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  1. I'd like to offer some information on an option in Bonaire that we took advantage of recently, since I don't see hardly any mention of this on CC. It is chartering the 44ft yacht, "Amoray," of "Bonaire from the Sea." (http://www.bonairefromthesea.org) They do half day, full day, and multi-day outings, and they are suprisingly affordable, particularly for what they include. The primary staff are the husband/wife team of Rich and Sue Willis. He's a an expert snorkel/scuba dive instructor, and she is a marine biologist and gourmet cook (and diver as well). We had a lovely day sailing, diving, and eating with them. It was more like an outing with friends than a charter. This was the perfect venue for us for a number of reasons. We were concerned about uncomfortable seating out in the sun on a standard excursion. Not a problem on the Amoray -- comfort and shade. In fact, we had access to a cabin, bathroom, and shower if we wanted. My wife was very nervous about snorkeling and needed one-on-one attention. Rich made this a wonderful experience. We are foodies and liked the idea of quality food and drinks. Rich had us communicate our preferences/restrictions beforehand, and Sue customized her offering especially for us. Everything was perfection. They took us for a leisurely sail (letting me try the wheel), then picked a dive site based upon wind and wave conditions. There were welcome aboard snacks, hot soup after the dive, a main course after that, and a farewell treat at the end. Drinks were available throughout, and not just of the canned/bottled variety :) This was the best day we've had in all our Caribbean experience. We will do this again if we come back to Bonaire, and it may well be what brings us back.
  2. Stroll into the city and enjoy the night life. This is a great port for that. There are so many good restaurants, bars and cafes, and many spill out into the streets. Splurge a little and don't have dinner on the ship this night.
  3. I second the Courtyard. It was very affordable, a good beach, and the place was pretty nice. We didn't really experience much noise. Maybe it has to do with the prevailing winds and which direction they take off and land. We find staying in Old San Juan even more fun. The Sheraton is good, but expensive. We're trying two new boutique ones this time. Before the cruise: CasaBlanca Hotel, which is in a great location, and at the intersection of nice and affordable. After the cruise: Hotel El Convento, which is one of the best in the area, but we got it for a good price from a Web promotion.
  4. For reference, Google map says it is 1.8 km (22 blocks) from the dock to the front entrance of El Morro (22 minutes). As noted, it has an incline in places. It is less than 500 meters to San Christobal (8 minutes). It is 1.3 km between the two forts (17 minutes). There are more cafes between the dock and these forts than between the two forts.
  5. I've been looking over restaurants in the area. Looks like "Triana Tapas & Flamenco" is something you should look at. Just a couple roads in and East from the docks, on Calle Recinto Sur.
  6. Looks like it says $25 to the Mambo Beach/aquarium area. Not possible to walk from the pier. Pretty obvious looking at google map.
  7. We found an affordable private yacht charter, but our plan B would have been renting a golf cart to tour the island or just getting a cab over to Lac Bay to hang out at the beach and bars.
  8. Blaise

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    Try renting the Amoray yacht (Bonaire from the Sea) for a day or half day. Do some sailing, diving, and gourmet eating. Surprisingly affordable. We're with them in a few weeks.
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