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Tips for renting villas on Bonaire

upstate NY
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Tips for renting villas on Bonaire

Do not rent from Bonaire Oceanfront Villas! They will say anything to make a sale then provide zero customer service once they have your money. We rented Cas Chogogo from them in July and the experience was a nightmare.

Also, if you are interested in renting a villa from anyone on Bonaire - do yourself a favor and get rental insurance. It's well worth the extra money. We found out the hard way that regular travel insurance does not cover rental properties.

Houston, Texas
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1. Re: Tips for renting villas on Bonaire


You bring up a good point about checking as to whether the travel insurance covers issues with rental properties or not. However, it does seem like you have an issue with a single site that you extended to an entire island - which is unfair, in my opinion, since so many people (myself included) have had excellent experiences with their Bonaire villa rentals. Perhaps you could be fair and post your good advice on every forum, not just the Bonaire forum?

I also read your posts - I would be surprised if ANY insurance policy would cover a rental as "uninhabitable" when the A/C doesn't work.

Boise, Idaho
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395 posts
4 reviews
2. Re: Tips for renting villas on Bonaire

Most travel insurance policies are intended to insure against unexpected trip cancellation, not dissatisfaction with the property or management company once you arrive at your destination. That's why travel insurance typically only covers forfeited nonrefundable payments due to sickness, injury, weather, natural disaster and other unforeseen events.

We've been visiting Bonaire for 16 years and have stayed at a variety of properties without experiencing any problems that warrant additional vacation rental insurance. The suggestion that it should be recommended for visitors "renting a villa from anyone on Bonaire" seems a little over the top.

Gastonia, North...
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59 reviews
3. Re: Tips for renting villas on Bonaire

VRBO.com provides trip insurance if the rental is not as advertised. We rented from Happy Holiday Homes, the oceanfront villa and could not have been more pleased. The only thing we missed was that there was no wifi. There is a land line connection that we could not use with our iPad. It requires a lap top. But I missed that in the description so no fault of HHH. Louise was a gem to work with.

upstate NY
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37 reviews
4. Re: Tips for renting villas on Bonaire

Don't get me wrong, we love Bonaire and have been back again since our bad experience. Having never rented a vacation property before we were just very naive. We just stay at Harbour Village now.

5. Re: Tips for renting villas on Bonaire

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