Last Minute Vacation Rentals Bonaire

Last Minute Vacation Rentals Bonaire

Last Minute and Last Second Vacation Rentals on the Island of Bonaire

Now offering last minute vacation rentals Bonaire! Breezybonaire Vacation Rentals offers two 1 bedroom and one 2-3 bedroom apartment that sleep between 2 and 7 people. The picture above shows the apartment complex housing all three breezybonaire units. The apartments, located in close walking distance to shops, restaurants and beaches, all come equipped with full kitchen, high speed internet, air conditioned bedrooms, mosquito screens, cable tv and much more. All apartments have a balcony overlooking a small marina.

We just added some special deals for upcoming dates in late 2019 and even in high season 2020 just to fill in a few gaps in our calendar. Last minute vacation rentals Bonaire:

Blue View 1  bedroom 1 bathroom vacation rental apartment – sleeps 4

blue view terrace last minute vacation rental bonaire  Blue View breezybonaire last minute vacation rental bonaire

Last second and open date discounts on the following dates in Blue View 1 Bedroom. Rates are for 2 guests and do not include final cleaning and tourist taxes:

  • January 20th to January 24th 2020 4 nights $110/night if you book all 4 nights

Breezy Loft 2  bedroom + sleeping loft 2 bathroom vacation rental apartment – sleeps 7

breezy loft last second vacation rental bonaire  breezy loft last minute vacation rental bonaire

Last second and last minute discounts on the following dates in Breezy Loft 2 Bedroom. Rates are for 2 guests and do not include final cleaning and tourist taxes:

  • March 9-28th 2020 10% discount on rates for direct bookings

Sunny Yellow 1  bedroom 1 bathroom vacation rental apartment – sleeps 4

Sunny Yellow last minute vacation rental bonaire  sunny yellow last second vacation rental bonaire

Last second and open date discounts on the following dates in Sunny Yellow one bedroom. Rates are for 2 guests and do not include final cleaning and tourist taxes:

  • December 12-24 2019 $109/night for two guests when you book direct

We add last second specials from time to time. Check the home page of the apartment you like, Breezy Loft, Blue View or Sunny Yellow. At the top of each page we list any current special offer. You can get in touch with us directly through our online form to get a quote. We always respond promptly! Book soon and learn why to book direct!

The Frans Paradise Windsurf school and shop

The Frans Paradise Windsurf school and shop

The Frans Paradise Windsurf school and shop now open!

Local windsurf superstar brothers Taty and Tonky Frans opened the doors to their own windsurf shop on December 30th 2018. The Frans Paradise offers expert lessons taught by the pros as well as high quality rental equipment for windsurfing and wind foiling. The opening of The Frans Paradise marks Bonaire’s fourth ever windsurf shop.

For windsurfers returning to Bonaire year after year the opening of the Frans Paradise brings big news! Things on Bonaire move on island time so the opening of TWO new windsurf operations in just a couple of years means surprisingly big change for this little island. For about 25 years only two windsurf shops competed for windsurf rentals and lessons. Now with the opening of Dunkerbeck pro center last year and the Frans Paradise right afterwards, sailors can experience a different kind of rental and lesson experience.

A little history of Windsurfing on Bonaire

In 1988, Ernst van Vliet brought his car loaded with windsurf rental gear to a stretch of beach on Lac Bay Bonaire – a little known spot. The island, known only for scuba diving at the time, didn’t know what had hit it. Jibe City, the first windsurf rental shop and school was launched. Within a few years Bonaire Windsurf Place opened it’s doors next door. Not until about 29 years later did a 3rd shop open – this time a small windsurf center at Sorobon Beach Resort, Dunkerbeck Pro Center. And now, 30 years after windsurfing came to Bonaire and 23 years after they began windsurfing, Taty and Tonky’s Frans Paradise opened it’s doors.

The Frans brothers, truly Bonairian legends, now share their talent and knowledge with us mere mortals. The two learned about windsurfing from Elvis Martinus, the founder of Bonaire Windsurf Place starting back in about 1995. They started competing in 1996. By 2001 competing internationally, the boys gained recognition overseas where the talent from our little island surprised everyone. Additionally, Tonky and Taty are in part responsible the sport becoming more dynamic and exciting to watch. Because of them, the sport moved from old school to new school windsurfing with the advent of jumps, spins and sliding moves. Years of dedication and hard work has taken them all over the world to compete and made them and the island of Bonaire famous for windsurfing. Now they are ready to share their hard-won talent, skills and love of the sport with you and me.


