Posts Tagged ‘windsurfing Bonaire’

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

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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

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/

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Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel- Pure Heaven

August 5, 2015
Oceanfront Bliss

Oceanfront Bliss

My boyfriend and I had the privilege of being guests of Sara Matera and staff at Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel recently. As a travel professional, it’s imperative I inspect properties each year so I can be sure to deliver the very best product to my clients. With the advent of online booking, it’s important I stand out so that my clients return year after year. To insure I offer the best product possible, personalized service includes quality review of each property.

Over the years, I have booked many discerning guests at Bellafonte. it is one of Bonaire’s few high end properties on the sea. I had the wonderful opportunity to have a “stay-cation” at Bellafonte. I live across the street, so packing and moving over for our two night respite was relatively easy.  Sheila Marie, one of Bellafonte’s amazing front end staff, welcomed us warmly. We were treated to oceanfront splendour in one of the amazing senior suites. From our welcome, to the end of our stay, we were made to feel,  oh so special.

We checked in mid week this summer for a two night stay. Upon arrival, the General Manager, Sara had a bottle of wine and a warm welcome note for our arrival. The fridge was stocked with cold water as well. Our patio opened up to sea views and gentle trade winds. Inside, the amenities were top notch. My boyfriend loved the Expresso machine. The full kitchen was perfect for meal preparation as well.   Some properties are not well stocked with glassware and dishes but our unit was well appointed. Our special place was the massive patio that had a table for dining and two comfy chairs for reading and relaxing. The sweeping views of the Caribbean blue were amazing.

Views from our patio!

Views from our patio!

Of course everyone comes to Bonaire for the sea. Over the years, I have enjoyed visiting  the property when guests arrived. Last Christmas, I booked a Junior Suite for my daughter and her boyfriend so we enjoyed three days of sunning and snorkeling on the massive seaside deck.  This spot is nothing short of magical. The comfy turquoise cushions on large sun beds were perfect for sunning and napping. Snorkeling off the deck was amazing. Drifting south, we saw a plethora of sea life including coral heads and colorful fish. The best time is at night, sipping wine on the deck, under the stars. Pure heaven.

This intimate property features 22 luxury privately owned apartments.  The furnishings are high end. The bedding and towels are cotton comfortable. There is AC throughout each unit. The property features free high speed internet, private terraces or balconies, dive gear storage and rinse tanks, outdoor showers and 24/7 reception and night concierge.  The close proximity to south shore dive sites, windsurfing, kite surfing, the airport and town, make Bellafonte one of my client’s favorite properties. The King of Holland and his family recently enjoyed a stay at Bellafonte.

expansive views for miles and miles

expansive views for miles and miles

To book your stay, contact Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations.  I will hand pick a unit for your stay. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com.  They offer free Concierge, vehicle rental, windsurf or dive gear rentals and tour planning. When booking Bellafonte, ask for the Bonaire Bliss Discount when mentioning this blog post. New bookings for 2015 will earn 5% discounts off room stays.

When considering your vacation, if you seek a comfortable high end property, look no more.  The sunsets alone are worth a stay at Bellafonte.

Bon bini

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Raining Cats and Dogs in Bonaire

October 21, 2012

October through March is our rainy season. Compared to islands on the Eastern Caribbean chain, our rainfall is paltry, about 16 inches a year. Still, when it rains, I get quite excited. I am a New Englander so am accustomed to weather change. We need the rain for our parched landscape, for the feral animals and wild donkey population and our gardens. Soon, the trades return and the rains dissipate making perfect windsurf weather.

I am entering my 26th season booking trips to the Caribbean. I wish I kept track of the numbers of amazing clients I sent to paradise. So many stand out for various reasons. My honeymoons are favorites. As a windsurfer, I enjoy when lovers of the sport go to Bonaire for the first time and come back ready to book for the following year. The 20+ years of booking Antigua were some of my best years in the industry. I also have bittersweet memories of the 5 years I booked villas in Montserrat. That business came to a screeching halt in 1995 when Soufriere woke from a 400 year sleep.

I love the Caribbean and love the weather. A few of my favorite weather sites include http://www.stormcarib.com and as well as local weather site http://www.meteo.an/index.asp and WindFinder http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/bonaire_atlantis&wf_cmp=7

Some folks ask will it rain every day in Bonaire. It’s very rare but October tends to be the wettest month in my recollection. Soon, end of November the Christmas trades start to build and by mid Dec. we are back to the lovely winds Bonaire is best known for.

To book your windsurf vacation or talk weather, email me at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

Bonaire Singles Windsurf Week March 9-16 2012

October 12, 2012

Each year I organize Singles Weeks for solo travelers who love to windsurf but don’t love traveling alone. The group meets for dinners at night and participate in Andy Brand’ts ABK Windsurf Camp by day. It’s a great opportunity to learn to sail, hone your skills or take it to the next level. Join me at the beach for the clinic. Wednesday afternoon is free day where we go snorkeling or hiking. There are 3 organized dinners including the group BBQ Thursday evening at Jibe City. Traveling alone is fun the ABK- Caribbean Wind & Sun way!

Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com today!

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Ask me how! Prices start at 1500.00 pp for a single studio with kitchen, 6 days gear at Jibe City, 5 day ABK camp, and a vehicle rental.

The ABK Crew and Moi

Summer Bonaire Windsurf Kids Camps

June 8, 2012

Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations have teamed up to offer 2012 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. 

 

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Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations offers full travel planning for your vacation to Bonaire. Services include free on island Concierge as well as nanny services, accommodations, gear and vehicle rental. Call today 508 737 5245 in the US or 011 599 786 3134 in Bonaire. Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

Kontiki Bonaire

January 8, 2012

Kontiki Bonaire

One of my favorite lunch spots is Kontiki Bonaire. The setting is serene on the southeast coast of Bonaire. Kontiki is nestled at the bottom of windy Lac Bay. This is windsurf paradise. My daughter and I dined recently. John, the waiter is amazing. We had lovely cold slushy drinks, amazing food and views that were striking. The steady trades cooled our dining experience. I love the Dutch Kibbling, fried fresh local fish in an amazing batter. Love Kontiki in Bonaire.

Crazy Christmas Winds in Bonaire

December 21, 2011

Crazy Christmas Winds in Bonaire

4.2 Gun Sail 85 liter Chango

The Christmas trades returned after months of no wind in Bonaire. I have a 4.2 2005 Gun Sail that’s rigged and ready for special occasions. I cannot think of a better occasion than when it’s gusting past 30. With my 85 liter Angulo Chango I was ready for day 2 of survival sailing. The chop in the bay was pretty intense and the gusts making for full on overpowered conditions. I prevailed and had another amazing windsurf session today.

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September 27, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Davy Scheffers

Davy Scheffers, H3111 packs up his gear, throws a few board shorts into a bag and moves to Bonaire for his annual winter pilgrimage. Davy is hard core and holds back for nothing. This photo was taken in the mangroves of pristine Lac Bay. The mangroves are perfect for flat water freestyle practice. It’s serene as well. Most pros head that way to train while others like to blast in the crystal clear blue out front of the shops.

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To book your windsurf holiday contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today!