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Olga
01-18-2018, 03:59 AM
Hi all. Someone bought and brought a car from the US? Is there a good broker who will help you with registration at customs and delivery?

CNautico
01-19-2018, 06:37 PM
We brought our car to Bonaire 3 years ago ..
Amcar Freight in Miami handled all the paperwork .
We drove to Miami and delivered the car at their facility .
You need to bring clean title. An appraisal is also handy because
you have to import taxes , on car value plus freight ) in Bonaire.
Good luck
Cnautico.
Here is information ; they will answer your questions .

Address (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US751&q=amcar+freight+address&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAOPgE-LRT9c3zEg2sqw0z87Rks1OttLPyU9OLMnMz4MzrBJTUopSi4sBjt98YS8AAAA&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYp5nsiuXYAhVETt8KHWWWCVMQ6BMIhwEwEQ): 12600 NW 25th St #107, Miami, FL 33182


Phone (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US751&q=amcar+freight+phone&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYp5nsiuXYAhVETt8KHWWWCVMQ6BMIigEwEg): (305) 599-8866

ChrisL
01-25-2018, 01:12 AM
I believe if you are a "new" resident you can import one car tax free. If you are not applying for residence (6+ months a year on Bonaire) you have to pay both the shipping + a 25+% import duty. AmCar from Miami is a good reliable shipper. Not cheap.

agd
01-27-2018, 07:46 PM
I believe if you are a "new" resident you can import one car tax free. If you are not applying for residence (6+ months a year on Bonaire) you have to pay both the shipping + a 25+% import duty. AmCar from Miami is a good reliable shipper. Not cheap.

Just curious, as longer term in Bonaire could be in our future, what is "not cheap"? Any ballpark range for, say, a small SUV? (CRV, RAV4 or similar). I know I would have to get a quote to nail down a more precise price, but wondering what order of magnitude it might be.

wishing4wind
01-28-2018, 10:49 AM
The problem with buying a car is you're limited to what's available. I came in August and there was more inventory, I had a car rented and figured I'd buy later. Now that the lease it up, but there's very little in the lower price range. I thought I'd look around, but I see either crap or a decent deal. I take too much time to think about the decent deal and it's sold. Very frustrating, you'll fare much better in the low season. Last September or October, a shipment of cars arrived and that would have been the time to buy. The prices are all over the place, there's no consistency. I did see prices that were too good to be true on the Bonsale website alongside legit cars for sale that I've looked at, and I believe they were scams, so beware of on-line only. I've been advised not to buy used rental cars, and with private sales you never know what you're getting or whether the person selling it actually owns the car. Also don't buy a brand of car that mechanics here don't know well and can't get parts for. Stick to Suzuki, Toyota and Hyundai. I like the people at the Toyota dealership on the North side of Kralendijk.

agd
01-29-2018, 12:49 AM
Just curious, as longer term in Bonaire could be in our future, what is "not cheap"? Any ballpark range for, say, a small SUV? (CRV, RAV4 or similar). I know I would have to get a quote to nail down a more precise price, but wondering what order of magnitude it might be.

To be clear, the question above about what is meant by "not cheap" refers to ChrisL's statement that shipping by AMCAR is not cheap. Any idea about what a "not cheap" shipping cost is, in very rough terms? $1,000? $5000? $10,000?

Thanks for any insight.

agd
02-02-2018, 12:59 PM
It looks like I am talking to myself here but if anyone is interested, I talked to AMCAR to get a rough idea of shipping costs. For a small SUV the rate for the shipping plus outbound paperwork and clearances would be about $2700.

I could not find an answer form an official source, but a couple of sources indicated that the import tariff into Bonaire remains at 25% of the combined value of the vehicle plus shipping (unless it is imported within the criteria of personal effects on moving to the island OR if it is an electric/zero emission vehicle). So a vehicle costing $10,000 in the USA, plus $2700 shipping, would incur $3175 import duty and end up being $15,875.

The costs of importing may well neutralize any cost saving of sourcing a vehicle in the USA, particularly for lower value vehicles, but of course, the variety and availabilty will be vastly greater and might just be worth it.

