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Sunday, November 03, 2013

AB Car Rentals Now Offers Scooter Rentals

AB Car is now offering scooter rentals with a brand new fleet of just-arrived scooters.  Scooter rentals for visiting tourists are becoming more popular due to their economy in the use of gasoline, as well as the ease of parking.

Expanding upon AB Car Rental’s excellent reputation for vehicle rentals, the new AB Scooter Rentals also offers many “extras.” For example, when renting for three days or more, there is a free pick-up and drop-off service.  AB Scooter Rentals also offers a 24/7 Road Service Call option, and they are open seven days a week.

Optional full insurance, including the risk of theft, is available for only $5.50 per day (excluding sales tax) with a $350.00 deductible. 

For those visitors who don’t require a vehicle for the transportation of dive gear, AB Scooter Rentals provides a great way to get around with ease to Bonaire’s restaurants, beaches, and great snorkel spots.  For more information or to request a quotation, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  AB Scooter Rentals)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 03, 2013 at 2:50pm AST
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bonaire’s AB CarRental Announces the Arrival of New Vehicles for Their Fleet

AB CarRental, with over 200 vehicles, offers visiting tourists one of the largest fleet of vehicles on Bonaire.  And, a new shipment of brand new vehicles has just arrived on the island and are now available for rent.

For divers visiting Bonaire, AB Car’s “Group Two” category pickups are ideal for shore diving, and vehicles in this category are guaranteed to be no older than 18 months.  The Group Two vehicles are double-cabin pickup trucks deluxe, with 4 doors/5 seats, air-conditioning, radio/CD player, power-steering, fabric seats, separated front-seats, with manual transmission.

AB Car’s current special allows an upgrade to these vehicles:  Those booking the Group One rate receive the upgrade to the Group Two vehicles for travel now through September 30, 2013, subject to availability, and this special cannot be combined with any other special or discount.

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.  The “no stress” policy also includes additional drivers at no extra charge.

For more information or to check with AB Car on availability, visit their web site at http://www.abcarrental.com.  Any Bonaire visitors traveling to Bonaire without a group may save 10% on their own vehicle rental by downloading and printing the coupon at Paradise Rebates at http://www.paradiserebates.com/bonaire_abcarrental.html. The coupon is valid toward the rental of any vehicle when AB Car’s full insurance plan is purchased.  Be sure to “like” ABCar’s Facebook page, available at https://www.facebook.com/ABCarrentalBonaire.

Posted by Susan Davis on July 18, 2013 at 11:01am AST
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Thursday, June 06, 2013

XL Rent-A-Car Offers Summer Special for Sedans

XL Rent-A-Car, a new vehicle rental company on Bonaire, is offering a summer special on their rental sedans.  The company prides itself on offering smooth check-ins and check-outs for rental vehicles upon arrival or departure at the airport.

To assist expediting arriving visitors with the commencement of their vacations, XL Rent-A-Car greets those with rental reservations at Flamingo Airport, providing an escort to their clean sedan “ready-to-go” with the air-conditioning on.  The company also offers free delivery of the reserved vehicle at the airport or at the visitor’s chosen accommodations property.

XL Rent-A-Car is offering a summer special on their sedans.  For those who book by June 30th, 2013, for travel any time now through August 31st, 2013, enjoy the special rate of $45.00 per day.  This rate includes taxes, CDW, and unlimited mileage.  There is no fee for an extra driver.

XL offers Hyundai Accent 2013 sedans (5-seat), with automatic transmission, radio/AM/FM/CD, with air-conditioning.  For more information, visit their web site by clicking here, or send an email to info@xlbonaire.com(Source:  XL Rent-A-Car)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 06, 2013 at 3:55pm AST
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Bonaire’s Fox Car Rental Offers Special Pricing on Dive-Ready Landwind SUVs

Fox Car Rental has just announced a special for those coming to Bonaire to dive or snorkel.  Visitors can now enjoy the extra security and comfort that a dive-ready SUV offers.

Fox Car Rental has placed their Landwind Dive SUVs in Category 5 with the discounted rate of only $299.00 per week, including rental fees, all taxes, and CDW insurance.  This special promotion is subject to availability and is valid from April 6 through October 26, 2013.

Those visitors who want complete peace of mind, no matter where they might roam on Bonaire are eligible for Fox’s full insurance, at only $8.00 per day additional.  This full insurance includes, in addition to the CDW, a “Zero Deductible” plan, which 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 Bonaires more remote dive sites truly worry-free. Additionally, the full insurance includes 24/7 free road assistance, so if there is a problem with the vehicle, Fox Car Rental will be there to assist.

For more information or to check with Fox Car Rental on availability, visit their web site by clicking here.

