Go shopping in Punda, Willemstad. There are many small shops, two big warehouses, terraces where you can eat and ofcourse the wellknown Mac Donalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger Kings :) But hey local food always taste better haha :) On the picture my brother at the Penhabuilding in Punda, Willemstad.
Visit the Supermarket and the waterfront vegetable market downtown. Eating in Bonaire can be expensive. The price of dinner entrees ran from $12 to $25 each. Our breakfast buffet (included in package) was very good. Expenses may be cut by preparing meals in the room. We usually made sandwiches or soup for lunch and sometimes joined with other rooms for pot luck dinner. We made 2 visits to the downtown grocery for supplies, where prices were fairly high; beer sold in for around $1 per tiny 8 ounce cans but is better than in the bars around town for about $2. The vegetable market is run by people from Venezuela who bring the produce in on boats.
The Supermarket is an interesting place to shop. It is similar to USA markets but different enough to intrigue most shoppers.
Must see in Bonaire - Salt Works south of Kralendijk, with vast salt ponds to evaporate the sea water.
Also must see the flamingoes in the salt ponds and the fresh water ponds to the north.
Must do - Scuba dive the reefs.
The salt works are the most largest and most visible of any I have seen.
The flamingoes are found here in larger quantities than any place in the world.
The diving is the easiest and some of the most beautiful in the world.
Despite being on the eastern coast, this is one of the gentlest of beaches because of the protection afforded by the reef running from Green Cay to Pinel. The southern end is clothing-optional. There is a reef running southeast from the start of the nude section that is home to many fish.
The French word for Lowlands, are located at the westernmost end of the island beyond the Simpson Bay Lagoon. They are home to some of the most exclusive villas on the island and feature two of St.Martin's prettiest beaches at Plum Bay and Baie Rouge.
The sweeping curve of the beach at Grand Case near the northern tip of the island shelters a little fishing village that is famous not only for its fine foods but also for its distinctive style of architecture. Elaborate carvings and fretwork, in what is called a gingerbread style, adorn the fronts of the small wooden houses painted in pastel colors, and the effect is truly charming. Some of the island's best restaurants also happen to be located in this area.
A pretty beach that is fairly well protected. There is supposed to be good snorkeling. Mr. Busby's beach bar in on the north end. There is another beach bar that serves frozen margaritas and hamburgers.
The capital city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in spirit of all the cities in the Caribbean. Colonial houses stand beside smart cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find on the Continent. The entire city is only four streets wide, so it is very easy to get around.
The diving around the islands is great (both scuba and snorkle).
There are many attractive divespots available around the islands in water easily accessible for even the less experienced diver (or the ones without any experience). The watertemperature is great (around 25 degrees constantly), the water is clear and there is much sealife. Also, if you haggle a bit the price isn't too bad.
The water here is crystal clear and there are lots of fish to see, as well as coral, squid and other aquatic wildlife - if you're lucky, you might even spot a dolphin or two!
The guides give you food to feed the fish, which will eat right out of your hands.
I recommend taking the trolley tour. The guide was very knowledgeable.
We went through the Scharloo district where Jewish merchants built their homes and painted them vibrant colors. We also visited a cathedral and the oldest synagog in the western hemisphere. This synagog had a sand floor and beautiful wood carvings.
Welll what can I say ??? GO TO THE BEACH !!!!!!!!
The one shown here is called Baie Orientale, in the north-east corner of the island (French side). It's the longest beach of St-Martin and one of the longest in the Carribean, but it's rather crowded...
I would better recommend small 'quiet' (if this word can ever be applied to St-Martin) beaches in the center of the East Coast (just around the border) or some smaller ones North-West (French side).
I very hig^hly recommend an excursion from Marigot (boat every 30 minutes) to the neighbour island of ANGUILLA !!! It's a paradise over there...read my Anguilla page for more...
RAINFOREST: at Saba's peak.
When visiting Saba it is a must to climb up Mt. Scenery to it's peak. At the peak you will find yourself within a densly lush forest. The peak is usually covered in a cloud, but on a clear day you can see much of the Caribbean from the top of this volcano.
When visiting St. Maarten be sure to take a day trip to the nearby island of Saba.
Saba is also a Dutch island. It is a large volcano that shoots up from the caribbean water. Inhabited by only 1200 or so residents, it is a true getaway. There are no traffic lights or casinos, and the people all know each other.
BEACH: Pinel Island (French side)
Pinel is a small island located off the shore of the French side. It has a nice beach with calm shallow water on either side of the peninsula. Here you can find great snorkeling and some water sports.
248 Boulevard de Grand Case, , 97150, Caribbean
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Westpunt z/n, Marazul Dive Resort Kavel M., Caribbean
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Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 71, , Bonaire, Caribbean
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