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Penthouse in Kralendijk -- Waterfront - Beautiful

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Playa Pabou Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

A beautiful penthouse with 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms , a living room and kitchen /dining room and a large outdoor terrace with bar and BBQ . You will love our oceanfront condo on the boulevard of Kralendijk, within walking distance to restaurants , grocery stores and the main tourist street (Kaya Grandi).

The condo has over 1700 sqft ( 160m2) including the outdoor living spaces . You will have a shaded area to relax outside or you can choose to sunbathe on the lounge chairs . Of course, many days you may end up watching the sunset from the bar .

We have been told many times by guests :”this must be the best view and location in Bonaire “ . Please read the reviews .The penthouse has everything one can wish for : walking distance to the beach in front of the unit and to the next door diving operator and to the famous Karel's pier -Bonaire’s one and only above the water bar and restaurant.

The condo has a firsthand view of the coming and going of the yachts that visit Bonaire and the cruise ships will pass directly in front of you .The security is excellent , a gate key is needed to enter the premises and the entry door is the only door on our floor level. The property is fully airconditioned , a rarity in Bonaire , but trade winds and ceiling fans will allow comfortable sleeping without airco’s in some seasons ,also because the property is fully screened against mosquito's. when . We ourselves usually start the living area A/C after sunset and the bedroom airco's an hour before retiring . During the day we enjoy the tradewinds which make the penthouse very comfortable , even without A/C.

We believe this is a premier place in Bonaire and we would not trade with anyone else because each morning we enjoy the view of the turquoise waters , the beaches of Klein Bonaire across and the distant view of the mountainous area of Bonaire in the Washington Park preserve. You can also on occasion see dolphin pods pass by while sipping your morning coffee(s) .

In the evening, we enjoy a cool drink –the local Amstel beer is called “Bright” and we rate the sunsets by assigning a number of Brights . A five Bright evening as shown in the photo is the best sunset you can experience in the Caribbean. Fortunately there are many great sunsets …

Local assistance with any problems/questions during your stay and the airport reception will be provided by our very capable property managers at BookavillaBonaire .

We have recently completed a remodeling of the guest bedroom, see photo. We now have room for 5 persons because the Master Bedroom still has the King sized bed , but the second (guest) bedroom has a queen sized bed and a twinXL ( single) bed . This may help to accommodate families with children.

Have a great vacation Keywords: Penthouse, Waterfront

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Augusta or Herman Amelink
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Augusta or Herman Amelink

We emigrated from Holland to the USA in 1968 ; one of us is Dutch , one changed to US citizenship. The family is fond of diving , so we have visited Bonaire since 1988 and after vacationing in other Caribbean diving resorts we selected Bonaire as the best choice. After we retired we purchased this condo.

Augusta or Herman Amelink purchased this condo in 2006

Why Augusta or Herman Amelink chose Bonaire

Bonaire is a mix of Dutch , American and Lt American influences . Low crime rates and friendly people were important factors for us to choose Bonaire , besides the diving.

What makes this condo unique

We walk to the town , to shopping , to restaurants . In the USA we have to drive 3 miles to the nearest store, so this location is a totally different experience . There is a parking lot for our rental car, but we don't drive every day . Relaxed living and enjoying the cultural sights and sounds of Bonaire , makes us come back 3 times a year.


based on 16 traveler reviews

Penthouse in Kralendijk -- Waterfront - Beautiful
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews
Missoula, MT


  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week over Christmas, and everything went great. The local manager, Karin, met us at the apartment and showed us how everthing worked, and made sure we had what we needed. The penthouse is very well equipped and has everything that you will need, including a cell phone with Karin's number in case you need to get in contact with her. We didn't though, as everything went smoothly. We used the barbeque grill on the deck several times, and what a great view overlooking the water. Just a short walk to the center of town, with plenty of bars and restaraunts nearby. If you are diving, Karin gave us a 20% discount coupon for all our diving with Dive Friends Bonaire. Herman, the owner, was good to work with via email during the booking process. As a previous poster mentioned there was some noise, but it most definitely was not a problem. This will be where we stay again the next time we rerurn to Bonaire.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice apartment

  • 3 of 5

I stayed at this apartment for 1 month.

What I liked: the apartment is nicely decorated. It is very roomy. The bedrooms are big and spacious. The kitchen is well appointed. It is perfectly located, walking distance to town and restaurants. The apartment manager is very friendly and helpful

What I did not like: It is extremely noisy. No earplugs no sleep.There is a very big terrace but unless you are a sun worshipper it is not possible to use the terrace after 1:30 PM because it is in full sun until sunset. There is no safe place to park your rental car ( two wheels of my rental where stolen in the building's parking lot 2 days after I got it)

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear you liked the apartment and it's furnishings . Sorry about the noise that bothered you so much. When choosing an apartment in town and on the ocean side boulevard one can expect more noise than you would experience in a home in the outlying area's of Kralendijk . We can't change that , but in 9 years of ownership we have not received a complaint before. However ,you did address an issue we can do something about and we are now looking for a retractable awning or a large umbrella to provide our guests with a shaded area on the terrace when the sun shines on the terrace later in the afternoon . Thanks for your feedback.
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Atlanta, GA, USA

Fabulous Penthouse

  • 5 of 5

The penthouse was everything I had hoped it would be plus more! It was like home away from home with the added bonus of fabulous views! Augusta and everyone from VanEps Property Management were a pleasure to work with and made the reservation, arrival and departure process smooth and worry free.

