We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Units vary in updates and decor”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Sand Dollar Condominiums
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
British Columbia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Units vary in updates and decor”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

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Our unit was definitely a bit outdated and worn out.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...

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jennifer T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

282 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    126
    107
    29
    11
    9
See reviews for
72
99
8
3
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (88)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
slc,utah
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2014

We stayed in a 3 bdrm, 2 bath condo with our adult kids and loved it. Everyone associated with the condo couldn't have been nicer. We had such a good time. The only thing I wish was different would be to have a screened in porch. My kids got nailed. The condo is lovely and the views are amazing!

Room Tip: Every condo faces the ocean!
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank getonthebusgus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2014

We enjoyed our 2nd stay in this unit at Sand Dollar and found it to be just as wonderful as the first. The amenities are as described with everything you could want for. Rental is easy and the owners are quick to respond should you have any questions including where to find that frog fish, tips on their favorite restaurants, and detailed info on the dive sites.

While this is a rental it is also a home and with that comes all the comforts. Everything is in working order, the knives are sharp, the bed is comfortable, there is plenty of hot water and it is kept very clean.

There is food and drink within very short walking distance. Bari reef is outstanding and easily accessible. The staff is friendly and helpful and the office has a source you can contact for delivery of fresh fish to your condo. The grounds are well maintained and there is security although we've never had any problems. Sand Dollar has an efficient process for early/late check in/out.

We prefer the ease of diving with BDA and using their dock. They are steps away from building A.

The owners have provided so many personal touches that help us feel at home during our visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank DharmaMtn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Williams Lake, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed March 9, 2014

I have just spent a week in A-3 at the Sand Dollar Resort. This location is great on the island with fantastic shore diving on site and easy access to other sites north and south. The resort is an easy and enjoyable walk into town along the waterfront and the people were all helpful and friendly. The ground were well kept and maintained which made enjoying the incredible sun sets that much better.

This unit is a studio but very large, nicely decorated and fully equipped. Everything I needed was there. Being a ground floor studio made very easy access to the sea wall and Bari reef which are both right outside. There was a screened in porch which all units didn't have and this along with the ceiling fans meant that i didn't need the air conditioning. The decor is pleasant and i especially liked the stained glass window that allowed great light to enter the room. Not only is it close to the sand beach and reef but the Dive Friends shop is just outside.

A great place to stay when visiting Bonaire

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Nigel616
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2014

spent 4 fantastic weeks here. loved the ground floor location. so nice to walk out the porch door every morning , coffee in hand to stroll to the seawall. view sunset from the screened in porch or join the other sand dollar guests on the terrace.

one of the best things about sand dollar is the ocean access. even for a person with balance issues, the sand dollar steps are easy in and out of the water. the sand dollar owners are great about replacing steps if they get blown off by storms and more than once i've seen an owner scrubbing algae off a slippery step. new lounge chairs are very nice. the fis on bari reef are awesome.


we were able to order fresh fish from the sand dollar office and have it delivered later that day. therer is a liitle grocery next door and a larger one zung kong, down the road that is a 45 minute round trip walk. between 2 buns is next door. warm baguettes fresh from the oven are onlly 75 cents and their sandwiches are fantastic. we bought a large beef tenderloin from warehouse grocery and enjoyed several meals from it.

the condo itself is everything you would want. within minutes it will feel like your home away from home. it is nicely decorated and very comfortable for 2 couples. the unit gets a nice flow of air flowing through the unit. we didn't use the bedroom air condioners even once in 4 weeks.

the owners are very nice and want to make sure you enjoy your visit.

this is actually the second time i've stayed in this unit and plan to stay there again. i checked out several other units when i was there and this is the one i want to return to.

Room Tip: screened in porches are necessary. even with one, mosquitoes get in.
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank wildwoodswoman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
alaska
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Great location right on the water, plenty of iguanas to watch. Internet did not reach our room which was inconvenient. Bar noise on Saturday night pretty loud. Well furnished, spacious and nice to have kitchen facilities.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank alaska12550
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Sand Dollar from December 14th through the 21st. We have a great time diving and just relaxing. We stayed in F2 which was at the very end of the condo block, so a little haul from the Dive shop, but we managed. We visited 5 years ago and some things have changed. We did not realize there were 2 dive shops onsite. We used Dive Friends this time. We had to enter on the Shore verses the pier, but that was okay. The lockers were really small so we put our stuff outside of the condo to dry. Tanks were available 24 hours and they also had 5 or 6 other locations on the island in which you could get and drop off tanks. That was really nice. We dove next door at Buddy Dive off of their pier at no charge, that was really nice as well. All and all we both completed 19 dives for the week. Our favorite spots had to be Oil Slick and the Pier.

Unfortunately at Oil Slick the one afternoon we just so happen to run up on some kids digging in someone's truck for something to steal, so do not leave anything you would miss in the trucks, lock the doors or keep the windows up, we did if it rained. We did put out sunglasses in the glove box of the truck which actually locked, so that helped. I brought a fold up cooler to keep water and drinks cold, that was nice too. Needless to say we did confront the little thief’s and hope we scared them from trying to steal from others. Sad to know that is the kind of life some people want to lead. I advised the dive shop about it the next day to which she asked if I called the cops. I said with the cell phone I left in the unlocked truck right? She took care of reporting it to the police, whatever that may have entailed.

This area is really for divers, there is not much to do for non divers unless you like to just relax in quiet. They have other tourist stuff, but the diving is what is best! We went to the grocery the first day for breakfast and lunches and ate dinner out. That seem to work out great as the prices are somewhat steep at least for name brand stuff. The Dutch brands are just as good. The one night we got back kind of late, so we stopped at the Pasa Bon Pizza and placed an order, got showers and picked it up and ate at the condo. The pizza was really good. I would recommend that place. The Between the buns cafe was really nice, the ice cream place too. Captain Don's was our favorite.
My husband and I will definately be back sooner before later. We went in their rainy season but were lucky that it managed to rain at night time and be sunny all day long. Last time we came was in July, it was really hot. One thing we did forget was mosquito spray!!!!! They were only bad at night time, and most of the restaurants had some to share.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Justine H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Kralendijk hotels
2.8 mi away
Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
2.5 mi away
Courtyard Bonaire
Courtyard Bonaire
#10 of 21 in Kralendijk
57 reviews
1.9 mi away
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Coral Paradise Resort
Coral Paradise Resort
#1 of 21 in Kralendijk
509 reviews
0.2 mi away
Captain Don's Habitat
Captain Don's Habitat
#8 of 21 in Kralendijk
460 reviews
0.4 mi away
Harbour Village Beach Club
Harbour Village Beach Club
#3 of 21 in Kralendijk
588 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Sand Dollar Condominiums? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Sand Dollar Condominiums

Property: Sand Dollar Condominiums
Address: Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 79, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kralendijk
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sand Dollar Condominiums 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Cancelon, TripOnline SA, HotelQuickly and Hotwire so you can book your Sand Dollar Condominiums reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Sand Dollar Condominium Hotel Kralendijk
Sand Dollar Condominium Kralendijk
Sand Dollar Condominiums Bonaire/Kralendijk

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing