Meet ViNiBu


VInce began scuba diving at the age of 13 in the Manasquan Inlet in New Jersey. In the days before mandatory certification, he was self-taught. He happily dove into adventures along the Jersey shore until his first trip to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands at age 22, after which there was no looking back. Anxious to do all his diving in the Caribbean, he purchased a condo on St. Croix in the 80s and vacationed there for many years. He sold the condo on St. Croix after his first trip to Bonaire in 1985, intending to travel the Caribbean looking for his next island home. In spite of many enjoyable trips throughout the Caribbean over the years, Bonaire's spectacular diving, perfect weather, and easy pace always beckoned, and, in 2005, he bought Apartment #9 at Bellevue.

Vince has been in the field of world-wide insurance and risk management for over 30 years. He looks forward to the day when he can retire and spend even more time in his beautiful apartment on the lovely island of Bonaire. He is currently treasurer of the Bellevue Owners Association.


NIna was skeptical when Vince followed up his marriage proposal with the caveat: "Oh, and you'd better get certified because we will be diving on every vacation for the rest of our lives." And she was even more skeptical when she did her check-out dive in a New Jersey quarry, amid cast-off refrigerators and car parts. But once under water in Bonaire, with the crystal-clear visibility and myriad sea life for which the island is known all around her, she was a believer. She fell hard for Bonaire, just as she had for Vince; maybe harder. That was over 20 years ago, and with every trip to Bonaire, there is something new to discover.


BUffy never did make it down to Bonaire. She will live on in our hearts forever. While we miss her terribly, we are grateful for the two most important things she taught us: to live in the moment, and to follow the sun.


For additional information about Bonaire, visit Infobonaire and the Bonaire Insider.
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