Tonky and Taty run The Frans Paradise out of a brightly painted container located near the event site on Lac Bay, Sorobon Beach. To find them drive or walk past Bonaire Windsurf Place and look for their little shop along the beach as you approach the event site, not far from the fishing boats. All four windsurf shops on Bonaire are located on the same stretch of Beach at Sorobon. The four schools include Jibe City, Bonaire Windsurf Place, Dunkerbeck Pro Center and The Frans Paradise.

Why rent from Frans Paradise? Here is what guests are saying:

“First time foiling for my boys at the Frans Paradise last week — got a taste of flying!! Thanks Taty and Tonky!!

“What a perfect spot to chill and windsurf! And Tonky and Taty are the BEST. All smiles, not intimidating, and full support for all your windsurfing goals!”

“Taty is the best windsurf instructor I know, patient, respectful, super friendly and a very good teacher!”

“In my opinion The Frans Paradise has the best spot in the bay. it is downwind from the crowds and gets cleaner air. there is both shallow and deep water within steps of the shore. great spot for beginners and freestyle riders in the shallow water, but also great for foiling and practicing water starts in the deeper water. On the day I was there the deep water was the smoothest in the whole bay and I could really work on my jibes. The Frans brothers really have a choice spot and I will be sailing with them next time I am on the island.”

And here is what WE think about Frans Paradise

Expect a different experience at Frans Paradise than at any other shop on Lac Bay. In addition to their worldwide fame and windsurf achievements, Tonky and Taty have the most relaxed, inclusive and supportive attitudes. They want you to learn and they want you to have fun. They both spend time on the water every day because they love the sport. You get to rent great gear and support this wonderful new local business run by two truly top class guys. Their smiles are contagious. What more could you ask for on your windsurf holiday?

Tonky and Taty Frans in Bonaire

What’s new at Frans Paradise?

New Gear! In December 2019 Frans Paradise brought in all new Tabou Boards and Gaastra Sails, booms and masts.

Rental and Lesson Rates


  • windsurf rental:  one hour $35, two hours $60 , one day $75, one week $425
  • foil rental without sail: one hour $50, Two hours $80, Full day $100, weekly $400
  • foil rental with sail: one hour $70, two hours $100, full day $150, weekly $700
  • slalom rental: one hour $50, two hours $75, full day $100, weekly $550


  • Beginner windsurf lesson $50 including equipment; gear rental after your lesson is $30/hour or $45 for two hours
  • Intermediate windsurf lesson $75 including equipment
  • Foil lesson $125 including equipment
  • Private windsurf lesson $110 including equipment

Find them on Facebook or give them a call for reservations at +599 785-0514

A Recommended Day Trip on Bonaire – Woodwind Bonaire Drift Snorkel

A Recommended Day Trip on Bonaire – Woodwind Bonaire Drift Snorkel

An Amazing Day Trip – Woodwind Bonaire

When guests ask us about snorkeling recommendations, the Woodwind Bonaire always comes to mind first and foremost! A snorkel trip on the Woodwind is one of the best ways to spend a day and truly experience Bonaire. Sea and water lovers of all ages and abilities can enjoy the pristine underwater aquarium which we lovingly know as The Bonaire National Marine Park. The BNMPencompasses all water surrounding the island. The Woodwind, a tri-hull catamaran, accommodates about 25 guests. The vessel itself, replaced in 2018 with a larger and more modern boat also replaced it’s iconic bright blue color for a sleek white.

What to expect on your Woodwind Bonaire adventure

Each day, the crew sails guests out from the dock at Divi Flamingo Hotel toward the small uninhabited island Klein Bonaire for drift snorkeling. Snorkelers begin to drift at the first location off the coast of Klein Bonaire. Once drifting, they meet up with the boat at the next location. The boat sails to it’s next mooring while the snorkelers drift, guided by an experienced free-diving tour guide. You can choose to drift two or three times, depending on the tour. Some guests prefer to remain on board to relax in the sun. Enjoy your day whether in or out of the water.

The Woodwind’s Knowledgable and Fun Crew

Dee, the owner, and her captain and crew provide everything you could possibly ask for. They fit you with all snorkel gear including prescription masks if needed. Choose to try a full face mask with built-in snorkel, the newest gadget in the world of snorkeling. The crew also fits you with fins of all sizes, sea skins, wetsuits, booties and swim vests.

