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I am a marine biologist and I teach about the ecology and conservation of coral reefs.
What can I say? Rita is awesome, and the place was perfect.
We have stayed at Rita's beach view studio for a week in January. The location is perfect, you live amongst the locals which is hard to find on Bonaire. We took our morning coffee across the street to the waterfront and enjoyed the view of boats and the fishermen returning home with the catch of the day. In the evening, you can see the sun set from your own terrace, and watch the joggers and cruisers pass by. Restaurants and shops are just a walk away.
The studio is a good size for two and has the basic needs available. Rita has been the friendliest host, catching up on things almost everyday and lending us her snorkel gear. We can recommend Rita's place.
We loved our three week stay at Rita's lovely cottage by the sea. It was exactly as she described and more.
Rita is a lovely and gracious host, very warm and helpful answering questions about where to go and what to do on the island. When I mentioned my interest in snorkeling, she even took me out on her boat for an snorkeling adventure with her family.
This spot is a great balance - very quiet but also close to town. It is within easy walking to food out, drinks on the water, shopping or groceries. The neighbors are also warm and friendly. It is safe, right next door to the Venezuelan Embassy.
We adored our morning coffee out on the sea wall bench in front of the cottage and meeting all the neighbors, feeding the fish and watching the local fishermen as they came in with their days catch.
Cocktail hour out on "our bench" was equally pleasant at the end of every day of windsurfing or kiting. The Bonaire sunsets are glorious and watching the stars come out at night is a real treat.
We would highly recommend this beautiful spot for either a restful vacation, a full on sports adventure or both!
We had a wonderful stay at the cottage- the location was great- really close to the downtown area where they have restaurants and shops/groceries but still away from the business of it all, there is outdoor space to clean off gear if you enjoy water sports and also parking, small kitchen to make simple meals, it had everything we needed for the week. Perfect for a week long vacation!
It was lovely. The studio/cottage couldn't be in a better location. We saw a frog fish just outside the house too! Stay here because it is exactly what you think it's going to be - pretty damn perfect.
Wow. This was our first trip to Bonaire, it certainly will not be our last, and we won't be staying anywhere else! The cottage was charming, clean and could not have been in a better location! We woke up and went to bed every day with a perfect view of the aqua blue water and were only a few minutes walk from town. This is so much better than staying at a hotel! It was super convenient for diving. Rita and Mark were in the drive to greet us when we arrived, and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed and more. They are amazing hosts and we can't wait to see them again on our next trip to the island!
Rita and Mark were excellent hosts! The cottage was perfect, and centrally located with great restaurants and shopping close by. Mark showed us around the cottage and was very helpful and informative. Rita recommended amazing restaurants and it was nice to be able to cook breakfast in the cottage before our morning dives. Rita referred us to Menno at Gooddive to do our orientation for diving. He also delivered tanks to our doorstep which was so convenient! We can't wait for our next trip to Bonaire, the diving was amazing! Thanks Rita and Mark!
this little place is fantastic! in the middle of town, you can walk pretty much everywhere you need to go, and if you have a car you've got easy access to local roads to get out and about on the island. rita and mark were incredibly generous, welcoming, and gave us great advice on where to go, eat, what to check out, etc. i'd go back in a heartbeat.
All I can say is that this humble little cottage was perfect in every way. First and foremost you can't beat the location. Second Rita and Marc were awesome; always willing to tell you what you needed to know, and made us feel welcome from the day we got there to the last day we left.
From a location standpoint you really can't beat this place. We really have everything we needed with in walking distance, as well as some very satisfying diving for our first couple of days. My girlfriend and I came down obviously for the diving. I am an advanced diver, and she was getting certified, so the dives close to the house were perfect. Rita recommended Menno de Bree at the Gooodive resort. Again, perfect recommendation. He, and his staff were perfect in every way. From being qualifying my girlfriend to aways having filled tanks in the morning at our door step, and provided us equipment for the whole 3 weeks of our trip.
If you're planning a trip to Bonaire, and this little cottage is available and you looking for something to keep you right in the middle of everything, try and get this place, but don't be surprised if it's already booked!
We'll definitely be visiting Bonaire, and Rita & Marc for the years to come.
-Adam & Aurelia
great little apartment - close to all the best spots in town - tasty restaurants - fun bars - beautiful snorkeling and unforgettable views of turquoise water and sailboats right out your window. really enjoyed it - thanks Rita !