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“Best reef is in the front yard”

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Sand Dollar Condominiums
Ranked #10 of 22 Hotels in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Sand Dollar is a GREAT place for staying on Bonaire. We stayed in a first floor 1-bedroom apartment and loved walking out of the screened in patio to watch the sunset every night. It was quiet but centrally located to everything. The best part was having Bari reef as your house reef - only steps before you're under water diving this amazing reef. It made it so very easy for night diving (or morning & afternoon). The apartment came with a fully stocked kitchen, separate bedroom, bathroom and large living room/dining area. Check-in was easy and cleaners came in twice during the week with fresh towels and completely cleaned the entire place. We'll definitely be going back!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Great place. If you want to have lots of people around you and feel like you in a cruise-ship type party atmosphere, this is NOT your place. Sand Dollar is just a collection of condos that all overlook the ocean and give you peace and quiet and your own kitchen so you can eat on your schedule, not the resort's schedule. It is safe thanks to a dusk-till-dawn guard onsite. Theft from cars and even sometimes condos is a MAJOR issue on Bonaire so it is reassuring to have someone watching the cars and the condos all night. The onsite dive shop (Dive Friends) is fantastic (great gear, great air/nitrox, great people) and by staying at the Sand Dollar you have the rights to tank access at the onsite shop 24 hours a day (Great for night dives on the reef in front of the Sand Dollar (Bari Reef) which is excellent.) If you want a party/resort atmosphere and want to have onsite boat docks for your boat dives go ahead and stay at Cap'n Dons 100 yards down the road. But if you want to avoid the crowds and dive on your schedule from shore by driving yourself to wherever you want to go, stay at Sand Dollar. Nice CLEAN condos, no crowds and total eat / sleep / dive freedom!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Cecilia O
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

it was a nice little apartment, on the ground floor, and very peaceful. aircon in each room, full kitchen, loved having my own bathroom/shower. TV with a channel on Bonaire - that was interesting. The diving out back was good - wish we had discovered it sooner! snorkeling showed eels, box fish, etc. (not like diving) but it was interesting. The covered patio in back was ideal for drying out our gear. We loved the neighborhood kitty :)

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Great place for diving. The condo offers a kitchen equipped well for cooking and provides a nice place to stay. It's not fancy but that's not why I go to Bonaire...I go to dive and enjoy nature so I don't need a fancy place to stay.

Room Tip: I recommend speaking with management when booking. There are many condos and all are different. Some...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We booked our 3 bedroom condo via VRBO and dealt with the owner. We stayed in F21. It was just updated and it was gorgeous. It is huge and has everything you will need. The location in the complex is the closest to the water and at the back so there was no traffic or noise. It is perfect for divers since they have all the hangers, racks and even a wagon to transport equipment. It is on Bari Reef which was one our favorite dive locations and it had excellent snorkeling. The condo is by some great restaurants and close to town. It is next door to Buddy Dive Resort. One of the 5 locations of Dive Friends is on the property. We rented our Nitrox from them. They even had air at the water were you could access it 24 hours a day. Every employee at Dive Friends was so helpful in guiding us to sites that were easier to enter and exit and had the critters we were looking for. We are going to stay 2 or more weeks next summer. We took two of our sons and their wives. We all agree that this was our best trip ever. My husband and I have been to 33 countries diving and Bonaire is by far the best. We did not do any boat dives which saved money. Food is very expensive at the stores and the restaurants. I recommend taking as much as you can such as Pringles in cans, cereal, mayo, mustard, etc. We rented a 4 door truck and a car from Total which we do NOT recommend. We will check with AB Car rental, Caribe, Hertz or Budget next time. Our truck was 7 years old and the tailgate fell off the first day making our week difficult loading tanks and equipment. The car was new, but when we returned it we found out you are not allowed to use it to go to the beach or snorkel or anywhere there was sand. They also required a $350 deposit for each vehicle which will be credited back to credit card in 10 days if the vehicles pass their inspection.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

First, the view of the ocean from every condo on the property can't be beat. The property itself is nice with lots of sitting areas for looking out over the ocean. The house reef is wonderful and super easy access for snorkeling or diving. However, the condo we stayed in (B14) was in major need of a facelift. The condo was clean but very dated and the beds and furniture were not comfortable. The living area wasn't air-conditioned so it was a bit warm and stuffy. Mosquitos were also a problem in the evening. The air-conditioning worked well in the bedrooms and each bedroom has its own bathroom. The bathrooms were clean but also in need of some refurbishing. There was access to a pool but it was adjacent to the property and part of Eddy's Restaurant. The pool was not very convenient and a bit dated also. Staff was always very friendly and helpful. The dive shop on property is wonderful. The SandDollar could be an amazing resort if the condos were updated a bit.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We stayed in F1 from 6/6/14-6/25/14. The welcome upon our arrival wasn't very warm, in fact, it was a tad non existent. We got there after 830pm and the office had already been closed with uncertain instructions or signs as to what to do to get our room key. But fortunately there is a security guard on the premises and he approached us and ended up giving us our keys.

It only gets better from there. Really! The ladies in the front office, Jocelyn and Rojelia, we absolute sweet hearts and so helpful, warm and friendly.

Our room was slightly outdated in decor, furniture and technology (wi-fi was iffy). But it was clean and the bed was comfy enough that I and my partner slept like logs everynight (that may also be attributable to our very active dive days as well).

The resort also has Bonaire Dive Friends Dive Shop on the premises making this the optimal choice for adventurous and rugged independent divers. Bonaire Dive Friends has 5 sister operations around the island. More on that in my review for BDF.

There was a safe in the room large enough to fit a 13-15 inch laptop. However, it stopped locking for us on the last day. Luckily we did not have anything stolen from us on this trip.

Housekeeping was only twice a week.

Resort is centrally located in relation to the main road that runs from the southernmost to northenmost tip of the island.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sand Dollar Condominiums

Address: Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 79, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Region: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Kralendijk
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Kralendijk
Price Range: £96 - £188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 
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