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Dive Into Bonaire

While it's probably due to the unmatched diving and the amazing coral reefs surrounding the island, most visitors come to Bonaire for a beach vacation that is uniquely Caribbean. If you’re looking to do more than just lounge in the sand, there’s plenty of adventure to be found in Bonaire. Windsurfing, fishing and exploring the flamingo-inhabited salt flats located on south side of the island are all on the menu in Bonaire. When you need a break, the warmth and friendliness of the locals will put you at ease. Ultimately though, much of the draw to this island harkens back to its world-class diving. Many hotels even cater to divers by offering air-tank refilling stations in the lobby and tips on where to find the most colorful reefs around. After one trip, you’ll know why Bonaire is considered a diver’s paradise.

Bonaire Overview

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    Mapping Out Bonaire

    Bonaire is a fairly large island surrounded by a coral reef that shields the island from the strong currents of the sea. On the northern tip of Bonaire, you’ll find the Washington Slagbaai National Park, which has the highest point on the island. With an eagle-eyed view, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding coast and plot your next adventure. When you've had your fill of sight-seeing, Lac Bay is located on the eastern-side of the island and is known as a windsurfer’s paradise. Atlantis Beach, on the western part, is a hotspot for swimming, kite-surfing and general beachside fun. 

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    Washington-Slagbaai National Park

    Located on the northwest portion of Bonaire, Washington-Slagbaai National Park and Bonaire National Marine Park cover almost a quarter of the entire island. If you’re looking for a fun place to go out and explore, the park’s rugged roads are definitely worth the bumpy journey. Once you get there, you'll find yourself in the center of an oasis of pink flamingos, parrots, iguanas and many other types of exotic wildlife. If you enjoy snorkeling, Bonaire National Marine Park is known as the Caribbean’s diving capital, and if you enjoy hiking, be sure to trek on Washington-Slagbaai National Park’s 90-minute Lagadishi loop, which takes you past ancient stone walls and challenging climbing trails. No matter what you find here, you're sure to enjoy the oasis of adventure at Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

  • Trading Hands: The History of Bonaire

    Before it became a top tourist destination, Bonaire was home to the Arawaks. For thousands of years, these indigenous people lived peacefully on the island until Spain laid its claim to Bonaire in 1499. While Bonaire’s Spanish influence is quite visible, you can still see traces of the Arawaks when you explore a number of remote caves. There, you'll find ancient cave drawings, artifacts and remnants of these ancient people.

     

    When the Dutch took control of the island in 1634, they took advantage of the island’s flats for their salt producing industry that still operates today. From the varied diversity of the Spanish, Dutch and Arawak people, Bonaire has become a thrilling and educational destination for visitors who return time and time again looking for an exotic Caribbean experience.

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    For a Good Time, Get to Kralendijk

    In Dutch, Kralendijk simply means "coral reef." That’s exactly why the area around this capital city has become a mecca for divers, adventurers and photographers. While many usually find themselves breathless when faced with the underwater beauty of the region, the beauty on land can be just as majestic.

     

    A walk along the rocky path toward the coast can be a thrill-ride in itself, but the breathtaking views of the vistas and sparkling shoreline are well worth the effort. Watch the skies, though. The roads can become impassable after heavy rain. In the end, you’ll be pleased to enjoy the "views" of your labor.

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    Windsurf Your Way to Victory

    As the unofficial sport of Bonaire, windsurfing has created quite a stir. Thrillseekers come from far and wide to take advantage of Bonaire’s clear waters, shallow sea and hotbed of talent. In fact, 3 of the world’s top windsurfers call Bonaire home—with much of the island embracing the sport, residents even consider these champions as national heroes. Whether you want to catch some waves yourself or just watch the pros, there are plenty of people and shops willing to help you get your feet wet.

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    Dancing with the Stars

    The people of Bonaire have combined their varied ethnic backgrounds to produce a truly unique culture and dance tradition– the Simadan. Comprised of a colorful concoction of African drum beats and modern influences, the Simadan is one of the most widely known dances on the island.

     

    Traditionally celebrated to mark the end of a successful maize harvest, everyone on the island plays a part in the harvest festival by providing an exhilarating rendition of the Simadan to the tune of the island's finest food and drinks. If you really want to dance with the stars, Bonaire has all the steps you'll need!

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    Bonaire Quick Facts

    Language: The official language of Bonaire is Dutch, but many speak English.

     

    Currency: The official currency is the US dollar.

     

    Electricity: 127 volts with a standard US two-prong outlet.

     

    Passport/Immigration: All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Bonaire.   

     

    Drinking Water: The water is safe to drink in Bonaire.

     

    Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)

     

    Peak Season: The peak travel season in Bonaire extends from mid-December through mid-April.

Things to Do in Bonaire

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    BBQ Sunset Sail and Snorkel

    Sail along Bonaire's west coast onboard gorgeous sail boats that'll take you know some of the best places in where to have a snorkel adventure! Submerge among colorful fish and coral reefs and discover the natural wonders this side of the Caribbean. On your way back, you'll enjoy a succulent meal BBQ style paired with a glass of wine and, of course, a spectacular sunset!

     

    Included:
    • Snorkel gear
    • BBQ-style dinner
    • Soft drinks, wine and beer


    Not Included:
    • STINAPA Nature Tag
    • Mandatory Government tax for all water activities, valid for one calendar year, excluding scuba diving (local charge per person subject to changes)

     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Sunblock
    • Towel
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Extra money
     
    Hours: Tour lasts approximately 5 hours.

     
    Where to Go: 

    Meet in the hotel lobby.

     
    Age Restrictions: 

    Minimum age is 5 years old.

