Bonaire Resort Island Information

We now have two identical units available, each with two bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. This gives us the flexibility of offering a potential occupancy of 8, if desired. One is available with first floor A/C at an additional rate. The A/C in the bedroom suites is included in the regular rates. If you visit our interactive calendar and see your dates available, it means that either 1 or both of the units are still available for that date. If the dates are closed out, both units have been confirmed. Please call or email for additional information on availability.

Grocery Stores

There are two larger grocery stores on the island, Cultimara and Warehouse Bonaire. The one closest to Lighthouse Beach (Warehouse) carries a nice selection of meats and fresh bakery goods. They are open daytime hours Monday thru Saturday and closed on Sundays.

There are many brands of groceries, dry goods and liquors available as well as a great deal of Dutch specialties.

Phone/Internet Service:

Most cell phone services do not work on the island. However, we now have a complimentary cell phone from Digicel available. You may use it by providing a $50 refundable deposit to our on-island manager upon arrival and you can purchase a Digicell card with as many minutes as you think you may need for your stay at many locations on the island. It does have an incoming number which you can give to your family in the event of emergency contact. The incoming number for the Unit #32 phone is 011-599-700-0692 and for the Unit #34 phone is 011-599-700-8588. Please remember to dial 001 before your area code and number when calling the United States and check for your countries international code if vacationing from other parts of the world. We’ve found that the fewer cell minutes you purchase, the better you vacation usually is!!

For internet connection, we have installed the internet in one of our units and if that unit is occupied, there are several internet café’s and public, pay per use, sites. The closest and most convenient site is Roomer Hotel, less than 1 mile from Lighthouse Beach Resort. They have many computers available in the lobby. The cable for the internet modem will be provided by our Manager along with the cell phone and must be returned with the phone to receive the $50 deposit back.

Electricity

The electricity on the island is normally not suitable for American appliances. Both of our units do have transformers with power strips in the kitchen which should be used for charging cell phones, digital cameras, computers, etc as well as blow dryers and curling irons. We also ask our guests to use the power strips when using the toaster and blender to avoid damage. The electric and water utilities on the island are very expensive. For this reason, we ask our guests to be very conservative with utility use. PLEASE do not leave the air conditioning units in the bedrooms running all day when you are not in the unit. Also, we do have washer and dryer in both units for our guests but, we ask that you do not use the dryer to dry beach and pool towels every day. They can be hung on the line or outside to air dry. Please try to limit the washer/dryer use to one-midweek load for us to be able to keep the rental rates of our units as inexpensive as possible. Thank you.

Car Rentals

Once arriving in Bonaire, you will find several car rental agencies to choose from. You will find all of these conveniently located within proximity of the airport. We have currently negotiated very good rates with AB Car Rental for 4-door truck rentals. They have convenient shuttles which will take you directly to their facility and assist you with your auto rental needs. If you would like us to assist you with car rental, please let us know at the time of booking. We would be happy to assist you.

Dive Info.

All Divers and Snorkelers are required to have a Bonaire Marine Park Tag which must be worn at all times when diving. This is not optional. For Divers, it is $25 and for snorkelers, $10. All the proceeds from these tags go directly to the preservation and protection of the reef that surrounds the island. It is money well spent as you can tell by the pristine condition of the reef and the abundant marine life. These tags are good for one year and will allow free entrance into the Slagbaai National Park. The price of the tag includes a checkout dive. These are done by a dive master, at the dive shop where you purchase the tag, to verify your buoyancy before diving on the reef to insure no damage occurs. These checkout dives are available at most dive shops on the island. We will be glad to arrange your dive packages for you, depending on your needs. We have a very good relationship with Dive Friends/Yellow Submarine dive shop in regards to unlimited air packages and all other dive needs that we can arrange for our guests. They have 3 locations on the island for tank exchanges. The closest to our unit is just 3 miles away and includes free Nitrox upgrades. Most shore diving sights are accessible with your rental vehicle by driving on the main road and looking for the bright, yellow painted rocks placed along the sides of the road with the names of the dive sites written on them. Many dive sites are marked by a buoy which is usually less than 50 yards from shore. It’s a very short swim before you descend to the top of the reef. When you receive our welcome package, we will include an island map which will identify all the dive sites. Books are available on the island that will advise you of the degree of difficulty for each site.

Passports

Passports are required for travel to Bonaire. In the US, these typically take 4-6 weeks for processing. Normal charges are around $115 including your photo and can be obtained at select government agencies such as local post offices.

Airport Departure Tax

Airport departure tax is $32 per person and is paid at the airport. Look for the designated booth before checking in for departure.

Airline Info.

Direct flights are available to Bonaire on Continental Airlines from Houston and Newark, NJ. American Airlines flies direct to Bonaire with a stopover in San Juan or Jamaica. US Airways fly through Charlotte direct to Aruba. There are commuter flights from Aruba to Bonaire on Dutch Antilles Express. Also, beginning in February 2008, Delta Airlines is starting a Saturday non-stop flight from Atlanta to Bonaire. Check with these airlines for flight availability and prices. You can call us also direct for recommendations. We monitor the airline websites fairly regularly and may be able to steer you to the best deals at a particular time.

Restaurants

Where do we start? There are a variety of restaurants on our island. Bonaire has been identified as having some of the best dining choices in the Caribbean. Everything from KFC to upscale Italian cuisine and Brazilian steakhouses. The dress is casual, and many of the restaurants are located on the waterfront, downtown. (Which, by the way, makes the food taste that much better.) Prices will vary, but typically a meal will cost between $4 to $30 (US) dollars. Ask us about some great recommendations when you book your vacation.

You will find Italian, French, Asian, South American, Caribbean, and American cuisine just to name a few. Click on the link below to view the Island Restaurant Guide, then click “back” to get back to this info page.

Currency

Money is relatively easy to exchange on the island. All establishments will accept US dollars at a rate of 1.78 Guilders to the dollar. Please keep in mind that $100 bills or $50 bills are not widely accepted by most of the island due to counterfeiting issues. You can go into any of the banks and exchange to Guilders if you want to use the local currency.

Visa and Mastercard are also widely accepted