About Bonaire

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Bonaire is a beautiful island 40 miles seawards from Venezuela, which offers great circumstances for water sports activities. The light blue ocean, combined with the trade-wind (80-95% chance on >4 Bft predominantly from the east) and an average temperature of 30°C (86°F), makes it the perfect spot for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing.

The statistics and history show you an image of Bonaire and we made a list of activities, what you can do in Bonaire.

Statistics

Bonaire is part of 6 caribbean islands which was a former colony of the Netherlands and since 2010.Bonaire became a special municipality of the Dutch kingdom and is known of being part of the ABC islands, consisting out of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Bonaire’s capital is Kralendijk. The island has a permanent population of 18,905 (as of 1 January 2015) and an area of 294 km2(together with nearby uninhabited Klein Bonaire).

The languages spoken in Bonaire are Dutch, Papiamentu and Spanish.

The currency used are US dollars.

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History of Bonaire

The history of Bonaire as far as we know is starting a thousand year ago. Caiquetio Indians are the original inhabitants of Bonaire. To this day the remainders of these Indians can still be found around Onima on the East Coast in the form of cave drawings and their agricultural systems. Agriculture was the Indians’ main occupation for five hundred years, until the Spaniards as first Europeans set foot on land in 1499 and seized the island. Due to the fact that there wasn’t any gold on the island, plus the fact that Aruba and Curacao weren’t suited for agriculture, the Indians were shipped away to work as slaves because the Spanish didn’t think there was any other way to make these islands somewhat profitable.

In 1636 the Dutch West India Company attacked the Spaniards on the Dutch Antilles and seized the islands. Curacao was the center of the slave trade and Bonaire was used as an plantation and for salt mining.

During the Second World War Bonaire was protected by American and British military and the Americans build an airfield, which is nowadays the national airfield of Bonaire. Many Dutch and German Nazi’s were send to a concentration camp on Bonaire during the Second World War. After the second world war the concentration camp became the first hotel on Bonaire.

On October 10th 2010, the majority of the Bonaire population chose for the status of a special municipality within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, mainly because they no longer wished any interference from Curacao and Aruba. This started a new chapter in the history of Bonaire.

Extra source: Wikipedia on Bonaire
 

Things to do

Visit the beautiful salt mountains and pink lakes of Bonaire. There is even a beach entirely made out of salt!

Salt lake and mountains

Visit the beautiful salt mountains and pink lakes of Bonaire. There is even a beach entirely made out of salt!
Go on a guided tour and visit the mangroves or discover it for yourself by canoe or SUP (Stand up paddle)

Mangroves

Go on a guided tour and visit the mangroves or discover it for yourself by canoe or SUP (Stand up paddle)
Visit this beautiful nature park in the north of Bonaire

Washington Slagbaai Park

Visit this beautiful nature park in the north of Bonaire
Visit some of the last wild existing Flamingo colonies in the world

Flamingos

Visit some of the last wild existing Flamingo colonies in the world
Go horse riding in the beautiful nature of Bonaire

Horse riding

Go horse riding in the beautiful nature of Bonaire
Visit this beautiful protected bay with its light blue water. You can walk for miles without having to swim.

Lac Bay

Visit this beautiful protected bay with its light blue water. You can walk for miles without having to swim.
On top of this hill you will find this monument/altar. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the view!

Seru Largu

On top of this hill you will find this monument/altar. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the view!
When you are visiting Bonaire, don't forget to enjoy the underwater world. Go snorkeling, diving or take a trip on the glass bottom boat

Underwater world

When you are visiting Bonaire, don’t forget to enjoy the underwater world. Go snorkeling, diving or take a trip on the glass bottom boat
Visit one of the many beautiful beaches that Bonaire is offering you!

The beaches

Visit one of the many beautiful beaches that Bonaire is offering you!
Visit this uninhabited island close to Bonaire and enjoy it's beaches and beautiful underwater world

Klein Bonaire

Visit this uninhabited island close to Bonaire and enjoy it’s beaches and beautiful underwater world
Mountain bike in and around the hills of Bonaire

Mountain bike

Mountain bike in and around the hills of Bonaire
Learn something about the history of Bonaire and visit these little huts where slaves lived in

Slave huts

Learn something about the history of Bonaire and visit these little huts where slaves lived in