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Lovely Oceanfront 1 BR Condo at Sand Dollar Resort

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + a convertible sofa bed, 1 Bath

One-bedroom, one-bath, fully air conditioned (3 AC units) oceanfront condo at the wonderful Sand Dollar Resort. This unit can accommodate 2 adults and a third person in a convertible sofa bed. The kitchen, living and dining areas look out over the Sand Dollar shore frontage, across the water north of Klein Bonaire, toward the elevations of the island's north end. The LR has a flat screen TV receiving cable transmissions, as does the separate BR. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, breakfast bar and screened porch (lanai) with a recliner and small table seating four. Unit A15 is on the ground floor at the end of the building closest to the dive shops, yet far enough away to miss the hustle and bustle of the dive shop, pier and a restaurant right next door. You truly get the best of both worlds, being very close to the dive shop and pier, yet still having the quietness and privacy you want. A15 has ample space (850 sq ft). As you can see from the comments, every attempt has been and will be made to accommodate you and make your vacation special. The owners, Peggy and Larry, continue to upgrade the unit's appearance and ease-of-use: The internet is now accessible via a high speed modem/router dedicated to just unit A15. The living/dining/kitchen and bathroom areas have been re-painted. Both are light and airy. New food storage shelving has added to the kitchen. An on-demand water heater has been installed, insuring that you will not run out of hot water. The dishwasher is new. The bathroom vanity, mirrored cabinet and toilet have been modernized. There are hooks in the shower enclosure for hanging wet items. The interior decor has been upgraded with the addition of framed prints on the walls of the living area and a chest of drawers has also been added. Shelving has been placed in the living area, as has a small desk and lamp for computer use and battery charging. Puppets decorate the space above the desk. In the living area, spaciousness has been augmented by addition of a new coffee table, accompanying the upgraded couch/sleeper sofa. In the dining area, a teak dining table and chairs were recently added, as were the bar stools.

Most recently, a dresser, bedside tables, mirror and headboard have replaced the old bedroom furnishings. In addition, the bedroom curtains are now opaque, and the walls painted to be consistent with the rest of the unit. The walls have been decorated with a number of Gyotaku prints of marine animals.

Superb diving and snorkeling just footsteps from your condominium. More species of fish have been identified out front on Bari Reef than on any other reef in the Caribbean. In mid-October, 2012, Dive Friends of Bonaire became an on-site dive operation exclusively serving Sand Dollar owners and guests. Diving is available directly from Sand Dollar property, a scant 70 yds from the oceanside door. Tanks can be picked up from the same location for use at other dive sites. If divers or snorkelers prefer to work with Bonaire Dive & Adventure, it is only a few yards further and its dock is very inviting. Either shop can handle all of your needs for equipment rental, instruction, boat dive, shore dive and 24 hr secure gear storage. Dive Friends recently opened a retail shop just across the main street from Sand Dollar.

Restaurants, pool, convenient store, ice cream shop and cell phone rentals, tennis courts and grills are all on site. A spa and a gym are nearby. Sand Dollar provides beach towels for guests and also has numerous new chaise-type beach chairs placed along the waterfront for guest use.

Sand Dollar is located approximately 1.5 miles from the town center, about a 20 minute walk.

This is a wonderful resort and unit with privacy, yet has the convenience of being close to everything. It has the feeling and comfort of a home-away-from-home. Sand Dollar has the longest shore frontage of any resort on Bonaire.

The island of Bonaire was recently designated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the most pristine coral reefs in the Caribbean. It is considered one of the world’s top dive destinations and is routinely voted the 'Top overall Caribbean/Atlantic destination according to quality of its diving,' and voted #1 in several other categories including, 'Health of Marine Environment,' 'Macro Life' and 'Shore Diving' (Votes conducted by Scuba Diving Magazine). In addition, Bonaire is also regularly ranked very high (first or second) in several other categories including, 'Best Overall Destination,' 'Best Value for Diving Dollar,' 'Best Beginner Diving,' 'Best Snorkeling,' 'Best Visibility,' 'Best Marine Life' and 'Best Underwater Photography.'

A truck can now be arranged along with a condo reservation. The truck price is about $315 (insurance not included)/wk and is from Avis at the airport. It is simple to arrange an unlimited shore diving package with Dive Friends upon arrival ($175/wk)/diver).

