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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Weekend Events on Bonaire Run the Gamut of Food, Markets, Festivals, and Fun Events

This weekend provides myriad opportunities to enjoy the wide variety of events and activities that Bonaire offers.  Enjoy barbecues, an eco-festival and farmers’ market, the Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon, an artisan’s exhibit in Rincon, or an open house with beach volleyball at Krusada.

Start the weekend off right by attending Kriabon’s monthly farmers’ market on Saturday morning where locally produced items are available for sale.  Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and decorative plants are available, and also some wonderful products such as locally produced Bonairean honey, fresh muffins, juices, and jams/chutneys.

From Kriabon, head on over to Unbelievable Restaurant from 12:00 Noon through 2:00 PM to enjoy a special lunch plate.  Choose from fried fish, goat stew (served with rice or funchi and salad/fried plantains) or a mixed grill of chicken, ribs, rice, and salad.  All lunches are only $10.00 per plate.  Reserve by calling 717-3000 or 786-9059 or 528-8218.

Sunday will be a busy day with early risers joining in on the annual Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon.  Take part or cheer on those walking, running, or cycling for this worthy cause.

Then, head over to the Beach Hut at Sorobon where BICEPS Bonaire will be hosting an Eco-Fest from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  This is an excellent opportunity meet with a variety of Bonaire’s foundations to discuss their missions and goals, as well as learn how you can help.  These eco-friendly associations will be showcasing their skills in working with the environment to find sustainable ways to make a living, as well as providing a product or service.  After 4:00 PM, music and fun will be the order of the day.

Then head out to Rincon, where a new museum is highlighting local artists as well as an exhibit of traditional Bonairean musical instruments, on the first Sunday of every month.  The exhibit of handmade arts and crafts is at the Sentro Chich’i Tan, located at Kaya Milon #4 in Rincon.  It’s recommended to call before visiting to ensure open hours:  717-3183 or 785-7842

But even then, there’s still another stop to make, this time at Foundation Krusada on the road to Lagun.  Krusada is celebrating 12-1/2 years of active work on Bonaire, providing rehabilitation to those who require assistance to beat substance abuse problems.  The facility will host an open house with tours (guided tour in Dutch at 3:15, and guided tours in English and Papiamentu at 3:30 PM), “local taste” and children’s activity from 2:30 through 4:00 PM, and then a beach volleyball tournament from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Please note that Krusada is a smoke- and alcohol-free environment.

Enjoy the weekend!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 28, 2013 at 10:38am AST
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

AB CarRentals Focuses Upon Increased Customer Service With New Facilities

AB CarRentals, which, with over 200 vehicles, offers visiting tourists one of the largest fleet of vehicles on Bonaire, has been busy upgrading its fleet, facilities, and customer service options.  Now, customers of AB Car can enjoy a variety of new conveniences when renting a vehicle.

Their new, dedicated facility on Kaya Industria is just minutes from the airport, and it’s also convenient to Kralendijk or major resorts for those who might wish to pick up a vehicle for just a few days, instead of their entire visit.  The facility includes an air-conditioned reception area for check-in and check-out and free taxi and luggage service to and from the airport, making arrivals and departures less stressful.

But AB Car’s “no stress” policy goes one step further.  For those who purchase the full insurance with their vehicle, one of the new benefits includes a Zero Deductible.  This means that no matter what might happen to the car in the way of theft, accident, or vandalism, there is no responsibility to the renter.  This makes diving and snorkeling at some of Bonaire’s more remote dive sites truly worry-free.  And, their 24/7 free road assistance, with the purchase of full insurance coverage, means that if there is a problem with the vehicle, AB Car will be there to assist.

AB Car has always been a leader in keeping Bonaire as “green” as possible, importing the first truly electric car a few years ago.  That mindset has been carried forward to this day, as their garage facility is truly exceptional in that car wash water is recycled and the garage itself is held to Dutch/EU standards which mandate that floors must be sealed, so oil cannot leak into the environment.  Used motor oil is stored in a large tank, and then emptied four times a year via Bonaire’s recycling company, and the garage itself is nearly noise-free with plenty of lighting.  All in all, the visitor’s overall experience is pleasant and efficient.  Kudos go to AB Car for being pro-active in keeping their environmental “footprint” as small as possible.

