Bonaire

Travel Guide
Bonaire which includes rugged coastline

Try Caribbean cuisine, snorkel over breathtaking coral reefs and see rock salt production at Bonaire, a fascinating island getaway.

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.

Where to stay in Bonaire

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino
3.5 out of 5
J.A. Abraham Boulevard 40, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Fully refundable
The price is ¥23,348 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
Nestled on the beach, this Playa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leeward Antilles, Te Amo Beach, and Donkey Beach. Bachelor's Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
3.8/5 Good! (343 reviews)
"Great location in Kralendijk. This hotel has a very good dive shop and a house reef. Good snorkeling at the hotel as well. Good food, great areas to relax outdoors. Two nice pools. Optional all-inclusive, which we think was very much worth it. Everything is outdoors: very safe especially during the ..."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino
Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire Dive Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire Dive Resort
4 out of 5
Kaya International 2, Kralendijk, Bonaire
The price is ¥23,575 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pink Beach and Lac Bay Beach. Bonaire Flamingo ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (173 reviews)
"The location was oke near the city and airport. Surronding by water."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire Dive Resort
Harbour Village Beach Club Bonaire
Harbour Village Beach Club Bonaire
4 out of 5
Kaya Gobernador N.Debrot No. 71, Kralendijk, Bonaire
The price is ¥68,258 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
Located in Kralendijk, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary, Lac Bay, and Lac Bay Beach. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Go for it!
"Amazing spot to spend some time in Bonaire! Lovely beach, great rooms, and wonderful staff!"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

Harbour Village Beach Club Bonaire
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tropical Divers Resort
Tropical Divers Resort
3 out of 5
J.A. Abraham Boulevard 89, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Located in Playa, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and within 3 mi (5 km) of Te Amo Beach and Donkey Beach. Bachelor's Beach ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Nice, quite, relaxed setting with lovely pool and separate scuba training area. Very nice people! Close to town and great restaurants Joe's and Sebastians within walking distance! I would stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Tropical Divers Resort
The Bellafonte - Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
The Bellafonte - Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
4 out of 5
10 EEG Boulevard, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Situated on the waterfront, this spa aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Leeward Antilles, Donkey Beach, and Bachelor's Beach. Te Amo Beach and Bonaire Donkey ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
"Customer service was exceptional!"

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

The Bellafonte - Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
Sand Dollar Condominium Resort
Sand Dollar Condominium Resort
2.5 out of 5
Kaya Gob N Debrot 79, PO Box 262, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Nestled on the beach, this Kralendijk aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Lac Bay, Lac Bay Beach, and Sorobon Beach. Pink Beach and Bonaire Flamingo Sanctuary ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (46 reviews)
"We had a great time. The swimming area in the ocean is phenomenal for snorkeling. They do not have a swimming pool. The restaurant has very odd hours and was never open when we wanted lunch. The primary purpose for us staying there was to get our kids PADI certified and that was great they just had ..."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Sand Dollar Condominium Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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