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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Divi Group Announces Plans to Build Beachfront All-Inclusive Resort on Bonaire

The Divi Group, which operates nine Divi Resorts on six Caribbean islands, as well as two all inclusive resorts in Aruba, has announced that it will build a new beachfront all inclusive resort on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.  Construction of the resort is expected to begin in spring 2007, with completion scheduled for the end of 2008.

Offering an all inclusive program based on the same successful all inclusive concept as the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives in Aruba, the new resort will rise to four stories and will feature 275 spacious ocean and beach view units plus sixty ocean view condominiums adjacent to the property.  The condos will available for full ownership with a hotel rental program and people who own/use these units will have access to all resort facilities. 

Resort amenities will include a large beach, full service dive center, state-of-the-art fitness center, rock climbing wall, large infinity pool, a selection of restaurants and bars, on-site spa, casino and shops.  All food and beverage outlets will be open to non-hotel guests as well as guests of the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Divi Resorts current property in Bonaire.  Management of the new all inclusive resort will fall under the Divi All Inclusive Group in Aruba, with both properties on the island sharing a management team.

“As the first all inclusive on Bonaire we will be able to introduce the island to a new segment of travelers that enjoy the ease and wide array of amenities offered by an all inclusive property,” said Alex Nieuwmeyer, who oversees Divi’s operations in Aruba and Bonaire.  “The untapped market potential of Bonaire and the opportunity to expand the Divi brand in a destination that is committed to sustainable tourism and that we have a history in (as the operators of the Divi Flamingo) made good business sense.”

The Divi Group includes Divi Resorts, the largest Caribbean-only hotel chain, as well as two all inclusive resorts in Aruba, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives.  Divi Resorts operates nine resorts on six Caribbean islands including the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino in St. Croix; Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten; Divi Southwinds Beach Resort and Divi Heritage Beach Resort in Barbados; Divi Tiara Beach Resort in Cayman Brac; Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino in Bonaire; and Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Resort in Aruba. (Source: The Divi Group)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 15, 2006 at 8:33am AST
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

New Airport Security Procedures in Bonaire

Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport has indicated that it has upgraded its security procedures to be in line with those announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States today.

Effective immediately, passengers will be asked to put any gels, liquids, beverages, etc. in their checked bags. Once the secure areas (gift shops behind security) are cleared, passengers will be able to purchase beverages and the such there, but they must be consumed before boarding. Duty free liquor and perfume sales will be affected.

Exceptions for infants/toddlers will be made (breast milk, formula, fruit juice) as well as for liquid prescription medicine in the name of the passenger.

We have also been informed that both KLM and Martinair have also instituted such screening procedures, but only for those flights which are destined for the United States. Flights to non-U.S. destinations fromBonaire are not affected by these procedures at this time. (Sources: TSA Web Site, TSA Update, American Airlines web site, U.K. Department of Transport, BAA (British airport authority))

Note Update August 17, 2006: These security requirements are applicable to U.S.-bound flights. However, if U.S.-bound passengers cannot be segregated from passengers with other destinations, the requirements are applicable to all passengers entering the departure lounge (sterile area). This means that at Flamingo Airport Bonaire, passengers on all flights departing between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM may not have liquids, gels, or aerosols of any size at the screening area.

U.S.-bound passengers must consume any beverages purchased in the sterile area (departure lounge) before boarding the aircraft. All passengers may purchase duty-free liquids, gels, or aerosols. For U.S.-bound flights, these goods will be delivered to the passenger immediately before boarding.

The requirement to remove passengers’ shoes is no longer applicable.  (Source of Update:  Bonaire International Airport, N.V.)

Posted by Jake Richter on August 10, 2006 at 2:00pm AST
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Monday, August 07, 2006

New Tourism Specials Are Announced

Bonaire tourism companies announce new specials for the coming months.

Bonaire Lagoen Hill is offering a package that includes 7 nights accommodation, 6 days of unlimited shore diving and 7 days vehicle rental. Package prices starting at $353.00 per person, based on 6 people in a 3-bedroom cottage.Lagoen Hill is located in the rolling hills near Lagoen Bay, a quiet residential setting with great island views of Bonaire, only 2 miles from the capital city of Kralendijk . The resort features 30 private cottages, set among lush tropical gardens. The cottages are provided with cable TV, radio, ceiling-fans, personal safes, hot water facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious bathroom with shower and large bedrooms with air-conditioning. Homes with all the comfort and modern amenities needed for a perfect and affordable island getaway. Package prices are valid until December 19, 2006. For more information visit the Lagoen Hill Web site.

