Coco Palm Garden is a great find for the budget traveler who doesn't require a great deal of luxury and appreciates the European concept of a "vacation home". This is not an Inn, not a B & B, not even a small hotel. You are basically renting a large furnished studio or apartment with a kitchen. Located in a nice residential neighborhood walking distance to Bachelor's Beach (incredible sunsets), there is a nice pool for use by all who stay there, a small library of paperbacks, and WiFi as well as a free computer for use by guests. Each unit is different , and some are newer than others. Each has its own garden and patio area and room to rinse off and hang dive equipment. There is plenty of privacy if you want it, but each time we've been, we have met interesting people also staying there and dived or had dinner with them.
Sheets and towels are provided (for a bit more luxury, you might consider bringing your own bottom sheet - the sheets are a little thin and pilled) and towels can be exchanged for fresh ones at any time. They start you off with one roll of TP and a trash bag. Beyond that, you will need to go to the grocery store upon your arrival to buy food and anything else you need. When we go, and we've now been twice, pack a small container of dish soap, salt and pepper, sugar packets, and zip lock bags.
One thing to keep in mind is that the office is closed on Sundays. So if you arrive on a Saturday, for example, and decide you're going to need AC, you need to let them know right away or you'll be out of luck until Monday. When we went, it had rained recently, so there were mosquitos and no-see-ums. Because the bedroom in our particular unit didn't get much cross breeze, we had to use the mosquito net on the bed, apply bug spray, and use the AC at night. On our previous stay, in a different unit, we hardly used AC and never used the net because there was plenty of breeze at night.
Overall, I recommend Coco Palm and we will stay there again when we go back to Bonaire. But if you are used to high end accommodations and require hotel-type service, and are expecting to get that for a bargain price, look elsewhere. If you are reasonably flexible and self-sufficient and want a nice place to stay for an exceptional price, Coco Palm is the place.
- Also Known As:
- Coco Palm Garden And Casa Oleander
- Coco Palm Garden & Casa Oleander Hotel
- Coco Palm Garden & Casa Oleander Hotel Bonaire
- Coco Palm Garden Casa Oleander
- Coco Palm Garden & Casa Oleander Bonaire, Caribbean