Congratulations Molly Appel and Stuart Shostak
Sunday, 01 February 2009
Coral Paradise Resort would like to congratulate Molly Appel and Stuart Shostak who stayed with us at Coral Paradise Resort last week and were certified as PADI Open Water Divers while in Bonaire.

 Molly & Stuart’s friends Toya and Evelyn, who also stayed at Coral Paradise Resort with them, were lots of fun and took in all the sun and scuba diving that they could before heading back to the New York City and some cold weather.

Thank you guys hope to see ya back here at Coral Paradise Resort
 
 
Triangle Dive Club from Bermuda
Monday, 26 January 2009
The Triangle Dive Club from Bermuda led by Graham Maddocks flew into Bonaire and occupied the entire Coral Paradise Resort

These 12 guys and girls had a blast. They were diving day & night and when they weren’t diving they were planning a dive.

3 of them were diving re-breathers.

Thanks Triangle Divers. Hope to see you back at Coral Paradise Resort in Bonaire next year.
 
Bonaire Sweeps Scuba Diving Mag's Awards
Saturday, 06 December 2008

Rather than me write about it, here's part of the news release from the Boanire Tourism Commission. This truly is a diver's Paradise.

BONAIRE SWEEPS SCUBA DIVING MAGAZINE’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2008
Bonaire Dominates With Nine #1 Ratings Including #1 Dive Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic

Scuba Diving Magazine Award Kralendijk, Bonaire – (December 5, 2008) – Once again the island of Bonaire has swept top honors while continuing its reign as one of the world’s top dive destinations:  For the seventh  consecutive year , Bonaire has been rated the Top Dive Destination Overall (Caribbean/Atlantic) in Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2008. 

Bonaire also received the #1 rating in eight other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Top Marine Life, Top Marine Environment, Top Macro Life, Top Shore Diving Destination, Top Destination for Underwater Photography, Top Destination for Beginners, Top Value, and Top Snorkeling. ...

For the Reader’s Choice awards, thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users rated their dive experiences on a scale of one to five.  Results of the 2008 Awards will be featured in the January/February 2009 issue of Scuba Diving magazine. ...

Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism as reported by National Geographic Traveler magazine (March 2004) and Islands magazine (December 2007), and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for six years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards (2003-2008); and was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008).

Click on the award to see the full sized version.
 
We Made the New York Times!
Monday, 10 November 2008

Wow, it looks like all our hard work is paying off. We got an email the other day from a New York Times editor saying we where going to be in the New York Times travel section. We where listed as one of the 39 Reasons to go to the Caribbean This Year . That made our day, but we didn't know they where going to make us the "Top Pick" of all the resorts they had listed in Bonaire. That was an honor.


We're thrilled as you can imagine. We're proud of the resort, but it's good to see other people like it too.

 
Bananas!
Thursday, 20 November 2008

We got bananas today for the first time in about 3 weeks. Shopping in Bonaire isn't like shopping in the states. There is no real agriculture here so everything comes in on the boat. We got bananas today from a grocery called "The Warehouse." - Now from the name you're probably picturing a Sam's or a Costco. - Think again.

The Warehouse is not as big typical American groceries. But it is Air Conditioned and they usually have a good selection of fresh fruit, just maybe not exactly what you're looking for that day.

In the States, we make a grocery list and go to one store and buy it all. In Bonaire we shop more like our parents (or grandparents) did, we go to the market and see what is good and fresh that day. If there is one thing you're really looking for you might have to make a few stops to find it.

Being from New Orleans, we miss our local food. A friend sent us a care package the other day of local products. It cost her $40 to ship it from the States, and I had to pay customs $10 to pick it up from the Post Office. But dinner that night sure was good.

 

Sometimes we miss not having a Walmart on every corner, but if he did, this wouldn't be paradise.
 
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