The tour begins with top-notch instruction on how to snorkel comfortably and safely including proper fitting of your mask, snorkel and other gear. Experts on everything underwater and the Bonaire marine park in general, the crew guide you with as much or as little information as you wish on marine biology and the ecosystem of the reef. Once comfortably outfitted with mask, snorkel and all other gear, the fun begins! Snorkelers slowly enter the water, divided into small, guided groups to begin the drift. Your guide will dive deep to point out sea life including turtles, parrot fish, lobster, barracudas, coral, etc. Your guides are expert both at spotting turtles and keeping you safe and comfortable while you drift. They also make sure you are well hydrated and well fed while on-board.

The rescue trained crew genuinely care about the marine life they are lucky enough to get to share with their guests on a daily basis. The crew assists you with the technicalities of the snorkel itself as well as information about underwater life.

After your snorkel lunch is served, dessert is served, drinks are served… And then it’s back to the Divi Flamingo for goodbye’s and plans to do it again next time.

Types of cruises, rates and schedule

Choose between sunset sails, lunch and dinner sails, three and four stop sails, etc.  Drinks are unlimited, lunch is served. Additionally a photographer will be on board so your experience on the Woodwind can be captured with photographs or a video.

Full Day (5 hours)–$65.00

  • Sundays 9am – 2pm
  • Tuesdays 9am – 2pm
  • Wednesdays 10am – 3pm

3/4 Day (4 hours)–$55.00

  • Mondays 9am – 1pm
  • Thursdays 9am-1pm
  • Fridays 9am-1pm

Snorkel Sunsets–$60.00

  • Fridays 3:30pm until the sun sets
  • The Snorkel Sunset Cruise can be arranged for other nights upon request and availability.

Night Snorkels–$60.00

  • Inquire when on Bonaire for availability.

Woodwind Bonaire Tips

One useful tip is to watch the schedule for cruise ship days/hours and book your trip on the Woodwind in advance to avoid the big crowds. And a tip about tips – the Woodwind crew appreciate your tip at the end of another fabulous day on the water.

Whats on Bonaire: The last Beach Tennis Tournament of 2019

Whats on Bonaire: The last Beach Tennis Tournament of 2019

Come watch or join in for some Beach Tennis Tournament fun!

The final ranking Beach Tennis Tournament of 2019 takes place the weekend of December 14th and 15th 2019 at Spice Beach Club. The tournament can fill up fast so register early. Anyone can participate and all are welcome!

  • What: The final Doubles Beach Tennis Tournament of 2019
  • Who: Everyone is welcome to play at all levels. Sign up for your correct level: Fun, Intermediate or Advanced
  • Mens doubles Saturday December 14th.
  • Women’s doubles Saturday December 14th
  • Mixed doubles Sunday December 15th
  • Registration fee: $15 for one day, $25 for both days
  • How: sign up here

If you don’t feel ready for a tournament yet, come watch and support the athletes! Main sponsors of the event include Amstel Bright, La Terrazza Food and Wine, It Rains Fishes Restaurant, and Luciano Ice Cream Factory.

Not ready to compete?

Or if you haven’t yet done so, give Beach Tennis a try. It’s not complicated to learn and lots of fun. And what a wonderful way to combine some physical activity with your beach vacation. The courts at Coco Beach stay open all day until 9pm and are open to the public free of charge. Racquets and balls are available at Coco Beach to borrow or you can purchase a racquet through Beach Tennis Bonaire’s website. Courts stay open all week but Wednesdays are generally reserved for League Play.

If you’re new to the game, try Beach Tennis Bonaire’s organized training sessions. Join trainer Paco every Thursday night from 7 – 8 pm for a Fun training and from 8 – 9 pm for Intermediate training. Lessons cost $5 each week.

By the way, Beach Tennis Bonaire just turned the big FIVE. That’s right. The first Bonaire Beach Tennis tournament took place in November 2014. Here is a little look back on that historic moment!

First Beach Tennis Bonaire from stills ‘n’ stories on Vimeo.


What’s On At The Cinema Bonaire

What’s On At The Cinema Bonaire

What’s on at the Cinema Bonaire?

Empire Cinema Bonaire, our, our one and only movie theater- of course 100% outdoors – offers the following films for the week of November 28th to December 4th.

Learn more here about why we LOVE Empire Cinema Bonaire. And get some tips about your trip to the movies during your next visit to the island.

