More about Bonaire
Bonaire offers peace, tranquility and an abundance of nature. The island is in the top 3 of best diving locations in the world, which means that even under water Bonaire is beautiful. On the island you can revel in all things nature at the green Washington Slagbaai park, the pink saltpans and the mangroves at Lac Bay. The colorful capitol Kralendijk is well worth a visit for all foodies as most restaurants are located there. Plenty to see and do on the lovely island of Bonaire.
• Over 80 diving and snorkeling spots
• Peace, quiet and a friendly atmosphere
• Excellent kite- and windsurfing options
• Beautiful saltpans
Bonaire offers different types of beaches. Most are small and full of pebbles and fossilized coral, though most feature at least a small piece of sand, where you can lay out to sunbathe. There are a few pearly white beaches that epitomize the Caribbean beach.
Most beaches don’t have facilities such as benches, picnic tables, sun shades, toilets, showers and places to get a snack or a drink. Bonaire has public beaches and private beaches, some private beaches are accessible for a fee.
We highly recommend the beach at Sorobon Beach, which is also the spot where you can get to the lake at Lac Bay.
There are 86 official diving spots in Bonaire, 51 of them are great for shore dives. Most of these spots, 60 of them, are on the calm west coast. The reefs surrounding the island are easily accessible from the shore and house loads of tropical fish. It will be no surprise that the excellent diving opportunities is the main reason for people to visit Bonaire.
Bonaire is also the perfect location for kite surfers. The constant trade winds and the pleasant water temperature make for the ideal circumstances kitesurfing. You can also windsurf, sail, go mountain biking, go hiking or play a round of golf.
If you love nature Bonaire has more than enough to keep you entertained. You can visit the national park Washington Slagbaai, the lake Gotomeer, the lake Lac Bay and it’s mangroves and the salt lakes with their luminescent pink color. We also highly recommend Klein Bonaire, which is a breeding ground for sea turtles and houses a lot of flamingo’s.
The nightlife on Bonaire is very modest, especially compared to Aruba or Curaçao. Of course there are plenty of options to go out for a meal or a drink. If you really want to go out, you can visit one of the two casino’s on the island. They are for everyone over 21 and you can pay a visit between 10 am and 4 am.
February and March is all about Carnival, it’s the most important event on Bonaire. Just like on the other ABC-islands, there are several parades and festivities that are happening on the island. There is carnival for children, for schools and of course a big parade and a lighting parade.
Bonaire has a yearly 4-day 'Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival’. This event is mainly to promote jazz on the island among the inhabitants. It’s a lot smaller than the Jazz Festivals on Aruba and Curaçao.
From October ‘till December Bonaire features the Bari Festival which offers loads of music, dancing and singing. On April 30th you can enjoy the yearly Rincon day, which offers music, games for kids, food and traditional parades in Rincon. It’s a great way to get to know the culture and traditions of the oldest village of Bonaire.
During the summer months there is a monthly event Taste of Bonaire, which offers another peak into the local culture. You can eat your fill of local dishes, dance to the music and hunt for that perfect souvenir at the stalls displaying their local products.
The island offers over 80 restaurants, mostly in Kralendijk. Typical local dishes are sòpi (soup), stobá (stew) and sòpitu (fish stew). Traditionally these dishes are served with funchi (corn flour mash), banana hasá (baked banana) and pan batí (flat corn bread). Popular snacks are empaná and pastechi (patties). Keshi yená is one of the most famous local dishes, which is a Edam cheese filled with chicken.
The local currency is the American dollar. All well-known credit cards are accepted on Bonaire
The official language us Dutch though most people speak Papiamento. Bonairians also speak English and Spanish.
The average temperature on Bonaire is 28 degrees and enjoys a constant cooling trade wind. The rainy season is usually between October and December, which features short showers immediately followed by sunshine.
Residents of the EU, United States and Canada do not require a visa. All travelers should have a valid passport and a return or onward travel ticket. You should always check to see if the rules are still the same and apply for you specific situation. You can ask for guidance at Bonaire’s immigration.
Only Colombia, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela have a consulate on Bonaire.
New Years Day
the day after the big Carnival Parade
Day of Bonaire
Day of the Antilles
Dia di Bandera; day of the flag