Extremely hot; Not much to offer for landlubbers.
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A great dive to do after Karpata. Hit Karpata early in the morning, you have to take a dirt road to get back on the two way road and this detour spits you out right at Oil Slick. They have a nice wooden dock with a ladder for easy access out of the water. This is a great spot to kill some time in between dives. Oil Slick get deep immediately so...more
Bonaire's capital Kralendijk, which means "coral dike", is a very nice port city on the Central West coast of Bonaire. It has a population of around 3,000 people, which increases significantly depending on tourism from divers and docking cruise ships. This is where you'll find the vast majority of the island's restaurants, businesses, traffic and...more
A great way to discover Bonaire has a lot more to offer than the underwater world only. Via this eco friendly and silent way of transport one can discover the nature of Bonaire on a relaxed but also exciting way. See the Flamingo's, the solar salt works and the city of Kralendijk. Get out of your car and step into the Bon Tuk. It's fun! Also a...more
Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 71, , Bonaire, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
E.E.G. Boulevard 10, Caribbean
Good for: Business
We really enjoyed this place and the good service that they provided. I have seen on their website...more
El Mundo Bar & Restaurant is located on Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk near Plaza Wilhelmina. We stopped for a cold beer - Amstel's Bright (produced in Curacao, it's as local as you're going to find). Sitting outside under the shade relaxing, having a beer, and watching the world go by was a perfect way to end our day in Bonaire.The restaurant is open 7...more
It was so hot the day we were in Bonaire. After touring the island we came back to Kralendijk to do some shopping and wander around. We walked through the small Harbourside Mall to the waterfront at the back and came upon Buenos Aires Cafe. There is a wood-covered patio with table service and a counter for eat-in or take-out. The patio overlooks...more
This restaurant/cafe is a great place to have a quick bite or dinner. It's really close to the cruise ship pier to you can have a quick beer before getting back on the cruise ship. Try the Buenos Aires Burger, its a hamburger patty, with bacon and and egg on top. Its huge plus the french fries are awsome. Try the Buenos Aires burger or the special...more
Some nights they have Mariachi, some nights they have Reggae, some nights, who knows? Younger women should wear very short skirts with heels and low cut tops. Older women should wear longer but not too long, more eligant dresses. Men...Who cares, wear anything that covers up that big ol' beer belly and doesn't stink too much.Actually, I don't...more
Karel’s is perhaps the best bar for watching the sun set below the horizon. Built on a small and somewhat unstable wooden pier, Karel’s has an unobstructed western view over the bay and Klein Bonaire and they have a really cute Venezuelan chica for a bartender. And yes, there is a green “flash” at the exact moment the sun slips below the horizon…more
Since Bonaire is an island nation, you can't get there by road. You either fly or take a boat. We had dinner one day with a couple from Bonaire. They sailed their boat to the island and then liked it so much that they stayed and built a house there. Now they had sold the boat and the house and they were coming back to the island by cruise ship and...more
Ships arrive at one of the main piers, just south of Kralendijk. It's a few minutes walk to downtown. If you choose to stay in Kralendijk, pick up a Historical Walking Map from the Tourism Office. Taxis will be available as you disembark. Our taxi driver, unlike on many other islands, was not very good as far as providing any information about the...more
In Plaza Wilhelmina on Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk, there are several open market stalls selling goods. It wasn't a typical cheap souvenir market that are on every island in the Caribbean. There were actually some very nice items - paintings and other local handicrafts. It was priced accordingly - no bargaining here. We ordered a peraonlized gift for...more
There are two supermarkets in or near Kralendijk where you can buy items for your condo or bungalow.You can buy things by single item or by the case but never anything on a Sunday. or during lunch hour.Most all businesses are closed all day Sunday. You may find a couple of convenience stores open in case you just have to have something.more
Driving is on the right, and was overall very sensible and safe. There are a few major roads for getting around the perimeter of the island, with a couple of narrow sections. Of course locals who know the roads will want to go faster than you so don't be that annoying tourist driver; let people pass you and they'll be grateful. Traffic is easy to...more
The divi-divi tree grows pods which contain large amounts of tannin. Until the 1950's, this tannin was exported to Holland, where it was used in tanneries (which converted animal hides into leather). Visitors to the park should look for divi-divi trees on hilltops, where the constant winds have forced the trees to grow almost sideways.more
Aloe plants (Aloe barbadensis) were also cultivated for use in the pharmaceutical industry. There is the remains of an aloe plantation in the park, even the ruins of an aloe oven.Visitors with sunburns can feel for themselves the soothing effect of aloe by cutting a leaf and rubbing it on the skin.more
We stayed in Bonaire for 2 weeks in Aug 2011. Felt very safe and secure .. until our groups hotel rooms (a villa with 4 rooms) were ransacked the Friday night before we were to return home. As directed, we had placed all valuables in the room safe - laptops, dive computers, cameras, cash, passports, id .. even car keys and travel itinerary...more
Changed from Turks to Bonaire 8 years ago and never was sorry UNTIL THIS PAST FEBRUARY. Crime has been on an upswing for the last year. Always rented a car from AB Carrental. This year someone took a sharp object and ran down the right side of the car and stole a full tank of gas because we were leaving the next day. Had to get a police report...more
Fire Coral is everywhere, and if you aren't a total spaz you should be able to avoid it if you know what it looks like (you shouldn't be touching anything anyway!!) We dove without wetsuits and had no problem avoiding the coral which apparently feels like a cigarette burn if you come in contact with it.more
Check out the local artisan's shops, there are pleanty around and some of them are a real hoot.
