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Husband and I planning to visit Bonaire for first time late June. He windsails and I don't. We need a recommendation where to stay. It doesn't have to be at Lac Bay. Anyone been to Great Escape?

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    I have to recommend Harbour Village in Bonaire. It is by far the nicest hotel, especially if you want to relax in luxury. The atmosphere and the family that runs it are fantastic. All the stuff your husband likes are very close. Have a good time.

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    Although I agree that the Harbour Village is
    a luxury hotel I wouldn't be staying there out
    of principle. It's resorts like these that ruin
    our reefs and fish.

    There is much conflict surrounding the building of
    this resort on the island...the construction ruined
    many of the reefs on that part of the island. The
    hotel also rents out boats to any moron who wants one whether they are experienced or not. What this
    means is that a boat with 2 people could use the
    anchor sites (assuming their careful enough to use
    the buoys) rather than co-ordinate with the existing
    hotel. If you experienced Bonaire then you know what I'm talking about. There is never a search for
    a location by the boats...you know when your going
    and where....the hotels have arranged this so you
    don't end up with more than 1 boat in a location
    at one time...it's fabulous.

    The island is peaceful and the islanders are super
    friendly...the food is above average.

    If you couldn't tell by my note, I'm a scuba diver
    and rather upset with the circumstances surrounding
    how the Harbour was built....careless owners who
    saw $$$ instead of the fabulous reefs that compare
    to none....if you get caught wearing gloves on the
    dives (other than wreck) you get kicked off the boat. They believe that you should be careful enough not to touch the reef. If you don't wear
    gloves and and touch the reef, you may learn to
    get more experience in your diving so you don't do
    it again! The operation Bonaire has with its
    diving compares to no other....it's a divers dream!
    Accomodations such as Sand Dollar Condominiums is
    upscale and provide everything you could want.

    Why anyone would go to Bonaire and need to stay
    at a place like Harbour Village is boggling in my
    mind. The island has no shopping malls and no
    bargains in jewelery etc. It is truely a water lovers location.

    Again, I don't begrudge any one who would like to
    stay at such a fine resort but the circumstances
    behind how it was built is frightening...there is
    information on the internet surrounding this under
    Bonaire...there was an actual petition that went
    on about 1 1/2 years ago on the itnernet also.



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    My sister and brother-in-law used to own a townhouse at the sand dollar,and i agree it is absolutly wonderful!!! the green parrot rest. serves excellent ''american food",and the couple that runs it are great!! rent a car and spend a day driving around the island. make sure to visit the pink beach.the salt marshes(where hundreds of flamingos nest),and also the national park at the other end of the island...it is absolutely gorgeous!! loc bay is fun on sundays,as many locals spend the entire day partying to local music and good food.i will say that it is very laid back and quiet...my wife and i dont dive but the snorkeling was beautiful. there is some shopping "downtown", but is limited to small, but interesting shops.my suggestion is that if you want to get away from it all,and want to come back thoroughly relaxed,give bonaire a try!!!

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