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Has anyone stayed at Beachcomber Villas?

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Has anyone stayed at Beachcomber Villas?

I have been reading about this place and have thought the reviews sound very promising. Has anyone stayed there and and if so what are your thoughts on the location, facilities and owners. We would Ilike to snorkel for as many hours as possible each day that we are on the island. We would like to stay for 16 nights, maybe around August. Thank you in advance for any info.

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11. Re: Has anyone stayed at Beachcomber Villas?

Amazing. Have a great trip!

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we are thinking about staying at beachcomber. Can anyone tell me about dive friends operation and how far is it to get to the dive boats?

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We're at Beachcomber Villas now, and are diving with Dive Friends. This is our 4th visit to BCV.

Dive Friends Bonaire has 5 locations with reciprocal privileges offered at all (i.e. sign up at one location and play at all of them.) DFB dive boats only depart from the Yellow Sub (north end of town) and Port Bonaire (south end of town) locations. The other locations offer convenient tank exchange, dive orientation, check-in, rinse tanks, etc.

Dive Friends' Hamlet shop is less than 100 yards north along the shoreline from Beachcomber Villas, but there is no dock or dive boats departing from this location. You'd need to drive 5 minutes to the Yellow Sub location for that.

Edited: 8:13 am, December 18, 2013
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Hi - wondering if you could answer a couple of questions about Beachcomber Villas. I have never been to Bonaire and of course know it is not sandy beaches. But wondering how close by a sandy beach is and can you actually walk along the rocky beach in either direction from the villa? Did you snorkel right out front??

We want snorkeling and walking along the beach. Thanks for your help

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You can walk the waterfront at BCV, but I'd rather take a short drive to someplace better-suited for this. The rocky coral shoreline necessitates slow and careful pace. The best places for shoreline beach walks are a 5 to 10 minute drive away at Te Amo or Windsock beaches.

The snorkeling in front of BCV however is great! We just returned from 2 weeks in early June and enjoyed several hours of snorkeling right in front of the villa.

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Beachcomber Villas is fantastic!! I *highly* recommend staying with Tim & Leanne to anyone new or old to diving. They are extremely accommodating and more than helpful throughout your stay. Leanne is super helpful in planning the trip, and Tim provides helpful "tips of the day" each day you're diving. Luckily we stayed for 2 weeks, and we didn't want to leave! We've already planned our return trip here.

We actually stayed in both of their apartments- the 1 bed apartment the first week, and the 2 bed apartment the second week. Their apartments are stocked with paper products & all kitchen staples. There's a grill on the sun deck with table/chairs and chaise lounges. I can't say enough good things about this place!!!

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We just returned from our vacation where we were lucky enough to stay for 2 weeks in the 2 bedroom unit at Bonaire Beachcomber Villas. This place is amazing. Everything that everybody has said about this place is true. Tim and Leanne are the nicest people. The pictures and accommodations are even better than described. We chose them because of all the positive reviews and we give it a 5 star review also. You can book your vacation at Beachcomber Villas with confidence that you will get the best that Bonaire has to offer.

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Our two week stay at Beachcomber Villas was restful and enjoyable. My spouse and I found the accommodations to be clean, well-equipped, and comfortable. The property is private and is perfectly located with quick and easy access to the crystal-clear, azure sea.

From our apartment, we had a magnificent, unimpeded view of the ocean, the Cliff reef, boats at moorings, and Klein Bonaire. The villa’s upper balcony and lower garden decks are a great place to watch, read, and have a long, slow pull on a smart rum punch - something we did on more than one occasion.

It is pleasant to swim and snorkel in the late afternoon on Bonaire. After doing so, we would usually sit on the deck, by the edge of the water, to relax and dry off under the shade of a flowering tree. It was a tranquil place to review and discuss our latest aquatic discoveries, big and small, odd and intriguing.

As a sidebar, the bird life on Bonaire is extraordinary. From the deck, we watched hummingbirds battle for turf. We had no choice. Their bright chatter could not be ignored. Relentlessly they pursued their foes. Their ferocity and dedication to their cause was at once surprising and amusing. One diminutive bird, which we imagined to be the self-appointed caretaker of an old, gnarled tree and a garden of crimson flowers, appeared particularly determined to chase all others off. We admired its pluck. We were delighted when it hovered close to us, while it foraged for nectar among the flowers. You could hear the buzz from its’ wings. And, when the light caught it just so, the tiny bird’s plumage would erupt in brilliant shades of red and green.

On several occasions, we snorkeled at night (a fun first for us), observing all sorts of fascinating marine life and coral, all of it among the shallows, and just a few feet from the shore, directly in front of the villas. As experienced snorkelers and novice divers, we enjoyed exploring the Cliff, an amazing reef system that is also smack dab in front of the villas. From the balcony at night, we would see divers’ lights on the reef – the Cliff being a popular destination for nighttime dives.

Importantly, Leanne and Tim have the facilities in place at the villas to properly rinse, dry and securely store one’s diving gear. Also convenient, the Dive Friends Oasis Hamlet facility is just 4 doors away, making it easy to access air and to get a dive, or two in, in the AM, before venturing out to explore some of the other great shore dives on the island in the afternoon.

We’re fussy about food quality. We prefer to cook for ourselves. We find that dining out can become monotonous and it may not always be healthy. Besides, we generally loathe the disappointment that comes from paying too much for mediocre restaurant meals. To this point, we found fresh, quality groceries without difficulty. Notably, the apartment has all the tools one needs to prepare good meals. In fact, we enjoyed our digs so much that we barbecued on the deck almost every night, having only managed to eat in restaurants twice during our two week stay.

When we did dine out, we went to Captain Don’s for the BBQ on Monday night. A convenient, short walk from the villa, the food was quite good and reasonably priced. And, because Captain Don’s is only a five minute walk away, we did not have to concern ourselves about finding a cab, etc. – which is always a good thing.

All-in-all, we discovered that Bonaire is a gem of a destination for divers. During our two week stay we both managed to get-in over 20 dives. And, as snorkeling and shore diving goes, Beachcomber Villas is truly situated in one of the island’s best locations, kind of in the middle of the island, making dives to the north and south about the same short distance away.

Beachcomber Villas really worked for us – it was like a home away from home. We found that our hosts were engaging, gracious, helpful and always accommodating. Leanne in particular was a font of information and quick to offer recommendations in all areas (where to get equipment repaired, where to buy a particular treat, even detailed instructions on how to properly clean and store our equipment when we got back to Canada). We enjoyed our stay here and would not hesitate to recommend Beachcomber Villas to our friends.

As in all Caribbean destinations, there is an obvious imbalance of wealth on the island. Petty crime on Bonaire can be a problem we were told. That said, Leanne and Tim have taken extra care to address those concerns by making sure the facilities are in place at the villas to mitigate this potential nuisance. When all was said and done, we did not have any problems. We felt safe, having been able to take the right precautions.

Thanks to Leanne and Tim (Beachcomber Villas), Laura and Lucas, Lamber, Bryan and Lorraine, Robert and Alexandra (Dive Friends Hamlet Oasis), and Richard and Sue (bonairefromthesea dot org) for their hospitality, and a wonderful and memorable dive trip.

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