Casa Esmeralda – Oceanfront Luxury on Bonaire

Superbly located at Bonaire’s best diving sites, between the world famous windsurfing spot at Lac and the equally spectacular kiteboarding beach Atlantis, yet only 5 minutes away from the stores and restaurants of Kralendijk, lies this amazing waterfront villa. Whether you come to Bonaire to dive, kite, windsurf, relax, or all of the above, this villa with the breathtaking Caribbean Sea as its backyard, is the perfect base from which to start your adventures and realize your dream vacation.

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    As beautiful as the online video of the property appears, it really doesn’t do it justice. Having been to numerous properties on the island over the past 20 years, we spent a week here with our three sons and 2 daughters-in-law relaxing, diving, snorkeling and windsurfing the days away. This is by far the most beautiful property, ideal location, making this the best vacation of them all. Large enough to allow everyone to enjoy themselves with adequate privacy, and a kitchen inviting us to enjoy nearly all of our meals out on the vast deck and sitting area. We dove with Buddy Dive, signing up right down the street at Belmar Apartments – our prior address when visiting – and could get tanks there and further north at Buddy’s as needed. Jan and his family live next door for any questions we had – there were very few. The diving / snorkeling right out back is wonderful, and the night sky is more spectacular than you would imagine. We look forward to scheduling our return trip, and suspect this will be an annual event for all who can make their way here.

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    I was supposed to write this last year as this is the second year back at Casa Esmeralda. I normally do not blog or write reviews, but I feel obligated to because the owners are so great. I quickly scanned the other reviews and agree whole heartedly – Jan makes you feel like a house guest and goes out of his way to help in any fashion, all without being intrusive at all. I love this place as a luxury home away from home. We like to cook and the kitchen is great. The view is fantastic. The backyard is great for those that don’t mind not having a white sandy beach – it is raw and pristine like the rest of the island and I love it for that. Casa Esmeralda is one of the last residences on the West coast of Bonaire, there is no residency beyond a few hundred feet south – only the nature preserve. I do not recommend the island of Bonaire to everyone. It is not a refined island, but if that appeals to you, look no further than this piece of paradise.

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    Not sure where to start to describe this wonderful villa. Our 4th time on Bonaire, and our first time in Casa Esmeralda. This villa is just fantastic in every way. Breathtaking sunsets, absolute privacy, dolphins in the backyard, flamingos in the sky, the kitchen is worth a 5 star review on its own, remarkable dive and/or snorkeling sites out back, it is all just perfect! There is absolutely nothing negative to report. We re-booked on the day we left and cannot wait to get back! If you are considering renting a waterfront villa, this has to be on the top of your list!

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    My wife and I and our family have been diving on Bonaire for 23 years. We love the island, and this villa is by far the most wonderful place that we have stayed in during that time. We have rented this villa for the last two years, and we have already reserved it again for next year. All of the equipment in the house is modern and high end, and the kitchen is very well equipped. The owner lives next door. He personally insures that his guests have everything that they need to make their vacation a memorable experience. He had food and beverages waiting for us when we arrived this year; champagne when we sadly had to leave. He is familiar with the restaurants, and happy to make suggestions. The villa is right on the water, and the view is incredible – particularly at sunset. I personally love to sit on the large porch and watch the ships pass by or anchor for the night. The stars are spectacular at night. The sound of the waves softly lapping up on the shore will rock you to sleep. To us, the thing that most separates this house from the rest is the location and architectural design. It is located near the end of the island where Bonaire’s famous wind is not blocked by the mountains. And it was built perpendicular to the predominant wind, so when the when the louvered windows are opened on both sides, a cool breeze flows through the entire house. It is a truly relaxing experience from dawn to dusk. We own a rental property in Florida ourselves, so we know and appreciate how much effort is required to build, maintain and operate a property of this high quality. If you intend to go to Bonaire to dive, snorkel, wind surf, kite surf – or just relax and enjoy the year round warm weather – we highly recommend this property.

