Bonaire Offers Rooms for a Range of Budgets

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KRALENDIJK, Bonaire -- Despite its reputation as a diver's haven, its diverse range of hotels and its small but hospitable population, this remains the least well-known of the "ABC Islands" -- Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Clients will find no monolithic chain resort hotels on this Dutch island; instead, they can choose from a range of 15 more modestly sized properties.

Following is a roundup of winter rates from properties around the island (all prices are per person, double, and are offered through mid-April. A government tax of $5.65 per person, per night, is added to room rates, and some resorts also add 10% to 15% as a service charge):

* Upscale clients can retreat to any of 12 deluxe hotels, condominiums and apartments.

In this range, prices start at $160 for a night's stay at the Lion's Dive Hotel Bonaire, $180 for the Plaza Resort Bonaire and $265 at the Port Bonaire Resort.

* For superior accommodations with rates under $140 per night, clients can choose from nine properties.

A rate of $110 is offered at Marina Oceanfront Bungalows, $125 at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino and $140 per night at Bonaire Beach Bungalows.

Another 14 properties offer lodgings from $70 to $100 per night. Prices range from $71 per night at Ibi's Apartments to $100 at the Sitting Coconut Apartments.

* The price-conscious vacationer can choose from 15 properties on the island.

Rates range from $43 at Raigellis Vacation Apartments to $70 per night at Avanti Bungalows.

Nonstop air service from Atlanta and Miami is offered by ALM Antillean Airlines. Air Aruba offers scheduled flights from New York (Newark), Baltimore and Tampa, Fla.

Guyana Airways serves Barbados from New York's LaGuardia Airport via Curacao, and GWV International offers charters during high season.

For more details, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire at (800) U BONAIR or (212) 956-5911.

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