Sand beach, diver and family-friendly, ground floor, screened porch, full airco
- english, french
About Eileen McFarren
Louis and I are teachers. Louis teaches the liberal arts at St. John's College in Annapolis (the quintessential great books school) and I teach Latin. We have also spent many years teaching outside the US, first with the Peace Corps in Czechoslovakia (Brno), and then Slovakia (Presov), Romania (Iasi), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), and Iraq (Kurdistan)! Yes, the kids went with us and attended local schools. We have settled down in Maryland, outside Annapolis. The four of us now live the typical fast-paced life of a suburban family, with sports practices and work demands! But every seventh year we take our sabbatical on Bonaire, where we live out the meaning of that word: rejuvenating ourselves while reveling in nature's riches. We have lived and worked in much of the world over the years, and have seen many wonderful and beautiful things, but Bonaire is the place we chose to make our second home, and Sand Dollar is that home. Our life on Bonaire at Sand Dollar offers a pretty good approximation of what philosophers call 'the good life.' We invite you to find this out for yourselves. It is real. It is not a dream. Every summer we escape to this diving paradise. Bonaire is our favorite spot in the world because of the never-failing, beautiful weather and 24/7 shore diving up and down the coasts--the freest and easiest diving in the world and possessing the greatest variety of Caribbean species according to REEF surveys. We also love being a part of a community of divers who believe in protecting and preserving the reef. We participate in clean-up dives, lion fish hunting, fish surveys with REEF, and water clarity studies. My daughter is committed to protecting all lizards, iguanas, parrots, donkeys, and goats that roam freely on the island. My son is falling in love with wind surfing...kite boarding comes next. We hope you stay with us and fall in love with Bonaire's nature and its way of life.
Eileen McFarren purchased this Condo in 2013
Why Eileen McFarren chose Hato
Louis and I were fortunate to spend a full sabbatical year on Bonaire in 2009 (and again in 2016). We became residents, and while the children went to a local Dutch school, we dived every site on the island multiple times and made life-long friends. We had thought that a year might be too long for such a small, simple, and quiet island, but when the year ended, we knew we were in love with this unique little place. The diving really is that good, and not only the diving. We started looking at properties on our next dive trip with a very patient realtor, but in the end we bought at Sand Dollar, where we first fell in love with the Bonaire way of life. Why? Sand Dollar is in the perfect location, and it offers spacious living, not only because of the generous size of its rooms, but also because the outside is a fluid extension of the inside. Such is the genius of its design, its unique and spell-binding orientation towards the sea. The view of the sea and sky is breath-taking, and the breeze from east to west is constant. It flows right through the condo. The on-site amenities (pool, tennis, beach) and on-site dive shop (Dive Friends) sealed the deal. We made the right decision. You will think so, too, when you come here.
What makes this Condo unique
Drive up to your front door and walk right into your home-away-from-home in this rightly-named 'Divers Paradise.' Drop your bags and keep walking through the living and dining rooms, out the sliding glass door, to your screened-in porch that opens onto the Sand Dollar gardens. The beach and the dock are only steps away. When you aren't diving, you can relax in your comfortable, family-friendly condo, equipped with air conditioning, free wifi, cable TV, the use of a mobile phone, an assortment of games, puzzles and books, a fully functional, newly renovated kitchen, and all you need to make yourself at home. The pool and lighted tennis courts are on site and ready for you when you aren't diving, snorkeling, wind-surfing, kite-boarding, hiking, kayaking, bird-watching, caving, or biking. You will be glad to tuck into the king-sized bed in the master bedroom and ready to do it all again the next day, when the birds wake you to song and the gentle waves beckon you to the blue! If you dive with Dive Friends, you can take advantage of their five locations for tank drop-offs and pick-ups and rinsing. And ask us how to arrange a guided dive on the east side of the island, where you will see eagle rays and large sea turtles and green morays and schools of large snappers and grunts in all directions!
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Only outside is smoking allowed.
Enjoy the birds and lizards outside.
They'll love the beach and easy ocean access.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The property was everything it said it was. We used to only stay for one week now for two.
The dive shop is basically in the backyard with a nice dock with shower and tanks very convenient. Parking the rental vehicle just outside the front door also just as convenient.
Fresh fish available if ordered through the office in the morning for pickup that afternoon!
Our family of three divers had a great week in this condo - it's located just steps from fantastic diving at Bari Reef (best house reef on the island!) and is also near the on-site dive shop (Dive Friends) and property office (for swapping out beach towels, picking up cell phone loaner, etc.). The unit is clean, comfortable and comes with a well-equipped kitchen. As a family, we appreciated the food storage containers and coolers as well as electric kettle (!) and blender. The wifi and A/C are also excellent, though we rarely used the A/C since we enjoyed the sea breezes blowing through the condo.
We spent most of our time on the screened porch - we loved being able to watch the birds feeding from the flowering pots in the morning and the setting sun in the evening. There are also drying pegs if you want to hang your gear or you can make use of Dive Friends' gear room, which is accessible 24/7 and just steps away. You'll also have access to wheelbarrows if you want to move gear from the dive shop or pier to/from your condo/truck. Dive Friends has several locations around the island, which makes diving northern and southern sites in a single day a snap - no need to drive back to one location to replace tanks. Also, parking is just outside your condo so there's no need to schlep equipment across the property.
Louis and Eileen are wonderful communicators - they were responsive when we had questions about scheduling our visit as well as when we needed a minor repair during our stay. We highly recommend their condo and look forward to our return!
Notes: housekeeping comes twice/week; there are two outdoor charcoal grills available for Sand Dollar guests at the pier
Great stay at Sand Dollar B7!
Three of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the condo. The updated kitchen and bathrooms were much appreciated. We spent nearly all of our time on the screened porch. There was plenty of space and hooks for drying wetsuits and other gear. The ground floor offered great access to the water, and the way the condos are oriented meant that it felt very private. One evening we walked across the street to the open-air Empire Cinema (where you can also order dinner if you call ahead) to see a movie. Other nearby casual places that we enjoyed walking to were Yhanni's Arepa shack and the Doner (Turkish) restaurant. Dive Friends is on the property for gear and tank rentals, and you can use the pier for water access. I would definitely stay here again!
The place was great. Hope to come back and stay again.
The unit was clean and comfortable. The property and location is great. We loved the place!
What a great place and so reasonable
Lovely views, convenient to dive shop and dive site, very clean and well organized.
Nicely decorated and full of everything you need. We will be back.
Property description was very accurate. Location in the complex was fine. Enjoyed seeing humming bird at the plant outside the screened porch and the occasional donkey
in the yard in front. We dove for six days and the dive shop meet our needs.
Interior of the unit was clean and fully appointed, only regret that no washer and dryer in the unit. Would stay at this unit again.
Sand Dollar Condominium Resort is located in the central part of the west coast, adjacent to Bari Reef, a three minute drive from the center of Kralendijk. Our condo is on the ground floor with beautiful views of the ocean and Klein Bonaire to the West. There is easy and quick access to the beach and dock, just steps away. A dive shop, a swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, a small grocery and liquor store, an ice cream store, a spa and gym, and two restaurants with bars are on site, adjacent to the resort, or within walking distance. Some of the best dive sites in all the Caribbean are minutes away by car to the north or south. Even the most distant northern and southern shore dives are only a short drive away. There is no better location on the island for diving the whole island; and if you dive with Dive Friends, you don't have to return to Sand Dollar for tanks and rinses, since Dive Friends has four other shops on the island for these purposes. This is truly the best location on the best island for shore diving and snorkeling freedom.