Enjoy superb diving from your doorstep In Bonaire, you can practically fall in the water and you'll be diving on some of the most beautiful walls in the Caribbean. Bonaire is truly a diver's paradise, and Sand Dollar Condominium Resort is paradise's front door. Guests can dive from shore at the resort or at sites all around this picturesque desert-like island, which is part of the ABC Netherlands Antilles chain. Or, they can sign up for one of Sand Dollar's roomy boats, which depart four times daily. The diving features dramatic walls and lush, colorful corals; profuse fish life due to Bonaire's protected Marine Park; and the occasional wreck and pelagic encounter. Sand Dollar's dive operation is a PADI five-star facility that offers dive instruction, equipment sales and rental and film processing. Above water, Sand Dollar provides adventurers with a full plate of activities from kayaking to mountain biking and nature tours. The north end of Bonaire is a national park where iguanas and lizards approach visitors for handouts, and dive and snorkeling sites are a close swim from rugged beaches. Back in civilization, Sand Dollar is just a mile from the quaint town of Kralendijk, a Dutch city with brightly painted buildings, upscale shops and an open-air fresh market.If you prefer to avoid the crowds, Sand Dollar provides home-away-from-home comfort. Its 85 studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments feature fully equipped kitchens, spacious balconies and terraces, large living areas with cable TV and air-conditioned bedrooms. Just a few steps away - and right on the water - is the Green Parrot, one of the island's most popular restaurants. Catering to all ages, Sand Dollar calls August its family month with fun activities such as sandcastle competitions scheduled each week. The resort also features a year-round kid-friendly program called the Sand Penny Club, for kids 3-6, and the Ocean's Classroom for ages 6-15, which teaches hands-on lessons about the marine environment. During May, June, September, October and from December 1-15, Sand Dollar is offering a seventh night free with prepaid packages. Room rates begin at $155 a night during the summer and fall for a studio apartment with full kitchen, a queen-size bed and a queen-size convertible bed. Dive packages cost $280 per person for unlimited boat, tank and air for six days. Meal plans costing $8 to $45 a day are available at the Green Parrot. For reservations and more information about Sand Dollar, click on the home page below. For general information about visiting Bonaire, click on the home page below.
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