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Dunkerbeck Pro Center Opens on Bonaire

April 22, 2018
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Photo Courtesy of Sorobon Beach Resort

Bonaire is best know as one of the world’s best spots to windsurf.  All eyes are on the news of a cutting edge windsurf center on island. Windsurf pro, Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Phillipe Bru, founder of Defi Wind have partnered with Sorobon Beach Resort, opening a Pro Windsurf Center. Located on the Dutch island of  Bonaire, the center is situated on windy Lac Bay. This expansive bay features gin clear water, shallow depths and on shore trades.  Windsurfers around the globe come to this pristine water to train, learn or simply hone their skills. Dunkerbeck, Bru and the managers at Sorobon had a vision to bring a high performance center for guests of the property.

The Center will feature Goya and Starboard boards as well as Simmer Sails.  There will also be foil boards and stand up paddle boards.  The team at Dunkerbeck Pro Center will be hosting windsurfing events and clinics. The next Defi Wind event is slated for June, 2018. Defi Wind

Sorobon Beach Hotel offers Caribbean inspired rustic bungalows set in a tranquil mature garden setting. On site is a yoga center and spa, two restaurants and a beach bar. Cozy cabanas are spread about on the beach as well as beach loungers. The views of the bay are expansive. This is the perfect setting for those who wish to unwind and unplug from the realities of day to day life.

The Pro Center and Sorobon’s bayside setting makes for a perfect windsurf holiday. To learn more about windsurfing on Bonaire or to book your stay, contact Ann Phelan, a former PWA Event Promoter and 31 year seasoned travel consultant.  Caribbean Wind and Sun

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. Bon Bini /Welcome soon to Bonaire

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iWindsurf Wind News

March 3, 2018

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I am a windsurfer. Maybe not so much these days but, once a windsurfer, always a windsurfer. The pursuit of wind dominated my life for over 20 years. Dominate may not accurately describe my obsession. Alas, I found a new sport (that’s another story) and I have settled a lot, only sailing when the winds are nuking.

In pursuit of the wind, I discovered several wind sources to feed my addiction. My favorite site has been and still is, iWindsurf. The weather geeks at iWindsurf have supported the windsurf world since 2000. With over 50,000 weather stations, high tech methods trace live wind using enhanced forecasting tools. Also

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A special thanks for 18 years of wind reports and windsurfing forums. Check out their website today iWindsurf

 

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Photos  and content courtesy of George Haye at iWindsurf

Last Minute Deal – Windsock – Windsurf Bliss

January 14, 2018

If you can get away next week, Windguru is promising some incredible wind on Bonaire. I have a last minute cancellation at Windsock and can offer 100.00 per night for an amazing 2 bedroom, across from the sea and minutes to windy Lac Bay! Add discounted gear rental and you have a windsurf score. WIndsock

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

 

Foiling on Bonaire

January 6, 2018

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Photo by Kiyohisa Kuma Hosono – Kuma Movie

The windsurf world is abuzz about the new sport, foiling.  Short for hydrofoil, foiling is not really a fad but one of the biggest talked about news to hit the windsurf world. Some say it’s the biggest news in the sport.  Most sailors are trying the experience. Others are skeptical. What you need to know;

  • you can sail in light winds
  • many companies including Starboard have a line of boards for foiling
  • the rush sailing above water has been described as “wild”, “exhilarating” and “super fun” but the locals on Bonaire

Windsurf pro, Antoine Albeau races with a foil board. Pro sailor and windsurf guru, Robby Nash has developed a line as well.  An explosion in gear choices and pros and amateurs who foil will be witnessed soon. This is the biggest news in what could be a windsurf revolution.

Foiling is not only in windsurfing. Kitesurfing has foiling.  A  Bonaire local, Peter Zweers has been kite foiling for a few years now. Internationally, America’s Cup has foil boats. It’s the sport to watch emerge in many disciplines.

Here on Bonaire, Pro windsurfer Taty Frans is offering foil rentals. He charges 90.00 for two hour rentals. Lessons can be offered as well.  To book your rental contact Ann Phelan, island expert on windsurfing vacations. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

 

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Photo by Kiyohisa Kuma Hosono- Kuma Movie

 

 

Bonaire Summer Kids Windsurf Camps

January 4, 2018

It’s time to plan your family holiday. With super deals on United, it’s a win win. Bring the family and teach them to windsurf. Let the esteemed staff at Jibe City make your kid’s summer holiday memorable. Kids learn young here, sometimes still in diapers. With shallow see to the bottom water, it’s paradise!

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The Jibe City Kids windsurfing clinic consists of 3 mornings and it includes:

  • 3×3 hours of lessons by one of our professional instructors
  • rental of equipment
  • Jibe City lycra
  • Stinapa Nature Fee
  • lunch at the Hang Out Bar

Upcoming Clinics 2018 TBA Summer 2018

Start/End Time: 9:30 – 13:00

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details. Package discounts for gear, lodging and vehicle rentals prevail. Nanny service available based on availability.

 

 

Summer Family Windsurf Vacations and Kids Camps

November 15, 2017

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Summer Bonaire Windsurf Kids Camps

Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations have teamed up to offer 2018 Annual Summer Kids Camps. The 3 day camps run July and Aug. Priced at 200.00 per child, kids ages 7-17 can learn to windsurf or hone their skills. The 3 x 3 lessons commence 9:30-1:30 each day. Lunch is included as well as Nature Fee and T Shirt. Lac Bay offers superior conditions for kids to learn. With shallow crystal clear warm water and on shore winds, it’s the perfect setting to windsurf. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your kids camp and accommodations as well as family packages. Discounts available for adult windsurf land and sea packages. Family on site bungalows available with 10% discounted rates when booking your windsurf package with Ann.

