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Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Experience for yourself what the many repeat guests to our unit do; the prime 1 bdrm beachfront location with a panoramic ocean view and steps from the Dive Friends operated dock. Our guests say 'Having had plenty of time to check out most of the hotel and condo accommodations on Bonaire, we feel this condo is the best of all!'

Should I not indicate available dates for part of your intended stay, or if you need additional accommodation, we can recommend an adjacent or nearby condo to complete your accommodation needs.


This unit enjoys a unique outside-end location, providing a more panoramic view than other one bdrms in the facility. The extra large porch provides for ocean viewing from BOTH your bedroom and living room. Immediately in front of our condo is a small sandy beach and Bari Reef, the easiest shore dive or snorkel on Bonaire, complete with a shower at the top of the four or five steps to the beach. Adjacent to the same beach is the dive dock operated by Dive Friends, all at your doorstep!

Dive Friends Bonaire, a PADI 5 Star IDC center, in 2017 became the Dive Operator of the next door dive facility, all a stones throw from your parking spot or our unit! Included is 24/7 gear storage and tank access.

Also on-site are restaurants, a pool, ice cream shop, free wifi access, tennis courts, and grills.

With 950 square feet, you will have all the amenities of home and a location second to none; steps from the beautiful turquoise blue Caribbean waters and Bari Reef, ranked number one in the Caribbean for variety of fish species.

Maid service is provided every 4th day of your stay for stays of 6 nights or longer.

Last but not least is the windsurfing for all skill levels at beautiful Lac Bay, and the exotic 14,000 acre Washington-Slaagbai National Park in northern Bonaire.

On February 12, 2008, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated the coral reefs of Bonaire as the most pristine in the Caribbean.

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Greg Gage
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2018

About Greg Gage

We live in Western Canada, so have come to NEED the tropical antidote to our winter weather.

Greg Gage purchased this condo in 2008

Why Greg Gage chose Hato

Bonaire reminds us of our home towns when growing up - welcoming, laid back, and safe. Add the tropical paradise and it becomes obvious what attracted us to Bonaire.

What makes this condo unique

World class diving and snorkeling from the beach or dock 60 feet in front of our unit, and 950 square feet of floor space with an extra large screened in porch, and unobstructed panoramic ocean and sunset views.


Hato Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews
New Braunfels, TX USA

Location! Location! Location!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed nine days at Sand Dollar A1. The unit was clean and comfortable. The oversized screened patio was great for sitting outside and enjoying the view. The sliding door was a bit of a challenge to open. Dive Friends of Bonaire is literally steps away from the unit. Despite being near the dive shop and a restaurant, we heard very little noise in the unit. It was several years since we stayed at Sand Dollar due to some management changes and lack of maintenance of the resort. We rented directly from the owner. The local property manager was quick to respond to an issue we had with ants....a common problem in the islands. They offered to meet us at the airport to accompany us to the unit. We opted to have them meet us at the unit as we were familiar with Bonaire. We were shown how everything worked. We were impressed with their level of care. We did not go to the pool. It was closed the one time we went that way. Why bother when you have Bari Reef to enjoy! We would definitely rent A1 again!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Hampshire

A1 vacation

  • 5 of 5

Can't review this property without also reviewing Bonaire Adventure Divers. We used B.A.D. all week and found them to be totally professional and enjoyable. Great boat and shore dives. The Sand Dollar is next door to Den Lamen condos, which is where BAD is based. The A1 unit we rented is absolutely the closest Sand Dollar unit to Den Lamen. It is literally a simple twenty second walk from the unit to the boat dock and equipment locker of BAD, yet the unit is quiet and peaceful. There is a large screen porch with beautiful ocean views as well as a great place to hang wet gear. Powerful AC in both the bedroom and living room and plenty of hot water in the shower. Though the unit is certainly not new, it is clean and well equipped. Inge, the property manager was easy to work with and very responsive.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A1 It truly is the BEST situated condo in the complex!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and son's girlfriend stayed in A1 from July 23-July 30th. The condo was as described and more!