  • VRBO REVIEW
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    This place is real paradise! Stayed here for 9 days, way too short. The view is amazing, especially from the master bedroom. Kitchen well equipped and everybody loved the pool table. Diving spot in front of the villa is beautiful, the “Hilma Hooker” wreckage is about a 3 minutes drive. We want to come back for sure!

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    My husband and I stayed for a week at Casa Esmeralda and enjoyed wonderful shore diving from the villa as well as all over the island. The villa is meticulously maintained and has every amenity one could possible ask for, including screens! We never used the air conditioning as the winds flowed through the house during all parts of the day and evening. Most evenings we enjoyed cocktails while watching a fabulous sunset and then cooked our dinner in the very complete kitchen. We have stayed in Bonaire three other times and this was by far the best villa we have rented. We can not wait to return!

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    We stayed at Casa Esmeralda in early to mid-February, and we can’t say enough about it! After going out a few nights, we ended up cooking at home the rest of the time, because we didn’t want to leave. Watching the sunset as the ocean laps up to the balcony was heavenly. The location was easily drivable to anywhere – especially since Bonaire is so small. The house is so cool and modern – such a fun departure from suburbia. All of us truly felt like we were transported on vacation. Jan and Bettina were so helpful with everything from restaurant suggestions, luggage storage, and even helped us snag a fresh wahoo for dinner one night. We would go again and again and again…

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    If this house is available and you don’t rent it, you are missing a luxurious vacation! Very well situated on the coast just a few minutes south of town, this house has it all! The kitchen is so nice, we decided to stay in a few nights and cook! Excellent appliances and ample cookware, utensils, china etc. Plenty of room inside and out for dining, relaxing, games or whatever else you do on vacation. With windows galore, the wind coming off the ocean can blow right through the house. Also, Jan and Bettina make you feel like their house guests. Available, but not intrusive, concerned and eager to do whatever they can to make your stay better. We are planning way in advance for our next trip, because this place will be hard to get!

  • TRIPADVISOR REVIEW
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    We booked the house because of its locations (the second closest house to the the kitesurf beach on the whole island) and because it had a pool table. The house is extremely complete, with all the kitchen utensils and equipment you can imagine. We arrived late at night, and there was a bottle of red wine and some snacks and they had prepared things for breakfast. The rental included a local phone, which was very handy. It was a little pricy for a family of six (the house easily fits 10 people), but we enjoyed our stay a lot and it was worth it.

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    Top to bottom, we absolutely loved Casa Esmeralda! We went out to dinner in Bonaire a few nights and then stayed in the rest of the time because we didn’t want to leave. The kitchen is fabulous to cook in – and there’s a barbecue as well. Jan and Bettina couldn’t have been more helpful from restaurant recommendations, to luggage storage, to even snagging a fresh wahoo for us for dinner. The house is so cool and modern – such a nice departure from winter suburbia. Sitting on the balcony watching the sunset while the ocean laps up was simply heaven. We would go back again and again and again…

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    This was our 6th visit to Bonaire but the first to stay on the southern end. My husband and I, both divers, traveled with a non diving couple. First, the villa is in a beautiful area of Bonaire but has quick access to everything. Secondly, the villa was very well equipped amenity wise for everything we could have asked for. Super kitchen, beautiful bedrooms and a big patio with clean and comfortable pool. The pool was not cold and it was always clean, we used it daily. There is great access to the underwater beauty with a superb reef right in front of you. The view is spectacular and it was always quiet and peaceful. Any questions or concerns (only a few ?’s) were answered quickly. Although we stopped for groceries before checking in, The fridge was stocked with some good quality items that would have gotten us thru breakfast the next day. Jon and Bettina take much pride and detail in their property. We highly recommend considering Casa Esmeralda to any traveler, everything was as described, and the view, again, unbelievable!