What To Do In Light Wind

October 30, 2017

One of the most often asked question I get as a windsurf travel specialist is, “when is it windy in Bonaire”.  Who knows, right? Sometimes to illustrate the answer I explain that I once was skunked in The Gorge (when I was there with my Bonaire buddies Tonky and Ro).  The real answer is Nov. – July our winds are best but we can have a wicked windy Sept. and a dead lull in January. It’s a bummer to book a week holiday and have light winds, I know. Never fear, a real windsurfer will find something to do on the water when the winds are light. Here is a little video of one sailor who makes it work no matter what Mother Nature Offers. Meet Caesar Finies, our light wind wiz. Caesar is my hero.

Bonaire Loves Kids

September 20, 2017

Kids love Bonaire and Bonaire loves kids. Families flock to the Dutch Caribbean island for good reason. Best known as Diver’s Paradise, there are so many other amazing diversions, perfect for families.  With easy air access from the US, Canada and Amsterdam and a plethora of family friendly hotels and condos, Bonaire is the spot to plan a winter family vacation.

Take your pick as to one of the many kid- oriented activities. Every family must visit the Donkey Sanctuary.  Rent a pick up truck, most everyone does on Bonaire, and pack up the kids. Make a pit stop at the bakery or grocery and pick up a bag of day old bread and carrots. The Donkey Sanctuary is located on the Sorobon Road.  Open 10-5 daily, there is a visitors zoo and a self-guided driving tour. The Sanctuary is home to orphaned and injured donkeys as well as a safe haven for others. Donkeys have been a part of Bonaire’s landscape since the 17th Century when Spaniards brought them to the island. Now, it is common to see them on the sides of the street in the countryside, “Kunuku”. Unfortunately, traffic hazards, illness and lack of water and food have compromised the lives of Bonaire’s donkey population. The Sanctuary seeks to provide a home for many of these lovely creatures. Kids can feed the babies or sit in the truck and drive through the car paths. It’s fun for all.

 

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Donkey Sanctuary Photo by Mike Burns

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Windsurfing is big on the island. Some of the world’s top freestyle windsurfers hail from Bonaire. There is a professional team  that has received fame and notoriety around the globe. The windsurf scene is found at windy Lac Bay. Young and old take to the water to sail across the tropical blue. Shallow depths and gin clear water make it perfect. Kids start young on Bonaire, some, right out of diapers. The small kids rigs and expert instruction make Lac Bay, kids paradise.  Parents can take to the water while their kids attend on of the yearly kids camps.  There are two professional shops on the bay and three restaurants. In between sailing, kids love to play in the shallows, searching for sea creatures. It’s a kid’s playground on one of the island’s most picturesque settings.

 

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Under the sea, Bonaire is blessed with healthy coral reefs and diverse sea life.  With two kid oriented dive programs, kids can experience diver’s bliss. The Junior Open Water Diving and Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth program (SASY),  allow kids as young as 5 to take to the water and experience diving. There are several dive shops on island that specialize kids diving programs. For those that prefer snorkeling, Bonaire has over 50 shores sites that the family can stop and enjoy.

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Other activities suited for children include mangrove kayaking, Kitesurfing, beach combing, caving, hiking and stargazing. Along with activities, Bonaire has many family friendly restaurants featuring pizza and burgers as well as pasta and sushi for the more adventurous eater.

With easy air access, family-friendly accommodations and an array of fun filled activities, Bonaire is a top choice for families in the know. For more information or to plan your family vacation, contact Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

Sorobon Beach Club – Expansion and News

September 6, 2017

Sorobon Beach Resort has announced news of an exciting expansion. The owners of Sorobon have recently acquired the former Lacbai Resort.  The new name is Sorobon Apartments.  This expansion adds 10 apartments, connecting two properties both in the center of the Bonaire windsurf scene. Specializing in windsurf vacations, Sorobon is synonymous with island -style hospitality. Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is proud to collaborate with Sorobon in providing windsurf and wellness vacations. 

The 10 Lacbai apartments were renovated  in 2015 with new flooring, beds, bathrooms, bedrooms, living room furniture and fixtures. The setting is at the end of windy Lac Bay. Enjoy comfortable cooling trade winds as you watch the windsurfers glide on the bay. The property is surrounded by nature so is conducive to rest and relaxation.  On site is an amazing restaurant, Foodies. 

Sorobon Apartments is situated 1 km from Sorobon Beach Resort and full use of ALL facilities of Sorobon Beach Resort & Wellness are included when booking @ Sorobon Apartments.  There are plans for a Magna pool and in the future, expansion of new apartments. 

Included in new reservations:

–       Full american breakfast at Sorobon Beach Resort

–       Free use of the Magna Pool at Sorobon Apartments (completion expected by winter 2018)

–       Free access to all the Sorobon Beach Facilities including WIFI

–       Free use of our Beach & Beach Chairs

–       20% discount on our windsurf Gear and rentals

–       Free shuttle service between Sorobon Apartments & Sorobon Beach and back several times daily

 

To book your winter stay or to inquire of rates, contact Ann Phelan. Ann has been booking both properties since 2001 and inspects rooms on a regular basis. She will create the perfect windsurfing vacation. Ann specializes in family vacations as well as groups. For those seeking to learn to sail or hone their skills, lessons  are available. News regarding the expansion of a windsurf center will be revealed soon, so watch for updates. To contact Ann, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or Contact Ann Phelan

 

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Photo Courtesy of Sorobon Beach Resort