Andy

Canuck52
02-19-2018, 05:56 PM
Hi,

Some good info here. I will be bringing a new car in from the US at some point in the next year. I need to construct a garage on my new house first. I am thinking a full-on Electric Car, either a Chevy Bolt, or the new Hyundai Kona Electric. I think I save the 25% import duties on such a car, but I suspect the cost to install the equipment and charge up an e-car will offset some, if not all of the apx $10K import savings. It is as much of a green thing as it is a matter of costs. My house has a high end solar install which I will also be adding too, in terms of capacity. From what I understand both brands are supported, by local dealers, is that correct? Any car I import I at least want a local dealer who can support it at some level. A second question, is ordering in a new car viable option on Bonaire? Time is not really the issue, just wondering if you can go into the dealers and get the exact car you want with all the options you want. That is pretty much what I do at home, all my current cars were ordered from a local dealer to my spec.

Thanks in advance,
Steve

michaeto
02-19-2018, 06:40 PM
In order to avoid the taxes, I believe there are restrictions as too the age of items you bring with your initial move. I think vehicles have to have been purchased at least one year prior and all other items need to have been purchased at least six months prior.

tish
02-20-2018, 07:21 AM
Hi Steve.
I did the research on this subject a few months ago.

Auto City does not have the equipment to maintain a Chevy Bolt, and the warranty will be voided if you take that EV out of the US. The only dealer on Bonaire that is investing in the equipment required to maintain an EV is Akkermans; they've ordered a Hyundai Ioniq for me from South Korea, and it's on its way, due to arrive mid-March. I have an electrician who will create the charging station.

You will NOT receive a US tax credit for the EV because you will be using it outside the US.

Kate B
02-20-2018, 01:51 PM
Hi Steve.
I did the research on this subject a few months ago.

Auto City does not have the equipment to maintain a Chevy Bolt, and the warranty will be voided if you take that EV out of the US. The only dealer on Bonaire that is investing in the equipment required to maintain an EV is Akkermans; they've ordered a Hyundai Ioniq for me from South Korea, and it's on its way, due to arrive mid-March. I have an electrician who will create the charging station.

You will NOT receive a US tax credit for the EV because you will be using it outside the US.

Hi everyone,

Here was our experience - when we arrived as new residents, we were permitted to import one car per household duty-free within the first 6 months of our arrival. Any additional cars (or if you don't have residency) are taxed at 25% of the value of the car, which the Bonaire government determines. The duty-free car must be at least a year old and owned by you for at least a year.

We brought a one year old Toyota RAV 4 that we had owned for a year in the first shipment. There was no duty. We also brought our 2010 Honda Fit in another shipment, and declared the Kelly blue book value on our documents. Upon entry, it was revalued by the authorities for a few thousand dollars more (presumably what it would have cost on the island) and we had to pay taxes on their determination.


Hope this helps,
Kate

Canuck52
02-20-2018, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the all the car info folks, it is very much appreciated.

On to my next questions. :) The Kitchen in the home is very ‘European’ Very nice and very well built, but we are use to a North American sized appliances. Are there any suppliers of higher end appliances like Wolf, Miele, KitchenAid etc on Bonaire?. The home is also in need of some new outdoor cooking items, like a BigGreen Egg, is there a shop on the island that carries outdoor grills/smokers? Back to transportation, I also want to bring/buy a new Scooter. My top choice is one of the bigger 300cc Vespa’s. Local dealers??

Hope to meet you all soon, our next trip that way is mid May, for 4+ weeks.

Picture of the home should be at the bottom, first time adding a picture so I hope it works.

Cheers
Steve

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smits
02-22-2018, 02:15 PM
wow, that's a great home at a great location!

LeslieVV
03-01-2018, 07:59 PM
Just to share a very bad learning experience-- do not put anything in the vehicle if you are having it shipped! I looked at the interior of my Ford Fiesta as "potential space" so loaded it up with a new BBQ, dive weights, bed comforter, odds and ends to make a house a home, total of about 110 pounds. Bad idea! I was told the vehicle would be allowed to be filled and if the transported accepted it, all was good. NOT! Customs rejected the vehicle, so I had to pay to have it unloaded, pay to have the items crated and shipped, pay for the additional rental vehicle waiting for the vehicle that was declined to be re-shipped. That stupid BBQ (I got on sale) ended up costing me over $2500! (unload declined vehicle, store vehicle until next ship, crate and ship items b y hauling company, reload vehicle (a second time), rental car 3 additional weeks. That first steak better be really, really good!

Canuck52
03-03-2018, 01:37 PM
Sorry for all your hassles and expenses. But thanks very much for the Heads-Up.

ChrisL
03-05-2018, 11:04 PM
So here is the catch - US appliance run on 60hz power. Bonaire power is 50hz - stay with European appliances. We have all new Siemens European appliances and have adapted.