  • VRBO REVIEW
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    The location of this rental is excellent – a short drive from the city and airport. For divers or snorkelers, this is the perfect location for shore entry with multiple dive sites right from the house. The house itself is fantastic – modern and comfortable with all of the amenities travelers could ask for. The homeowners and Sunbelt Realty were very easy to work with and made this a vacation to remember. I would highly recommend this rental property without hesitation and hope to return in the future!

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    This was our second time renting the property. It is perfect for divers and non-divers alike. The location is superb – stunning views of the sea on a quiet stretch and just a short drive into town. Relaxing on the spacious deck/catching the sunset from the wonderfully positioned pool…the perfect end to days spent diving and exploring the island. The property is modern, yet comfortable and thoughtfully laid out to accommodate multiple couples without sacrificing privacy. The kitchen is well-stocked, making cooking-in just as fun as exploring Bonaire’s restaurants. Our entire group had a fantastic time. We will not hesitate to rent this home yet again!

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    Great location with terrific shore diving/snorkeling right off the beach. The property is spotless and spacious. Plenty of room for everyone to spread out and great spaces to gather if desired. Children enjoyed the pool and non-divers had a good time just lounging. The owners are nearby and very responsive and willing to share recommendations on dining and activities.

    Can’t wait to return. Thanks for a great trip.

  • VRBO REVIEW
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    We just stayed at the Casa Esmeralda in early October 2016 for Fall Break. The house was even more beautiful in person. We met Jan during our check in and he was super helpful getting us all settled in and giving us a bunch of info about the island (places to eat, where to rent our scuba gear, where to get groceries, ect…). We also got to meet Bettina, she was just as kind as she was in all of her emails to me answering all of my questions. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone to stay at the Casa Esmeralda. We can’t wait to go back!

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    Spent Thanksgiving week with family in this beautiful, well-designed home. We cooked at home almost every night and the kitchen was clean, modern and well equipped with quality cookware, dishes, wine glasses, etc. The table was large enough to fit 10 people comfortably. The floor plan is perfect for a family to enjoy – lots of space inside and out and private, comfortable bedrooms. The home has a nice large TV in the living room – perfect for enjoying Thanksgiving football! We walked downstairs and behind the house to access the incredible dive sites a short distance from shore! Jan and Bettina were extremely responsive and hospitable – very nice people! The house could not be more perfect. Thank you, Jan and Bettina for your hospitality! We will be back!

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    My extended family (sister’s family, my family and our parents) spent the Christmas week at the beautiful and equally comfortable Casa Esmeralda. Our group spanned from age 13 – 73 and we all loved the house. My father taught his granddaughters to play pool in the evenings, a delight for all of us. We have rented several homes throughout the Caribbean and this was by far the best (a sentiment echoed by all of my family members). The house is set up on three levels so there was a great split of privacy for everyone, but plenty of common space (inside and outside) when we wanted to come together for meals or to hang out and talk. The kitchen is well stocked to cook as much as you like (and Bettina and Jan provide a lovely “starter” kit of food upon your arrival which really helps out so you don’t have to rush to the grocery store). Though I may be showing my age in stating this, the beds are extremely comfortable — a real perk when you are trying to get some extra vacation rest and/or recuperating after long days snorkeling or diving. The views from the ocean side of the house are stunning. You can sit by (or in) the pool or on the deck and see the occasional dolphins swimming (Jan called us to alert us to a set passing by) or flamingos flying by. The house is situated quite near town (but not too near – so still feels quite and private) so shopping for groceries or taking excursions to the other side of the island are easy, and getting to the southern side of the island is quite easy too. Upon arrival, Jan gave us great advice about different things around the island, showed us all around the house and made us feel welcome. He and Bettina were available throughout our stay when questions arose. We had a wonderful time in Bonaire, and at this house in particular, and would definitely stay there again if travels took us back to Bonaire.

