A Taste of Bonaire is your chance to sample local food specialties, taste the signature dishes of your favorite Bonaire restaurants at reduced prices, check out some handicrafts and artwork, listen and dance to local music played live on stage and get a taste of not just Bonairian food but also Bonairian culture. This is a fun place to people watch and also get a taste of what it’s like to live on Bonaire. Taste of Bonaire is a popular event with people living on Bonaire.
Booths are set up in the park for vendors and tables and chairs for visitors. Food is served in disposable carry-out containers or paper plates. A band plays on the round concrete stage that is a fixture of Wilhelmina Park. Event organizers sometimes give short speeches. A Taste of Bonaire is a casual, social event that takes place approximately one time per month. Check the Taste of Bonaire Facebook page for upcoming dates. Right now the next Taste of Bonaire is scheduled for August 4th from 6-11pm and then September 2nd 6-11pm. The September 2nd Edition will be honoring Bonaire Flag Day and is the Dance Edition.
Here’s a short video of someone enjoying herself and tasting local food at Taste of Bonaire:
Where: Wilhelmina Park in Downtown Kralendijk in front of Cuba Compagnie Restaurant on the water side
When: Saturday August 4th and Saturday September 2nd 2018 (and most first Saturday’s of the month)
When Exactly: 6pm – 11pm
What to bring: Cash and an open mind to try new flavors!
Sorobon Beach Resort, the only hotel on Lac Bay, is now home to a small scale windsurf school and rental shop. The other two windsurf shops on Bonaire are Jibe City and Bonaire Windsurf Place, which are direct competitors and next door neighbors.
Dunkerbeck Pro Center was founded by Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Phillipe Bru, well known professional windsurfers who also founded the 1000+ racer DefiWind in France. Two years ago they brought the DefiWind to Bonaire and less than one year ago they opened the Dunkerbeck Pro Center at Sorobon Beach Resort. The shop is next door to Jibe City and directly on Lac Bay with a large stretch of beach front. The Pro Center offers gear rental mainly for slalom sailors as well as windsurf lessons for all levels, beginner through professional. You can also rent foil boards and learn windsurf foil with the pros. On days when the wind isn’t blowing too hard, rent a stand up paddle board or SUP OR give wind foiling a try.
Dunkerbeck Pro Center is set up mainly for guests of Sorobon Beach Resort but anyone can rent gear or take lessons from them. Their prices are already higher than Jibe City and Windsurf Place and for resort guests; add on an extra 20% if you aren’t a guest of Sorobon Beach Resort. The price is a disadvantage but the gear is new, the shop prides itself on quality equipment and service and they open a half hour earlier and close a half hour later than their only two competitors. The wind traditionally is strongest in morning and evening so the extra hour added on to the day at the best time of the day is going to be a deciding factor for serious windsurfers.
Lessons at Dunkerbeck pro center make use of headsets and microphones so that the windsurf instructor can communicate directly with you while you are sailing. This is a big advantage to your windsurf instructor yelling directions to you in the wind and can make for a better learning experience.
The following video has great drone footage of Phillipe Bru windsurfing on Bonaire and some great foiling shots. Foiling is becoming more and more popular all over the world and was almost completely unheard of just five years ago. It’s possible to plane on foil gear in lower winds than with a normal board. Foil lessons (wind foil lessons) offered at Dunkerbeck Pro Center offer a unique opportunity to learn and master this growing new area of the sport – wind foiling! As a precaution you can only use foil gear once the instructors are convinced that you know what you are doing!
Entry level gear starts at $60/day
Mid level gear starts at $85/day and
Professional level gear is $100/day
Lessons:$50 for beginner including gear, $105 for private lesson including gear rental, $150 for two person semi-private lesson including gear.
This week’s movies on Bonaire playing at outdoor movie theater Bonaire Empire Cinema
Watch the latest releases by the light of the moon and the stars. Bring your own chair or use the chairs provided by the movie theater. Who knew seeing a movie outdoors on Bonaire could be this much fun. Ice cold wine and beer along with popcorn, soft drinks and hot dogs are served. You can also order Thai food in advance and have dinner with your movie.
Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!
The ADVANCE PREMIER OF Mamma Mia Here We Go Again! will be released this Wednesday at 7:30pm. Don’t miss it!
This much anticipated sequel to Mamma Mia, written and directed by Ol Parker can be seen on Bonaire two days before it’s North American Premiere! Everything on Bonaire is on Island time except the movies…
Here We Go Again is the sequel and also the prequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia. It is scheduled to be released in North America and the UK on July 20, 2018. The release in July 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the original film released in July 2008.
Stars include Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan and Cher.
Advance Premiere of Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again!
Wednesday July 18th 7:30pm at Empire Cinema
The movie runs 113 minutes and is in English with Dutch subtitles
Admission price $9
Also showing at Empire Cinema this week:
Starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Friday July 13th 7:30 and 9:30pm
Saturday July 14th 7:30 and 9:30pm
Sunday July 15th 7:30 and 9:30pm
Monday July 16th 9:30pm only
Tuesday July 17th 7:30 and 9:30pm
Wednesday July 18th 9:30pm only
The movie runs 103 minutes and is in English with Dutch subtitles
Admission price $11
Directed by J.A. Bavona
Monday July 16th only
Special price admission for only $5. Last chance to see this movie at Empire!
