|By Danielle Dudek (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 11:33 pm:|
|By Mickey McCarthy (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #501) on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 12:26 am:|
|By Andy & Dave Bartlett (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #917) on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:51 am:|
|By Sue from NJ (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #705) on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 10:20 am:|
Danielle - we first travelled to Bonaire when our youngest was 5 and on the small size. We were stressing about whether to bring a booster (NJ has strictest law in US - 8 yrs or 80#, whichever comes first). In the end we didn't bring it and he sat in the back seat. He wasn't able to see out the front window from the back, but the view out the side was good enough for him.
|By Danielle Dudek (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #2) on Friday, January 18, 2008 - 10:37 am:|
Thank you all for your replies. I am feeling much better. Somehow, in my mind's eye I had envisioned the pick-up trucks of long ago with only the one bench seat and that's it. Now that I know they have a back seat I'm very much o.k with the whole idea. It'll be fun!! I can lose my soccer-mom mini-van persona for a couple of weeks!
|By Jeff Stine (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #191) on Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 7:07 pm:|
I saw a new record for me a few weeks ago. Twelve people in a 4 door truck. Five in the cab and seven in the bed. Quite frankly I was impressed. So, Danielle, taken in perspective, yours in the back seat should be living large.
|By Nathalie (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #236) on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 11:25 am:|
I suggest you confirm the availability of a truck with seat belts prior to your trip. There may not be one available if you wait until your arrival. Enjoy your trip. Bonaire is a wonderful place to vacation and share the wonders of nature with a young child.
|By pat murphy (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1377) on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 12:05 pm:|
the people i've noticed in pickups are the ones i call "golden retrievers"...standing in the beds of the trucks, hanging onto the roof of the cab, wind blowing in their faces. i've always figured that they must think the asphalt and concrete on bonaire is softer than in the states and won't crack their skulls open if they tip out.
|By Danielle Dudek (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:11 am:|
In theory I have made a point of requesting that all of the seat belts are functioning properly in our rental, but if Bonaire is anything like other islands I've visited, I won't be convinced of the effectiveness of asking until I get there and inspect the vehicle. I will keep my fingers crossed though. Thanks for the tip.
|By Andy & Dave Bartlett (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #923) on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 4:52 pm:|
Dani, Hanging out in the back of pickup trucks is done here in the states all the time, mostly in the rural areas and on dirt roads.
|By Jeff Stine (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #193) on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 9:20 pm:|
The group that I saw were all in 18 to 25 group and were tourists. I have seen locals ride in the back and I have been guilty of giving rides to people who have hopped in the bed of the truck.
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