Divers Paradise is offering a seven-night special including 6 days of unlimited shore diving, plus 7 days vehicle rental. Package prices starting at $383.00 per person, based on 3 people in a one-bedroom apartment. Located a short drive from Kralendijk in the quiet residential area of Hato. Divers Paradise offers seven comfortable apartments complete with fully-equipped kitchens, cable TV, radio, personal safes, bathroom with shower and bedroom with air-conditioning. Package prices are valid until December 19, 2006. For more information visit their Web site.

AB Carrental, located at the Airport of Bonaire, is offering a Special for Divers and Non Divers, through December 21, 2006: For Divers, a Mazda Pick Up Double Cabin with power steering and A/C for only USD 30.00 per day or USD 200.00 per week. Also available “ 4WD Drive Pick Up Trucks and 4WD SUVs” with automatic transmission. For Non Divers: A Kia Picanto, 4 door economy car with A/C for only USD 27.00 per day or USD 175.00 per week. Also available with automatic transmission. Visit the AB Carrental Web site for further details and make your reservation through their on-line-reservation system.

Fox Discount Car Rental, has a Special for Divers until December 15 - 2006:  Pick Up Truck Double Cabin Standard for as low as USD 23.00 per day or USD 145.00 per week, taxes not included. Pick Up Truck Double Cabin Deluxe with power-steering and A/C for USD 29.00 per day or USD 183.00 per week, taxes not included. For more information, visit their Web site(Source:  Bonaire Entre Nous Newsletter, August 7, 2006)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 07, 2006 at 1:27pm AST
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American Airlines Announces Special Fares to Bonaire

As part of American Airlines’ NetSAAver’s program, which typically offers reduced airfare between city pairs, American Airlines recently started offering significantly reduced fares to Bonaire from all major U.S. cities.

These new fares can be as low as $348.00 from Boston, $371.00 from Chicago, or $424.00 from Los Angeles, and are valid for travel between August 7 and December 13, 2006, and must be booked by August 16, 2006. (Source: American Airlines web site)

Posted by Jake Richter on August 07, 2006 at 1:00pm AST
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Friday, August 04, 2006

Den Laman Restaurant

Den Laman Restaurant, located directly west of Bonaire’s only traffic circle has announced that it will feature a Sunset Jazz & Creole Buffet on Saturday, August 5th.

Featured musicians will be The Bonaire Jazz Group, with music starting as the sun sets. The buffet will open at 7pm, and will feature a selection of local food, including: ceviche, escabeche criollo de pescado, ensalada rusa, Caribbean black bean salad, piska hasa ku salsa criollo, tutu, baka stoba, funchi, arroz estilo espagnol, banana hasa, galina al formo, papaya den pika, and budin di pan.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Phone: +599 7174106. (Source: Den Laman Restaurant)

Posted by Jake Richter on August 04, 2006 at 9:00am AST
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Continental Airlines To Bring New Newark/Bonaire Connection

Continental Airlines today signed a new accord with the Bonaire Island Government to bring a second non-stop flight to Bonaire from Newark, New Jersey. The new non-stop flight begins in mid-December, and joins the weekly non-stop flight Continental started in December 2005 from Houston, Texas.

Continental Airlines and Bonaire Tourism officials preside over the signing of the accord.

As with the current Continental flight from Houston, the flight from Newark will be a red-eye flight from the U.S. The flight will initially depart Newark Saturdays at 11:55pm, arriving on Bonaire at 5:40am (one hour time difference). It will depart Bonaire Sundays at 7am, arriving in Newark at 10:45am. With this schedule there should be ample time to make connections going both ways. The first flight will depart Newark’s Liberty Airport (airport code EWR) on Saturday, December 16, 2006. (Sources: Tourism Corporation Bonaire Press Release, Internet research)

Posted by Jake Richter on July 19, 2006 at 5:00pm AST
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bonaire Windsurf Place and Caribbean Web Cams Team Up for Bonaire’s Newest Web Cam

Bonaire Windsurf Place and Caribbean Web Cams LLC are pleased to announce that a new WindsurfCam is available on Bonaire. The WindsurfCam, Bonaire’s latest cam, joins a popular roster of other Bonaire-based web cams, including the first permanent open water reef web cam in the world, along with four land-based web cams.

Images from the new WindsurfCam are available for viewing at www.bonairewindsurfplace.com/webcam.html. The WindsurfCam images are set to update every minute, and, as with all cams provided by Caribbean Web Cams, the current image is free to anyone who accesses the site. Archive images are also available at www.bonairewebcams.com. However, to view the archives, one must have a membership in Bonaire Web Cams, and different levels of membership are available at very reasonable fees, including a limited access free membership.

