Caribbean Tourism


High season rates (16 December to two weeks after Easter) are roughly double low-season rates in the more expensive hotels; the cheaper ones tend to charge the same all year round.

August is ‘family month’ with lots of good deals. Dive packages are available at most resorts. A US$5.50 or US$6.50 per person per night government tax and 10-15 percent service charge must be added. All the hotels with on site dive shops, and some others besides, offer dive packages which give better value than the rack rates listed here.

South of Kralendijk A-C Sunset Inn, PO Box 333, T8291, F8118, only seven rooms, some rooms with kitchenettes, bicycle rental, across the road from the sea, within easy walking distance of town, next to Dive Inn dive shop, use other Sunset Resort facilities, these include Sunset Beach Hotel, Sunset Inn, Sunset Villas, Sunset Hamlet Villas, and Sunset Diversion Apartments, all with same T/F.

LL-AL Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, J A Abraham Blvd 40, T8285, F8238, in USA 800-3673484, F919-4192075, 145 units, standard rooms or more luxurious in the Divi Club Flamingo, is on a small artificial beach, snorkelling or diving just off the beach is excellent, Dive Bonaire and Photo Bonaire based here, tennis, pools, jacuzzi, dining is outdoors, some rooms in need of refurbishment, friendly staff but front office slow and inefficient, heavy tax and service charges, no food available after 2200 for late arrivals.

Next door is L-A Bruce Bowker’s, J A Abraham Blvd 46, T8819, F5295, PO Box 68,, rooms, apartments and 3-bedroom house, a/c, cable TV, pool, dive shop.

LL-AL Plaza Resort Bonaire, J A Abraham Blvd 80, T2500, F7133, 200 rooms, suites and villas, diving, tennis, racquet ball, watersports, casino, pool, beach, striving to be five-star resort.

LL-L Port Bonaire Resort, PO Box 269, T5636, F5639, a condo-resort, villas and apartments, on waterfront, no beach, pool, not far to beaches.

In Kralendijk B-C Hotel Rochaline, Kaya Grandi 7, T8286, F8258, 25 rooms, functional, bar facing sea, restaurant, and B-C Leeward Inn, T5516, F5517, 500 metres away at Kaya Grandi 60, five rooms, single, double, triple or suite, weekly rates cheaper, credit cards five percent extra, one room wheelchair accessible, Harthouse Café on site for all meals, clean, comfortable, very friendly, several recommendations.

Also popular and often full is the B-C Palm Studios attached to Blue Divers Diveshop on Kaya den Tera 2, T6860, F6865, 10 rooms, common shower and kitchen, big garden, clean, cosy, recommended for budget travellers/divers.

The B-C Blue Iguana, bed and breakfast, Kaya Prinses Marie 6, T/F6855, seven rooms, walking distance of seafront and shops.

North of Kralendijk L1 Club Nautico Bonaire, Kaya Jan NE Craane 24, T5800, F5850, short walk to town, one-bedroom suites sleep four, two-bedroom penthouses sleep six, fully equipped, balconies overlooking charter boats; LL Harbour Village Beach Resort and Marina on Playa Lechi, Kaya Gob N Debrot 72, PO Box 312, T7500, F7507,, rooms, suites and villas, a/c, cable TV, restaurants, bars, fitness centre, Peter Burwash tennis centre, pool, spa, private beach, 64-slip and mega-yacht marina and dock, dive shop, and non-motorized watersports, upmarket resort, look out for promotional packages, also watch out for extra charges such as incoming phone calls.

L-AL Sunset Beach Hotel, on Playa Lechi, T8291, F8118, part of Sunset Resorts, see above, 145 rooms and suites, a/c, cable TV, tennis, watersports, dive shop, good breakfast, ideal for divers.

LL-L Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 79, T8738, F8760, T1800-2884773, PO Box 262,, 85 apartments, a/c, rocky shoreline, tennis, pool, sailing, sport fishing, bicycle and Kayak rental, Sand Dollar Dive and Photo, Green Parrot restaurant and grocery/delicatessen.

L-AL Buddy Beach and Dive Resort, PO Box 231, Kaya Gob N Debrot 85, T5080, F8647,, 68 rooms and apartments all with sea views, a/c, kitchen, pool, Buddy Watersports Center.

LL-AL Lions Dive Hotel Bonaire, Kaya Gob N Debrot 90, T5580, F5680, Suites and apartments some sleep 6, diving with Bon Bini Divers, pool, sundeck.

LL-AL Captain Don’s Habitat, Kaya Gob N Debrot 91, T8290, F8240,, in USA T800-3276709, F305-3712337, 93 rooms, cottages and nice villas of differing standards, well laid out seafront bar and restaurant, dive packages, family packages, special excursions for children during their family month every August, pool, dive shop with world’s youngest snorkelling instructor, mountain bike rental.

A little further along the coast is AL-C Black Durgon Inn/Pilot Fish Apartments, Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 145, T5736, F8846, eight-room inn, one-bedroom apartments, two/three-bedroom villa, with view of Klein Bonaire, relaxing, non-commercial, a/c, cable TV, Bonaire Scuba Center dive shop.

Right by the radio masts is B-C Bonaire Caribbean Club, PO Box 323, T7901, F7900, good view from Hill Top Bar and Restaurant, bicycles and snorkelling gear for rent, caves nearby, good walking.

Windward coast LL-L Sorobon Beach Resort, at Lac Bay, T8080, F6080,, clothes optional, 30 chalets on the beach, restaurant for hotel guests, on the beach small shop for self-catering, free trips to town for shopping daily, massage, yoga, snorkelling, kayaks, windsurfing.

LL-AL Lac Bay Resort, Kaminda Sorobon 64, T8198, F5686,, in protected nature area, studios, apartments and 3-bedroom villa, good view from Oasis restaurant and bar.

The Tourist Office has a more extensive list, including apartments and villas, of properties approved by Bonhata. (see Tourist Information)

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