Please check with the owner for an exact rental quote, as VRBO does not calculate the taxes properly.

Keywords: Condominium, 1BR

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About The Owner

Peggy and Larry are warm water divers who recently retired to the cold of NH.

The picture is from the underwater version of 'Little Shop of Horrors' -- 'Feed Me!'

The Owner purchased this condo in 2010

Why The Owner chose Bonaire

We had dived Bonaire several times, as well as Roatan, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Dominica, Belize and the Florida Keys. The time seemed right to focus more on one locale. We do expect to continue going to different locations, but not as frequently. Recently dove Little Cayman and couldn't wait to return to Bonaire!

What makes this condo unique

We love the easy access to the water and dive shop just steps away. Plus, we are only a 2-3 min walk from an ice cream parlor, two restaurants, deli and liquor store!


Hato Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • New vanity, medicine cabinet and toilet; newly painted; new hooks for wet clothing.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size bed (1), Full size sleep sofa (1) in the living room. A roll-in bed can be obtained through Sand Dollar, if desired. Contact the owner.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Mandatory maid service is one day mid-week. New flat screen TV, second TV in bedroom (both with cable), DVD player, Blender, Coffee maker, Iron, ironing board, maid service daily, Pool, Ocean Front, Lighted Tennis Courts, Security Guards and Dive Center. Many activity opportunities are available, including Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Guided Birding Tours, Fish Identification courses, Underwater Photography instruction, Kayaking and Hiking.


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Lovely Oceanfront 1 BR Condo at Sand Dollar Resort
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 44 reviews
Lafayette, PA USA

Teriffic apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Unit A-15 the last week in April 2009. This was our 8th or 9th trip to Bonaire, but our first at Sand Dollar.

Our experience was a pleasure from the start. The owner was gracious, honest and very helpful. The lease agreement was straight forward and uncomplicated. Best of all, when we arrived at 5:15 AM on Sunday, the guard had our room keys ready, so we were in the unit in minutes.

We loved this apartment! We immediately felt at home. Despite our careful reading of the unit description, the apartment seemed larger than we expected. There were plenty of closets and drawers for all of our clothes. The dining and living room area was spacious. We loved the screened-in porch, where we could read. Best of all, the shower in the bathroom was one of the better ones on the island!

Our dealing with Sand Dollar also went perfectly. We had a small problem with one of the AC units and Sand Dollar had the problem fixed within an hour. Housekeeping was excellent and we had all the fluffy towels we requested.

Another plus is the location of this unit. It is on the first floor, close to a parking area and a small commercial development were we purchased internet service (worked in the room), ice cream and even some very good wine - how convenient! It is a short 3 minute walk from the dive shop and dock.

Bottom line - we plan to stay there again. We loved it.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome! Better than described!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed in this pretty, well appointed condo from March 26-April 2.

We'll definitely be returning sometime in the future. It quickly felt like home.

The accommodation is better than pictured. The owners are friendly and were

very thorough with our reservation.

The bed was VERY COMFORTABLE. We woke up each morning feeling

rested and ready!

We have an 8 year old son who was thrilled to be able to walk right out

the screened in patio door to enjoy the pretty desert, seaside garden full

of birds, conch shells and several huge iguanas along the shore line.

We had many of our meals around the table on the patio or relaxed on

the comfortable lounge in the patio area. The shower had plenty of

water pressure and hot water for a family of 3 and we enjoyed the

convenience of 2 televisions and great wifi after a long day adventuring.

Beautiful resident sea turtle immediately seaside at the Sand Dollar and

the large Elk Horn Coral teaming with fish is only about 15 feet out to the

right of the waters edge...just beyond the family of large Iguanas but left of the

Conch shell marker by the dock. Very beautiful!

