Bonaire…follow the wind to Windsock!

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Bonaire
Bonaire, let yourself be guided by the wind and visit the great spot at Windsock, The Beach!

Bonaire: As the slogan on the license plates of all vehicles on Bonaire confirms, this really is a “Divers Paradise”. But sailing, swimming, snorkeling and relaxing are also great options in this paradise as well.

Which area: Kralendijk, Windsock, Bonaire.

Where to go: Start your day at Windsock, The Beach. Take a dive and have a nice drink. Have lunch or dinner...the green eggs are waiting for you ;-)!

What do you need: You need a scooter (Don't Disturb The Sheep rented it at Smiley Rentals) to criss cross the island. Unfortunately you have to wear a helmet, due to safety regulations...so no wind in your hair while driving a scooter. But let you hair wave in the wind like a windsock at The Beach!

What to do: Options all over...everything with wind, blue sky and sea is available on every part on the island. But The Beach at Windsock is the most relaxing place to hang out for a while or maybe the whole day, instead of the crowded beaches of Sorobon. The only drawback is that you can't surf at this place.

Nice to know information: Windsocks are used to tell wind speed and the direction of the wind speed itself.

Panama and the San Blas Islands

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Panama and the San Blas Islands
Panama and the San Blas Islands

If you want paradise on earth, go to the San Blas Islands when you are visiting Panama City for a couple of days.

We drove three hours through the mountains, got sick of all the curves in the road and soaking wet when we took the small boat from the mainland to the Island of Hotel Porvenir...but nevertheless it was all worth it!

This was an amazing trip to a world where the sea is greener than green and the islands are beautiful treasures in the Caribean sea. Hotel Porvenir was a great family hotel where we spent the night. We bought our own lobsters on another island and at the end of the day we met them on our platterns, including a lot of garlic ;-). We'd never had such an amazingly fresh tasty lobster as we had at Hotel Porvenir. The family runs the island. There are a few cottages, a small airstrip and a lot of palmtrees and that’s it. Don’t expect a lot of luxury because it's all quite simple but what else do you need in paradise?

So if you are in Panama, visit one of the hundreds of beautiful islands of San Blas. Make sure you get dropped on one of the completely empty ones, so you can spend a whole day on a desolate bounty island with your own drinks and food and the people you wanted to be surrounded with. There are also islands packed with people including a bar if you want to party. But we preferred an uninhabited island somewhere in that beautiful green Caribean sea! Desiré wanted to be on a ‘Donald Duck Island’…an island with just one palmtree. We found one but unfortunately we weren’t allowed to stay on that particular island. Next time we have to call Donald Duck in advance to get permission to visit such a simple ‘one-tree-only-island' ;-)!

When we were back in Panama City we went to rooftop bar Tantalo. We had a nice cocktail with a great view over Panama City. Instead of simplicity we had luxury this time…both worlds were great to deal with ;-)!

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Vancouver versus Curaçao

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Vancouver versus Curaçao

Desiré

I am engaged in what I believe to be the most thrilling industry in the world...aviation. That means being able to enjoy a drink after a long flight at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill and to see tiny seaplanes soaring gracefully through the sky...better than shopping! The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill is located near the South Terminal of Vancouver and next to Harbour Air in Richmond. The bar provides excellent views of the river and ocean while serving some tasty food. One day I would really like to fly in a seaplane as a passenger, but the tickets are pretty pricy...Who knows maybe, better luck next time! Unfortunately I had a short layover in Vancouver so the next day I decided to take a little walk towards the river. What was funny to me is that no matter where I went I saw Chinese people. Richmond is a fast growing Vancouver suburb that is now 41% Chinese speaking. Asking directions didn't get me far as you can imagine. When I walked through the neighbourhood I saw The Richmond Olympic Oval building. After being chosen as the venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the facility was upgraded to serve the needs of the athletes. The lighting and interior spaces were enhanced and 8,000 seats were added to the facility. After the 2010 Olympics, the Richmond Olympic Oval is again being transformed into a community sports and wellness centre. After seeing all this cultural stuff I finally made it to the river, sat down and relaxed... a few hours later it was time to head back to Amsterdam.

Margré

This time I was without Desiré on the island of Curaçao. I had the plan to go windsurfing so I brought my shorty wetsuit with me in my suitcase. But unfortunately I could not rent a surfboard due to a tournament on the island. All surfboards were already rented out. What a pity! Plans changed. So I decided to be in the chill mode from that time on. Swimming, getting a tan and enjoying beach life. Nothing more, nothing less! I watched a diving class at Papagayo's diving school 'All in one Watersports' . They started the first principles of diving in the swimming pool. It looked quiet easy but I have fear for it. I am a little bit claustrophobic. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get over it and be willing to learn how to dive. In the evening I went to Zest on the beach with some colleagues. With my feet in the white soft sand, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in my hand and a tuna steak on my plate, I felt quite happy. The sky was full of stars and a warm wind was blowing through my hair. Paradise on earth!

