Bonaire is the smallest island of the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. From neighbour island Curaçao it’s only a short flight of maximum 30 minutes so you can combine these islands if you want to.
The moment you arrive on Bonaire you can feel the relaxed vibe. You can move around easily by foot, scooter or car. We choose to take a scooter. Beause we had the earliest flight from Curaçao, we arrived at 7.00 am and all shops including scooterrental were still closed (didn’t really thought about that). While waiting, we walked around for a bit and enjoyed the view of the harbour.
The capital of the island Kralendijk doesn’t feel like a city at all and that’s what I like about it. The streets have typical houses in all bright colors like yellow, green, orange or blue. You feel instant happy in case you weren’t already. When we pick up the scooter, we drive around a bit and then head to our apartment.
We booked our appartment at the Caribbean Club Bonaire which a small and quiet resort about 6 km from the centre of Kralendijk. It has two swimmingpools, a sundeck, resaurant, own diveshop and only few footsteps away from the turquoise Caribbean Sea. We found this was the perfect location for privacy and close to dive and snorkelspots. When we wanted to go out for dinner, it was only a 10-15 minute drive.
One day we decided to check out the Washington Slagbaai National Park that’s in the north of the island (a few kilometers from Rincon). The route to the park is along a very scenic coastline and takes about 30 minutes. When we arrived, we weren’t allowed to enter with our scooter 🙁 You can go into the park by feet, mountainbike or car.
The Washington Slagbaai National Park has a mountainous terrain with cactus forests, aloë fields, rockformations, salt lakes, limestone caves, sanddunes, blowholes and crumbling lime terraces that offers shelter to many special plants and animals. Opening times are daily from 8.00 am till 5.00 pm. Please be aware you can’t enter the park anymore after 2.45 pm.
Trip to Klein Bonaire
From Kralendijk you can see the Island of Klein Bonaire. The easiest way to get there is by watertaxi. What has Klein Bonaire to offer? Well, a lot! Clear blue waters, a stunning white beach, turtles, loads of tropical fish and magnificient corals. Departure times are from Monday till Saturday: 10.00 am, 12.00 am en 2:00 pm. Return: 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm. Place of departure: Karel’s Beach Bar.
We loved to tour around the island with our scooter as it’s so easy and you can enjoy the nice breeze. There is a mainroad road around the island, if you follow this you can’t get lost and you will see all cool places along the way. In the south of Bonaire you can’t overlook the saline fields that turn pink and contrast between the white salt. Closeby are the little houses they used for the slaves. Take some breaks to make pictures, have lunch, look for flamingo’s or just relax at one of the deserted beaches.
Still not convinced? Just go! No need to plan, just book your flight and accommodation and everything else is so easy to arrange. We stayed only for two days but wished we could have stayed for a week or longer!