Since this was our first time staying in a condo, we weren't sure what to expect but the kitchen was outfitted with every imaginable thing that you would need to put together a large meal or snacks. The condo was spacious and well appointed. The wifi worked wonderfully. There was a nice flat screen TV that had a variety of channels.

I brought some books but there is bookshelf filled with books, games, puzzles, magazines in case you feel like staying in after a day in the sun. You could step right out from the screened patio and be at the beach/pier in a few steps. After your snorkel or dive, you could drop your wet gear off on the patio before entering the condo. I loved sitting out on the patio and reading and just watching all the iguanas and donkeys walking through the property. It was such a peaceful place. Greg the owner was a delite to work with from our first contact. We kept changing the number of people but he was always very accommodating. We would definitely rent this unit again the next time we are in Bonaire.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Diver's Paradise! A Wonderful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week here in unit A1. We absolutely loved it. Mieke, the representative for the condo management company met us at the car rental place upon arrival and showed us to our condo. She gave us lots of information including some of her favorite dive sites and restaurants. The condo was nice, cold and clean, and we were able to fall right asleep after a long day of travel.

The location is right near the dive shop we used, Dive Friends who were more than accommodating. Being apart of Sand Dollar we had 24 hour access to the tanks and their carts that way we could load up early or late in the evening and be on the go first thing.

The condo itself is in great shape and so convenient for diving. It is fully stocked with kitchenware including a cooler and water jug which we used daily for our diving snacks/drinks and thank goodness a blender. We ate/cooked most all our meals in the condo. Another thing is I can't stress how nice it was to be to hang dry our gear on the patio. The patio had everything we needed to dry our stuff and we felt actually safe leaving it out there (while we were present).

I absolutely look forward to coming back and already have recommended A1 to many family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Carolina

Comfortable & Affordable Ground Floor Unit

  • 5 of 5

This was a repeat visit for us to SandDollar Condo A-1. This is the best location of all condos in the complex. Ground floor, corner unit, closest to the beach and dive entry point. Nice screened porch and great water view. Excellent internet service, which is very important to me because I work a few hours each day while I am in Bonaire.

Good air conditioning in both living room and bedroom. Very firm mattress, which I liked. New comfortable sofa bed in living room. While we were there a Small plumbing problem developed (could not turn on a cold water faucet) and property managers (& plumber) were there almost immediately to fix. Very responsive. Not a gourmet kitchen, but enough bowls, pots, and pans to prepare all meals. Unit is clean and comfortable and in an excellent location. Walk-in shower in bathroom and ground floor unit make it easy for anyone with hip problems.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ocean front and great location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Sand Dollar many times before but you can not beat Building A for convenience to Dive Friends. It was very easy to book with Greg, the owner and deal with his management company. The one bedroom apartment A1 was great. There was plenty of room even a closet/utility room which was a nice place to put luggage.

The check in process was great. We were told to have the car rental person call them and let them know we were on our way. Their representative was there to meet us and let us in. She gave quick overview and we were ready to get our check out dive in Saturday afternoon.

They came back mid week and replaced towels and took out the trash. They also straightened up, made the bed and did our breakfast dishes which I did not expect them to do. They came back late afternoon Friday for check out instructions and to see how our stay was. The double screened in porch was spacious and plenty of dive hangers to hang up gear. We brought all our gear back each day and did not use locker at Dive Friends. It was so convenient to bring around to the porch and not track wet gear thru the apartment.

There is a television but very small. It would have been nice to have a bigger flat screen but then again it was better than not having one at all. We were there the week of the regatta which had set up on the other side of Den Laman and meant loud music playing till late in the night and crowds. That was a little annoying but not the fault of Sand Dollar or owners. I would probably just not pick that week next time.

They have a small cooler and thermos in the apartment for your use and made it nice to take cold drinks with us for our shore dives. The bed was firm and very comfortable which is important to us. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it. Thanks Greg for sharing your home away from home. ."

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

tx for 2 for 7 nts $97.5

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Nightly rates reduced $10 per night for stays of 12 nights or longer. Indicate rates are for two adults, additional guests to a maximum of 4 are up to $20 USD additional per night per guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.