Posted by Susan Davis on March 06, 2013 at 1:02pm 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, March 04, 2011

Good Return Offers New Taxi Service to Klein Bonaire

Effective immediately Good Return Bonaire is operating a daily taxi service to Klein Bonaire. 

Good Return will depart from Town Pier at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM and return at 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Passengers will be able to get off the boat via ladder into the shallow water around Klein Bonaire, for a short walk to No Name Beach.

Good Return holds up to 50 passengers and ice cold beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase during the trip to Klein Bonaire. The boat has a large deck, restroom and shower available.

The cost of the taxi service is $15 per person and children under 12 cost only $7.50. Bonaire residents receive a 50% discount.

Good Return Bonaire also offers cruises around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire and customized excursions may also be arranged. (Source: Good Return Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on March 04, 2011 at 9:34am AST
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Monday, March 22, 2010

InfoBonaire.com, the Bonaire Information Site, Expands Site with New Data

NetTech, N.V. is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular InfoBonaire web site, the Bonaire Information Site, with new destination information for Bonaire visitors to assist with planning their vacations.

InfoBonaire, the Bonaire Information Site, was launched in 1997, and over the last 13 years has become well known as the definitive source for information about Bonaire as a destination, offering information about accommodations, restaurants, rental vehicles, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and more.  As new services become available on the island, InfoBonaire.com keeps the site fresh and timely with daily updates.

Accordingly, several new topics have been added to InfoBonaire’s wide scope of data.  Many visitors plan their vacations to Bonaire for diving, snorkeling, or windsurfing activities, but there’s a plethora of other activities to enjoy, too.  Visitors may now learn more about horseback-riding by visiting www.infobonaire.com/horsebackriding.html, or kiteboarding, by visiting www.infobonaire.com/kiteboarding.html.  Either of these activities offer exciting options for the traveler or family and friends.

Shopping is always a necessity while on vacation, whether it’s to purchase one’s own souvenirs or for those back home.  Visiting www.infobonaire.com/souvenirs.html offers a glimpse at special options for gift-giving, highlighting souvenirs which are made only with products from Bonaire or are about the island itself.  The Art and Handicrafts page, located at www.infobonaire.com/art_handicrafts.html, focuses upon where fine art and other local handicrafts can be found around the island, either for purchase or viewing, as artwork always provides a way to remember a favorite site or moment of a vacation.  And for those who want to be sure they’re in the height of fashion, even while on the beach, the Surf-wear Shopping page at www.infobonaire.com/surfwear.html offers a variety of options and tips.

As nearly all stay-over visitors utilize Bonaire’s airport, the new Airport page informs about the various services available at the island’s Flamingo Airport.  Visit www.infobonaire.com/airport.html for additional information.

Those not arriving by air usually enter for a day in port while on a cruise to the southern Caribbean, and the new Cruise Passenger Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will answer many questions for those island visitors who must maximize their enjoyment of what Bonaire has to offer.  This page can be viewed by clicking www.infobonaire.com/cruise_FAQs.html.

Nearly all stay-over visitors rent a vehicle so they are mobile and can enjoy dining at different restaurants , visiting various dive or snorkel sites, or traveling through the island’s northern national park.  Although driving on Bonaire is very easy, the new Traffic page at www.infobonaire.com/traffic.html provides information about signage and right-of-way for those driving.

Since the invasive Pacific lionfish entered Bonaire’s waters, many visiting divers want to know what they can do to help with containment.  These divers can visit the new Lionfish page located at www.infobonaire.com/lionfish.html for more information and tips about this new species.

Viewers may easily access any of these new sections of InfoBonaire directly from menus on the home page and other key parts of the InfoBonaire web site.

“When we first launched InfoBonaire over a dozen years ago, our premise was simple—provide all possible information about Bonaire in a simple, friendly manner, and continually update the site to keep it current. Our efforts obviously have been rewarded because InfoBonaire has been, and remains, the top Bonaire web site in Google and many other key search engines,” said Jake Richter, founder and co-managing director of NetTech N.V.  He added, “This latest expansion continues our effort at keeping our content current, fresh, and most importantly, relevant, focusing on the real information visitors need.”

InfoBonaire is also the host of One-Stop Quotes, which allows potential Bonaire visitors to easily check rates and availability for select accommodations and car rental companies with one simple online request, which is then transmitted automatically via an email to those local companies which the viewer selected.  Since its inception in 2006, One -Stop-Quotes has provided thousands of quotations and availability checks.  For additional information or to request a quote, visit www.infobonaire.com/one-stop-quotes.html.

NetTech N.V. is Bonaires largest and most well known Internet hosting and email company providing all levels of Internet marketing, design, specialized programming, and graphic services.  The company provides the popular web sites InfoBonaire (www.InfoBonaire.com), The Bonaire Insider (www.BonaireInsider.com), Bonaire Surveys (www.BonaireSurveys.com), and Paradise Rebates (www.ParadiseRebates.com). For additional information, visit www.nettech.an.

