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“Amazing Diving and great accomidations”

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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews
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“Amazing Diving and great accomidations”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

A group of 8 of us rented 2 apartments at Belmar for a week over 4th of July weekend. This was one of the most amazing vacations I have had in a long time. All of the shore dives were very easy to find and navigate around the island. The dive shop was very help when it came ever aspect of the trip. From the dive locations to dive gear to the local grocery store and local dining options.

Room Tip: Second floor is more desire because you are able to leave your stuff out on the balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Chicago
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Nice room with great views of the water. A divers hotel that would be perfect if it had a bar and restaurant. Price is just about the same as buddy's but the rooms are much nicer. If your looking for great view and a place to relax after diving this is your place.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, FL
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

From the moment we landed in Bonaire, I felt well taken care of by the folks at the Belmar Apartments. We were greeted at the airport (after a late night arrival) by Hank the taxi driver who was very friendly and ready to get us settled in at Belmar. He had our apartment keys in hand and even offered us a drive through the convenience store/gas station if we needed anything to get us through to the next morning (breakfast or otherwise). When we got to our apartment, we marveled at how beautiful the accommodations were. We were in apartment #18 and despite having to lug everything up a flight of stairs, I wouldn't have changes the views from the patio for anything. We specifically chose this apartment due to it's air conditioning in all bedrooms AND the main living area (something that is NOT in every Belmar apartment). That was really important to us. This apartment has one bedroom/bathroom on the main level and two additional bedrooms and a bathroom up a spiral staircase. The kitchen was perfect for whipping up some easy meals so that we didn't have to depend on finding a restaurant every day. We had brought a lot of breakfast and snack types of items with us, so a quick trip to the Van Den Tweel supermarket got us luncheon items and perishables. The appliances were great although it was not quite American, so figuring out how to use them was tricky. There were manuals for some of the appliances to help us, but the microwave was strange and did not have a manual. I'm sure we could have asked one of the staff to show us how to use it properly, but we muddled through. Anyway, there were thorough instructions on the table for us when we arrived that evening, including info on our truck rental, checking in for the next morning, and the orientation time that we needed to attend. The beds were very comfortable and the furnishing very modern. The bathrooms were very contemporary but, with the way the shower was open to the rest of the bathroom, you'd end up soaking the floors unless you laid our a towel to soak up all the splatter. There was plenty of closet and drawer space and lots of hangers. There were also good areas on the patio to hang dive gear to dry with dive hangers as well. The downfall was that the tile they have on the patio area was extremely slippery when wet. It was like ice skating until we learned to lay out some towels to walk on. Speaking of towels, they did offer fresh beach towels daily in the office, the maids came every other day to tidy up, and they do not have washcloths available (maybe that's a Dutch thing??)

The folks in the office were very sweet and we checked in with them the morning after arrival. We attended the orientation meeting where we purchased our marine passes, allowing us to dive, and learned about how the dive operation went there.

Everything went smoothly. The rental truck was simple and got us from point A to point B lugging all the gear for our party of 4. The staff was super accommodating and friendly. The dive guides were always around to ask questions about dive sites and anything else you wanted to know about the island. Mariska, Samuel, Ebby, and Marloes were the main people we dealt with when diving. Part of our package was to do some diving from Klein Bonaire which required a boat. All those operations went very smoothly. We also signed up to have Mariska take us to dive the Salt Pier (which was amazing).

The house reef, Sara's Smile, was beautiful and we dove it several times during our week, including 2 sunrise dives to catch the basket stars in action. Lots and lots of life here!

I can't say enough great things about the Belmar Apartments and Belmar Diving. There were some tiny things I would change, but overall it was awesome. One tiny thing would be the gear locker. It was one locker for everyone to share instead of individual lockers, and the floor was very slippery due to all the wetness. Of course it was a bit smelly in there....after all, when isn't dive gear smelly???? There little shop had all you could need for gear replacement and had a great selection of diving tshirts, hats, etc.