It's extremely close to the dive shack, pool was really nice and relaxing, close to an amazing

breakfast/lunch sandwich and coffee cafe, Dinner next door is delicious

and the sunsets are to die for!!! Lots of privacy, very quiet and custom made

for divers or snorkelers.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! Exceptional. Looking forward to returning,

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect...almost. Living room had a funky futon couch which made one sit in a V-shape...but it was comfortable once you got used to it. I think this needs to be changed out. Otherwise PERFECT. Everything was clean, shower was large with excellent water pressure and hot water. Very comfortable bed and lots of storage space. Large fridge, dishwasher, huge screened in porch with lots of hangers for wet gear. WIFI was always available and fast. Beach and ocean only steps away. Wonderful, convenient outdoor shower and area to gear up. Snorkeling 10 feet from shore EXCELLENT. BEST SNORKELING than ANYWHERE WE'VE BEEN

(Maldives, Grand Cayman, Cozumel:Mexico, Maui and the Big Island: Hawaii) Barracudas, blue ringed peacock flounder, eels, and tons of colorful fish, parrotfish, angels, filefish especially. Easy walk to many restaurants. Especially liked Breezes and Bites Restaurant just next door.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate the 5 star rating and the pleasure received by the use of our unit! However, there is a discrepancy in the review that requires this response. There is no futon in the living room. The fold-out sleeper couch in the living room was new in April, 2015, and is quite comfortable both in its couch form and as a fold-out bed. The comment that the couch is "funky" just makes no sense as it is a handsome rattan couch (Montego sleeper sofa in ebony covered in dark blue fabric) sold by American Rattan in Miami.
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Bowie, MD

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in A-15 three times and will definitely rent it again the next time we get to Bonaire. The apartment is very comfortable, and we love the screened-in patio, especially for eating our breakfast each day. It's also a great location to view the beautiful sunsets. It is very convenient to the dive shop, and Bari reef is right at the property. My husband is a diver, and I'm a snorkeler, and it is a perfect place for both us. The snorkeling right outside of Sand Dollar is excellent. I saw three different octopus, eels, and lots of other fish. The dive shop at Den Laman takes snorkelers on the dive boats, although the price is a little steep ($25). The restaurant at Den Laman, Breezes and Bites, had delicious food, and we ended up eating there four times. All in all, it was a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New England

The Best!

  • 5 of 5

We have been diving Bonaire for about ten years and have sampled quite a few accommodations and have found most of them to be great. However, we knew when we opened the door that we would want to return.

The unit is spacious and nicely decorated having everything one might need. The location and proximity to dive gear and reef made for easy last dives of the day. we started our day with a long swim right out front and often ended with a twilight/ night dive.

From coffee at the waters edge to sunsets there, the mood was relaxed.

The owner was most helpful with the booking also.

We hope to be back on Bonaire next year and probably will schedule our time around the availability of this unit.

Back in the cold. Northeast now but loving that also.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poole, Dorset, UK

Absolutely loved it

  • 5 of 5

We visited from the UK for 10 days in October 2014. This condo is brilliant and has everything you could possibly want - we really couldn't think of anything to improve it. The owner (Larry) answers e-mails almost immediately (even with the time difference) and is very helpful. The ladies in the office are also very friendly and helpful.

Highly recommended - if we return to Bonaire we'll definitely be contacting Larry!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Flamingo Airport
Nearest Barpub
Eddy's Restaurant and Bar (poolside @ Sand Dollar)
Nearest Restaurant
Eddy's Restaurant and Bar (poolside@Sand Dollar)
Nearest Beach
Right out in front of the condo at Sand Dollar
Nearest Point of Interest
Bonaire Dive and Adventure dive pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Sand Dollar Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Tennis Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Pool at Sand Dollar and Eddys Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Flamingo Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Brand New Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Bonaire Dive and Adventure Dive Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Sunset Bar and Grill
Nearest Point of Interest
Tank storage
Nearest Point of Interest
Gear Storage Shed
Nearest Point of Interest
Tank Storage
Car: recommended

Underwater Photography courses, dive shop, specialty courses, bird watching, kite boarding, mountain biking, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and hiking.


Rates & Availability

Hato Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season 1
May 13 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 2
May 12 2018 - Dec 14 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Please note that the tax is $6.50 per adult per night, regardless of what the website might indicate. Please contact the owner regarding rates for 3 wks or more. During High Season, reservation requests should be based on a Saturday arrival and Saturday departure.

2 nights deposit to secure reservation; balance due 2 mo in advance of arrival. If reservation is made with less than 2 mo to arrival, payment in full is required.

Refund; No refund under 60 days unless unit can be re-rented. PayPal is acceptable, but requires a 3% transaction fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.