To make a reservation at Empire Cinema click here

This week’s schedule November 28th to December 4th

Ford Vs. Ferrari: 

  • Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, Ray McKinnon
  • Thursday Nov 28th 8:15pm
  • Sun December 1st 8:15pm
  • Mon December 2nd 8:15pm
  • Tue December 3rd 8:15pm
  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: action
  • Run time: 2 hrs 32 min
  • English version with Dutch subtitles
  • Tickets: $ 12

Frozen II English version

  • Veteran voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Ciarán Hinds return as their previous characters, and are joined by newcomers Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto.
  • Friday November 29th 6:15pm
  • Saturday November 30th 6:15pm
  • Wednesday December 4th 6:15pm
  • Rating: PG13
  • English 3D version
  • kids $ 9  Adult $ 11


Frozen II DUTCH version

  • Saturday November 30th 2:00pm (sold out)
  • Sunday December 1st 4:00pm
  • Wednesday December 4th 4:00pm
  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: Disney Animation
  • Run time: 1 hr 43min
  • DUTCH version
  • Tickets 2D: kids $ 8  Adults $ 9

Last Christmas

  • Starring: Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding
  • Thursday Nov 28th 6:15pm
  • Sun December 1st 6:15pm
  • Mon December 2nd 6:15pm
  • Tue December 3rd 6:15pm
  • Friday November 29th 8:15pm
  • Saturday November 30th 8:15pm
  • Wednesday December 4th 8:15pm
  • Rating: PG13
  • Genres: romance, comedy
  • Run time: 1 hr 43 min
  • English version with Dutch subtitles
  • Tickets: $ 9

Addams Family DUTCH version

  • Saturday November 30th 4:00pm
  • Sunday December 1st 2:00pm
  • Wednesday December 4th 2:00pm
  • Rating: G
  • Genres: animated, family comedy
  • Run time: 1 hr 27 min
  • Tickets: kids $ 8  Adults $ 9

Best Local Food: Maiky Snack

Best Local Food: Maiky Snack

Best Local Food: Maiky Snack

As you pass through the gate into the parking lot at Maiky Snack the first thing you notice is a big concrete sign painted with the words “Best Local Food.” The owner, Maiky, after all just wants you to know the truth! Indeed, we concur with Maiky. His snack restaurant has the best local food on the island. We don’t really agree with the word snack, though. What you are about to enjoy is a meal.

When to go

Plan ahead because Maiky Snack only opens Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 – 3:30. Because of the short span of opening hours Maiky Snack fills up quickly with locals on their lunch breaks and tourists in the know. By all means get there on the early side for the best selection. We love the traditional goat stew, or cabritu stoba. If you get there too late you might miss out on trying it!

Location and getting there

To get to the best local food you have to really want it! Located on an out of the way winding dirt road you can expect some searching and maybe some confusion. But all this only adds to the charm, fun and flavor. Tourists seem to take pride in just having found it!

Directions to Maiky Snack: Take Kaminda Sorobon from the traffic circle near Van Den Tweel Supermarket and continue on towards Lac Bay, passing Liangxiang Supermarket on your left. Not far after the supermarket make a soft left onto a wide dirt road marked by a huge billboard for Maiky Snack. Now it becomes tricky so pay close attention. You need to turn left at the blue rocks somewhere down that road. The rocks are small, not marked by any sign, on the ground and usually pretty faded. Once you turn left onto the unmarked road, Maiky is about a quarter mile ahead on your right. You’ll see the big Best Local Food sign. You made it!


Order at the counter upon arrival and the staff alert you when it’s ready. Expect a good, island time kind of wait. So what to order? This is THE place to try goat stew, kabritu stoba. The word stoba means stew in Papiamento. It comes with a few sides of your choice. You may find papaya stoba on the menu which sounds vegetarian but it’s actually another version of goat stew, this time mixed with green papaya (not sweet). Snijboonchi stoba, bean stew likewise, is also not vegetarian; it’s a stew of  green beans with goat. Our personal favorite, the traditional kabritu stoba and a mix of the funchi, corn meal similar to polenta, never disappoints.

On Sundays you can choose between funchi and tutu. We go with the tutu every time. Tutu and funchi share similar ingredients but tutu contains black beans and sugar. We LOVE tutu. Aros, white rice and batata, thick cut fried potatoes, are also side options and all dishes come served with a couple of fried plantains and a small lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad. On your table you’ll find a couple types of hot sauce or salsa to add to your meal. Be careful – they can be quite spicy! Like we said earlier, Maiky serves a meal, not a snack. Expect to leave feeling happily full and satisfied.


