My kids love to spend the day at Buddy Dive, and we join them for dinner at Blennies. Buddy Dive is a fantastic resort, and super welcoming to non-resort guests visiting their facilities. Our kids tend to visit early and make a day out of enjoying their pool, water access and beach beds. Set high up from the water, their sun beds are on soft sand beach just in front of the pool. The pool has is very refreshing, with a swim up bar. As most of you know, we are not divers, but love snorkeling. Buddy Dive has a great dock, and the kids (& me, too!) will enter the lovely Caribbean sea and swim around enjoying all the amazing sea life.
We always have at least one meal while using their facilities, sometimes two. Blennies is on site,
very low key and super convenient. The food is good, but the sunset is what really makes this bar type restaurant spectacular. I was pleasantly surprised with the service this year – they really stepped it up. We came back a second evening to meet a friend for drinks at the bar, and were entertained by a local musician.
Taxi, Taxi … ever wonder how to hire car service on Bonaire? Taxis seem to be located at the airport, but when you are out and about, they are no where to be found. Bonaire does not utilize Uber or Lyft services, either.
We have been visiting Bonaire for over 10 years, and never hired a taxi service. This last trip, our 17 year old daughter and several of her friends wanted to go out, and we wanted to stay in and enjoy a nice, fresh mojito.
What is the solution???
TAXI DRIVER #34, Hilario Bernabela to the rescue !!!!
A wonderful taxi driver on Bonaire named Hilario (nickname Layo). We hired him to arrive at our villa at 8:00 PM to pickup the young ladies, and asked that he bring them back at 11:00 PM. Layo provided an on time, reliable, safe mode of transportation for our young ladies.
Ingridients Restaurant, located in the Buddy Dive Resort is a treat for all Bonaire visitors. We enjoy everything about Ingridients – the food, the view, the atmosphere, the service – just absolutely wonderful. The restaurant overlooks the sea with a breathtaking view of the sunset.
And yes, that is spelled correctly, the restaurant was named for its owner, Ingrid.
As posted on their website, Ingridients uses locally produced fresh ingredients with dishes inherent to the Mediterranean cuisine, using the basic principles of French, Spanish and Italian cooking. Their chefs are constantly experimenting with new flavors and texture combinations by selecting only the freshest seasonal produce. Their menu changes seasonally with many daily specials.
We enjoy dining with the entire family at Ingridients Restaurant.
Located in the Buddy Dive resort, directly adjacent to the Buddy Dive bar and restaurant, affords a lot of flexibility. Our children are older, and at times have decided to visit the more relaxed restaurant at Buddy Dive while Steve & I enjoy a couples evening. Buddy Dive has a great bar with a fantastic daily happy hour. The 5 of us enjoy cocktails and mocktails. The kids stay and enjoy the restaurant and pool while Steve and I walk over to the finer dining experience offered a few feet away.
A wonderful way to spend a relaxing beach day while on Bonaire is to visit Spice Beach Club. Complete with a pool, lounge chairs, bar restaurant and finer dining restaurant, you will find you are left with nothing to want for. There are lounge chairs are situated both in the sun and in the shade, overlooking the sea and others overlooking the pool. Spice Beach club has a dock which offers boat taxi service to Klein Bonaire (little Bonaire) where you can spend a few hours on a remote quiet beach.
While enjoying your relaxing beach day at Spice Beach, the staff of the restaurant bar will take your drink and lunch orders. The shore line is calm and quiet – a perfect combination to go for a swim, or watch as your children swim in the beautiful blue waters. There is a floating dock a short swim from the shore. We enjoy snorkeling around the docks and swimming towards Coco beach. If you stay into the evenings, you will be treated to the warmth and romance of the firepits.
Most Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there is a nice happy hour with great drinks, live music and lots of dancing. Spice Beach Club also has a lovely finer dining restaurant, which is perfect for a lovely sunset dining experience. Many Sunday mornings, the restaurant will setup a Breakfast Buffet which is wonderful!
Please visit the website – Spice Beach – for additional information.
There are so many wonderful things to do with your kids on Bonaire. Here are just a few to get you started. Continue reading our guide for more fun activities or drop us an email anytime for more suggestions geared to your families interests.
Find a spot and go cliff jumping – we like the Oil Slick Dive site, a short drive from Villa Lunt.
Combine a day of Jibe City for Windsurfing/beaching and a visit to the donkey sanctuary.
Drive around the island making stops along the way to sight see and snorkel – grab a dive map and find the slave huts, salt ponds, and wind mills. Stop along the way to visit dive sites for snorkeling.
Spend a day enjoying the beaches with the fabulous food trucks – Donkey Beach, Bachelors beach and Te’Amo Beach.
Take a water taxi from Spice Beach and head out to Klein Bonaire.
Rent some bicycles and tour the island.
Go for a hike in the national park.
Drive to Rincon and experience the cultural beauty of Bonaire.
There is so much to do and see with your kids on Bonaire. You may also choose to spend the day relaxing at our luxurious pool. Enjoy!
At Sea Restaurant in Bonaire has been a top rated Caribbean restaurant for many years. The food is spectacular – beautifully presented, amazing tastes of local and imported cuisine! Each time we visit Bonaire, we try to plan an evening At Sea. Their menu is available on line and they usually offer a surprise menu as well. The restaurant is well-suited for a family meal as well, and our kids do enjoy going – but we prefer the treat of a romantic couples evening.
At Sea restaurant is located on the boulevard with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea. At Sea has a bar, terrace and an indoor room with air conditioning. We have experienced At Sea dining in each seating area, and find we prefer to sit on the terrace under the large umbrellas. The Bonaire trade winds keeps us very comfortable and if you make an early enough reservation, you an enjoy a glass of wine and gaze at the beautiful Bonaire sunset.
The service is wonderful and the owners are usually on site.
Their website claims “the finest dishes you can find on Bonaire we Strive to make your evening one out of a million!” We think they meet these expectations!
Many of our guests have told us about Osaka, and we have not made it ourselves yet, but WOW the reviews from everyone are awesome. Lily (our property manager) recently enjoyed an awesome meal there. They say every plate they serve is a painting, and it tastes at least as sensational as it looks. With fresh local fish caught from the sea and served daily, they seem to living up to their word!
Check out their website, and then check them out! I know we will be on our next visit.
When we visit Bonaire, we like to stop in to restaurants our guests have recommended to us. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about some of these restaurants. The first restaurant I am posting about is Sebastian’s. We love the atmosphere – almost every table has a magnificent ocean view. We have not been fortunate enough yet to reserve the Pier Table – but is looks fantastic!
The food is really terrific, and they welcome you with a lovely beverage. Steve tends to go for the meat dishes, and I go for seafood. We tried the Land & Sea – fabulous, cooked just right and the Red Snapper filet – the food was fresh and delicious.
They do suggest advanced reservations, and if they ask for a phone number, you can give them the cell number we lend you while on the island, +599 787 2280. Click on the picture below to go to Sebastian’s website.