No Wolf/Subzero (Wisconsin) Miele (German) KitchenAid (US generic) dealers on Bonaire. I import what I really want via Rocargo and get it delivered to Miami and it arrives in Bonaire 2 weeks later.

We will be on island again 3/17 to 3/24 and back agian 4/7 to 4/14. Maybe we can connect?

Olga
03-19-2018, 07:22 AM
Back to transportation, I also want to bring/buy a new Scooter. My top choice is one of the bigger 300cc Vespa’s. Local dealers??

Hi Steve, i was also thinking about purchasing a scooter and to ship it oversees from Miami. Discussed this issue with AmCar/Rocargo and finally decided to purchase one on the island with no headache of transferring. I've found out that it is not very reasonable to ship only a scooter because of a customs US rules and paperwork required. The alternative is a personal container but it is completely stupid idea for only a scooter. I bought scooter in ScootersBonaire where i leased scooters a years before i got own. They even helped to me with getting insurance and a license plate as well. As i heard Ennia and others don't like to issue insurance for only a scooter without significant object "in package with".

p.s.: is the picture of your house from Bilnem? It looks very familar. I was looked a lot before purchased own dwelling for island living

Canuck52
03-23-2018, 04:54 PM
Olga,

Thanks for the information, I have not looked into any of the details yet. We do not take possesion until mid April and then we not go down until mid May. The house is up north a bit in the Sabadeco area. It has, and still is being used as a vacation rental, but we are not sure if we will continue with that or not. As for insurance we will have the house and a car so hoepfully we can get a pacakage deal from someone.

Hope to see you soon.

Steve

sorobonanne
03-26-2018, 01:09 PM
http://multimart boniare I am also looking for appliances and check this store out on my last trip . They were very friendly and helpful.
Not sure if they have what your need but it is an option.....
Cheers, Anne

Pshelton
03-27-2018, 04:38 PM
Hello, is there any restriction on the age of the car being brought in? I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler that is a great car.

Thank you!

ChrisL
04-03-2018, 08:40 PM
no - it can be any age

Pshelton
04-10-2018, 03:01 PM
Thank you!!

agd
01-21-2019, 12:33 AM
Just to throw some new life into this old thread....

After looking at the sparse pickings available on the island over our last few trips, we bought a Honda CR-V in Canada, did a non-stop 25 hour run to Miami and delivered it to Amcar for shipping here, forecast to arrive January 31.

We we understand that Rocar will be the handling agent at this end. We also know that we will be obliged to remit 25% tax on the landed value, ie. the cost of the car plus shipping.

First question: I have the receipt for what I paid, a print of the dealers asking price and the Canadian Red Book value. (Like the US Black Book). Any thoughts on this being the taxable basis versus a local made up number?

Secondly, any hints on not getting hung up on the importation process?

Next, what advice is there on registering and insuring the vehicle?

Any advice is appreciated

Andy

Canuck52
01-21-2019, 02:00 PM
While we have not done a car import we have used Amcar/RoCargo for a few shipments this year. I would suggest your best bet is the Invoice from the Dealer, as that is the ‘real’ value of the Car. We have found the import process very professional and we let Amcar/RoCargo do it all, we wait for the call from RoCargo go in pay by Credit Card and pick up our stuff. We use John at Croolj & Flipse, he does our House and our Motorbike insurance. No car just yet but we are looking on island as I write this. We may have to change what we want a bit, as you are correct not a lot to pick from here. We are wanting new and from a dealer that has a good service shop. The registration process is not bad, once you have your insurance document, it should have the plate number you will eventually get. You will need your CRIB number to pay your road tax, the tax can be paid at any bank, or even online. CRIB is like our SIN in Canada. Once you get your road tax paid you have to go to the licence plate office to get your actual plate. I can’t recall the street name the licence plate office was on but it is just down the same road that the WEB office is on. Hope this helps a wee-bit. Good Luck!

agd
01-21-2019, 07:38 PM
Thanks for that info, Steve. I think we should touch base with Rocargo ahead of time to see what their process will be like and to ensure they base the taxes on the US dollar value instead of using the invoice numbers that are in Canadian pesos. I do not have a CRIB, so that might be an interesting process. How did you get yours?

Andy

agd
01-22-2019, 09:45 PM
Quick update:

Patricia at Rocargo was very helpful today. She did not tell me the answers I wanted to hear regarding establishing import value, but we will see how that works out and report on the outcome.