For drinks they serve up your choice of soft drinks, Polar, the local(ish) beer or Heineken in bottles. You can ask for a pitcher of water if you prefer. Tap water on Bonaire is safe to drink and delicious. Your very casual table awaits you in the shade of a rustic, almost camp style dining area. With the breeze and casual atmosphere you couldn’t ask for a more relaxing lunch. Maiky Snack does not offer dessert or coffee. This place is all about the goat. Interestingly and for some, disturbingly, goats (and sometimes cats, chickens and iguanas and donkeys) wander freely around the parking lot and yard while you eat. Farm to table, shall we say? We love it.

Expect to pay about $13 – $16 per person.

Insider tip: get there early as they can and do run out of food by the afternoon.

A real off-the-beaten-path Bonaire experience

The hours of operation, difficulty in finding it, (turn left at the big billboard sign and then left again at the almost impossible to see blue rocks), the menu in Papiamento scribbled on the blackboard all add up to a memorable off-the-beaten-path kind of day. And, add to that the unusual cuisine itself – goat stew, blood sausage, tutu anyone? It all really does add up to the “Best Local Food” on Bonaire. Add Maiky Snack to your Bonaire bucket list.

P.S. It’s really, really local. Most days owner Maiky himself is there taking orders and working the grill.  The goat doesn’t come from very far away either… An island favorite for a reason.


Things to do: The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

Things to do: The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

Things to do: The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

From the beginning the idea of going to look at some donkeys while on a tropical island never sat right so it took me a while to finally visit The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. But after we finally made it there our family “adopted” a donkey and continued to visit often, always searching for our donkey among the crowd.

A couple of hours at the Donkey Sanctuary make for a wonderful, unusual but relaxing excursion in the middle of nature. Take a tour of the donkey sanctuary and you won’t be disappointed. Kids love it! In a peaceful setting which feels a bit like being on safari, the sanctuary provides some sanctuary for us humans too. A great way to spend a peaceful afternoon. To tour the donkey sanctuary follow the only road around the park in your car, stopping to get out anywhere along the way to visit with the animals.

A little History

Donkeys have long been a fixture of the scenery of Bonaire. Just a few short years ago hundreds roamed the streets freely. Many fewer now roam the streets freely thanks to the sanctuary. But as of this writing the island government does not plan to completely eliminate donkeys from the landscape. Consequently many donkeys live at the sanctuary and a few live out and about just roaming the island. The Donkey Sanctuary houses over 400 donkeys. We don’t know the number of donkeys on the streets of the island.

In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, established the donkey sanctuary on Bonaire to cure for sick, wounded and orphaned donkeys. The sanctuary was located on land bordering the airport. When the island became part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010 the Sanctuary was forced to move and give up some of it’s land because by European law it was too close to the airport runway. Some of the land remained theirs and the entrance area and gift shop moved to a completely new spot. The entrance and gift shop are now located on the road to Sorobon, Kaya Statius Van Eps.

The sanctuary now houses most of the donkey population of Bonaire. Males are castrated to keep the population down. Sick animals are cared for and any animal that enters lives out it’s life in the sanctuary. When a donkey cannot be cured they are put down peacefully. The sanctuary provides an amazing service and for a wonderful cause. It saves the lives of donkeys and also of people because fewer donkeys on the road mean fewer car accidents. Your visit to the sanctuary helps pay for the care of these animals.

Your tour of the Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire would go something like this

  1. Arrive
  2. pay your entrance fee at the shop
  3. Check out the fun products for sale at the shop
  4. Buy a bag of carrots or two or three to feed the donkeys
  5. Drive in the main gate past the gift shop. First stop visit the young, new, or injured donkeys that are corralled near the entrance to the park. See the photo above. Usually one of the volunteers can tell you their history. You probably stay in this area for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on your interest.
  6. Get in your car and start the drive.
  7. The first stop off is a wooden lookout structure – Climb it! From the top you have a wonderful open view of the park itself and some wonderful island views. There’s even a camera up top where you can deposit a quarter to get an even more panoramic view. This stop could be your first encounter with some donkeys to feed.
  8. Feed some donkeys. Using the carrots you bought at the entrance hold the carrots in your hand with your fingers together and palm flat. Do not let the carrots fall to the ground as the donkeys should not eat dirt and they will eat the carrots off the ground if you allow them to fall.
  9. Keep circling around the road and encounter more donkeys. And more donkeys. And more donkeys. Feeding stations along the way mark the route. A larger feeding station where the animals get their feed twice a day can be a crazy crowded place. Once or twice I’ve been there with no donkeys anywhere but in the large feeding area. They know when it”s mealtime!
  10. Drive back out through the gate and get one more chance to stop at the gift shop.