What’s even nicer is that those renting pickups in the “Group Two” category are guaranteed a vehicle that is not older than 18 months.  The pickups in this category--double-cabin pickup trucks deluxe, with 4 doors/5 seats, air-conditioning, radio/CD player, power-steering, fabric seats, separated front-seats, manual transmission--are replaced regularly.

For more information or to check with AB Car on availability, visit their web site by clicking here.  Those who wish a dive pickup truck and plan on purchasing the full insurance coverage can save 10% on their rental by downloading and printing the coupon at Paradise Rebates by clicking here(Source:  AB Car)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 26, 2013 at 1:55pm AST
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments Completes Renovations

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments have reported that they have completed their full renovations, including interior and exterior work, transforming the property in Belnem into a very modern and chic place to stay.

The most notable change is the full renovation of the two penthouse apartments, which now have been expanded into three bedrooms in each of the units, which now accommodate up to six guests each.  Additionally, for groups up to twelve, the two penthouses can be combined via an adjoining door.  Pricing for the penthouses is equivalent to the VIP Deluxe 3-bedroom apartments.

Other renovations/improvements include a new, shaded dock area with pagoda and lounge chairs, a remodeled oceanfront pool with “beach entry,” completely updated interiors with new furniture and appliances, and the property has been repainted on its exterior with extensive garden landscaping as well.

For more information, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  Belmar Oceanfront Apartments)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 22, 2013 at 2:13pm AST
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bonaire in Finals for 2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards

Bonaire has been selected as one of five finalists in two out of eight categories in the 2013 About.com Readers Choice Awards, and now the pressure is on to come out on top!

Now through March 19, 2013, aficionados of Bonaire can vote for both their favorite destination as well as their favorite Caribbean beach bar, as these are the two categories in which Bonaire is a finalist.

Bonaire is a finalist in the category called “Overall Favorite Caribbean Island or Destination” and Paradise Moon has been named a finalist in the category of Favorite Caribbean Beach Bar.

If you’d like to help out the island and Paradise Moon make it to the top, then please cast your vote; everyone may vote once each day, in each category, so visit often.  Winners will be announced on March 27, 2013.  To vote for Bonaire as a destination, click here.  To vote for Paradise Moon as Favorite Beach Bar, click here(Source:  TCB-NY)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 21, 2013 at 4:44pm AST
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ParadiseRebates.com Announces 2013 Bonaire Coupons

ParadiseRebates.com has just released their new coupon program for discounts on services on Bonaire for 2013.  The web site offers downloadable and printable coupons that can be used when on Bonaire for discounts or rebates on activities, vehicle rentals, accommodations, or dining. 

ParadiseRebates.com was born several years ago, when airlines implemented additional charges for bags and dive gear.  Select tourism providers on Bonaire wanted to give their customers a break from additional fees, and so the coupon program was initiated.

Each year, coupons are updated and revised, and the current 2013 coupons are now available on the site by clicking here.  The tourism companies providing this year’s coupons are The Mangrove Info Center, AB Car Rental, China Nobo Bar & Restaurant, Dive Friends Bonaire, Bon Bida Spa & Gym, Den Laman Condominiums, Buddy Dive Resort, Dive Medical Bonaire, Fox Rent A Car, and Scuba Vision.

Feel free to peruse the site to view each company’s offer.  Then, if it’s of interest, simply click through to the downloadable coupon, print it and bring it with you on your next visit to Bonaire!  Be sure to “favorite” or “bookmark” the site and check back often as coupons are added throughout the year.  Or, simply click on the ”subscribe” link and receive free email alerts when a coupon is added. (Source:  ParadiseRebates.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 20, 2013 at 3:03pm AST
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Classical Music Board Bonaire Presents Pianist Harold Martina on Thursday, March 14, 2013

The next concert hosted by the Classical Music Board Bonaire will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013, when pianist Harold Martina takes to the keys to serenade all who attend.