We we then went to the Blagdienst (sp.?) to enquire about getting a CRIB with a sense of dread of dealing with the bureaucracy. Our fears were unfounded as the gentleman there was friendly and extremely efficient. After scanning in our passports and scrutinizing his computer screen for a minute he assured us we would have a CRIB by Friday

I will update when we get through the whole process including all the steps and costs.

Andy

saman
01-23-2019, 03:28 AM
Thanks for the information

Canuck52
01-23-2019, 08:47 AM
Getting a CRIB was easy. I got mine while still at the Tax office, but the nice fellow serving me did mention it normally takes a bit of time. It was to get my new Vespa registered. So once I got the CRIB I went over to a Bank, in my case MCB as that is where I deal. But any Bank will do. I paided the ‘Road Tax’, since it was last fall they only charged me 25% of the annual fee. Right now a ‘B’ Plate on a Gas car will cost you $190 USD per year. My MF (Motorbike Plate) costs a bit less at $137 a year. I then took the receipt the Bank gave along with my proof of Insurance paperwork to the Licence Plate office and picked up the actual plate. The Licence Plate office is just down the road from the WEB office, I forget the street name. We just bought a new car yesterday, I will update this once I go throught the entire process once again. But so far I have talked to my agent and he will have my Insurance paperwork done by Thursday. I suspect I will be on the road Thurday PM or perhaps Friday AM in my brand new (‘Blue-Jean’) Blue Ford Edge, zoom-zoom.

Canuck52
01-24-2019, 06:02 PM
The new Ford Edge is at its new home. John Flipse dropped by at 830AM and we signed the Insurance application, he then dropped it off at the Guardian office and phoned back and said the policy would be ready to be picked up at 1130AM. We went on-line and paid the $198.40 Road Tax, as John already had the Licence Plate number, and I have a CRIB number. We then went to the Licence Plate office, got there at about 1140, a small line up, so no way we could get the plate before the 1200 lunch break. So we also did a lunch break, the Delfins Pool Side Bar for a Burger. We got back to the licence office at 200PM, and walked out with the two plates in about 20 minutes, we had to wait for 2 other customers in front of us. But the waiting room has AirCon so its fine. You need ID at the Plate office, so I took my Passport, but last time they accepted my Alberta Drivers Licence. Off to the Ford Dealer, who had the car ready, they put the plates on and we were on our way home by just after 300PM. Now if Bonaire would only fix the roads I would be extra happy, as the bumps and bangs from the seemingly infnite number of potholes wear out my suspension and not the rental cars.

agd
01-25-2019, 11:28 PM
Congratulations Steve!

Do you have a phone number for John? The one on the web site answers with a recording that says the number cannot take incoming calls.

agd
01-26-2019, 04:04 PM
I contacted John through email. Apparently he had some phone trouble.

On on a separate but related vein, I thought I saw a post on here some time ago about storing one's car while away from the island, but all the search terms I tried did not unearth it. I believe it said one of the car dealers would keep your car while away and meet you at the airport for your arrival. Does anyone remember this, or have any good information or options?

Andy

CNautico
01-26-2019, 11:41 PM
We have been helped by Patrick at Caribe Car rentals . patrick@caribebonaire.com (patrick@caribebonaire.com)
For 4 years we have had excellent service .
When we leave Bonaire, we park in the airport's short term lot and Patrick picks up the car afterwards.
Then when we return 2 or 3 month later , the car is back in the short term lot.
Patrick has set of keys and we bring our own .
Excellent service . Patrick owns an offsite lot where he stores the cars that he takes care off.
The cost is $75 per month . All coordination is done by emails .
Can't get better service anywhere.
Club Nautico owner .

Canuck52
01-27-2019, 04:03 PM
Andy, sorry I got busy and did not reply, my bad, but glad you got in contact with John at C&F. We will be using the storage service provided by Akkermans. Your vehicle is stored indoors and they wash your car before they deliver it to the Airport. It could be limited to folks who buy cars from them, but that one I am not sure on. The price is also $75 per month with comms by email, much like what CNautico described.

Cheers,
Steve

agd
01-27-2019, 06:36 PM
Thanks Steve and CNautico for your helpful replies. I will talk to both companies and see what they can do for us.

Andy

SeekingParadise
02-11-2019, 03:01 AM
Hi Y'all!

