An Introduction to Bonaire

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Located at the southern end of the Caribbean island chain, Bonaire prides itself on being an environmentalists’ paradise. The island has focused on preserving its beauty and has over the years taken steps to accomplish this. 100% of the islands surrounding waters are protected, which means this is a diver & snorkeler's paradise! Bonaire is known for having some of the best diving in the world!

There are 63 dive sites on Bonaire itself with an additional 26 on Klein Bonaire. This link here gives you an in-depth look at the locations so you can easily plan your divers holiday.

Bonaire boasts another claim to fame, and that is its constant winds which offer up some of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing in the world. The islands local talent have gone on to becomes some of the world’s highest ranking windsurfing professionals. Interested in learning more? Watch this movie trailer all about the fantastic local talent produced there

Not a diver or a windsurfer? No worries, there is still loads to do on Bonaire, which means no matter what your perfect vacation looks like, you can most certainly find it on Bonaire! The island is steeped in culture, and this shines brightly through the people. Local celebrations almost always include great music and tasty food — something everyone can enjoy.

Beaches

Beach lovers will find the choices in Bonaire to be abundant, with 22 beaches at your disposal. From small strips of soft sand to larger coarser grains, the beaches all offer one thing: Pristine waters full of coral, fish and sea life. Bonaire is a “Green Destination” which means there are several rules in place to ensure the island maintains its natural beauty. Two important things to remember when at the beach are that spearfishing is forbidden and do not travel or take any sand, shells and/or coral, as they will confiscate them upon departure!

Restaurants

Bonaire offers a wide variety of dining experiences which range from delicate International dishes to hearty flavor filled local plates and of course everything in-between! The selection and range of food choices will be sure to please all taste buds, even those of the smallest guests. Family dining experiences are easy to find, and many restaurants offer ocean views offering up stunning sunsets.

Where to stay

Selection is not a problem when it comes to finding a place to stay in Bonaire. The island has options in all forms such as hotels, bed & breakfasts, Apartments, Boutique Hotels, and private Villas. They are located island-wide so depending on your vacation plans, your budget and your wishes you can pick and choose from a variety of great options.

Getting Around

Bonaire’s landscape is easy to navigate and getting lost is almost impossible! There are plenty of rental car agencies to choose from for your rental needs. If you're looking for something different, try a scooter, motorbike or bicycles. Taxis are also readily available. Tip: When booking your stay, find out what's in the vicinity, you may be able to avoid renting any transportation and just walking from place to place.

Events

Bonaire's social calendar is one that looks like that of the social elite! Each month offers dates and activities so no matter when you travel, there will always be a great cultural experience. Some important dates are of course the traditional Carnival which takes place in February. In addition, the islands Bonaire Sailing Regatta takes place in October and offers lots of fun activities in and around sailing.

Activities

The activities are abundant for those seeking an adventure while on vacation. From eco tours to sightseeing, windsurfing, diving, sailing, and fishing, the island offers everything under the sun! Which means if you are looking to book that dream family trip, this is the place to go. Honeymooners will find sunset cruises, kayaking, cave diving to satisfy their couples goals and those who enjoy a more relaxed trip will enjoy endless days of sun.

This island is rich in natural resources, so much so that the wildlife is abundant as is the culture and history. It is a wonderful place to relax and regroup from the fast-paced life in the city. The many activities available allow for every family member to be entertained while those who want to sit back and relax can do so at one of the many beaches. The island prides itself on many repeat visitors and will certainly welcome you with open arms.