The movie runs 124 minutes and is in English with Dutch subtitles
Admission price $5
Empire Cinema Bonaire – an outdoor movie theater. Have dinner there and watch the latest releases by the light of the stars and the moon.
In 2015 Empire Cinema (figuratively) opened it’s doors and Bonaire finally had a movie theater! I say figuratively because Empire is an outdoor cinema – technically I don’t think they have doors. This is SUCH an unexpectedly awesome place to see a movie and fun way to spend a quiet evening during your Bonaire vacation. It’s popular with locals and tourists alike.
A little history: A movie theater located next to what is now Top Supermarket in downtown Kralendijk existed in the early 2000’s – but the dilapidated building closed down dye ti disrepair and lack of business sometime around 2007 or 2008. Islanders and tourists went without a movie theater for quite a few years. And these were the days before Netflix and decent internet connections! The Plaza Resort held outdoor movie nights under the stars which somewhat filled the void and made for a fun evening – but the sound and quality were unpredictable as were the movie choices and language of the films. Either the Plaza’s projector eventually broke or they just didn’t find it a useful part of their business so that too came to an end. Thus the opening of a reliable movie theater showing new films was a big deal for the island.
Empire Cinema opened in 2015 and is going strong. They show first run movies in an outdoor setting under the stars. They even occasionally release films that haven’t yet premiered in the US or Europe.
This is the only movie theater you may ever go to where you actually have to pick up and put away your own (plastic) beach chair! Maybe that doesn’t sound too comfortable. But go there because it is. This place is breezy, refreshing and a great way to spend a quiet evening. Get there early to claim your spot of choice. If going on a night when you expect a crowd it can’t hurt to have chairs packed in your car and ready in case they’re needed.
It’s not super easy to find and not well marked from the road. Coming from Caribbean Court or the Plaza Resort Area, head north on the main road passing through downtown Kralendijk. Continue heading north until you pass the traffic circle at Kaya Amsterdam. A few hundred meters further on your right you will see MCB Bank and then Bon Bida Spa and Gym. Empire cinema is located just past MCB Bank on the right. Turn right into the Bon Bida parking lot just past MCB and continue straight along the dirt road. You will see the movie theater on your right just up the road maybe 100 meters. The exact address is Kaya Katwijk 6, in the area of the island called Hato.
In typical island style of combining the unexpected, skip the popcorn and have your movie with some authentic Thai food. Call in advance +599 7771122to reserve your Thai meal. Dine in prior to or during the film. When dining in you’ll pick up not only your own plastic chair but your dining table as well. (If you don’t order in advance you’ll be eating popcorn and hot dogs like we usually do- so definitely make that phone call!) Here’s what’s on the menu:
Menu Odd Days:
Thai Burger (200gram beef) $ 12,-
Krai Jiao, nice filled Thai Omelett, steamed rice and salade $ 12,-
Pad Lomiet, vegetarian meal, steamed rice and salade $ 13,50
Pad Thai kai, noodles with vegetables and chicken breast $ 15,00
Pad Thai kung, noodles with vegetables and Shrimps $ 17,00
Menu Even Days:
Thai Burger (200gram beef) $ 12,-
Pad a Pau, minced meat with vegetables, steamed rice and salade $ 13.50
Pad kai, slices chicken breast slices with vegetables, steamed rice and salade $ 15.00
kengkio-One, chicken breast slices with vegetables in curry with coconut milk, steamed rice and salade $ 17.00
Keng-Paneng, chicken breast slices with vegetables & pineapple in curry with coconut milk, steamed rice and salade $ 18.00
Ticket prices range from $5 when there’s a special to $12. Expect to pay $11/person for most films.
Unexpectedly for Bonaire (where many things run on island time) the movies start right on time and there’s generally one preview and a couple simple billboard style ads on the screen. A movie that starts at 7:30 actually starts at 7:30, so be on time to Empire Theater and not on island time!
Flag day on Bonaire takes place September 6th each year. In Papiamento, the local creole language, the day is called Dia di Boneiru – literally translating as Bonaire Day. This is a national holiday with most stores and businesses closed: Dive shops and windsurf shops never close – don’t worry!
Flag day festivities include a ceremonial raising of the flag in the morning, speeches, a party hosted in a different neighborhood each year with booths selling local food and drink. The six pointed red star on the Bonaire flag represents the original six villages of Bonaire: Rincon, Antriol, Nikiboko, North Salina, Playa (Kralendijk) and Tera Kora. All six villages today are thriving, bustling. neighborhoods and each year they take turns hosting Bonaire Flag day. Flag Day Bonaire is a day of national pride, celebration, music and fun.
The Bonaire flag with it’s white, yellow, red and blue colors looks beautiful against the Caribbean Sea. The colors and design of the flag have special meaning. The blue is for the sea, of course! The yellow is – you guessed it, the sun! The white in-between sea and sun represents the sky. The red, white and blue honor the flag of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Bonaire is considered a municipality of the Kingdom. The two other elements of the flag also have special meaning; the compass represents a population that comes from all over the world and the six pointed red star, the six villages.
Pick up your own Bonaire flag at Budget Marine. They sell high quality flags in a range of sizes – the photo below shows what’s currently on offer. A flag of Bonaire makes a great souvenir and a way to show pride for your favorite Caribbean Island.
Travel Tip created by Marji @ breezybonaire in association with Vacation Soup