First post for me. I'm a Canadian planning to become a resident of Bonaire and would love to be able to have an EV. I'd love to bring my Tesla down but I know there's no authorized Tesla shops on the island. Sigh.

I seem to recall reading that someone was getting a Hyundai Ioniq? Is the Hyundai dealership able to fully service it? I would love to hear about your experience. I understand there's no tax on EVs? Is that the only EV option?

Cheers,
Patrick

tish
02-11-2019, 06:56 AM
I love my Ioniq 2018 EV, which I received from Korea in March. After that, the 2019 Ioniq EV was released. It has a larger engine and larger range, but the range of the 2018 is fine for this small island. Go to Akkermansbonaire.com to learn about the car and make contact with Edwin, the owner. At the time I ordered mine, Akkermans was the only dealership on Bonaire which had the equipment and the trained mechanic to service an EV. Locals very much respect this dealership and service department.
You can access the owner's manual online and also watch multiple videos about the car on YouTube.
Good luck, Patrick!
Tish

SeekingParadise
02-11-2019, 07:16 PM
@tish, thanks for the info. I'm looking at the Kona as I prefer a BEV but I don't see that on Akkerman's website. Did they happen to mention the Kona to you?

tish
02-12-2019, 06:21 AM
I ordered my Ioniq in October 2017. At that time the Kona was not an option. Also at that time the Ioniq was not on Akkerman's website, but I contacted the head of every Bonaire car dealership to ask if they had an EV available. That's how I learned that the only possible new EV here at that time was the Ioniq. Write to Edwin and ask him about the Kona.
By the way, I had a charging station installed in my carport. Since I produce a good deal of my own electricity with solar panels, the car runs on renewable energy. That's why I bought an EV.
Here's to saving the planet!

SeekingParadise
02-14-2019, 05:19 PM
I'm going to be in Bonaire in March to look at some properties. Maybe I'll drop by and see Edwin.

That's awesome you have solar panels! I definitely want to install them. Would be great to get the Tesla Tiles and Powerall but I don't think it's available there. Would like to know more of your setup. Feel free to DM me as I know it's off topic for this thread.

Patrick

tish
02-14-2019, 05:44 PM
It's easier to reach Edwin online than in person. He's really good about answering.
The same neighbor who set up my charging station installed my solar panels. I can put you in touch about both.
I've added you as a contact but can't remember how to send you a private message. (It's been years since I've done that.) You should be able to message me.
Tish

agd
02-22-2019, 12:12 PM
Back to the topic of bringing a car from the USA...

I promised to post an update on costs and process once it was all complete.

Process:

Deliver the car to Amcar in Miami. Have original and 2 copies of title, proof of value or payment, passport. Leave the car and a set of keys with them. If they get this by Monday, the car will leave on the Friday/Saturday ship. If not, it will be the following week.

While the ship is in transit, contact Rocar. Once they get the paperwork from Amcar, give them copies of title, purchase receipt etc. and they can start the ball rolling for customs clearance. The ship gets to Curacao by the Wednesday, but to trans-ship it onto Don Andres may take a couple of days. If it shows up in Bonaire on the Friday, you probably still cannot get access to it until Tuesday or Wednesday. They say they will call when things are ready, but my experience is you have to go there and ask. Once you get the final billing, go to your bank to pay and get a receipt, unless you do not mind waiting a few days until an electronic payment clears.

To register the car, first go to the Belastingdienst and get a CRIB number (although this may not be necessary). It takes a couple of days. Then arrange insurance. We were best served by John Flipse as others have mentioned. He will get a plate number. Now pay road tax. Flamingo Express at the old post office worked well for this. Now off to the licence office to get your plates. As Steve reported, this may take more than one visit. Despite having hours bankers would envy, they seem to show up late. But they make up for it by going home early. and if the 2 hour lunch break is a bit of a rush, that can be stretched, too. And there is no reticence about shooing you away after a wait if it would not be convenient to serve you. But when you do get your plates, you can go back to Rocar and get your car and documents.

Costs:

Amcar originally said about $2700. That ended up being $2260 for the shipping and another $510 for processing, loading, outbound clearances etc. totalling $2770. I paid collect and Rocar added $38 in local fees, so $2808 all in.

Somewhat unexpected was the magnitude of the inbound fees to Rocar and Don Andres. They worked out to be $561. So shipping worked out to be $3369

Then the import duty of 25% had to be paid on the value of the car plus shipping. Isolating the shipping for the moment, this was charged on the $2260. That is $565. So the shipping in total worked out to $3934 and that number should be close for any model, age or value of small SUV type of car.