You contribute just by visiting

You can help the donkey sanctuary continue their important work saving the animals just by visiting, but you can also volunteer your time, or “adopt” a donkey for a year with a larger donation. Easy to get to and very accessible just off the main road to Sorobon, Kaya Statius Van Eps, The Donkey Sanctuary offers a fun half day excursion and your visit contributes to the well-being of the animals.

The Best Hiking Trail on Bonaire: Mt. Brandaris

The Best Hiking Trail on Bonaire: Mt. Brandaris

The best hiking trail on Bonaire

In our opinion the best hiking trail on Bonaire is the hike up Mt. Brandaris inside the National Park.

For adventurous guests looking for some real exercise in the middle of nature we have just the thing for you! Take a drive into the Washington Slagbaai National Park and climb Mt. Brandaris, the highest peak on the island of Bonaire. It’s a difficult, yet not so difficult climb. That is to say the peak is at only 784 feet and only takes about a half hour to reach. But, the climb is steep in places and best done by those that are are moderately fit and not too too scared of heights. The views from the top and along the way make it worth the effort. Do not expect guard rails, well marked trails or handholding. Do expect a steep, hand over foot four limbed climb as you near the summit. Just a few faded yellow dots painted onto rocks mark the way. Rocks can slip out from under you. Do not expect a crowd. Expect an adventure!


  • Park rules indicate you must reach the start of the hike by 12 noon so get an early start.
  • Bring plenty of water and if possible it should be in a backpack, not hand-held. You need your hands free for climbing near the summit
  • Wear a sun visor and sunglasses
  • Wear sneakers or hiking shoes but not flip flops or sandals
  • Exiting the park you have quite a long rough road ahead of you. Leave enough time for a stop at Wayaka II beach on the way out and enjoy the island’s most beautiful, isolated spot to cool off after your hike
  • Bring snacks and/or picnic lunch

Keep in mind if you plan to visit the park’s other beaches by driving the long route inside the National Park – that should probably be saved for a separate day trip. It costs $25 to enter the national park no matter how many times you go in one year, so if you do the “long route”, consider doing the hike as well a different day to get the most bang for your buck. The Mount Brandaris hiking trail is located on the other route, known as the “short route.”

At the entrance to the National Park you will be greeted by the park service ranger where you will show or buy your admission pass. They can answer your questions about getting to Mt. Brandaris. The one-way rocky roads are abundant with nature; lizards, cacti, flowers, goats, iguanas, birds such as green parrots. The view from the summit is unlike anything else on Bonaire. Stunning!

Wine Tasting on Bonaire; Antillean Wine Company and Wine & Paint Night

Wine Tasting on Bonaire; Antillean Wine Company and Wine & Paint Night

Weekly and monthly Wine tasting events on Bonaire

Wine tasting on Bonaire, what a wonderful way to meet the locals! In addition to beaches, diving and windsurfing we find it so much fun to see what people living on Bonaire are up to in the evenings. These events are for everyone, tourists and locals.

Two recurring events not to miss if you are on the island the second Saturday of the month at Antillean Wine Company or each week Wednesday at Eddy’s Bar

Antillean Wine Company
  • The next wine tasting takes place Saturday December 14th 2019 7-9pm
  • and then 7pm – 9pm every second Saturday the month

Every second Saturday of the month locals and tourists meet up at an unexpected little wine tasting event. Unexpected because it takes place in a self storage facility. Antillean Wine Company (AWC) located across the street from Warehouse Bonaire Supermarket at Kaya Industria 23, literally in a self storage facility and literally on a street called Industrial Street – hosts this cheerful monthly meet-up. Other unexpected things about this wine company in a storage facility is that they have more or less the widest selection of imported wines anywhere on the island and they also sell refrigerators, lamps, rugs and Ikea products.

For $15 you get three glasses of white wine and three glasses of red wine. And you get some lively conversation to go along with it! This event can be quite popular so get there early to claim your seat. Because of the popularity of this event the hosts recommend bringing your own chairs.

Wine and Paint Night with Studio Sauvignon at Eddy’s Bar

For something with a little more going on than just wine, try combining wine and art! Get your creative juices flowing at Wine and Paint Night with Studio Sauvignon at Eddy’s Bar

You’ll find Eddy’s north of Kralendijk near Sand Dollar Resort. Make your reservation now!