InfoBonaire is a registered trademark of NetTech N.V., and The Bonaire Information Site, Bonaire Insider, Bonaire Surveys, One-Stop Quotes, and Paradise Rebates are all trademarks of NetTech N.V.  (Source:  NetTech, N.V.)


Posted by Susan Davis on March 22, 2010 at 5:33pm AST
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Bonaire Briefs--News and Happenings Around the Island of Bonaire

Here’s some of the latest news from the island, perfect for divers, adventurers, families and sun-seekers.

Bonaire Seaside Apartments offer value with a view in their newly discounted three bedroom villas.  Previously priced at $500 per night, these spacious, modern apartments are now priced at $320 per night up to quad occupancy, $350 per night if shared by five or six people. Oceanfront, fully air-conditioned studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are also available. Conveniently located within easy walking distance of Bonaire’s capital, Kralendijk, these modern units feature a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living areas, and porch or balcony overlooking Bonaires picturesque anchorage and nearby Klein Bonaire.

Dive services are provided by neighboring Dive Friends Bonaire@Yellow Submarine, a PADI Gold Palm Resort and National Geographic Family Dive Center.

Seven night Drive & Dive Packages are now only $756.00 pp based on six people sharing a three-bedroom villa, including one manual transmission truck, 3 days of 2-tank boat diving, plus 6 days of unlimited shore diving, free upgrades for Nitrox divers and government room tax.  Prices are valid through April 17, 2009.  Toll free 1-800-382-1094, www.bonaireseasideapartments.com

Buddy Dive Resort has begun a major renovation of all their guest rooms, including all new furniture in the living rooms, totally new bathrooms, and new kitchens complete with all new equipment.  Buddy Dive has elected a modern look combined with comfortable furniture. The sofas and the dining table chairs will give their divers the opportunity to relax after their dives.

The Digital Photo Center at Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire also recently underwent an upgrade of their cameras in their rental line.  They are now offering Canon A650 IS cameras in Ikelite housings, which record 12 megapixel images, so there is an amazing amount of detail.  Rental cameras are preset for optimal settings for Bonaire, which takes the guess work out of underwater photography. In addition to camera and strobe rentals, the Digital Photo Center features a half-day photo class that can be personalized to participants specific needs no matter what the photographic skill level.

Buddy Dive Resort continues to upgrade its technical diving product under the leadership of Dive Operations Manager, Augusto Montbrun. Today, they are able to offer Tec Diving courses from TDI, and the resort has rearranged the fill station area adding a complete and new partial pressure gas blending station where they are able to fill their tech diving tanks and prepare custom blends at the desire of their clientele.  www.buddydive.com

Den Laman Condominiums waterfront restaurant, Sunset Bar & Grill, operated by Kirk Gosden of Lions Den fame, is now offering room service to guests of the resort. Originally open only for dinner, the restaurant has also recently opened for lunch. The Sunset Bar & Grill is open daily (excluding Wednesdays) from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM for lunch, and 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM for dinner.

In addition to the restaurant, Den Laman features 16 modern fully A/C apartments with state-of-the-art kitchens, dining, and living areas. It is also home to Fish Eye Photo, a full service photo & video facility, as well as Bonaire Dive & Adventure, a PADI 5-Star Gold Palm full service dive and eco-adventure facility. 

Seven night Drive & Dive Packages start at $735.00 per person in studio accommodations and include a manual transmission rental truck, 6 days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free Nitrox upgrades, and room tax. Boat dive package upgrades are also available, as are packages for one- and two-bedroom apartments. Prices are valid through April 17, 2009.  Toll free 1-800-382-1094, www.denlaman.com

Golden Reef Inn is offering a variety of specials over the coming months, including the following:  March, 2009 is the Ladies Special, for lady divers only, offering 8 days/7 nights of divine delights.  April, 2009 is Mature Shore Diving for those 50 and over, where a Sherpa will be provided, someone who can help you carry your gear from truck to water and back, and help with equipment, for those who desire it.  May, 2009 is for the Macro Photographer and Wanna-bes when staff from Fish Eye Photo will help with tips on underwater photography and editing.  June, 2009 offers two nights free when the June trip is booked and paid for now.  August, 2009 offers special packages with one night free, when a seven-night package is booked.  Guest is responsible for taxes for the seventh night.  www.goldenreefinn.com

Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, dive partner Bonaire Dive & Adventure, a PADI 5-star Gold Palm and SSI Scuba Training Facility, has just added the SSI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty to their course offerings. This half-day course is available for $120.00 per student, excluding book, table and tax. Once completed, all Sand Dollar guests with a pre-paid dive package can receive free Nitrox upgrades for their remaining dive days.

