Warm Turquoise Water and a Constant breeze
Bonaire lies some 100 km north of South America, and just outside Hurricane Alley. Its the "B" in the A-B-C islands, along with Aruba and Curacao.
While all three islands are within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Bonaire however enjoys a "Special municipality" status within the Kingdom, thus differentiating it from Aruba and Curacao which are considered constituent countries.
Though Bonaire is physically the second largest of the three islands, it has the smallest population with a mere 20,000 plus residents. Its also the least well known. For those that are aware of the island is has a world class reputation for reef diving and various wind sports including kite boarding, wind sailing and land sailing.
The interior of the island is like driving through a red and rocky martian landscape, but dotted with tens of thousands of cacti with some as tall as 20 feet plus. Great for hiking or ATV'ing. its very common to see many's a wild donkey grazing alongside the roadway.
There are only two towns on the island, with the capital being Kralendyjk. Cruise ships will often dock here on a daily basis, and visitors are delighted by its colorful and pseudo style Dutch architecture Ala Amsterdam , ice cream shops, cafes and clean and tidy streets.
In my two visits to the island I have found many great activities that are not always available on other Caribbean islands. These activities include shoreline reef snorkeling / scuba diving, wind surfing, land sailing, kite boarding, mangrove kayaking, cave diving, hiking and wildlife in the form of pink flamingos and of course the wild donkeys.
There is a wide selection of decent and affordable restaurant choices, not to mention the island is well serviced via direct Dutch rule by way of modern grocery stores and the alike services one would find most any where. The locals are very friendly with English widely utilized as the business language. Currency is US dollars.
Getting There: Bonaire is serviced from the Netherlands via direct flights on KLM. From Aruba and Curacao EZ Air and Divi Divi; Via North America the options are endless including American, Delta, United along with in season direct flights out of Toronto by way of Sunwing.
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