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lorimich
04-10-2012, 08:49 PM
Hi everyone,

We are planning our first trip to Bonaire (been to Aruba 10 times, time for a change). Everything looks so amazing, so it's difficult to tease apart places that would suit us better than others. We dive, will spend a few hours a day snorkeling, and love to come back to a pool to swim in. We don't need fancy but do want accomodations or a party place, but would like something that will have a king bed, a kitchen and a tv/internet would be nice. Also, which car rental agency would be a good one, too? We're shooting for march of 2013. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
thanks,
Lori

ModFreddie
04-10-2012, 08:57 PM
Hi Lori Welcome :) Why not read some of the threads here in Accommodation and then ask some more specific questions....Then I am sure you will get some opinions on where to go for your first time... also you might like to check out this site http://www.infobonaire.com/hotels.html in order to narrow down your search even further.. Everyone has a different place they love on Bonaire....try to narrow your questions down a bit please......
For the car rental questions check out "getting around bonaire" here on BT
Again Welcome :)

jkehnle
04-11-2012, 07:13 AM
Hi, Lori -- and welcome to Bonaire Talk.

First, I agree with Freddie -- if you just browse through the various topics, you find lots of good information, especially regarding places to stay.

Car rental -- I suspect the old Bonaire hands will recommend Telerin, AKA "Poppy." Wonderful outfit. But get on the list EARLY! For our last trip this past February, I reserved six months in advance.

Caveat -- Bonaire is utterly different from Aruba. Quiet, serene, laid back, peaceful. Eons ago, we loved Aruba. Then we found Bonaire. Even though neither my wife nor I dive (my wife snorkels 4-5 hours a day), we've been going to Bonaire at least once a year for 15 years now. Except for the beach at Harbour Village Resort, there are no fabulous beaches. There is no glitz, very limited shopping, nothing fancy. Having said that, be prepared to become addicted to the place. We are, as, I think, is everyone else on Bonaire talk.

As Freddie mentioned, feel free to ask questions. We are delighted to respond with lots of free advice, biased opinions, and other stuff about everything from the best places to stay, the best restaurants, the best key lime pie, the coldest beer...you name it, we're experts at it!:p

Wen Pederson
04-11-2012, 09:27 AM
Hi Lori:
Try Beachcomber Villas in Hato. Not far from town and will tick all your boxes. See their website: www.bonairebeachcombervillas.com (http://www.bonairebeachcombervillas.com) or go to www.vrbo.com/350432 (http://www.vrbo.com/350432) or www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p900690 (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p900690). Those sites will give you a great descripition and be sure to read the reviews (and some of those are from BTer's). We'll be returning in June/July and can't wait. And we use Telerin (Poppy) for car rental.

Ella
04-11-2012, 09:34 AM
Hi Lori,

Take a look at www.kasbonaire.com (http://www.kasbonaire.com).Ella Please read the TOS a second time... You may not post prices on any thread, Please use the private email to do so... I have remove most of your post, because it goes against our TOS

lorimich
04-12-2012, 09:55 AM
Hi,
May I have a link to "Poppy" and the car rental? Thanks for your info.
Lori

wwguy
04-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Hi,
May I have a link to "Poppy" and the car rental? Thanks for your info.
Lori

The information you're looking for is posted in this thread (http://www.bonairetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?70917-Poppy).

george and judy
04-12-2012, 10:35 AM
Lori, we also went to Aruba a number of times and then found Bonaire. We have beenback 18 times and plan on more. I suggest trying Divi time shares for your first visit. They have a great dive shop plus good snorkeling right in front. Also, the Woodwind snorkel boat leaves from their dock every day. There are 2 pools, 2 restaurants, a casino, and beautiful property. The only thing is the units although fully equipped have 2 queen size beds.

lorimich
04-12-2012, 10:37 AM
Hi,

After way too many hours surfing the web (not the water) to narrow down places, I'm still overwhelmed by the great selections. I have been coming back to several places and was hoping someone would offer input/reviews if they can. I've been looking at the following:
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p900690 Diving at your doorstep
http://www.bonairebeachcombervillas.com/ Beachcombers villas
http://www.oceanviewvillas.com/inquiry.htm Bonaire ocean view
http://www.vrbo.com/305526 Ocean front
http://www.vrbo.com/354446 - lighthouse beach 5
http://www.vrbo.com/264724 - Sand dollar 03
http://www.vrbo.com/170491 - Bari Reef waterfront
http://www.vrbo.com/290837 -Beautiful island home/condo

Yes, there are a lot of them, and honestly I wish I had a few months to stay at all of them... so some help from the well traveled with Bonaire would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time & upcoming replies,
Lori

wwguy
04-12-2012, 10:38 AM
Hi Lori:
Try Beachcomber Villas in Hato. Not far from town and will tick all your boxes. See their website: www.bonairebeachcombervillas.com (http://www.bonairebeachcombervillas.com) or go to www.vrbo.com/350432 (http://www.vrbo.com/350432) or www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p900690 (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p900690). Those sites will give you a great descripition and be sure to read the reviews (and some of those are from BTer's). We'll be returning in June/July and can't wait. And we use Telerin (Poppy) for car rental.