Then you must pay 25% import tax on the value of your vehicle. I paid $15000 Canadian for the car, which customs valued at $11274 USD,or another $2818.

So all in, my $15000 CAD car, ($11,274 USD) ended up costing me $18000 USD by the time all is said and done.That makes it a pretty expensive 2014 Honda CRV, but it is a clean, rust free, Honda certified dealer car with 65,000 easy miles and tight suspension and steering, etc. I could not find anything locally with comparable features and condition and what was available was equally expensive, so I am not unhappy with the choice.

Obviously, at those costs, it would not be worth importing a cheap beater that would only last a year or two. The newer and more expensive your car is, the less proportionally the shipping will cost you but on the otherhand the 25% duty then is a killer. And how nice a car do you want to beat up on these roads?

Cheers

Andy

Canuck52
02-23-2019, 10:01 AM
Good report, thanks Andy.

We went the new car route, and purchased on island. With the 25% import duty and the lowey Canuck-Buck it was an expensive Ford Edge we now have. I hear you on the rough roads, so many potholes in a lot of places it is impossible to try and miss them. A wee-bit better on the Scoot some places you can try and twist your way through, but with those little 12” tires, when you do hit a good sized pothole you sure feel it.

agd
02-23-2019, 10:14 PM
Thanks Steve.

I think the route you you took is also an excellent one. You get exactly the new car you want, the warranty, service and support locally from Akkermanns. With their volume, the shipping and handling costs added are lower in an absolute sense and proportionally even more so. You get a vehicle that can last a long time but if you decide to move on the resale value here remains high.

At the the other end of the spectrum, for some, a cheap local car might make the most sense to just get around the short distances at low speeds on the island. That was initially the direction we thought of, but we also wanted something that could go through the Washington Slagbaai park, bang up around Bopec to Nukove and Tailor Made and to go through the sand and coral rubble to unnamed sites in the south without getting stuck. (My wife hates getting out and pushing) But we could not find anything here that fit the bill.

So so I hope relating my experience will help others in evaluating what makes the most sense for their requirements.

If if I see a blue Edge I will give a wave from the grey CRV!

Cheers

Andy

Xspecht
03-15-2019, 12:20 AM
Steve, your house is amazing, what a location too! I have read a bunch of your experiences with your move to Bonaire. Are you going to live there exclusively, or go back and forth to Canada? I have never been to Bonaire, but am going there for the first time with my family in March 2020. We are divers so I know we will love it. The island looks like the perfect place to retire someday, although the house you selected is a bit out of my price range! I’d be happy with a house on the hill with a sea view and a pool.

Canuck52
03-16-2019, 12:37 PM
Hi Xspecht,

Currently our plans are to go back and forth to Canada a few times each year. Spending as much of the winter months as we possible can in Bonaire. I see you list your location as Coeur d’Alene. We have a Summer home just over an hours drive north of you on Kootenay Lake. We are sitting on the fence about getting our Bonaire Residency Permits, we need to do more investigations into the Tax issues we might encounter. There always seems to be a good number of houses and apartments for sale in all price ranges. Also bare Lots are an option if you up for a new build. I noticed a new area is opening up for development in the north Sabadeco Terraces area, those Lots would have a very nice sea view. There are also 2 or 3 sea side Lots for sale in Sabadeco Keys, that is right beside our area which is Sabadeco Court.

Maybe we will see you in 2020.

Cheers,
Steve

Xspecht
03-18-2019, 07:39 PM
Thanks again Steve,

I am looking very forward to visiting next year. I already bought the book showing all of the dive sites that has maps as well, it will be an awesome resource. I have been reading a lot of the posts about people who have become residents as well as those who are considering it and still have many questions as well. Most are around healthcare and taxation. We have been in Coeur d'Alene for just over 10 years now and really enjoy it here. That said, the winters are definitely no fun, although the summers are usually amazing, but too short! We won't be looking on doing anything for around 8-10 years but are always on the lookout for a better option. We bought a home in Sarasota, Florida a few years ago to use as a winter home later on, but who know what the future will bring? If I could live somewhere where I could dive in warm water all year and not have to worry about getting wrecked by a hurricane every couple of years, that would be awesome for sure. That's why Bonaire seems so interesting to me, that and it isn't a third world country like much of the rest of the Caribbean.

Enjoy your new home!

Charlie