  • The next Wine and paint night takes place Wednesday, November 27th 7-9pm
  • Dec 4th 7-9pm
  • Dec 11th 7-9pm
  • December 18th 7-9pm
  • December 25th (we are not sure if this is correct but it’s listed on their calendar.)

Studio Sauvignon will give you step by step guided painting lessons no matter what your level. Group lessons at Eddy’s also include two glasses of wine. Pick your favorite and fill your glass before sitting down at your canvas to get painting.

The cost is $39 including painting lesson, all materials and two glasses of wine.

To reserve your canvas contact Studio Sauvignon on their website. Limited spaces available. Studio Sauvignon also offers private paint lessons at birthday parties, fundraisers, get-togethers, company parties, reunions, kid’s parties and any other celebration you have in mind. Contact them for details.

Annual Events on Bonaire: Swim To Klein Bonaire

Annual Events on Bonaire: Swim To Klein Bonaire

Annual Events on Bonaire: Swim to Klein Bonaire

Planning on coming to Bonaire this fall? Want to participate in a fun local event, do some sightseeing and get some exercise at the same time? Try the Swim to Klein Bonaire! Swim from the closest point on the main island to the small uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire. This is one of Bonaire’s most fun and iconic annual events and of course everyone is invited. 

Proceeds from the event go to benefit Jong Bonaire, the local, very active, youth foundation. The Jong Bonaire youth development program provides young people on Bonaire the chance to learn new skills, find potential career paths and receive guidance from professional youth leaders — all while having fun. For instance, Jong Bonaire organizes hundreds of activities for kids including everything from educational events to table tennis to musical instruments to beach clean-ups. Because the foundation organizes events for all the youth and sometimes adults of Bonaire every youth on the island has likely been touched by the organization in one way or another. So check out their website for info on making donations and for upcoming events.

Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire Logistics

  • Location: Spice / Eden Beach Resort , north of downtown Kralendijk
  • Date: each year this event kicks off Regatta Week. It’s usually the first or second Saturday in October. Check this space for updates on next year’s race
  • Time: the race is typically at 9am. Look for updates on Facebook for Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire for 2020 regarding the race this October.
  • Who can participate: Everyone is invited and everyone can do it. Kids from age 3 to adults to age 93 have participated. The race attracts about 500 participants yearly.
  • Cost: The price last year was $15/ adult and $10/child and includes T-shirt, lunch and a drink! Price may vary from year to year.
  • What to bring: you can use floats, you can use goggles, you can wear a wetsuit. A fun swim, with no need to be competitive
  • Who organizes this event? Jong Bonaire, a not for profit youth foundation, organizes the Swim to Klein Bonaire each year at the beginning of October.
  • For additional information, call Jong Bonaire at 717-4304

What to expect

This physical and social event brings together families and individuals of all ages, with tourists swimming next to local residents and young and old alike swimming side by side. All this supports the children of Jong Bonaire and consequently the children of Bonaire itself. If you don’t want to swim come and cheer from the shore and enjoy the festivities at Spice Beach Club.

The Swim to Klein Bonaire is not a race, but a fun swim although there is a competitive element at the top end. For those who do not wish to swim back, there are many, many boats available to pick up swimmers and return them back to the shoreline. Participants can use fins, masks, or even flotation devices. Tens of Rescue boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. line the entire route so if you feel tired you can hop in and end your swim early. No judgement! Lots of swimmers just go for a short distance and hop into a boat.

Those who wish to save time in the early morning of the swim should purchase their ticket in advance, but all participants must be on the beach by the start of the race.

Everyone is welcome.

The annual Swim to Klein Bonaire is a super fun event for tourists and locals alike. Participants in the swim to Klein Bonaire are all ages, shapes and sizes. Swimmers can bring goggles, mask, snorkel, fins, floats, wetsuit – in short whatever makes you comfortable. Swimmers depart from Spice Beach Club at 9am and swim out to meet The Woodwind Snorkel Sail Trimaran.

What? well, almost swim to Klein Bonaire

Although it’s called the “swim to Klein Bonaire” swimmers do not actually set foot on the small island of Klein Bonaire. Instead the end point of the race is the Woodwind Snorkel Sail. At the woodwind you check in with your name and make the decision to swim back or get a lift. Lining the entire route from Spice to the Woodwind (and back) are volunteer rescue boats. Any swimmer too tired to continue is simply picked up by a rescue boat and taken back to Spice Beach. Swimmers can choose to end their swim at The Woodwind or turn around and swim back to Spice Beach. Generally speaking the swim TO Klein Bonaire is an easier swim than the swim BACK to the main island of Bonaire due to the direction of the wind and waves. If there’s a wind reversal, an unusual event, the swim to Klein Bonaire will be more difficult and the swim back would be easier. The total distance of .5 miles is do-able for most everyone so give it a try!


