables. Service was intimate and the setting was magical. The noticeable aspect of dining was Chef Rick’s creative plating and flawless presentation. Over time, Chef Rick and Kim wanted to grow so purchased a magnificent ocean view spot on the outskirts of sleepy Kralendijk. I have had the privilege of many dinners but recently, was blown away by a 5 course surprise tasting menu.

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Chef Rick invited my boyfriend and I to sample his new menu paired with some amazing wines. The 5 courses were truly sublime. Chef Rick was keenly aware of my dietary preferences (non meat eater) and a lighter fare.

We were seated in a corner high top near the bar. The place is bustling but the focus is on food. The waitstaff are supportive and efficient and seem to always know what you need and when. I was never searching around for the next course or water.

The food came at a slow but steady pace. Each course was presented in an artful way.  Flavors were undeniably some of the best I have experienced in 15 years living and dining on Bonaire. Each course tantalized our taste buds.

Wine flowed with each course. I loved the Saint Clemente Chardonnay. Seth loved his Malbec. Each course was paired perfectly with a wine well suited to compliment the food flavors.

Jay Frans is the man behind the bar. His skill and finesse is apparent and his charm enhances the bar experience. We enjoyed watching him craft some creative cocktails. For those enjoying a bar experience, At Sea has a cozy spot for you!

If you seek an amazing dining experience for a special evening, look no further. At Sea is your spot. I offer free Concierge Services for all of my Caribbean Wind & Sun Clients so email me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call At Sea at 011 599 701 0134.  Their holiday menu looks sublime. Groups are encouraged to book for the intimate Dec. 24 3 -course dining menu.

 

Bon Appetite