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2 spacious bedrooms: one king bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the second bedroom, both bedrooms with lots of storage and floor space
2 spotless bathrooms, one with a tub shower, and the other with a commodious walk-in shower
air-conditioning in both the bedrooms
air-conditioning in the living/dining room and kitchen (not necessary to use because of the constant trade winds that blow through the condo, and not recommended to use because it is better to listen to the wind and waves than to the ac unit)
Large screened porch with ceiling fan
four other ceiling fans and a movable floor fan
free and always reliable internet connection through our own router and wifi
free cell phone loan (when available at reception)
maid service twice a week
large electronic safe for laptop and cameras
free starter supplies: soaps, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, dishwasher soap
gear-hanging and drying area on the porch (in case if you don't leave your gear in the nearby dive shop storage lockers, which we recommend)
two on-site dive shops offering full, five star PADI services: Dive Friends and Bonaire Dive and Adventure (both offer drive-up tank exchange, boat dives, equipment rentals and repairs, rinse tanks, storage facilities, courses, and other outdoor activities)
10% discount on dive packages for our guests at Dive Friends
discounted car rental rates available for our guests through Avis car rental (with airport pick-up and drop-off)
Fully-stocked kitchen, with all the appliances and cooking and eating utensils and food storage containers that you will need (including crock pot!)
The walls have been tastefully decorated with local art and original photographs.
Perhaps the best thing about our condo is the location and design of the resort. It is in the middle of the island, thus it occupies the most convenient location for diving up and down the coasts; and you can look out in wonder at the ocean from almost all rooms save the bathrooms (unless you keep the door open to the master bathroom) and the second bedroom. The ocean feels like it belongs to you, and the sky as well. And even though our condo is part of a resort, Sand Dollar is a quiet, peaceful, and private paradise. We love the choice of socializing with guests and residents or just keeping to ourselves. What a joy to be able to walk out our screened-in porch and jump into the sea at any time of the day or night for a swim, snorkel, or float. Our kids love it here, too. They like to go back and forth from the sea to the pool to the beach and to the condo (usually for food). They can disappear for hours and we have no worries at all about them. What a joy to see them waking in the morning with plans to spend the entire day outdoors using their imaginations, hunting for sea glass, sporting with the iguanas, and playing with other kids in the resort, making life-long friends. They too appreciate the soul-expanding, upward-looking vistas.
Often a herd of goats comes marauding through the grounds of Sand Dollar, and we help to usher them away before they nibble away at the work of the many owners (like us) who take pride in their gardens; and sometimes a few wild donkeys wander through, seeking their own version of respite.
So yes, the condo has the amenities you will need to enjoy your stay comfortably and amply, but the real reason to be here is the direct and broad access it affords to the ocean, through eyes, ears, and touch. They say you ought to try not to touch the marine live, but after a while the sun and salt and breezes and the dust blown over from the Sahara will touch you in such a way-- assisted all the while by what flows into the other senses--that you will undergo a 'sea change,' as Shakespeare calls it, into something rich, strange, and better than before. But that usually takes more than a week to happen. It happened to us when we lived here for a year. So come and stay as long as you can. And come back year after year, as some of our guests do. We will do our best to make this possible for you. We offer increasing discounts on longer stays, and we are willing to negotiate these discounts further. For our aim as owners is to cover our expenses and invest in the condo by making improvements, so that your next stay here will be even better. So tell us what you think would make this condo and the life it affords approach the perfection that nature holds out as a model.
And let me not forget to mention how much we like living in our bathing suits or a pair of shorts and without shoes much of the time as we move in and out of our condo. And no wristwatch either: for there are two times on Bonaire, day and night, and two places, sea and land. Life is simple here, but elemental and close and real. It is not for addicts of the man-made, but for those who have the soul of the Psalmist and accept the burden of leisure without fear of failing to put it to good use.
Our children love the easy access to the outdoor life and I love the secure setting. The beach is great for swimming and snorkeling and building castles! They love watching the birds, lizards, and iguanas. We have games and puzzles for night-time family fun....moreless
There are plenty of iguanas and other lizards to befriend outside, not to mention dozens of species of birds (including parrots) that sing outside the condo. A friendly dive cat likes to visit for some milk, and a dog loves to visit and chase rocks thrown into the water....moreless
The bedrooms are air-conditioned. The living spaces may be air-conditioned for a nominal surcharge. Usually, there is no need for air-conditioning, with the constant sea breeze and ceiling fans....moreless
Quite well-equipped and fully functional. You can save a lot of money by preparing your own meals. You can eat at the bar, the dining room table, or on the patio. We prefer the patio for the views....moreless
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Spring Fling Sale 22% Discount
Mar 13 - May 31, 2015
3 night min stay
Early Summer Sale
Jun 1 - Jul 13, 2015
3 night min stay
Fall Super-Duper Special
Aug 21 - Dec 19, 2015
7 night min stay
High Season: Discounted Rate
Dec 20 - Mar 20, 2016
7 night min stay
Spring and Summer Days
Mar 21 - Aug 31, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
