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    Default Bonaire "Snack Bars"

    Hello all - first post here! I posted this question on Scubaboard but did not get any responses.

    I never see any talk about the little snack bars around the island. They seem like a great place to stop for a quick lunch between dives but I have a few questions:

    1. Are tourist/divers welcome?
    2. Any favorite places?
    3. Any particular items you like to order?
    4. Do they tend to have clean/sanitary cooking conditions?

    I did find a website that list all of them www.snacksbonaire.nl

    Thanks for the info - looking forward to our second trip to Bonaire in Dec!



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    Wow. I thought I knew Bonaire but this list of snacks is awesome. The only snack we've been to isn't listed. It's Maiky Snack. It's excellent. https://www.facebook.com/Maiky-Snack-1661154830784129/

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    Actually, Maiky Snack is listed, as a near-snack. Its "failing" is that it emphasizes food consumption, whereas (according to the snacksbonaire website) a true snack emphasizes alcohol consumption.

    The near-snacks listed with the Emphasis is placed on food:

    # Antriol: Mati's Place

    # Nikiboko: Apeldam Grill

    # Nikiboko: Maiky Snack

    # Playa: Julius Place

    Maiky is the only one with which I have any familiarity. Infobonaire.com lists it as only open weekends. Is this true?

    I, too, would like more insight into the others listed.

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    Lightbulb I agree a nice little website for 'Snack Bars'

    I've taken the liberty to translate their "Definition" of a Snack Bar :-

    Guidelines when something is a snack:

    1) There must be prepared local food

    2) but the emphasis should be on consuming alcohol

    3) maximum 5 tables for sitting to eat

    4) beer price is affordable (under $ 2)

    5) The temperature of the beer is at the freezing point

    6) Open minimum 5 days a week

    7) and open at least 6 hours a day

    which is why Maiky Snack is listed under ....

    Bijna Snacks - 'Almost' a Snack
    A few snacks on the island are similar to the typical Bonairian snack, but that's not because their offer is different, they simply don't comply to one or more of the above guidlines.

    I've also only been to Maiky Snack, opening times as per their FB Page ...


    and the way I found the Track (Kaminda Nieuw Amsterdam) to it from the South.....turn left off the Main Road Junction of Kaya Nikiboko Zuid & Kaminda Sorobon, then just after this VW Beetle turn left again


    as my last visit was in 2009 I'm not sure if the VW Beetle has now been removed or has rusted to nothing
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    Maiky Snack: Iguana soup, Goat Stew and some other awesome dishes I cannot pronounce but have tried them and loved them. Want the best local food this is one of them. Cant wait to get back first of December.

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    Maiky's is great, and they are very willing and able to explain what the Papiementu menu says. I have never felt uncomfortable at any of the many snacks I've frequented over the years.

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    We've been to Antriol Catering quite a bit. It's really enjoyable, serves good food. Nice shaded seating area etc. I believe they've changed the name though? Maybe new owners? "Krioyo" now.

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    Welcome to BT swordfish! Look like you're getting some better response here.

    We're glad to have you, stick around a bit and enjoy the insanity!
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    Hilarious that Maiky is a "near snack" and not a real snack because they emphasize food!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordfish View Post
    Hilarious that Maiky is a "near snack" and not a real snack because they emphasize food!!!
    lol. It's all about priorities. And the beer right at the freezing point is right up there near the top of my list when on a hot Caribbean island.

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