Places to Eat on the Beach: Jibe City Hangout Bar

Places to Eat on the Beach: Jibe City Hangout Bar

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Places to eat on the Beach:

Looking for the best places to eat on the beach? Seven days a week at Jibe City Hangout Beach Bar dine on sandwiches, salads, fresh fish, ribs and more. If you are on Bonaire to windsurf this is your home restaurant! Divers tend to discover this place on their last, non-diving day. The good news is that if they weren’t already planning a return visit this little excursion will likely seal the deal.

The relaxed atmosphere, good food and friendly service at Jibe City Hangout Bar make it a great spot to unwind after a tough day on the water. But what makes it spectacular is the waterfront location. Just look at where that hamburger is located in the photo above! So close it may fall right in.

Hangout bar hours of operation:

Get to Jibe City as early as 8am for a nice cappuccino or coffee served with a gingerbread cookie or stay for lunch. The hangout bar is open until 7pm daily and 11pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursdays make a reservation for their famous Table BBQ night where you grill your own dinner right at your own BBQ on your dinner table! Special tarps cover the restaurant when wind would make this event into a fire hazard! Friday nights Tapas are served until 11pm.

What to eat:

On a windy day like the one pictured below we suggest avoiding the salads  on the menu. Not because we don’t like them – but because eating a salad in this much wind doesn’t work so well. We suggest burgers, chicken sate, or the smoked salmon sandwich served with capers and onions on your choice of white or whole wheat fresh soft baguette. Our overall favorite is the “Pita Jibe,” a pita chicken wrap served with a basil pesto, tomato and cheese with chips on the side. I tried the Pita Jibe on my first visit to Bonaire in 2003 and it’s still a favorite 16 years later. The special on the day I took these shots was the garden salad with crispy fried red snapper and a mango dressing – pictured above. Delicious!

Places to drink on the beach?!

You cannot get closer to the water. And as an added bonus you get to watch some of the best windsurfers in the world race right by you as you sit back and enjoy every minute.

If you get a tropical drink any time of your life, do it now! A traditional beer after windsurfing with friends – your choice of Heinkeken, Amstel, Amstel Bright (extra alcohol), Corona, or the Curacao based Polar. Brewery craft beer has not hit Jibe City quite yet so if you don’t like the old school beers try my personal favorite tropical drink a pina colada. Jibe City also makes a great mojito. Bon appetit and cheers!



What are The Best Beaches on Bonaire: Thousand Steps

What are The Best Beaches on Bonaire: Thousand Steps

One of the best beaches on Bonaire: Thousand Steps

Put Thousand Steps Bonaire on your list of must see beaches for your next trip to the island. 1000 Steps entrance is at the top of a long staircase. Not exactly one thousand steps high so don’t let the name intimidate you!

Getting there

To get to Thousand Steps, drive North through Kralendijk, turning to the right past Caribbean Club Bonaire and continuing along the Queen’s Highway. Although it’s called a highway, it’s actually a narrow, oceanside road with two way traffic. In my opinion the Queen’s Highway is the most scenic road on Bonaire. Come back to the Queen’s Highway for a scenic walk or run if you enjoy this drive.

What to bring

Bring snorkel gear – mask, fins, rash guard, bathing suit, towels, sunglasses and sunscreen.

There is no place to sit and no facilities at Thousand Steps. Bring a folding beach chair if you plan to stay a while or want to get comfortable outside of the water. Snacks and water can’t hurt either. At breezybonaire we provide a cooler, cool pack and folding beach chairs for  these off-the-beaten-path beach excursions.

There is no shade at all at this beach so bring sunglasses, hat and if you have access to it bring a beach umbrella. Expect hot, sunny weather and not too much breeze.


When I visit Thousand Steps it’s usually for a short snorkel and some sightseeing. I don’t tend to stay too long because of the lack of shade. It’s a great place to check out the coral on the beach. I’ve often found hermit crabs with my kids, sometimes by the hundreds if you know where to look. There are some cave-like areas and lots of exploring to be had for children. When along the Queen’s highway stop off at the lesser known Jeff Davis Dive site, Tolo and Weber’s Joy as well.


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