One of the smaller and more low-key Caribbean islands, Bonaire is also quite unusual in that it’s nearly flat and doesn’t have many sandy beaches to speak of. There are a few nicer resorts on the island, but most of the visitors are divers, snorkelers, and wind-surfers so you can expect a more informal vibe.
Bonaire is officially part of the Netherlands, and Dutch is an official language along with a local island tongue, but English is widely spoken and understood in the tourist areas. For this reason Bonaire is quite popular with Dutch citizens as well as adventure seekers from North America.
Bonaire is quite cheap compared to other Caribbean islands, but don’t expect to have a bargain beach holiday here as that’s really not what this place is about.
Where to stay
Bonaire is certainly one of the cheaper Caribbean islands for accommodation, with only a few fairly pricey resorts at this point. There are quite a few mid-level small hotel or apartment complexes offering cheap rooms, and some informal guesthouses as well.
All flights to Bonaire land at Flamingo International Airport, which has a runway long enough to serve wide-body planes, but is now served exclusively by mid-sized and smaller aircraft.
Nonstop flights from:
Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Newark, Amsterdam