You’ve just found the best site for all sorts of information about the island of Bonaire, located in the Dutch Caribbean.
The InfoBonaire site is managed and maintained locally on Bonaire, which guarantees you the most current information about Bonaire.
We invite you to select one of the links above to discover Bonaire for yourself. If you’re looking for something specific, use our search box at the top of any page. If you want news about Bonaire, visit our Island News page.
Calendar of Events covers the latest happenings on Bonaire, from the present through months from now, so you can best plan your schedule to include these upcoming island-wide events in which both tourists and locals can participate. Or see what is happening on a more regular basis on the Weekly page or Annual Event page.
Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean (see the maps) known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular, the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things. Kayak in the mangroves, the gentle bay or venture out into the open ocean for a real challenge. Enjoy the nature of the land cycling or mountain biking. Let the wind challenge you with kiteboarding!
The Best Reasons to Visit Bonaire!
Many descriptions and slogans have been written about Bonaire: Best Kept Secret, Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable; Diver’s Paradise; and the list goes on… The fact is that all these statements are true, and then some. Another truth is the statistic that over 55% of arrivals on Bonaire are repeat visitors!
There are a number of reasons people visit our island. First-timers generally have heard about the climate, the water, the sun and what there is to do. When asked, repeat visitors generally say that they did not have enough time to do all they wanted to on their first visit. If it is the third or fourth trip, the answer is basically the same but with this addition “It is the warmth and friendliness of the people” that keeps visitors returning year after year.
Bonaire has the reputation of being laid back, slower paced and very tranquil. The good news is that while this is all quite true, the island also offers a lively nightlife fun places to visit and world-class restaurants. When you first come to the island, you are a visitor, but when you leave, you are a friend.
To help you find your way around the site and around Bonaire, we’ve provided several key category pages for you to use to get the specific information you are looking for. These category pages are accessible via the menu above.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Two sections – Travel Tips and Local Information provide all the basic information you need about Bonaire, from maps and photos to an overview of the ecology and technology. We’ve also included an online phone book of handy Bonairean numbers to have.
What about having fun? Activities cover all the forms of recreation on Bonaire and can help you locate a good dive operator, who to call to rent windsurfing equipment, where the best beaches are, where to cycle, and what to do for evening entertainment. And of course, what Bonaire is known for is covered extensively – scuba diving and snorkeling.
Eating – need we say more? The Restaurant page provides information on all Bonairean restaurants, with cuisines ranging from Italian to Antillean, American, and Indonesian. Trying to economize? Our Supermarkets page also links you to information so you can cook for yourself. Those interested in making informed decisions on what type of seafood to eat while dining on Bonaire can view the Sustainable Seafood Guide. Or check out some of the great Lionfish recipes by our readers.
If you’re looking for cool Bonairean art, jewelry, souvenirs, or even more mundane things like appliances, our Shopping page will guide you in the right direction.
Of course, if you’re coming to Bonaire to visit or stay, you’re going to need a roof over your head (the local police frown on sleeping on the beach), so our Accommodations pages will offer you a current list of hotels, condos, guest houses, inns, resorts, apartments, and there are even pointers to local real estate offerings in case you’re looking for something a little more permanent. We divided up accommodations by general price range based on one room night for two people.
Getting to Bonaire can, unfortunately, be a challenge sometimes, and once you’re here, you definitely need a set of wheels (Bonaire is a small island, but not small enough to walk everywhere). The Getting Around Page will link you to the various airlines, car rental companies, tour companies, taxi services, and bike & scooter purveyors so you can find just what you need.
Need Additional Information about Bonaire?
If you want more detailed information on all aspects of Bonaire – above and below water, be sure to visit our online Bookstore, where we feature a number of hand-picked books about Bonaire and topics related to Bonaire’s dedication to maintaining a sound environment.
Finally, in the event we somehow haven’t covered a topic you’re interested in more information on, we invite you to visit our Contact page, where you can send us any question you have on Bonaire, and we’ll do whatever we can to provide you with a timely answer.
Life on Bonaire, while slow and relaxing, still continues to move forward. As such, the site will continue to be expanded with new and updated information on a regular basis. If there’s something you think that’s missing, drop a note to our Webmaster.