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.
Our family LOVES snorkeling Bonaire. And, it couldn’t be easier. Bonaire is well known for her easy access for shore diving for SCUBA divers, and with that comes awesome fishing finding for snorkelers. The sea is calm and the water is clear.
Some of our favorite sites are located very close to Villa Lunt.
1000 Steps which isn’t really 1000 steps, but the stone stair case will bring you down to a fabulous snorkel option
Oil Slick, where you can combine some fun cliff jumping with snorkeling.
Andrea I & Andrea II are a healthy walking distance from Villa Lunt, but located within the Sabadeco neighborhoods. We enjoy snorkeling at these sites, then jumping off the Sabadeco pier.
We also enjoy bringing our snorkel gear to many of the beaches on Bonaire.
Spice Beach has a great pier which you can easily access the water while geared up. The pier also attracts lots of fish. As you swim around the pier, you can head toward Coco Beach
Te’Amo Beach has a beautiful Coral with lots of sea life to be seen. We enjoy spending time snorkeling here while enjoying the Kite City Food truck for a nice lunch. Don’t forget the beach chairs in the garage!
Jibe City is fun to snorkel around. The water is very shallow. We find much less sea life in this area, but it’s fun day all around, and only more enhanced with snorkels and a fin.
Almost any shore dive site will wow you as a snorkeler. No matter where you go in the water, you are sure to find beautiful fish all around. If you are feeling a little adventurist, grab a dive map, and head out to any shore access site, snorkel up, and have fun.
Landsailing on Bonaire???? What is it??? I came across this newly returned to Bonaire activity and it is AWESOME! Land Sailing involves 3 wheeled Blokarts, or go-carts, with a large sail attached – it is sailing on land. The Blokarts are powered by the fabulous trade winds of Bonaire. Bonaire Landsailing Adventures offers unique, safe, adrenalin-filled fun for the whole family.
Bonaire Landsailing Adventures says no experience is necessary as they will provide all training & they are absolutely right! After a few runs around the track, we felt like experts. The kids were racing each other, and I am embarrassed to say, they lapped me several times.
Reservations are highly recommended to ensure your Blokart will be waiting for you. Which is much nicer than you waiting for it 🙂 Our group chose to rent the entire track for an hour. This is a good, and economical, option if you have a larger group.
Located off the road to Rincon, you can find them on google maps, they show up almost directly across the island from Villa Lunt in Sabadeco.
Loved coming across this fun article in Forbes, photo and article by Breanna Wilson, about Bonaire. Bonaire is a cool, unspoiled island in the Caribbean. 11 square miles of sunshine, warm weather and cool breezes. The beautiful waters around Bonaire are perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, boating and just about any water sport you can think of. Bonaire boasts some of the top rated restaurants in the entire Caribbean. But, one of the most special things about Bonaire is the laid back lifestyle afforded to you. Bonaire is not a touristy island, it is simply paradise.
It Rains Fishes overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea and is another wonderful place to dine in Bonaire. Serving many different delicious main course dishes, they are not just limited to fresh caught fish dishes -their menu has beef and poultry options as well – although their fish dishes are SPECTACULAR. It Rains Fishes menu includes a children’s section featuring chicken nuggets, fresh catch or croquette each served with fries and ice cream. For starters, we recommend their soup options or ceviche – always a crowd pleaser!
In front of the restaurant, many day boaters will leave early in the morning to fish for the day’s catch. If you stroll by mid-morning, you may see them return with their bounty which they cut and clean close to shore.
While looking for more information to provide our guests about this delicious restaurant, we were interested to read about the history of the over 100 year old building. The building, “Kas di Pa Kachi Craane i Ma Seshi Craane-Graavenhorst”, is situated on the waterfront of Playa Pabou. This architectural style is called “Kas di Kaha”, box model. The structure consists of three roofs, a hipped roof with dormers around it. The peaks of the roofs are usually decorated with figures or statues.
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!
Take a ride to Rincon and visit the Cadushy Distillery where the unique liquor is made out of cactus!
Founded in 2009, the Cadushy is the only distillery on Bonaire. Complete with a visitor center, you can discover The Spirit of Bonaire, and learn how all their products are made. While learning about the products, you will have an opportunity to taste all the Dutch Caribbean Liqueurs made from cactus, in addition to Rum, Vodka, Tequila and Whiskey.
Relax in their tranquil, shaded garden under the ancient Calbas trees to enjoy a variety of home-distilled liqueurs including the famous Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur.
Typically open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we recommend visiting the Cadushy website to confirm visiting hours, and directions. They advertise no entrance fee – just bring your good mood.
After your visit, come back to the website for great drink recipes. We always bring a bottle home to enjoy a taste of Bonaire when we aren’t in Bonaire.
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.