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    I booked the property after many views of the video and pictures of Casa Esmeralda while on mini daydream breaks. Day one, we saw flamingos fly by, dolphins off shore, and turtles, eels, parrot fish, in the surf below the deck. The deck off the master bedroom is great for viewing the fish below. The house is very well laid out and while we were only 2, I could imagine my extended family there with no problem and hope we will be there together soon. Because of the constant breezes, you are able to keep the screened windows open without worry of bugs. I especially enjoyed the crosswind in the kitchen while preparing meals and dinning at the table.
    The location was great, easy access to all parts of the island, the grocery store, and town. We went snorkeling several times with a wonderful local guide, Renee. Jan recommended several options for dinning which were great; very impressed with the quality of food options, especially the food truck scene.
    Jan and Bettina are wonderful hosts and respect your privacy. The kitchen was stocked with food upon arrival and could have fed us for the week. They also shared some fresh fish with us, which we BBQ’d on the deck. Thanks again for sharing you house with us!

  • VRBO REVIEW
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    Wow! We spent two wonderful weeks at Casa Esmeralda and would not hesitate to return. The setting is beautiful! We saw flamingos fly by in the morning, enjoyed dolphins frolicking another day, and always the divers going to Hilma Hooker. The diving is incredible right out front or at numerous other sites. The owners are responsive and helped us with finding a personal chef and advised on where to dive. The breezes layed down a couple days and they shared that this was unusual, suggested we try the east side, and gave very specific directions. What a great experience above and under water!
    The house is wonderful as well. The breezes blow through making the temperatures and relaxing oh so easy. We enjoyed the most amazing sunsets of our lives and star gazing later in the evening while relaxing on the comfortably appointed deck. We played pool one evening and hooked our iPhone up to play music. I would highly recommend Casa Esmeralda.

  • VRBO REVIEW
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    Paradise in Bonaire and this house checks off all the boxes to make a perfect vacation spot! The view is simply amazing with the ocean just steps from the house. A beautiful deck which we used everyday with a beautiful pool that we cooled off in after a day out exploring. We enjoyed cooking in the well equipped kitchen and then ate dinner under the stars with our family of 8. Nice big rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. Every room in the house is comfortable with amazing breezes that come through the house all day long. Our family enjoys kiteboarding and the kiteboarding beach is very close to the house. A storage room in the lower level is perfect for all our equipment. We snorkeled in front of the house and enjoyed watching the sunsets and moon over the water at night. The owners were very helpful with answering questions and giving us suggestions. I would highly recommend this house for a fabulous stay on Bonaire!

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    The first week we were 8 adults, and the second week, there were 6 of us. From start to finish, we had a wonderful, relaxing, and comfortable vacation at Casa Esmeralda. There was so much room in the house, we never felt crowded. When we arrived, we were greeted by Jan who gave us a tour of the house and information about the island. The fridge was stocked with basic groceries (this is a first for us) to get us started. The house was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the outdoor living area was so inviting, we spent most of our time there. The kitchen was fully stocked with all utensils, etc. The pool was so inviting and relaxing, especially after a morning of diving. The house is right on the beach, and the sound of the waves could be heard throughout the house. The owners, Jan and Bettina were extremely attentive to our needs, and when we had a question, they were right there. They also respected our privacy. This house was a pleasure to stay in. We look forward to another vacation on Bonaire in Casa Esmeralda.

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    I didn’t think it was possible for a home (and view!) to be even more beautiful than in the videos and pictures, but it is true. It feels as if you are living in a postcard! The owners were wonderfully accommodating; my large family arrived in the evening and Bettina went out of her way to purchase plenty of groceries for us so we didn’t have to stress about finding food after our long travel day. This was a huge stress reliever. The home itself is spacious, and the kitchen is well equipped. My favorite spot was the back porch area; I made sure we were home for sunset every night.:) My kids LOVED the pool, they were in it at the start and end of every day. Additionally, the home could not be better situated, as it is close to a nice supermarket, to town, and only 10-15 minutes to Lac Bay for windsurfing. While my husband and I have been to Bonaire many times, this was the first time to bring the kids, and something we planned for years. This was a trip of a lifetime for us and for them. You aren’t going to find a nicer house, a better view, or more accommodating owners in Bonaire. Highly recommend!

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