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lorimich
02-21-2013, 11:22 AM
Hiya,

Anyone know of a beach that is good to have a relaxing day. Besides diving, we like laying out on a big sheet to read, then to jump in the water to snorkel, come back out for some lunch and then do it all over again all day long. Any place that has some shade or rents an umbrella/cabana? Anyone who has been to Aruba (Baby beach or Ardashi beach) knows what I'm talking about.
thanks,
Lori
(15 days until paradise)

kob
02-21-2013, 11:38 AM
The Plaza has probably the nicest beach on Bonaire.

ModFreddie
02-21-2013, 11:58 AM
PLAZA!!

Or... dive with WANNA Dive and use their gated locked facility, just past the Bellefonte Hotel... tanks, gear storage, rinse tanks, stairs to the water, chaise lounges in the sun and the shade... bring a cooler with you.. BATHROOM !!

ModCecil
02-21-2013, 01:16 PM
Yes, the Plaza is very nice. There's also Donkey beach at the end of the airport runway. And Bachelor Beach a little further south. Your best bet is to cruise around and find the one that feels right for you. You can see all of them in a couple of hours and have a great drive.

ruth
02-21-2013, 01:19 PM
Spice Beach Club (at Eden Beach Resort) has all you want-daily rates for lounge chairs ($5), umbrellas/palm-tree shade, full beach bar, restaurant, pool, showers, bathrooms, dock w/stairs to water.

lorimich
02-22-2013, 09:02 AM
Thank you for some names - it helps so we can look on a map and have some direction. Most definitely we will be exploring the island! Anyone else have anymore - especially non-commercial beaches or somewhere on the north/south end of island or other side, that would be awesome.

smits
02-22-2013, 09:25 AM
Jibe city comes to mind.
You will have chairs, shade, drinks, sandwiches and can watch ot participate in the windsurf action.

You can go to Wahington park and go to Boka Slagbaai. There's a restaurant.
Playa Chikitu has more wave action, but no facilities. You have to be careful, there are strong currents at the side.

lorimich
02-22-2013, 10:06 AM
hi - can you snorkel at any of these places mentioned?



Jibe city comes to mind.
You will have chairs, shade, drinks, sandwiches and can watch ot participate in the windsurf action.

You can go to Wahington park and go to Boka Slagbaai. There's a restaurant.
Playa Chikitu has more wave action, but no facilities. You have to be careful, there are strong currents at the side.

smits
02-22-2013, 10:29 AM
hi - can you snorkel at any of these places mentioned?

At Jibe city you have two options:
walk through waist deep water of 28 celcius to the reef; a 10 minute walk
Or walk 5 minutes to the harbour where you can snorkel and see al kinds of baby fish in very shallow water near the mangrove or see upside down yellies.
I've seen 2 inch baracudas there

Playa chikitu is not a snorkel spot. Our family loved it because of the strong waves on a sandy beach. Stay in the middle and don't go deepr than your waist. My father has lost his swimming trousers there :-)
It's a nice first stop in Washington Park.
Your second stop could be een nice snorkeling site: Wayaka II. No facilities. Angel fish and a huge midnight parrot fish.
You could end your trip in Boka Slagbaai. Nice snorkeling too - but with facilities.

Go early at the opening of the Park. Bring a cooler with a lot of water and some snacks.
We love it there

DJD
02-22-2013, 10:54 AM
At the end of the road past Jibe City there are a few covered picnic areas and a nice sandy beach (not sure what that area is called?) We saw several local families hanging out there on a Sunday. I think you can snorkel here too but it might be a ways out? Someone else can chime in but it looked really nice there.

tristanjbstevens
01-10-2014, 05:18 PM
At the end of the road past Jibe City there are a few covered picnic areas and a nice sandy beach (not sure what that area is called?) We saw several local families hanging out there on a Sunday. I think you can snorkel here too but it might be a ways out? Someone else can chime in but it looked really nice there.

This is the beach where my family primarily goes. I don't know about snorkeling, but it's nice and shallow and not too windy.. Also worth checking out is the other side of Lac Bay (you take the road to the mangrove centre, but keep going past it until the end). Very very nice beach (and mountains of conch shells.. which nobody has ever explained to me).

Sparty
01-24-2014, 01:59 PM
There is a nice snorkel spot across from the airport, between Port Bonaire Condo's and the Fuel Dock. Don't go if cruise ships are in because the last time we were on the island it looked like they set up for cruisers to snorkel there. Not sure about the shade part but I believe there are a couple trees there.





Hiya,

Anyone know of a beach that is good to have a relaxing day. Besides diving, we like laying out on a big sheet to read, then to jump in the water to snorkel, come back out for some lunch and then do it all over again all day long. Any place that has some shade or rents an umbrella/cabana? Anyone who has been to Aruba (Baby beach or Ardashi beach) knows what I'm talking about.
thanks,
Lori
(15 days until paradise)