The Bonaire Web Cams have proven themselves to be very popular with visiting tourists from around the world, and have, on their own, became famous, from the award-winning underwater cam, to the beach cams and DonkeyCam. Many Bonaire visitors plan at least one trip to the cams to wave to family and friends back home. www.bonairewebcams.com receives an average of 200,000 visitors per month, with an average of 2,000,000 page views per month.

Bonaire Windsurf Place is pleased to be part of this growing technology. Owner/operator Roger Jurriens states, “Now our customers can be a part of Bonaire’s windsurfing scene from any location in the world. All they have to do is logon to the site, and they can view live images of Lac Bay. It’s a great way for people to stay active and excited about our sport.”

Bonaire Windsurf Place is one of Bonaire’s finest windsurf shops, offering all levels of training, excellent equipment, kids’ and women’s specialty clinics, and a popular beach bar and restaurant - all at one of the best windsurf locations in the Caribbean - Lac Bay. Bonaire Windsurf Place also is the home of the Bonaire Windsurf Kids. Additional information is available at www.bonairewindsurfplace.com, or email or call +599-717-2288, or FAX +599-717-5279.

Caribbean WebCams, LLC, owner and operator of the Bonaire WebCams and the award-winning Bonaire ReefCam, specializes in all aspects of commercial WebCam set-up and installation for resorts and travel destinations. Company headquarters are located in Bolton, Massachusetts in the U.S.A. Caribbean WebCams information can be found at http://www.CaribbeanWebCams.com, and the company may be contacted at or by phone at +1-703-783-8370 or by FAX at +1-703-783-8371 in the U.S., or by phone at +599-7-174112 on Bonaire.  (Source: Bonaire Windsurf Place and Caribbean WebCams)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 09, 2006 at 2:03pm AST
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Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Lizard Inn Announces New Website and Re-Opening Special

The Lizard Inn has also announced a new web site, in coordination with the opening of their new location. With a company motto of “clean, cheap, and casual”, Lizard Inn’s new location will offer an expanded number of rooms, along with new services and activities.

Their Grand Opening Special can be booked online, and consists of a 7 night stay while you pay for only six nights Offer valid from October 1st - November 30th 2006 ("Regatta-week" excepted, October 8th-October 15th).

For more information, visit their web site at www.lizardinnbonaire.com, or email . (Source: The Lizard Inn)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 08, 2006 at 3:33pm AST
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Friday, July 07, 2006

Bonaire Gift Shop Launches New Web Site

Bonaire Gift Shop is pleased to announce the launching of their new web site, highlighting the large and varied stock of wines and liquors available at their Kaya Grandi store.

Both tourists and islanders alike can find the new web site helpful. Locals can check product types before coming to the store, or tourists can even plan for their beverage needs in advance of their trip, simply by ordering online and requesting delivery to their hotel or apartment.

The wine list is, by far, the most extensive on Bonaire, encompassing wines from over 12 locations around the world. Enjoy a different wine each night of your Bonaire visit, from such wonderful wine locales such as Chile, South Africa, California, Spain, France, Argentina, or others.

If you prefer liquors instead, once again you’ll have no problem finding exactly the right one for you. Bonaire Gift Shop offers a nice selection of Scotch whiskey, rum, port, brandy, champagne, vodka, gin, and beer. Of course, mixers and specialty liquors are also available. There is truly something here for every budget, from economical wine to fine aged brandy.

Of course, Bonaire Gift Shop also offers a large selection of souvenirs and t-shirts, so you can make it your one-stop shopping store on Bonaire. Because Bonaire Gift Shop realizes islanders have busy lives, and tourists’ vacation time is precious, take advantage of their special services with pre-trip ordering or delivery. Or, if you need to plan a special event, let Bonaire Gift Shop assist you with parties, birthdays, liquor bar setup, or even provide your margarita mixes, or champagne or wedding orders!

For more information, visit www.bonairegiftshop.com, or email . The most fully stocked shop on Bonaire looks forward to assisting you soon.  (Source: Bonaire Gift Shop)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 07, 2006 at 3:15pm AST
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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations Launches New Web Site

Just launched is Caribbean Wind & Sun’s newly renovated web site. Now everyone can get up-to-date information when planning your dive or windsurf vacation to Bonaire.

Ann has over 19 years experience in Caribbean travel services. She is also an avid windsurfer and Bonaire resident. Ann offers her professional expertise to plan a customized trip for you and your friends and family meeting any budget.

Peruse the new site for information about the many island properties Ann represents, as well as banner updates on special events and groups. All aspects of your vacation from airfare, accommodations, windsurf gear rentals, concierge and vehicle rental, can be handled at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. For more information visit www.bonairecaribbean.com. To make an inquiry online, go to: www.bonairecaribbean.com/inquire.html(Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 10, 2006 at 3:57pm AST
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