I second the recommendation for Beachcomber Villas. Their website and VRBO site contain accurate descriptions and reviews. We stayed there for 3 weeks last winter and are booked to return with another couple next winter for Bonaire trip #9. Tim and Leanne are friendly attentive hosts, and live onsite in the lower level. Their constant presence and vigilance, and the fact that the property is located in a private oceanfront complex, aids greatly in mitigating security concerns surrounding Bonaire's growing problem with property crime. We rent our truck from Telerin and tanks from Dive Friends Bonaire. DFB has several locations on Bonaire for easy access, including an outlet next door to BCV at Hamlet Oasis.

gbf
04-12-2012, 12:32 PM
We heartily and enthusiastically third the Beachcomber Villas recommendation. We were there for 2 weeks in Aug/Sept 2011 and will be returning this upcoming aug. Also rented our truck from Telerin and nitrox from DFB - good results with both.

Wen Pederson
04-12-2012, 02:07 PM
Marcolva Henriquez (Poppy)
Cell: 599-9-5163001 (24Hrs)
Cell: 599-7886401
PIN: 20D44BFA
Telerin Car Rental
telerin@bonairelive.com
marcolva@hotmail.com

Poppy is the owner of Telerin.

lorimich
04-12-2012, 02:13 PM
thank you!

Lori
04-12-2012, 02:46 PM
Lori

Try looking at BonairePros.com. We have used them to book several of our trips and they are great--I make my own airfare arrangements but have used them to book condo/truck/diving packages. They are located in Texas which makes it easy to contact them by phone if that would make things easier for you. Just browse their website first and then e-mail or call them. They are very responsive.

crewchef
04-13-2012, 11:48 AM
We found Perla Boneriano via VRBO a couple of years back. Returning this summer and staying there again in Chikitu. There are seven homes/villas in the complex situated around a central pool. We really like having a house type arrangement, parking right at the door, etc. It's in a good area but still gated which was nice. I think many of these are listed on VRBO but they also have their own website, http://www.perlaboneriano.com/apartmentsrentalsbonaire/thevillas.html

SDscuba
04-16-2012, 06:22 PM
I'm excited to hear the positive reviews for BeachCombers Villas. We are staying there for the first time in May! Another option for you might be Coral Paradise. While not ocean front, they are just a few steps away. We stayed there last Thanksgiving. They have a really nice set-up, with a pool. They help with everything, they arrange transportation from the airport and trucks are even waiting for you when you arrive at the property. The only reason we are staying at Beach Combers this time around is we wanted ocean front.

lorimich
04-20-2012, 06:29 PM
Hi,
Any reviews on Hamlet Oasis resort?
thanks,
Lori

ModFreddie
04-20-2012, 06:41 PM
Hi Lori, there are several posts referring to Hamlet Oasis, Please use the search engine at the top of the page and see what comes up........then please ask more specific questions and I am sure people will answer :) thank you


the search engine is located at the top of the page just UNDER the fish it is a white rectangle with advanced search under it

lorimich
04-20-2012, 07:20 PM
Hi,
Actually, I did judt that however the search didn't bring up any reviews, just a mention of the name.
Lori

ModFreddie
04-20-2012, 08:16 PM
Hi again.. You are so correct I just read every thread...... SO people lets go anyone stayed at Hamlet Oasis??? I do know that it is next to Capt Don's so there is a restaurant/bar near it.. and it does have steps to the sea. Most people that stay there dive with Capt Don's because the dive shop is right next door. with in walking distance there are two small grocery stores, Chat n Browse, Lovers Ice cream. a store where you can by liquor, a deli, a pharmacy and a chinese restaurant that is actually pretty good and a resturant that has pretty good reviews here recently.. not sure of the name.. Ellie's?????.. Of course Rum Runners at Capt Dons is very good for breakfast lunch or dinner.. and the deco stop bar has a great view of the sea.. Buddy's Resort is on the other side of Capt Don's so there is a restaurnt there as well. I believe the hamlet buildings are upstair and downstair rentals.........I could be wrong on that...

I am sure someone will chime in on this.....

I can remember someone saying they stayed there but not sure who at this momrnt in time..... Good luck....HTH a little

gbf
04-21-2012, 08:26 AM
What I think I know:

there appear to be 2 parts of the Oasis complex:

1. A set of private homes that line the waterfront. #11 is Beachcomber Villas (if you can get in there I highly recommend it, but they are becoming a tough ticket). The villas on each side of #11 are private homes that are not rented to vacationers. I believe there are others in this group that are private rentals, as well as other non-rentals. I don't know if these private homes are considered "part of Oasis" or not. We did have acess to the pool as guests of Beachcomber Villas, but I don't know if that is a "one-off" arrangement or standard.

2. A set of apartments off the waterfront that are rentals. They surround the pool area. I believe these are "Oasis proper", though there could well be "Oasis rentals" that are on the water-front that I just don't know about. I know nothing of these, but they looked well-kept from the outside. Access to the water is via at least one, but maybe more, paths between the waterfront villas or from the north end at the DF dive shop. The South end is a cliff, and I didn't see access to the water (but I wasn't really looking).

At the north end of the complex is a Dive Friends satellite shop and access to "Cliff" dive site. This is where we got our tanks when we stayed at Beachcomber Villas (did I say I recommend BV?).

There are 2 gates to the Oasis complex, one at the north end that is opened when the DF dive shop opens (about 0830) and closed at about 1630, and one at the south end that I never saw closed (but we were never out past about 2100).

From the south end of the property it is a very short and pleasant walk along the waterfront sidewalk to Captain Don's (beer, food at Rum Runners, dive shop).

There, I've exhausted my (very limited) knowledge of this - a bunch of "I don't knows" and "I believes". What I do know is that Beachcomber Villas is outstanding.