Bonaire has become my birthday destination three years running. I would love to stay at the "Nautical Nest" again next August! Danki Augusta!!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks . You are welcome any time , so why wait a year :) All the best Augusta
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Littleton, Colorado USA

the best

  • 5 of 5

The best in every regard. My second stay. Will be back

  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great . Come back any time Roger.
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Great Condo

  • 5 of 5

During the planning stages of our trip Herman was very helpful with all the questions that I asked. The condo itself was great. It was everything that we hoped for after reading all of the previous reviews. The noise from the street was loud at times, but we adapted. Other than the IPOD docking station speakers (they were in bad shape) everything else was in fine working order. We really liked how close it was to downtown and the many restaurants. We didn't have a car the entire 2 weeks, but we did alot of walking (we had to wear off all of the Amstel Brights we consumed) so it made it much easier, especially at night. As in all of our vacations, the time went by too fast. I would not hesitate to rent this condo in the future. Thanks again Herman!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. I promise next time you visit us there will be new Ipod speaker system :) Very interesting that you never used a car . Till next year we hope, Herman Amelink
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Nautical Nest is number one!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I,along with our teenage son stayed in the Nautical Nest for a week. This was our second trip to Bonaire and our 2nd time using VRBO. This condo was perfect for us in every way. The location can't be beat. It was so nice to walk to the restaurants at night and not have to worry about looking for a place to park the truck.The view is incredible and the outside space is great for watching the sunset and watching the town go by. The condo is well stocked with everything you could need and looks exactly like the photos.The on-island property manager is great and took care of any questions or problems we had.Thank You, for sharing your fabulous home with us! I hope we can book it again on a return trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very nice review Jerry , thank you. We look forward to hosting you and the family next year.
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Flamingo Airport
Nearest Barpub
It Rains Fishes , part of Club Nautico
Nearest Ferry
across the boulevard , ferry to Klein Bonaire
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
BushuRibana course
Nearest Train
1200 Miles
no trains in Bonaire; Miami is nearest
Nearest Motorway
300 Miles
not in Bonaire; highway in Caracas venezuela
Nearest Restaurant
It Rains Fishes , part of Club Nautico
Nearest Ski
1000 Miles
In Columbia
Nearest Beach
across the boulevard
Car: recommended

The condo is located on the Ocean Boulevard , very close to the center of Kralendijk . The small town of Kralendijk prides itself in only one over the water restaurant/bar called Karel's and it is a 3 minute walk along the ocean. Furthermore many of the best restaurants are located along this waterfront and all are walking distance . Need to buy souvenirs? The Kaya Grandi (= big street ) has many stores with all kinds of souvenirs. On days when a cruise boat is in the harbor , there are many more souvenir vendors to tempt the passengers debarking from the cruise boat .

Need groceries , you can walk it in 5 minutes but you may prefer to take the car rather than carrying back all that beer :).

Full service Dive shops are located both North and South along the Boulevard . You can store equipment overnight at these facilities so you don't have to carry it to the condo. Most divers visiting Bonaire love the shore diving experience when you can just walk in and plunge down along the wall . No need to pay for boat excursions except if you want to dive along Klein Bonaire . Since you need a car for shore diving , you can take it into the national park covering 1/2 of Bonaire : the Washington Park . The drive through the park can be interesting after a rain shower, since the roads are not paved :a 4 wheel drive car is then required.

One should also take a kayak tour through the mangrove forests ; very interesting to see the birthplace of many of the tropical fishes one can encounter on the reefs around Bonaire .

If all that sounds tiresome , the Windsurf Place on the east Coast ( a 15 minute drive ) will offer total relaxation with sun , wind , local snacks , sangria and many easy chairs to catch the sun.

A Great time can be had in Bonaire but the nightlife is minimal , no disco's , a few late-night bars but no swinging night clubs , just easy living .



Rates & Availability

Playa Pabou Condo Rental Rates

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High Season
Dec 10 2016 - Apr 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

local gov't tax $77
Tax Rate 15.0%

In low/standard season , the fourth week is free .
We also need to collect the government imposed tourist tax -$5.50 per person per night.
Will be calculated when booking is made . Tourist Tax can be paid in Bonaire to Mgmt Comp.

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Playa Pabou Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Both bathrooms have a large shower stall , a toilet and sink(s) . The half bath has toilet and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 2 large bedrooms . One has a very long King sized bed ( 2.20m or 90") the other bedroom has one TwinXL bed and one Queen sized bed . No air matresses allowed , max occupancy is 5 people.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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