Bonaire General Information

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Bonaire General Information

Posted on December 12. 2012

Overview

Bonaire has long lured watersports enthusaists over its glitzy sister islands of Aruba and Curacao and for good reason. Beautfiul coral reefs teeming with marine life set to a backdrop of sleepy villages and freindly locals means that Bonaire is never pretentious although has all the makings of a perfect beach destination. Come here for the nature, the good food and a spot of tranquility and leave with a definite appreciation of nature.

Weather

Bonaire is a dry and sunny island which benefits from constant cool trade winds, meaning that average temperatures throughout the year don’t stray far from around 82 degrees. This “perpetual summer” is also complemented by a short rainy season which tends to occur during October, November and December. Wind speeds are at their strongest from January to March, providing great water sports opportunities, although the waters in the south are usually calmer and ideal for swimming. Visitors can expect around one thunderstorm per month during the summer season and although Bonaire lies outside of the path of hurricanes, some strong winds can be experienced on the north coast if a hurricane should be passing from a neighboring island.

Time Zone

Bonaire is in the Atlantic Time Zone which is UTC-4. The island does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Sightseeing

  • Stroll around the town of Kralendijk, with its charming seafront, distinctly Dutch-inspired architecture and lively market

  • Fort Oranje – A small fort and the island’s oldest building, Fort Oranje these days serves as Bonaire’s courts and jailhouse.

  • Bonaire Museum – Displaying an eclectic array of artifacts from Bonaire’s history, this museum offers guided tours.

  • Visit the island’s oldest church at Rincon, an old Spanish settlement, and home to many delicious local eateries

  • Washington-Slagbaai National Park – Housed on the site of an old plantation, this national park boasts an impressive array of plant and animal life overlooking dramatic beaches and cliffs

Activities

  • Birdwatching

  • Fishing

  • Hiking

  • Kayaking

  • Scuba diving

  • Snorkeling

  • Kiteboarding

  • Mountain biking

  • Windsurfing

  • Tennis

  • Paddleboards

Beaches

  • No Name Beach – White sand, great snorkeling, safe swimming, make this an ideal beach for families

  • 1000 Steps Beach – Don’t believe the name: there are actually only around 75 steps down to this white sand beach with pretty little coves.

  • Lac Bay Beach – On the southeast coast, this shallow beach has several facilities and is great for watersports

  • Boka Slagbaai – Located within the National Park, this beach is a perfect spot for a picnic, but the harbour is good for snorkeling too.

  • Eden Beach – A snorkeler’s paradise, this long beach offers snacks and refreshments as well as