Located in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is an alluring tropical island with a melting pot of exotic cultures, from Spanish and Dutch to the native Caquetio Indians and British. Outdoor adventures await on Bonaire, including sailing, snorkelling and turtle spotting, while national museums and local restaurants showcase its rich traditions.
Things to do in Bonaire
Do you love snorkelling? Venture across to Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited islet just off the coast where pristine white-sand beaches, offshore reefs and crystalline waters attract sea turtles and vibrant fish. You can go windsurfing and swimming at Lac Bay and the nearby Sorobon Beach, or explore the deep coral at Karpata while scuba diving.
Discover Bonaire’s rich history at the Terramar Museum, which is home to a wealth of archaeological finds and tales from the island’s past. It’s found in Kralendijk, the island’s capital, where you can also play slot machines and table games at Coral Casino Bonaire, embark on glass-bottom boat tours and dine at waterfront restaurants.
Fans of rum, vodka and whiskey can taste the island’s own special concoctions at The Cadushy Distillery, where you can also tour the distillery and taste exclusive spirits. More local culture awaits at the Jan Art Gallery B.V., as it showcases paintings and sculptures by Caribbean artists.
Learn more about the island’s mangrove ecosystem on an informative kayaking tour with the Bonaire Mangroves Center, which also includes a chance to spot flamingos and go snorkelling. Don’t miss out on seeing the verdant mountainous landscapes, crashing waves and native wildlife in the sprawling Washington Slagbaai National Park, which occupies almost twenty percent of the island.
Getting around Bonaire
Bonaire is serviced by Flamingo International Airport, which has various domestic and international flights. You can walk around parts of the island’s settlements, but it’s best to hire a car if you want to explore further afield.