Unique Suggestions: Be sure and visit with the locals and find out what's going on.
Fun Alternatives: If you're done shoppin', Go Divin"!!!
What do you need for the sun and fun island? Shirt, shorts, slaps and shades... Light clothing Sunscreen and mosquito repellent. You can even get anti-itch "Afterbite" here but it was on the expensive side as I found out Bring your own..digital works best but be careful of the sand as it can get into your camera. I brought my own mask and reef...more
Bonaire's beaches are mostly made up of pieces of coral, not sand, which can be pretty rough on the feet and toes. A sturdy pair of sandals or shoes that can get wet are best for walking around on the beaches. Coral can be sharp so you really need water shoes here. There are also all kinds of sharp and prickly things around like cacti, sea...more
Swim wear for the beach or boat trip, a hat to protect you from the sun and a towel for when you get into the taxi to keep the seat dry. If you are going on a boat trip, a hat with a chin strap will keep you from having your hat blow overboard Sunscreen is essential, the couple of spots I missed were as red as Rudolph's nose! Snorkeling is a...more
Since I am part of a group that documents cemeteries, I am always looking for new ones to photograph. There are a couple of cemeteries in Kralendijk. They were even on the otherwise useless port map given out by the ship. So Bob went and took some pictures while I was out snorkeling.There were several cemeteries near each other so Bob took a lot of...more
If you have access to a vehicle, go for a relaxing drive along Bonaire's winding roads to see some beautiful scenery. There's the Scenic Drive along the Northwest coast which has lush vegetation and amazing coastal views. The ranches, deserts and cliffs in the central areas and to the South provide a really relaxing and non-touristy atmosphere....more
There are no huge major attraction art galleries in Bonaire, but there are a few unique small galleries on the island that sell pieces too. Richter Art Gallery features Linda & Jake Richter and other local artists. We didn't end up visiting because of the hours and bad planning on our part, but wanted to based on what we heard.JanArt Gallery in...more
I found this company on line as it was recommended by someone from the Cruise Critic bulletin board. I had wanted to visit Bonaire for some time specifically to dive their extensive reefs. But by the time I got there, I was 75 years old with only 85% lung function, and my husband had just had a melanoma removed from his shoulder and it had not yet...more
As we were driving, we spotted the land sailing track which is located on the northeast coast of Bonaire. Land sailing is a combination of sailing and racing using modified boats called blokarts.If you're a fan of "The Amazing Race" you might remember them having that as a detour in New Zealand.more
We payed $160 per person for 7 days of unlimited airfills for shore diving. There is really no reason to boat dive unless you have physical restrictions that would make you unable to enter and exit water and rocky shorelines with full gear. We got our package from Belmar Divers which is affiliated with Buddy Divemore
N/ABonaire is considered a safe haven. Use normal precautions. Getting around by rental car is easy. Most of the roads are very good. A valid U.S., Canadian, British, or international driver's license is required. Taxis are not metered but rates are fixed. Tell the driver where you're going and ask the rate before you get in! U.S. dollars and...more
If you want to dive or snorkel in Bonaire there is a $10 permit that they ask you to buy in town..can be bought in any of the many local dive shops. The funds in theory are to support the nature preserves around the island. Considering what I saw on Bonaire..the $10 was well worth it. You will need to carry the permit with you if you go diving or...more
Bonaire could be described as the "St. John" of the Netherland Antilles: the first Netherlands Antilles Island to establish a natural park, the island places conservation and sustainable tourism at the forefront of its present and future. Located 38 miles east of Curacao, the island is twenty four miles long with a total land area of 112 sq. miles. Washington-Slagbaai National Park encompasses over 13,500 acres of that land, covering the northwest corner of the island. The island has been renowned for its snorkeling and diving opportunities and conservation; in 2008, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated Bonaire as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean. In addition to the national park in the island's northwest corner, all of the waters surrounding Bonaire were designated a Marine Park in 1979. Similarly to the National Park covering the northern corner of the island, the Bonaire's salt flats take up a large amount of the southern side of the island. It's the only island in the Caribbean with glorious white mountains, and they can be seen at Pekelmeer, or The Pink Lake. The salt flats range in color from turquoise to bright pink, and is also home to a Flamingo Sanctuary. While humans can't swim there, it's an amazing sight to see, both for the unique natural occurrence and colors, but also for the bird watching; in addition to flamingos, osprey, heron, and frigate birds also call the Pink Lake home.