Sand Dollar and Bonaire Dive & Adventures Ride to the Reef Package, based on four people sharing a spacious water-view, two-bedroom/two-bathroom condominium, is US $911.00 per diver, US $627.00 per vacationer.  The package includes seven nights accommodations, 6 days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, 6 one-tank boat dives, free Nitrox upgrades, daily breakfast buffet, manual transmission pick-up truck, and room tax (Nitrox Specialty not included.) Packages for shore diving only, as well as studio, one-, and three-bedroom accommodations are also available. Prices are valid through April 17, 2009.  Toll Free 1-800-288-4773, www.sanddollarbonaire.com

Bencho Car Rental specializes in Toyota Hilux pickup trucks for rental vehicles, and offers a special package where one day is free for each seven-day rental. A seven-day rental is $281.02, with one day free.  A 14-day rental is $562.04, with two days free, and a 21-day rental is $846.06, with three days free.  All rates include CDW, sales tax, and vehicle tax.  www.benchocarrental.com

Bonaire Tours & Vacations is offering a group special, valid now through April 15, 2009, for round-trip airport transfers and luggage handling.  Get one free for a group of twelve, or two free with a group of twenty. 

Bonaire Tours & Vacations also handles wedding planning, and has packages starting at $600.00, including all paperwork and the wedding day arrangements.  Those planning to get married on Bonaire can enjoy a romantic escape combined with their honeymoon, when they let a professional wedding planner make all the arrangements.  www.bonairetours.com

Jody’s Fashion & Music, a well known shop located in the center of Bonaire, has just completed a new Womens Department.  Offering fashions for men, women, and youngsters, Jodys has the latest board shorts, polo shirts, and original Nike sneakers.  The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 PM to 5:00 PM.

Bambu French/International Restaurant is offering a complete new dinner menu in addition to a monthly Gastronomic Evening, held every first Thursday in the month.  Their chef prepares an exclusive 5-course dinner, with all new dishes not on their regular menu. The price is Nafl. 75.00 per person, excluding beverages; reservations are necessary and should be made at least one day in advance.

Philips Cooking & Organizing and Suzes Wedding Planning together offer catering with a personal touch.  Meals can be prepared for a romantic twosome on the beach, for large groups up to 50 persons, or for special or business events.  By using a caterer, the host and hostess can be a guest themselves, and enjoy their own dinner party!  Services include catered meals or party snacks, cooking lessons, and cooking demonstrations.  Full wedding planning is also available.

Telerin Car Rental announces that all new double-cabin pickup trucks are now in and available for rentals.  These manual-transmission trucks feature power steering, air-conditioning, radio (AM/FM) and CD, and have a central locking dive rack.  Telerin is committed to continuously improving the quality of their service to their customers.

BonairePros.com is offering new package options for windsurfing that include new accommodation options, discount car rental, and equipment rental at Jibe City and Bonaire Windsurf Place. New dive package options are also being offered featuring Bonaires favorite dive resorts and new lodging/dive operator combinations.

(Source:  TCB-NY)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 30, 2009 at 4:21pm AST
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

AB Car Provides Free Trial of Solar Car for Their Customers

As the Insider reported last October, AB Carrental is now the first rental vehicle company on Bonaire offering “green” vehicles, with its solar-powered vehicle.

Since that time, the staff and customers of AB Carrental have been actively testing the environmentally friendly solar car.  This new vehicle has shown it can handle a trip around the southern half of the island beautifully, while it does struggle a bit to get up the steeper climbs of some of the northern locations, like Seru Largu.

AB Carrental is now offering their customers the opportunity to try the solar car free of charge.  Those who are renting any other vehicle with AB Carrental, may contact them to make arrangements to exchange their current rental vehicle for the solar car for either a morning or afternoon, so they may try it out.  For additional information, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  AB Carrental)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 14, 2009 at 8:59am AST
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bonaire Visitors Now May Rent a Vehicle and Still Be “Green”

With fuel prices still high on the island, alternative sources of energy for a vehicle are certainly welcome.  Beginning November 1st, visitors to Bonaire can now rent a solar-powered vehicle.

AB Car Rental has recently acquired its first solar-powered vehicle for its rental pool, and, in fact, has become the official distributor for Solar Car in the Caribbean.

These vehicles are powered solely by sunshine and electricity, so gasoline or diesel do not need to be purchased.  Those who are currently on Bonaire and are interested in viewing the vehicle may do so this evening from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Coco Palm Garden in Belnem.

For additional information regarding renting this vehicle, visit AB Car Rental’s web site by clicking here (Source:  AB Car Rental)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 16, 2008 at 2:04pm AST
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