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Curaçao, ducks and more interesting animals in the Caribbean

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Curacao

Freedom to the max on the island: that's Ducks United! Ducks United Curacao is a very special car rental company, located on one of the best holiday islands in the Caribbean. It is a classic car rental where you can hire a vintage, nostalgic and unique car (2CV). Margré is used to driving this type of car at home in Amsterdam, so DDTS thought it would be nice to rent one on the island for one day. Riding in a 2CV gives you an experience you will never forget. Beside that you will be automatically a member of Ducks United and a membership card with nice discounts will be forever yours. A free entrance to some specific resorts or a free welcome drink at Karakter are some of the options for instance .

We went to Porto Marie, a very nice beach located near the village of Sint Willibrordus, at the Porto Marie Bay. We stopped at the Flamingo Sanctuary on our way to the beach and were lucky to see the Flamingos close by. What beautiful birds they are. A must do on your way to the beach! The beach of Porto Marie is used as a starting point for scuba diving and snorkeling and it has a white sandy beach. Porto Marie Beach is experimenting with artificial coral reefs in order to improve the reef's condition, having placed hundreds of artificial coral blocks. So take care of your feet and legs when you are swimming in the amazingly beautiful azur colored water. Because coral formations are rigid and sharp. Injury can occur after accidental contact, leaving a small amount of animal protein and calcareous material in the wound. Vice versa, you can ruin coral when you touch or step on it. Even an accidental touch from divers and snorkelers can significantly damage the delicate coral polyps. So be careful in two ways!

When we were relaxing on the beach of Porto Marie we had an unexpected visitor. An iguana popped on top of Desiré's lounge bed. There is no doubt that the iguana is king of Curaçao reptiles. Its impressive dragon-like dorsal crest gives a ferocious look, the animal is, in fact, quite shy. But not this time. The iguana was quite impressive and a lot of people tried to catch an image of it. It's a beautiful animal but scary in our opinion. It was certainly a nice photo opportunity. Just as the pelican who landed on the pier.

After we spent a couple of hours on the beach we drove to the West End. But our Duck wasn't doing okay and we couldn't drive further. We called Geert from Ducks United and he brought a new Duck. Good service! This time we got a gray Duck and we drove further to check out Kura Hulanda. Breathtaking coral cliffs surrounded by white coral beaches created the ideal setting for Curacao’s most luxurious resort. This side of the island has spectacular views. Having a drink in one of the nice restaurants with ocean view along the road will be a good option, especially during sunset.

...and dushi Duck will be waiting for you patiently!

Watch our vlog of Curacao, ducks and more interesting animals in the Caribbean!

Curaçao, relaxing to the max at Papagayo, Zanzibar and Zest

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Curaçao

Are you planning to do nothing active and you want to feel like a prince and/or princess, wind in your hair and your feet in soft white sand? Than we advise you to go to the beaches of Zest on Curaçao. Lie down with a nice drink and have a beautiful view all day long! Well, we were planning to do just that when we were on the island. We made necessary reservations for luxury lounge beds on the beach at Zest for the next day. The price includes a nice bottle of sparkling or plain water and you can order food and drinks all day long. If that doesn't make sense...

After sunset you can have a drink and a dance at Zanzibar. There is live music during the weekends. If you want to swim in a pool you have to go to Papagayo. They have a salty bassin in front of the sea and also offer drinks and food whenever you like. Papagayo became a large international hotspot in the heart of the Caribbean with an upscale design hotel on the beach, a trendy beach club and a versatile beach plaza, home to a classy casino, a contemporary spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a supermarket and various shops and F&B facilities.

This 'relaxing, we don't do anything this trip' is exceptional for Don't Disturb The Sheep. But we enjoyed it to the max!

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Curacao

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Curacao
We have never rented a car so easily. We just got the key and had fun with it. Nothing signed, nothing in the way of a driver’s license to show and no insurance at all. This is a really chill island, that’s for sure! In the supermarket we bought lunch. We improvised a cool box: an aluminium tray, ice cubes and a cardboard box. Then heading to Cas Abao Beach. What a breathtaking place to be. Exotic birds also used our cool box and took a dip in the melting water. At the end of the afternoon we went to Karakter, a very cool beach lounge restaurant and bar. In the dark it was hard to find our way back to the hotel, but we made it. It was a lovely day, despite swollen ankles and mosquito bites at the end!

Curacao

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Curacao
We rented a car and drove to Zest. This is a really relaxing place to be. Good food and drinks, nice sun beds and very good service. We drove back at the end of the day and crossed the Juliana bridge about three times up and down because every time we missed the exit to the hotel. Transformed in evening dresses we did the same trip again the other way around. We missed three times the Juliana Bridge again, but finally we reached Bijblauw. A nice restaurant where we had dinner near the water. Bijblauw’s owners are from the Netherlands. They started a few years back.