During the past 20 years, Bonaire has been considered as one of the best places to explore the depths of the Caribbean Sea, whether by snorkeling or scuba diving. This is primarily because the Bonaire government has taken extensive steps to protect animal life and the environment.
There is more to do in Bonaire than just snorkel. Tourists can observe the islandís native species, such as iguanas and flamingoes, in their natural habitats or have an adventure windsurfing. Bonaire has a diverse natural environment with Divi-divi trees located in one region and cacti in another.
Location: From Aruba, Bonaire is about 80 miles east. Bonaire is not inside the hurricane belt of the Caribbean Sea.
Size: Bonaire has a landmass of 112 square miles, measuring 24 miles at its longest point and 3 miles at its widest point. The tallest point on Bonaire is Brandaris Hill, measuring 784 feet.
Climate: The sun is out during all seasons of the year on Bonaire, with average temperatures in the 80ís (Fahrenheit). The water temperature usually does not fall below 80 degrees (Fahrenheit).
The following are few of the most popular cities, destinations and attractions in Bonaire.
Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire. After walking the historic streets enjoying the beautiful Dutch colonial architecture, tourists can spend their nights on the boardwalk lining the coast to catch a stunning sunset. The townís city center is full of restaurants, shops, and art boutiques.
Rincon is the oldest settlement on Bonaire. This location was decided upon because ships could be shielded from the view of pirates. This settlement later became an area where slaves lived. However, these days the village houses ascetic cabins. Visitors to the island can celebrate Saint Peterís Day on June 28 with residents of the area.
- Lac Bay
The constant winds and ideal water conditions make Lac Bay a great place to windsurf. It is also situated in a region that makes it a great place for people wanting to learn how to windsurf.
Nearly 500 years ago, natives of the island lived in a cave and adorned its walls with petroglyphs on Onima. Those visiting the cave today can still see these drawings for an opportunity to learn more about the nationís unique native culture.
- Goto Meer
Goto Meer is a great place to observe flamingo feeding in their natural habitat. Visitors to Goto Meer have a better chance of seeing the flamingo between January through July.
Situated in the Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Nukove is a great location to explore the wonders of the Caribbean Sea. During a snorkeling or diving excursion, tourists can view exotic fish and aquatic plants, or they can hang out on the beaches covered in white sand.
Cabaje is a historic region of the island where tourists can examine the small stone huts where slaves lived during the 1700ís. This region was known for its salt production, and a large stone made of salt serving as a sign for ships sent to the island is still visible.
- Lac Bay Kai
For a chance to get to know some of the people living on Bonaire, Lac Bay Kai is one of the best places to do so. Tourists can gather with the people of Bonaire on Sunday as they hold their weekly social gathering, complete with music, food, and dancing.
- Sorobon Beach
Sorobon Beach is a great place to lie out in the sun, but visitors should be aware it is a nudist friendly area. To get access to the beach, visitors must pay a 15 dollar fee in U.S. dollars. Sorobon Beach is also a great place to windsurf.
The vistas of Pekelmeer are a great place to observe heron, osprey, and other birds in their native habitat. While admiring the birds, visitors to Pekelmeer can spend time in the salt flats and observe the different colored pools and chunks of salt drying in the flats.
- Washington-Slagbaai National Park
The more than 13,000 acres of Washington-Slagbaai National Park is a great place to learn about and appreciate the ecology of Bonaire. The park contains various birds of different species as well as other animals.
- Bonaire Marine Park
Bonaire Marine Park was designed and built to protect the species and coastlines of Bonaire. As a result, it is an ideal place to snorkel or dive.
- Klein Bonaire
Klein Bonaire is a separate island situated west of Bonaire. Since it is not developed, it is a great place to have a picnic or social gathering with friends. To travel to the island, tourists must charter a ferry or ship, and since there are no stores on the island, tourists must bring their own food to the island.