Finding pet-friendly accommodations on Bonaire is getting easier!
More and more visitors are coming for longer stays and don’t want to be away from Fido, Spot, King, Tiger, Kitty, or Coco for any length of time, so finding a lodging property which accepts pets is important.
Not every resort or apartment or villa will accept pets. However, there are several properties on Bonaire which can be justifiably called “pet-friendly.” What’s even better is that there is a property for every budget!
Bonaire resorts which are pet-friendly.
Coco Palm Garden/Casa Oleander
Coco Palm Garden or Casa Oleander are ideal self-contained vacation rentals for pet-lovers, along with divers, snorkelers, or windsurfers and kite-boarders, who are looking for tranquility and privacy away from large hotels or resorts. Their vacation homes (studios, apartments, houses) are located in the quiet residential area Belnem, south of airport and Kralendijk. The vacation homes are surrounded by a tropical garden, and each unit has its own private porch and garden space with hammock and sun bed. Just perfect for sharing with your four-legged friend. Do be aware that while pets are welcome, there are resident cats, so dogs which might chase the resident cats should always be tethered.
Bellafonte Chateau del Mar
Bellafonte Chateau del Mar is a luxury oceanfront resort with only 22 seaside apartments and it provides the discriminating traveler with world-class accommodations that feel like home to both you and your pet. This exclusive property has an onsite 24/7 concierge, night time security, and daily cleaning service. The choice of accommodations is excellent (even the King and Queen of Holland often stay here!), with studios, a variety of suites, and even penthouse apartments.
Happy Holiday Homes
Happy Holiday Homes are centrally located in the southern part of Belnem and are just minutes away from excellent dive sites as well as the windsurfing mecca at Sorobon, Lac Bay and kiting area at Atlantis. Happy Holiday Homes is a small, family-operated resort with a solid reputation and are very welcoming to your pet! Your pocketbook will be happy as well, as Happy Holiday Homes is a quality budget property.
Private homes which accept pets.
Pelican Reef is a two-bedroom beach house, located on the fringes of Playa Lechi, at the very rim of the Caribbean Sea. The center of Kralendijk is only a 10-minute walk away, as are most of the activities and restaurants. The house itself carefully tucked away in lush tropical greenery, could be described as casual and intimate. The interior is plain and simple: island style with colonial accents and an occasional splash of Caribbean color. Pelican Reef can accept small pets, but do be sure to contact in advance of booking to ensure they can accommodate your pet.
Those seeking privacy and peace will enjoy the three-bedroom Villa Ganshi. With such tranquility hard to find, this beachfront villa offers both in a unique home-like setting. Small pets are welcome, but do be sure to inquire first.
Ask first! Be aware there might be restrictions on pets at some properties.
For any pet-friendly lodging, do be aware that there might be some restrictions, including a limit on the number of pets at any given time. Or, perhaps there are limited rooms available for booking with pets. Before booking, it is highly recommended that you check with your desired lodging provider, to ensure that your pet can be accepted at your desired timeframe.
Be sure to prepare your pet properly for travel.
Check with your airline.
If you are arriving by air, be sure to check with your airline to ensure they can accept your pet when you wish to travel. Be aware that Bonaire is always listed on the “warm list,” and some airlines will not transport pets if conditions are very warm. Ask first.
Chip your pet.
Because Bonaire is a special municipality of Holland, the rules and regulations for transporting animals into the country apply to Bonaire as well. All pets must be “chipped.” This means a small microchip is placed under your pet’s skin and must be done prior to arrival. Your vet can easily take care of this for you. The chipped status must be noted in your pet’s travel papers, and airlines at your point of origin may deny boarding if your pet is not chipped.
Get your pet the proper travel documents.
Remember you are potentially entering a foreign country with your pet, and he or she requires their own “passport.” Bonaire has a document, available in both English and Dutch, which your veterinarian or local animal authority should fill out and sign before you travel. Learn more about traveling to Bonaire with your pet, and download the entry documentation.
(Source: Bonaire Insider reporter)
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.