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Recommendation with kids (aged 6, 8) - Bonaire, Margarita?

 
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ubaumann



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:22 pm    Post subject: Recommendation with kids (aged 6, 8) - Bonaire, Margarita? Reply with quote

Hi. I would like your suggestions for destinations to go with kids aged 6 and 8, to get them on a board for the first time in easy conditions and warm water. I am considering Bonaire and Isla Margarita. Bonaire is easier to get to and seems to have easier conditions. Margarita is a more interesting island to keep the wife happy.
Thank you for your suggestions!
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STIM



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonaire. Better conditions for kids to learn (knee deep, reef protected bay) and safer (Margarita is in Venezuela).
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AndreiA



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Bonaire for sure! Reply with quote

Bonaire has ideal conditions for a beginner, 3 ft deep max, onshore wind, and nice sand bottom. Very clean environment - tap water safe to drink.

You can read more here:
http://www.na-windsurfing.com/Destinations/default.html#Bonaire
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Caribchakita



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lac Bay in Bonaire is kid's paradise. It's always chock full of kids on rigs, playing in the shallows or fishing off the two piers. I cannot imagine a safer more kid friendly spot.
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madmax7



Joined: 07 Mar 1997
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Margarita not so kid friendly

I love Margarita but if u can't get a direct flight. Away from Caracas. .. I quit going. I love the place but ...

If u r interested and want more info send me a message but look into Bonaire.

And I'm confident u can keep wife happy there. I hear its beautiful I tried to get there once, I may in future.

Good luck! Max
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PeconicPuffin



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonaire, without a doubt.

Info for the wife:

-excellent restaurants
-nature tours (my wife and I loved the mangrove kayak tour)
-bookable spa "stuff"
-incredible snorkeling in super easy conditions

and last but not least,

-Bonaire is the place for significant others who aren't interested in windsurfing to try windsurfing. Crystal clear thigh-deep water, no chop, friendly breezes, beach chairs right by the water (and food and drink).

BTW "Caribchikita" who posts here is a windsurfing vacation travel agent. She's excellent...my wife and I have been using her for a decade (and are booked through her for a 2014 vacation currently). If you want to dial in things for yourself and/or your wife, I highly recommend contacting her (An) directly.

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ascott72



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonaire is an ideal spot for learning.

You may want to check this thread too.
Aruba v Cabarette (v Bonaire)
http://www.iwindsurf.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=25936
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ubaumann



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Location: Berkeley

PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your input. I just booked our trip to Aruba. I can't wait...
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