We stayed in A8 for only 3 nights. The location of Sand Dollar was very good, with excellent snorkeling out front, and shops and restaurants within walking distance. Even the water taxi to Klein Bonaire was walking distance. The centre of town is a longer walk, so if that is an issue then you might not want to stay here.
Our unit was definitely a bit outdated and worn out. But it wasn't dirty, and it seems like a lot of care went into it when the owners got it 20 years ago. Not being a snob, it was fine, but not fancy at all. We had a 2 bedroom, and used the kitchen a lot. The patio was screened in, which at first my husband hated because it obstructed the otherwise lovely view, but in the evening we were able to sleep with the doors open without mosquitos coming in, so there was a trade off.
The staff were very nice and helpful. The grounds are sprawling with a small sandy beach, lots of spots on the terraces to have privacy. There isn't really a pool...the restaurant in the parking lot has one. We didnt care because the reef out front was amazing with easy access. Overall, we loved the location, value and convenience of Sand Dollar, and would recommend it to non-fussy travellers.
The dive shop staff were great, and arranged an awesome dive for my husband. The Peruvian restaurant next door was fantastic. As was between two buns, also next door. If you love snorkeling or diving you'll love Bonaire. Relaxed vibe. Beautiful unique island. But not for "lying-around-on-the-beach-under-palm-trees-next-to-the-pool" people. Bonaire is for "get-out-there-and-do-stuff" people. Dive, snorkel, kayak, kite surf, bike, hike, explore...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sand Dollar Condominiums, member of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, offers guests everything they need to enjoy the best of Bonaire’s scuba diving with their “Ride to the Reef” packages including condo, diving and rental truck for island exploring. All Sand Dollar units have individual modems offering free high speed Wi-Fi, air-conditioned bedrooms, full kitchens, dining and living areas, and roomy porches or balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The complex includes a pool, Eddy’s bar and restaurant, several seaside lounging areas, seaside grill areas, two tennis courts, deli and ice cream parlor. Several good restaurants and a full service gym are located within easy walking distance. Sand Dollar’s on-property dive partner Dive Friends Bonaire operates a dive center adjacent to the Sand Dollar Reception Office with a drive up tank station, rinse tanks, rental gear, private gear storage lockers that can be accessed 24/7. Tanks and benches for gearing up for shore diving Sand Dollar house reef Bari Reef are located seaside just steps away from a sandy beach entry. REEF organization rates Bari Reef the #1 site in the Caribbean/Atlantic for species richness, with a recorded 403 species to date. Tanks can be access from this are 24/7, enabling diving on the house reef dawn, day, dusk and night. In addition to having Dive Friends on-property facilities at their disposal, Sand Dollar guests have the added benefit of being able to swap out tanks for shore diving at any of the Dive Friends facilities at Dive Inn, Yellow Submarine, Port Bonaire and Hamlet Oasis. Dive boats depart from Dive Friends Yellow Submarine, a 3 minute drive in your rental vehicle, at 9:00 AM for morning 2-tank dives. You’ll be back in time for lunch to then take advantage of unlimited tanks for shore diving the rest of the day. Whatever your preference – studio or three bedroom, shore diving or boat diving, they have the condominium option and dive package perfectly suited for you and your fellow travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sand Dollar Condominium Hotel Kralendijk
- Sand Dollar Condominium Kralendijk
- Sand Dollar Condominiums Bonaire/Kralendijk