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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.

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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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Photo by Casper Douma

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

Jibe City – Windsurf News

September 5, 2017

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Jibe City is expanding. Monique and Robert, owners, are excited to announce an additional location at Delfins Beach Resort: a brand-new resort on the West Coast of Bonaire. I just inspected this property. It features modern rooms, the largest pool on the island, top notch diving facilities with Dive Friends, and a beautiful sandy beach. Delfins will also feature  a fantastic restaurant manageed by renowned Dutch couple Jonnie and Therese de Boer who gained worldwide fame with their restaurant, Librije. The property is slated to open Nov. 1. I am accepting new reservations and will personally select an amazing room. 

This location is best for intermediate and advanced sailors. Foils will be perfect here and rentals will be available as well as lessons.. There will be a rescue boat and GPS trackers due to the slightly side off wind conditions.  The shop will be a Severne Pro Center. There will be a shuttle to and from the Lac Bay shop so you can sail at either stop. 

Please contact me for the new 2017/18 rates.  As always, I will offer discounts on your gear when booking a hotel / car package. All the rates are including use of kayaks, SUP’s, free use of harness and lockers.

Thanks for your business.  I appreciate the opportunity to plan your trips. Your business allows me to continue to enjoy my Bonaire Bliss.  Bonaire continues to be one of the best destinations to learn to sail or hone your skills. Come on back soon. 

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Aventure B and B – Boutique Bliss

August 23, 2017
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    Photo Courtesy of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

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I had the lovely privilege of spending a staycation at Aventura B and B, on the sunny island of Bonaire. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Punt Vierkant, Aventura offers a relaxed escape for those seeking an unspoiled vacation.   There are six lovely units furnished tastefully with comfortable amenities. All feature a fridge, AC and WIFI. The property is nestled amongst mature tropical foliage including shady palm trees. There are several palapa’s offering shady options as well as sun beds. Every attention to detail insures comfort and rest.

Prices start at 92.00 USD and night and up.  Breakfast can be arranged for an additional 17.00 per day.  Each breakfast comes with a smoothie, tropical fruit, delicious breads and savory treats. Roy, the manager, is the consummate professional.

Most units accommodate two while Sensacional, sleeps 5.  This unit also has self-catering options. Prices include free Concierge Services. Wellness, Kite Surfing, Dive and Windsurf Packages available. For more information contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com

ABK Boardsports Windsurf Camps 2018

August 10, 2017

Have you ever wanted to get on a windsurf and experience gliding across the deep blue? Are you a beginner and cannot seem to get past the uphaul stage? Do you dream of nailing that jibe or tack? Or, are you a free -style wanna be and want to learn how to heli-tack or how about riding switch stance?  Those in the know, travel to Bonaire for Andy Brandt’s annual ABK Boardsports camps. Bonaire is the windsurf Mecca thanks to gin clear water, waist deep and on shore steady trades. It’s heaven.

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Photo Courtesy of ABK

There is one camp remaining for 2017, on Dec. 11.  2018 dates include:

Jan. 22 and 29

Feb. 5 and 26

March 5, 19 and 26

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a proud sponsor of the 2018 tour has special packages including gear, lessons, vehicle and accommodation. Ann Phelan, owner, is a former PWA Event Coordinator. She also sails when it’s 4.0 conditions (talk about a wind snob).  Ann personally inspects all properties and knows all about the island, having been a resident since 2003. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. Prices inclusive of gear, lessons, car and accommodations start at 1310.00 pp based on a double.

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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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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!

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Bonaire’s premiere oceanfront villa!

 

Photos Not To Miss- Marco di Gianvito Windsurf Celebrity Photographer

September 20, 2016
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Photo by Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

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Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO