Bonaire, just off the coast of Venezuela, is technically a municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This boomerang-shaped island together with Curaçao and Aruba form the Caribbean ABC islands and is mostly renowned for being one of the best places to go snorkeling or scuba diving in the world.
What Bonaire lacks on land - it is a flat, small and mostly arid affair save for Slagbaai National Park - it more than makes up for with what is out in the sea. Its entire coast is a marine park with some of the most spectacular and healthy reefs found anywhere in the Caribbean, a testament to how hard the people of Bonaire have worked at protecting it. There are over 80 diving sites with great visibility, dozens of coral species and over 350 documented fish species roaming about.
Back on land, Slagbaai National Park and the Gotomeer actually offer some really appealing scenery (picture iguanas crawling around in arid terrain, pink flamingos sticking out from a lake and the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean in the background), and are great for a hike or bike around. The bright white salt mountains of the Cargill owned salt plant are an oddity but fun to check out.
Besides diving, there are plenty of other water sports to keep you busy here (wind surfing or kite boarding anyone?), while in the colorful but small capital of Kralendijk you will find plenty of charming waterfront restaurants and bars. Bonaire's beaches are mostly of a smaller and rocky sand variety. [Review by travelindicator]
- Bonaire is a region in Caribbean Netherlands. It is situated at an altitude of 69ft and the best airport to fly into is BON (Flamingo International, Kralendijk)
- The currency used in Caribbean Netherlands is the US dollar (USD)
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More Bonaire travel resources
The Wikitravel article on Bonaire is rather short but an OK place to start. More useful is the page by US News with its list of things to do on the island. We honestly didn't really recognise many of the attractions listed in this article of the Caribbean travel mag, but you might get some value out of it. Finally Tourism Bonaire is a great resource.
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