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Sand Dollar Condominium Resort is located in the central part of the west coast, adjacent to Bari Reef, a three minute drive from the center of Kralendijk. Our condo is on the ground floor with beautiful views of the ocean and Klein Bonaire to the West. There is easy and quick access to the beach and dock, just steps away. Two dive shops, a swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, a small grocery and liquor store, an ice cream store, a spa and gym, and a restaurant/bar are on site or adjacent to the resort. Some of the best dive sites in all the Caribbean are minutes away by car to the north or south. Even the most distant northern and southern shore dives are only a short drive away. There is no better location on the island for diving the whole island; and if you dive with Dive Friends, you don't have to return to Sand Dollar for tanks and rinses, since Dive Friends has four other shops on the island for these purposes. This is truly the best location on the best island for shore diving and snorkeling freedom.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: Louis and I are teachers. Louis teaches the liberal arts at St. John's College in Annapolis (the quintessential great books school) and I teach Latin in the Anne Arundel County Public School system. We have also spent many years teaching outside the US, first with the Peace Corps in Czechoslovakia (Brno), and then Slovakia (Presov), Romania (Iasi), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), and Iraq (Kurdistan)! Yes, the kids went too and attended local schools. We have settled down in Maryland, outside Annapolis. The four of us now live the typical fast-paced life of a suburban family, with sports practices and work demands! But every seventh year we take our sabbatical on Bonaire, where we live out the meaning of that word: rejuvenating ourselves while reveling in nature's riches. We have lived and worked in much of the world over the years, and have seen many wonderful and beautiful things, but Bonaire is the place we chose to make a second home, and Sand Dollar is that home. Our life on Bonaire at Sand Dollar offers a pretty good approximation of what philosophers used to call 'the good life.' We invite you to find this out for yourselves. It is real. It is not a dream. Every summer we escape to this diving paradise. Bonaire is our favorite spot in the world because of the never-failing, beautiful weather and 24/7 shore diving up and down the coasts--the freest and easiest diving in the world and possessing the greatest variety of Caribbean species according to REEF surveys. We also love being a part of a community of divers who believe in protecting and preserving the reef. We participate in clean-up dives, lion fish hunting, fish surveys with REEF, and water clarity studies. My daughter is committed to protecting all lizards, iguanas, parrots, donkeys, and goats that roam freely on the island. My son is falling in love with wind surfing...kite boarding comes next. We hope you stay with us and fall in love with Bonaire's nature and its way of life.
Why the Owner Chose Kralendijk:
Louis and I were fortunate to spend a full sabbatical year on Bonaire in 2009. We became temporary residents, and while the children went to a local Dutch school, we dove every site on the island multiple times and made life-long friends. We had thought that a year might be too long for such a small, simple, and quiet island, but when the year ended, we knew we were in love with this unique little place. The diving really is that good, and not only the diving. We started looking at property on our next dive trip. We looked and looked with our very patient realtor, but in the end, we bought at Sand Dollar, where we first fell in love with the Bonaire way of life. Why? Sand Dollar is in the perfect location, and it offers spacious living, not only because of the generous size of its rooms, but also because the outside is a fluid extension of the inside. Such is the genius of its design, its unique and spell-binding orientation towards the sea. The view of the sea and sky is breath-taking, and the breeze from east to west is constant. It flows right through the condo. The on-site amenities (pool, tennis, beach) and choice of on-site dive shops (Dive Friends and Bonaire Dive and Adventure) sealed the deal. We made the right decision. You will think so, too, when you come here.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
Drive up to your front door and walk right into your home-away-from-home in this rightly-named 'Divers' Paradise.' Drop your bags and keep walking through the living and dining rooms, out the sliding glass door, to your screened-in porch that opens onto the Sand Dollar grounds. The beach and the dock are only steps away. When you aren't diving, you can relax in your comfortable, family-friendly condo, equipped with air conditioning, free wifi, cable TV, the use of a mobile phone, an assortment of games, puzzles and books, a fully functional kitchen, and all you need to make yourself at home. The pool and lighted tennis courts are on site and ready for you when you aren't diving, snorkeling, wind-surfing, kite-boarding, hiking, kayaking, bird-watching, caving, or biking. You will be glad to tuck into the king-sized bed in the master bedroom and ready to do it all again the next day, when the birds wake you to song and the gentle waves beckon you to the blue! If you dive with Dive Friends, you can take advantage of their five locations for tank drop-offs and pick-ups and rinsing; if you dive with Bonaire Dive and Adventure, try to book a naturalist dive or bird-watching with Jerry Ligon, who is acknowledged to be the best naturalist on the island. Tell Jerry that you know our son, Little Louie, who at the age of 11 learned to identify all the fish in the REEF guide to Caribbean fishes, and is on Jerry's very exclusive list of divers who have identified over 100 fish on a single dive, using the REEF survey forms. And ask us how to arrange a guided dive on the east side of the island, where you will see eagle rays and large sea turtles and green morays and schools of large snappers and grunts in all directions!
Imagine your choices! And this is just the beginning...
King-sized bed in the Master with an attached bathroom and air-conditioning!
The living room, a great place to nap!
Relax, sunbathe, feed the lizards, watch the sunsets!
Bon Vida, The Good Life. Our condo as seen from the oceanfront.
Outdoor spaces to relax and meet new friends.
The beach and pier
The dock and a friendly occupant of the well-kept grounds. He can swim, too.
Eddy's pool, bar, and restaurant on-site.
Don't miss the Donkey Sanctuary. Visit Dolly and Serena, Sand Dollar adoptees!
The highest point on Bonaire, Branderis, Washington Slagbaai Park. Great views!
Snorkel, swim, sun-bathe, and build sand castles on Sand Dollar's sandy beach!
Second bedroom with two twin beds and air-conditioning!
Kitchen view: across the breakfast bar, through the living room to the sea.
We always eat on the patio. Watch the sea and the parrots.
From the screened patio (with a ceiling fan) out to the tank storage and water.
A place to relax and sun-bathe on the beach and watch the dive boats go out.
Brand new lounge chairs.
Sand Dollar grounds: a place to lounge and a place to play
Dive Friends on-site dive shop, where our guests receive 10% discounts on diving
love at the tennis courts, anyone?
East Coast, the Wild Side, in Washington Slagbaai Park. GO THERE! Explore!
As Good As it Gets! This is our evening view.
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