Bonaire Villas

Written by BK Shaw
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This crescent-shaped island is host to some of the most decadent accommodations available in the Caribbean--Bonaire villas. Add to the mix a tropical climate, a warm, soothing ocean and the hospitality of the locals, and you are mentally preparing yourself for the holiday of a lifetime. You will have lots of choices for your stay; my preference of course would be a stay in one of the amazing Bonaire villas.

A stay in one of the beautiful Bonaire villas is ideal for the vacationer who wants a true home away from home. Your villa will most often allow you be utterly independent. You will be able to cook in your full kitchen, enjoy your meal in the dining area and then retire to your living room to enjoy an after dinner drink before taking an evening walk in the sand before bed. Sometimes you might even find a villa with domestic service, including the preparation of your meals.

Your Bonaire villas might be appointed with exquisite taste and elegance. A vacation spent in a villa is not your condominium rental. Some villas each have their own swimming pool, maids, cooks and other personnel to wait on you hand and foot. Other villas may provide more communal space offering a more social environment.

Choosing Your Bonaire Villas

Luckily, Bonaire is not the largest island in the Caribbean, which means you will not be overwhelmed by having to choose from a myriad of different places to stay. This Dutch island measures 21 miles from tip to tip and is roughly 111 square miles with a population of a little more than 14,000. The island sits in a protected park, the Bonaire Marine Park, which is one of its advantages, since the island is famous for its vibrant water and bird life.

If you are an avid scuba diver like me, you will want to choose Bonaire villas close to some of the most thrilling underwater adventures in the world. Bonaire is known as one of the world's top diving and snorkeling resorts and manages to maintain this reputation primarily because its surrounding waters are protected by the government. Bonaire is unlike some other Caribbean islands where the fishermen have depleted much of the marine life.

Most of Bonaire's hotels and luxury accommodations can be found along the leeward coast, close to Kralendijk. Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire and it means "coral rock gate." The locals just call it "playa," or beach.

How to Find Your Bonaire Villas

There are many great sources for finding that vacation haven including your local book store, the Internet, your travel agent, and you might even find a bargain in the local newspaper. After you've taken a trip to Bonaire, you might find that you want to buy a home for your retirement years on the island. It's possible to buy Bonaire villas for a retirement in paradise.

Whether it's for a quick vacation, a diving vacation, a beach vacation, or part of a hunt for that perfect vacation home, Bonaire has a lot to offer. Bonaire is the "B" of the A, B, C islands (the other two islands being Aruba and Curacao). If after experiencing the vacation of a lifetime, you do decide to buy Bonaire villas, you can have peace of mind knowing that the island is protected and that it lies off the torrid hurricane path.


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