We dropped by the newly refurbished restaurant Foodies for dessert on New Year's Day. Wonderful creme brulee! There has been a restaurant at this location for many years, and it has gone through several iterations Its latest incarnation as Foodies is the best yet, and unlike its predecessor it is now open evenings for dinner, Wednesday through Sunday. Let us know what you think.
You should allow at least half a day to visit the park. Although it doesn't take long to get there, once you enter you must drive all the way around on a one way road. There are actually two alternate roads, but either one takes time!
The longer road is better for ocean views; the shorter road is better for hiking to the highest point on the island, Mount Brandaris. The park closes at 5 pm, so plan accordingly.
Other tips: each visitor must purchase a $25 permit that's valid for the calendar year. However if you bring the STINAPA windsurfing permit you bought for $10, you only have to pay the $15 difference. Also, the roads are rough and some rental car agencies don't want you to take ordinary passenger cars into the park. On my recent visit we did indeed blow a tire. :-(
The rewards of snorkeling
When the wind isn't propitious for windsurfing, snorkeling can be enormously rewarding. Here are some of my lucky snorkeling snapshots with my best guesses at identification.
Landscapes courtesy of Mangrove Casita guest Ken Smith.
The ubiquitous bananaquit
We have coconuts too
Help yourself to coconuts from our front yard! Caveat emptor: the meat and milk are good, but it is not easy to extract them. :-)
Nearby, at Sorobon (3 minutes), is the casual and popular Hang Out Bar, which every windsurfer I know recommends.
In addition one of our guests was kind enough to share her personal Bonaire dining out favorites:
We are pleased to make our simple vacation home available to Bonaire visitors.