Best oceanfront view on Bonaire in a secure, gated property is here!
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About Connie Rubek
My husband and I love the fantastic underwater world in Bonaire.
Connie Rubek purchased this Condo in 2010
What makes this Condo unique
* Snorkel and dive directly in front of the condo. Easy ladder entry for you to use, steps away from your door, very short swim to 18th Palm or Windsock dive sites. Spectacular snorkeling and diving right in front of you. Dockside rinse tank, freshwater shower, and hanging hooks. * Walk to beach. Donkey beach/Windsock is a few steps south of your condo through a secure access gate. * Dive shop on site. Dive Friends runs a full operation on site. * Close to the action. You are less than a 10 minute drive to the coveted south shore dive sites or windsurfing at Lac Bay, and 5 minutes to the center of Kralendijk. * Easy access to the airport, rental cars, grocery, and a short walk to Plaza Resort, where you will find boat rental, water sports, tennis and restaurants. We don't even rent a car when we arrive. We roll our luggage across the street and get settled in, and then rent a car later when the crowds have died down at the car rental counters, or even the next day.(And don't worry, the airport is not noisy here - - it is much noisier at places a little further south in Belnem due to the orientation of the single runway) * Top floor and the additional sense of security it brings, not to mention the enhanced view. * Sunny, tropical décor and plenty of windows to open, or Air-Conditioning is available throughout. * Large swimming pool right on the oceanfront. Plenty of lounge chairs. * Beautiful tropical gardens full of butterflies and songbirds surround the small, peaceful complex of 26 units
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - Must be 25 or older to rent.Must be 25 or older to rent.
The condo was exactly as described. The view was lovely. We were there in early March and had the front bedroom and therefore never needed the AC at all. The breezes were enough to keep us comfortable. The proximity to the airport was ONLY convenient- we never heard the planes at night and and didn’t notice them much during the day. Close to town but not TOO close. All the different codes are a bit of an annoyance but I suppose they must be necessary for security. I would have been happy to just sit on that balcony and read and watch the water all day!
Surprisingly great location!
Location across from the airport is very convenient, & since there are very few planes in and out during the day you don't even notice that it is there. The day you leave you can drop off your rental car and grab luggage carts to bring back to Ocean Vista. They are very gracious about allowing you to use the property if you have a later flight on your last day.The property is clean & very well-equipped. The pool area it's also very clean & enjoyable. . Snorkeling right from the steps was wonderful! We saw barracuda and Many different fish.You can head south to the beach, or across the channel to snorkeling. Favorite snorkeling trip was Salt pier where we saw young sea turtles. It was great to hang out and watch them digging into the sandy bottom along with a few fish pals. favorite restaurants: Italy in the world (Delicious food,Very quiet and air-conditioned),the Bonairian (amazing waterfront table, great service, and great food) A few things to note : There is separate air conditioning for the living room, and each bedroom, the dining room table is out on the balcony, there are alot of codes -- For access to the beach, the front gate, store room, and a remote for the car Entry gate. The unit is on the third floor and the AC Is needed most of the time. Lower floors might be cooler and you might be able to leave the windows and doors open for cooling. The owner prefers that you avoid using the AC, or use it very sparingly, which made us feel guilty every time we turned it on. It would be nice to have some more shade available at the pool because it is easy to get sunburned in the tropical sun The condo community was very quiet when we were there at the end of Feb. It was carnival time in the city, though, Which meant that a lot of streets were closed When We tried to drive to dinner.We had to choose restaurants south of the condo to avoid road closures. Also, most restaurants are closed at least 1 or 2 days midweek ( usually Tues and Wed it was hardest to find open restaurants that were not impacted by road closures). When we headed to Rincon on a Tuesday to do some snorkeling, we found out that none of the restaurants or cafés were serving food( drinks available). Thurs. night, Feb. 27, there was music (we gather it was from the carnival) that was so loud that you could not sleep even with the windows closed. A great island for snorkeling! Overall, we prefer Maui & the Big Island since there are additional activities to enjoy.
Thank you for your review. Indeed Carnival week on Bonaire is a big festival for the locals, and there can be road closures for parades, and at certain times businesses close to let their employees enjoy the celebrations. For some visitors, it is best to avoid visiting during this particular week, while others wish to come for this specific week because the enjoy the unique cultural festivities. It is as close to Mardi Gras as you can get on this small island!
Regarding use of the a/c: Some clarification is offered here so readers are not confused by what was mentioned in the review. Guests are never asked to avoid using the a/c (as the review suggests). In the information package, the a/c instructions do request guests to only use a/c in the space they are occupying at a given time (i.e., please don't leave a/c on all night in the livingroom while sleeping in the bedroom with the a/c running in there, or vise versa during the day.) Guests are also asked to turn off a/c units when leaving the unit. With each room having its own a/c (split units, the most common set-up in the tropics), rooms cool off very quickly once the a/c is turned on. About half of the electricity on Bonaire is still supplied by diesel generators (using shipped in diesel fuel), so electricity is quite expensive and further, there is environmental impact relative to energy consumed. Information provided to guests simply asks them to be energy conscious. Some guests have a personal preference to be enclosed in constant cool temperatures while others enjoy open doors and windows for the tropical atmosphere and warm trade winds. That is up to a guest's personal preference and there is no judgment - or "extra charge" - either way. Different strokes for different folks : )
Exactly like on line- easy location for all activities
The condo was exactly as pictured and described on line. The rooms are spacious, the view to the water, the pool and Klein Bonaire is great. The amenities are appreciated and helpful— beach towels, beach chairs, shopping bags for grocery store, etc. The kitchen is very well stocked compared to most rentals. We didn’t cook a lot but did do some and really appreciate having pans, a strainer, decent knives to chop, etc. The checkin was very clear from the materials provided before the trip— there are a few steps so make sure you bring the materials. The location next to the airport is really easy. We walked across with luggage while my husband went to get our truck and then did the reverse to go home. We used Dive Friends with the discount for diving which worked fine— convenient shop adjacent to pick up and drop off tanks though boat dives required a short drive to get. Connie was very responsive ahead of our stay— she checked in with me on arrival and when I asked at end for a late checkout, she was responsive and could accommodate as no one was coming for a couple of days. Her counsel on the island was very helpful— restaurant sl, activities. We also appreciated the house copy of shore diving sites to help us plan our days. Our only watchout is the third floor location for divers. I knew this going in— but it means a lot of gear carrying up and down. In hindsight, I might have rented a locker at Dive Friends to save some lugging!! Great place, great host!
Spacious, well equipped unit in a great location. Comfortable with great views
Connie responds quickly and is a pleasure to work with
Bonaire Snorkeling Vacation
This property is amazing! Clean, beautiful view, well stocked with all you need!
If you are making the trip to Bonaire, you probably already know the main activities are scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, windsurfing, kite surfing, fishing, biking, and hiking. Port Bonaire is constructed at the edge of a channel with a protective jetty in front, so entry to the sea is always calm and easy. Donkey Beach/Windsock, just next door, is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It can be accessed through a secure gate with coded lock. By making arrangements with Dive Friends (we can put you in touch with them directly), depending on what time you arrive on island, you very well may be able to do your dive orientation the same day your arrive.