Bonaire- Top Tips To Uncover The Magic Of This Caribbean Paradise!
Bonaire- Is one of the Dutch Antilles, a gorgeous paradise in the Caribbean where even the reptiles match in color the breathtaking turquoise waters that surround them!
This island is the B in the A B C islands, it's largely overlooked as Aruba and Curacao attract the most attention with tourists heading this way. It is smaller; only 20,000 inhabitants live here full time making it more cozy, relaxed and friendly. It's also a lot less commercial which is a big plus in my book!
The island has 62 diving and snorkeling sites (can you believe it?) considered to be among the best in the world, many are there right on your doorstep too!
Bonaire makes for a great holiday destination for a verity of reasons: It's an absolutely stunning tropical island in the Caribbean sea, it can be very much a family affair, you can enjoy watersports, diving & snorkeling is available all over the island, beaches and 50 shades of blue surround you; perfect for relaxation! You'll also find history, beautiful food, and animal encounters, with flamingos for example. All in all, there's something here for everyone!
Best time to visit:
Between April-May to October, it's the dry/high season. December to March is the rainy season however, it doesn't rain for long periods at a time. The average temperatures here vary very little, it's nice and warm year round.
Good to know:
If you're driving: There are no traffic lights on the island! They are more about roundabouts here, 4 in total. There is also minimal signage as far as direction goes.
When diving & snorkeling you must first acquire a token that you will be asked to attach to your mask or make visible in another way more comfortable for you. It costs 25$ for snorkeling and 45$ for divers. These funds are used to protect the water world and marine life as well as periodic major cleanups of the beaches and waters.
They are very strict on Bonaire when it comes to protecting the environment so please follow the rules! Don't enter the waters before you have a token, don't touch the reefs and corals, and enjoy the marine life from a safe distance.
When visiting Klein Bonaire consider the fact that you have no facilities on the island, spending half a day is a good time frame to stay as you also have no shade and the heat will be ON. Make sure you know the times the water taxi comes and goes so you don’t stay behind.
Where to stay:
I chose to stay in the area of Kralendijk, a few minutes drive from the airport. Is has nice vibes, bars, and restaurants to enjoy along the waters as well as boats you can rent for the day, water taxis going daily to Klein Bonaire, and shops.
My pick: A beautiful resort offering great value for money. For more detailed information: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boncy-courtyard-bonaire-dive-resort/
Top activities to explore:
Take a tour of the island either in a group or privately in a rental car to explore what this island has to offer.
Highlights NOT to be missed: Visit the area of Gotomeer where the flamingos live, the views of the mountains, trees, and the water in this area are beautiful! Check out the salt pans, there's even a pink one! Right next you'll find the slave huts; this is where the slaves working in the salt pans used to sleep. It will blow you away seeing the conditions these people lived in...tiny shoebox like huts, no doors or anything inside, only a concrete floor. It housed 6 to 8 people I was told by locals, unlike what is written saying each hut was built for 3 slaves maximum. They had to sleep sitting down one next to the other as there's no room to move in there. I found it tragic that one of the island's most beautiful spot also played a part in such a dark time in history.
Drive along the coast, it's breathtaking! You'll find many hidden spots & more private beaches to stop in for a while and take in the beauty.
Take an afternoon cruise: And Blue bay tours do it like no other! Comfortable new vessels, food packs, a bar, snorkeling stops, and sunsets. Need I say more?...For more information: https://www.bluebaybonaire.com/
Take a kayaking & snorkeling tour in the Mangroves using a clear bottom kayak. This is a protected area so you may only reach it using a guided tour. Windows to the sea are very professional, fun, and great at what they do! For more information: https://clearbottombonaire.com/
Visit Rincon: The oldest village on the island. There's a fascinating little museum run by three local ladies all born here who do it voluntarily. The museum is actually a real house and walking from room to room you will learn and truly see the way of life on the island back then, some household articles and methods are used by locals to this day!
Take a water taxi across the waters to the island of Klein Bonaire: Here you'll find the most sensational beaches here you've ever seen! No inhabitants, no services or facilities are available so make sure you have everything you need with you before boarding your water taxi. Think water, sunscreen, and a snack. It's here I saw an amazing turtle and colorful fish right next to my feet even before I put my mask on. Water taxis leave from the pier in Kralendijk: Epic water taxi or Caribe water taxi. For schedules & prices: https://www.watertaxikleinbonaire.com/?lang=nl http://www.caribewatersportbonaire.com/nl/
Do a Bonaire like safari in the Washington national park.
Crystle clear waters, shades of blue you've never seen and just good vibes all around!
Sorobon beach: A surfer's paradise!
1000 steps beach: A point popular with divers. In spite of the steps leading down the beach which luckily only feel like a 1000 steps lol
Jibe City: It's where the surf's always up, there's a beach bar with an amazing view, and sunbathing of course. For more details: https://www.jibecity.com/
Playa Funchi: A snorkeling paradise on the West coast, many iguanas like to hang around here too.
Where to eat in Kralendijk:
Brass Boer considered the best on the island and for good reason! https://www.brassboer.com
It rains fishes: http://www.itrainsfishesbonaire.com/ It’s my favorite!
Little Havana: http://www.littlehavanabonaire.com
Coco beach on Friday nights is where the party is! http://www.cocobeachbonaire.com/
Read all about mykayaking & snorkeling expeirence in the Mangroves with Windows to the sea here:
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