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The island of Bonaire was first settled by Europeans in the 16th century as part of the Netherlands Antilles. Today, its 18,000 inhabitants retain ties with the Netherlands while also proudly fostering their Caribbean culture. Explore the island’s natural landscapes and meet with welcoming locals who bring credence to the island-nation's motto: "Once a visitor, always a friend."
The island's main city is Kralendijk, a coastal settlement of red-roofed colonial buildings. Explore the beachside promenade to find a range of restaurants, shops and historic sites. Visit the World War II monument and pay tribute to Bonairian soldiers. Admire the Pasanggrahan, a yellow palace home to the island-nation's parliament.
Drive north to Rincon, Bonaire's other major settlement, and discover the island's colonial history. Get insight into the slave culture of the 1500s at a restored plantation house, learn the African-style Simadan dance or admire cactus fences in the outdoor Real Rincon Museum.
Go to Bonaire's diverse wetlands and picturesque coast and see why conserving the environment is so important to this island. Explore Lac Bay on the south-eastern coast. Try kite surfing at Atlantis Beach. Kayak through the mangroves or relax at Sorobon Beach, where resort restaurants serve meals by the sea.
Bonaire is a renowned diving and snorkeling location. Find the best snorkeling locations marked by yellow stones along the Bonairian coast. Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited islet off Bonaire’s west coast, is another spectacular snorkeling destination that you can reach in 25 minutes by water taxi. Klein Bonaire is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. To enter the marine park you must have a STINAPA Marine Park Tag, which can be purchased from dive centers and hotels.
Inland, spot wild goats around Lake Gotomeer or hike through the protected reserves of the Washington Slagbaai National Park. In Bonaire's south, take a tour of the salt production farms, one of the island's main industries, and witness a sea of pink plumage at the Flamingo Sanctuary.
To reach Bonaire, fly into the island’s international airport, which is a 15-minute taxi ride from Kralendijk where you can get around on foot. Travel further afield on a rented bike or scooter. As evening falls, try iguana soup in a restaurant along the beachside promenade and savour the sights, sounds and smells of this unique getaway.
A: It depends on what you want to see and do. If you've arranged to stay in Kralendijk for the duration of your trip, you may prefer to make the most of the city's public transportation system. Get from point A to point B without worrying about hefty parking fees or getting lost. If your top priority is to discover regional Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, renting a car is a great option. For a comfortable ride, check out our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Bonaire.
A: Most travelers visiting Bonaire fly into Bonaire (BON-Flamingo Intl.). This major airport operates approximately 432 international flights every month.
A: From stylish options to those that are more simple, there's ample choice. Many visitors choose to relax and unwind in apartments. Other typical sorts of accommodations in Bonaire are villas, hotels and hotel resorts.
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A: If you'll be basing yourself in Kralendijk, there's no shortage of attractions and experiences. Kick things off with a visit to Washington-Slagbaai National Park and Fort Oranje. Flamingo Sanctuary is also worth checking out.
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Resort was in a very good location staff was friendly and rooms were clean.
Best resort on Bonaire. Great private beach, new pool is great, excellent dive shop and I'm excited about the upcoming improvements.
Great pool area, (but a little slippery) Two bed ocean view was very spacious and well appointed. Five minutes from airport.
I had a lot of trouble deciding on a spot in Bonaire, and was very happy I chose this place
clean room, nice swimming pool, nice service. I must stay again
The property was very nice and the staff exceptional. We ate almost every meal in the restaurant located right there and every meal was absolutely delicious. The beach was clean, although small, but it had a lot of nice shade if you wanted that and many nice chairs, tables and hammocks. Overall, ...
Buddy Dive is Wonderful. They cater to Diving %100. The atmosphere is so fun due to their motto Eat Sleep Dive