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.
Exploring the country side of Bonaire is a fun thing to do while on Bonaire. Heading to the middle of the island, you will find the trails of Bara Di Karta, named for a hill in the neighborhood. You will find paths to hike, bike or drive while exploring the different landscapes, nature, history and many hidden treasures of Bonaire.
An excursion on the driving trail will bring you first to the volcanic soil found on Bonaire from eruptions years ago in the sea. As you continue the drive, you will find the old plantation, where aloe vera used to be made, and some say is haunted. You will journey to the salt lakes, then see Bonaire’s longest mangrove tree, which grows long instead of high due to the trade winds. Nearby you will see a boka, a mouth of water. I found the large boulders from left from the long past tsunamis one of the most interesting sites. Your next few stops will be Kunukus, which are traditional Bonarian farms. There is an irrigation well, where you can learn about the importance of wells in Bonaire farming. Continuing the driving trail will bring you to a few hiking trails – take an excursion and checkout the hill of Bara Di Karta.
The video below will take you through this driving trail, explaining all the different sites you will come upon.
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.
Several beaches on Bonaire have acquired food trucks. Where I am from, we associate food trucks with grease trucks – that is NOT the case on Bonaire. These food trucks have incredible tastings from land and sea. It’s the prefect mix of unspoiled, quiet beaches with fabulous, high quality food and thirst quenching drink.
We’ve always been a fan of Te’Amo beach with the Kite City Food Truck, where I had the most amazing and fresh tuna. Te’Amo beach is located across from the airport, just past Port Bonaire. Find them by searching @kitecitybonaire on Facebook. They advertise being open everyday.
Cactus Blue Mobile Food Truck at Donkey Beach (dive site #37) serving burgers, lionfish burgers and wraps with a smile. You can find the most updated information on Facebook by searching Cactus Blue Bonaire. They advertise being open Monday – Friday 11-3.
A recent guest raved about the King Kong Food truck at Bachelor’s Beach. Serving, among other things, gourmet burgers, hotdogs and fries – they offer something for everyone. Bachelor’s beach is a short drive past Donkey beach (dive site #38). They advertise being open most days.
If you decide to spend day at one of these beaches, feel free to take some of the beach chairs from our garage. You are also welcome to bring the pool towels (with the Villa Lunt logo) as well. If you have snorkel gear, bring it along.
We recommend you check the respective facebook pages for truck availability on the day you plan to go. As is the nature of mobile food trucks, their staff is small, and there are days they may not make it to the beach. However, these 3 beaches are in a row on Eeg Boulevard, if the first beach doesn’t have the truck, just keep driving 🙂
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.