Mr. Martina will be presenting a selection of pieces by Beethoven, Mendelsohn, Gottscholk, Granados, Calvo, Debussy, and Liszt.  Tickets are $20.00 per person in advance, or $25.00 per person at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at Addo’s Books & Toys, Flamingo Bookstore, Plaza Resort Bonaire, Chat ‘n’ Browse, and Valerie’s Airport Shop. 

The concert will begin promptly at 8:00 PM and will be held at Cacique Hall at Plaza Resort Bonaire.  (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 19, 2013 at 1:51pm AST
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Announcing Challenge #2 of InfoBonaire.com’s 2013 “So You Think You Know Bonaire”

In January, InfoBonaire.com announced the first Challenge of 2013, and it appears that this was a difficult one!  For those who did not supply the correct answer to the puzzle, now it’s time to try again in Challenge #2.

Although many responded to Challenge #1, out of all the entries, not one correct answer was received!  This was truly a difficult puzzle.  The answer can be discovered by clicking here.  The prize, provided by Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, will be carried forward to Challenge #2.

Challenge #2 is now open and ready for entries, and this one is a bit easier than last month’s challenge.  Check out the puzzle by clicking here, and remember, that the first two complete and correct entries will win the prizes!  Challenge #2 is sponsored by Fox Rent-A-Car, and they are offering a $50.00 gift certificate good toward a vehicle rental and valid through December 31, 2014.  Check out the Challenge and submit your response!  Good luck!  (Source:  InfoBonaire.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 14, 2013 at 1:00pm AST
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Enjoy Kralendijk in Dulce Film’s “The Last Chance” Music Video

Enjoy an unusual perspective of Kralendijk in Dolce Film’s newest music video, “The Last Chance,” shot in Kralendijk earlier this year. 

Johnny Ferretti, actor, singer, writer, and photographer, showcases his fabulous rendition of the famous Italian tenor aria, Nessun Dorma, written by Giacomo Puccini for his opera, Turandot.  The music video also stars Atreyu Smith, Arian Lobon, and Bayou Bennett, with cinematography by Daniel Lir.

View the music video on YouTube by clicking here(Source:  Dolce Films)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 13, 2013 at 3:45pm AST
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sea Urchins--How Does An Animal Without Eyes See the Light, by CIEE

The CIEE Research Station Bonaire will hold its next public presentation on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 to explain this perplexing riddle:  How can an animal without eyes see the light?

This presentation will be given by Dr. E. Arboleda.  Sea urchins belong to an ancient lineage of animals that have been widely studied over the history of marine science. It has been known since the times of Aristotle how they respond to moonlight to synchronize their reproductive seasons. It has been also known that sea urchins have an active response to light (either avoiding it or going toward it ,depending on the species), but it has always been a matter of debate how can these animals sense the light surrounding them.  Thanks to modern science and the use of genetic and molecular biology tools, we have been able to decipher this long standing question. During Dr. Arboleda’s presentation, it will become clear about the methods used to study light sensation (known as photoreception) in sea urchins, and why these sea urchins are now considered “walking eyes,” able to sense light from any direction even during their juvenile forms.

The presentation will be begin promptly at 7:00 PM, and entry is free and all are welcome.  It’s recommended to arrive a bit early, as recent presentations have been full.  The presentation will be held at the CIEE headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 26 in Kralendijk.  (Source:  CIEE)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 12, 2013 at 4:04pm AST
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Live Vicariously, See Bonaire’s Grand Karnival Parade

Today everyone was in Kralendijk for the Grand Karnival Parade.  Those battling cold and snow can live vicariously be viewing images of today’s parade on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

The adults were just as energetic as the youth of Bonaire in last week’s parade, and today saw a variety of floats and dancers, including a very popular lionfish group, a group of “bakers,” and a wonderful show of horsemanship and dressage at the end.  Costumes were brilliant and sparkled in Bonaire’s sun and blue skies.  Smiles were everywhere, as those in the parade enjoyed themselves, and everyone watching did the same.


Tuesday evening will be the final time to catch the parade, if it was missed today, as the Karnival time will end with the traditional burning of King Momo at midnight on Tuesday.  See you there!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 10, 2013 at 5:50pm AST
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