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    Discover Bonaire

    Get to know part of this gorgeous destination's history and culture, while admiring its incredible Caribbean landscapes from north to south on the Bonaire Island Tour!

     

    Included:
    • Transportaion
    • Drinks and snacks
     
    Not Included: 
    • Additional food& drinks
    • Tips

     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Sunblock
    • Towel
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Extra money
     
    Hours: Tour lasts approximately 5 hours.
     
    Where to Go: Meet in the hotel lobby.

    Age Restrictions: Minimum age is 3 years old.
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    Washington Park Jeep Safari

    Experience a thrilling Jeep safari in Bonaire! Traverse the trails of Washington Slagbaai and let yourself wonder at the incredible landscapes teeming with wildlife, extensive deserted beaches with big waves, tranquil waters coves, hidden bays of white sand and an amazing amount of marine species you'll meet underwater during your snorkel adventure!

     

    Included:
    • Round trip transportation
    • Light lunch with beverages (soft drinks, beer and wine)
    • Use of snorkel gear

     
    Not Included:
    • Park's entrance fee (local charge per person subject to changes)
    • STINAPA Nature Tag, a mandatory Government tax for all water activities, valid for one calendar year, excluding scuba diving

     
    Don't Forget to Bring:
    • Comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Sunblock
    • Towel
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Extra money
     
    Hours: Tour lasts approximately 5 hours.

     
    Where to Go: Meet in the hotel lobby.

     
    Age Restrictions: N/A

Tips & Transportation

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    Get Your Grub on at Rose Inn

    If you happen to find yourself in the sleepy town of Rincon, stop by this comfortable café run by Rose herself. The staff is friendly and the no-frills atmosphere let's you get right down to business -- trying Rose's delicious food!

     

    For hungry and curious patrons, we recommend you try the goat stew so you can taste the traditional flavors of a home-spun Bonaire favorite! The restaurant also serves up healthy portions of traditional Bonaire favorites like salt-fish, fried chicken, black-eyed pea cake, red beans and rice and more.

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    Discover History at Magazina di Rei

    The Magazina di Rei is the second oldest stone building on the island. While the humble structure started life as a military post, you'll find no better place to discover Bonaire's history than to walk through one of its oldest landmarks. Once there, you can tour a number of exhibits that document the Magazina's use throughout Bonaire's history. Some of the artifacts you'll see there are rocks, fossils, shells and period correct models of historic Bonaire structures. After you wrap up the tour, sit down and enjoy a refreshing glass of sorghum juice.

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    Get Your Pink On At Flamingo Sanctuary

    Looking to get your pink on? The Flamingo Sanctuary offers close-up views of our favorite pink-feathered friends in their natural habitat. Throughout the year, you can watch the flamingos hang out or nest by the "Pink Lake." Although this sanctuary is technically off-limits to tourists, if you happen to have a pair of binoculars or a healthy appetite for adventure, you can enjoy a number of flamingo vantage points to watch and take pictures of these rare birds.

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    Surf into the Wind and Surf Beach Hut

    If you've come to Bonaire for a bonafied beach-bum experience, the moment you walk into the surf-board strewn hut, you'll know you've come to the right place.

     

    The Wind and Surf Beach Bar and Grill is the perfect place for surfers and sun-worshippers to hang out after working up an appetite. Located next to the Windsurf Palace, the Wind and Surf Beach Bar serves fresh salads, seafood, burgers and cold beer throughout the day. Can't fit a lot of cash in your swim-suit? No worries, the prices are cheap for such great food and service!

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    Treat Yourself With Lover's Ice Cream

    You've come to Bonaire for the sun, sand and the beach. You've spent your day splashing in the waves or diving the deep. After all that activity, you are bound to be hungry. Luckily Bonaire is host to a number of scrumptious restaurants that are sure to satisfy any palate.

     

    But what about ice-cream? If you're stricken with a sudden sweet tooth, head over to the Sand Dollar Shopping Plaza and enjoy the best and only ice-cream shop on the island. Once there, you can choose from 16 homemade favorites that keep sweet-cravings at bay. If you're adventurous, check out caramel pecan, mint and espresso ice cream.

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    Airport

    Flamingo International Airport (BON) is the second largest airport in the Netherland Antilles, behind St. Maarten. This colorful airport has one terminal but is large enough to support most airlines, including 747 and 777s. Although it appears small, looks can be deceiving! Flamingo International Airport sees over half a million travelers each year.

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    Immigration and Customs

    Before arriving at the airport, you’re issued a Passenger Arrival Form to be filled out (one per family) to indicate if you have any plants, fruits, vegetables, meats, live animals, firearms, or that you’re carrying more than $10,000 USD. Fill it out completely. Once you land and leave your gate, proceed to the Immigration desk, which is a “Red Line/Green Line” system. If you have no declared goods or money, then you’re welcome to proceed to the green line system to pass through customs. If you do have declarations, then you’ll follow the red line to speak with an immigrations officer in order to identify your declared items in order to receive a receipt. At customs, you’ll collect your baggage. There, you’ll be asked a few questions and may be searched. Most aren’t though. After that, you’re on your way.

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    Getting to Your Hotel

    Tourists may choose to rent a car at the airport to make traveling around the island as easy as possible, however, taxis are also available.

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    Getting Around Bonaire

    The only options for getting around Bonaire are public and private transportation. Since the island doesn't have a public bus system, many travelers look towards taxis to get around. Taxis are widely available and are a good way to explore the island, and since the fares are fixed by the government, they are generally pretty affordable. If you prefer to get around privately, you can rent a car, moped or motorbike at the airport or from a hotel.