They had a great little rum punch party one afternoon where they offered free drinks and you could meet and greet with the folks staying there. The pool was beautiful and well maintained. The grounds were beautiful and, although they were in the process of laying new tile throughout the property, were beautiful.

If you can't tell, we had a fabulous time and would definitely plan to come back to Belmar for another trip.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Flower Mound, Texas
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105 reviews
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Bonaire is an amazing diving vacation, so why not stay at amazing apartments? Belmar has been hands down my favorite lodging on Bonaire. I have had the pleasure of spending two dive vacations here and look forward to my third one in July 2014.

What you're getting that's different from other places:
-A smaller resort atmosphere. No big parties, super obnoxious loud people, restaurants.
-Basic kitchen
-Privacy
-A nice Balcony/patio area
-Friendly staff
-A beautiful house reef
-Easy access to shore diving instead of having to deal with the in town traffic
-Co-operation with Buddy Dive and the ability to dive their reef as well

I have absolutely no cons with Belmar and will continue my patronage until I'm too old to scuba!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Virginia
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Great apartments in a small property- we really enjoyed it here. We stayed for a week, and liked the large layout of the apartment (1 bedroom) on the 2nd floor. Great view of the water, and staff was super nice and helpful with diving, local attractions. Pool was always clean, and a safe area. Would definitely come back here for a vacation, especially with the kitchen so well equipped and well taken care of.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We have been to Bonaire several times but this year was our first stay at Belmar. We enjoyed one of the two penthouse units on the third floor with open floor plans these three bedroom, two bath units are clean, spacious and modern. The kitchen includes a full-size refrigerator with ice maker. A perfect place to relax and watch the sunset from the Northwest facing balconies. The only minor drawback is the very narrow spiral staircase leading to the two penthouse units. Not a fun lift for suitcases and groceries but we got by. The pool is very nice and now has some new magnesium treatment for the water.
The office staff was absolutely amazing. Chrissie and her team went out of their way to answer questions and ensure we had a wonderful two week vacation. One of our family members developed some medical issues and Chrissie called her personal physician and made an appointment for him to be seen that very morning. Very professional and caring.
The dive operation is actually run by Buddy Dive so boats travel from Buddy Dive Resort to Belmar for boat dive days. The boats are dedicated Belmar boats. Very smooth. Easy in/out dock for shore dives.
We already have reservations at Belmar for 2015. Our new home in Bonaire.

Room Tip: As near as I can tell there are no bad rooms at Belmar.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We have stayed at the Belmar numerous times over the past 20 years, and are usually pleased with our accommodations. Most recently, we stayed in one of the VIP deluxe apartments, which is booked at a higher rate than the other three bedroom units. We were very disappointed in the dated condition of unit 11. There were no screens on the balcony doors, the living room furniture was so uncomfortable that we had difficulty trying to watch a movie, and the refrigerator was too small to accommodate the five of us. We felt that, if anything, we should have been charged less for that particular apartment, as there was no comparison to unit #20 - the counterpart to ours (#11). I would not recommend #11 to anyone expecting to find a VIP accommodation. The Belmar is a great place to stay and has a great staff, but we were disappointed on this trip.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Property: Belmar Oceanfront Apartments
Address: EEG Boulevard 88, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Region: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Belmar Oceanfront Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small and intimate resort with a colorful garden and of course, spectacular ocean views wrapped around terraces and balconiesTake leave of your everyday stress and step into an exclusive resort that refreshes your body and soul!Now we have made it even easier, try our Drive, Dive and Stay packages and Surf Away Packages. Or any one of our three diving packages - unlimited shore diving, 1-tank boat dives, or 2-tank boat dives. Not to worry we have non-diver rates as well.Belmar Oceanfront Apartments Bonaire offering first class accommodations to scuba divers, sun-seekers, snorkelers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, and especially the "get away from it all" vacationer. Enjoy shore diving from our resort anytime of day. ... more   less 
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