Updated: Dec 6, 2019
An insider's guide to 48h on the island: what to do, where to go, what to see and what fun not to miss out on.
Bonaire is a small Caribbean island and a pristine tropical paradise. It is well worth a visit if you are looking for a relaxing, immersed in nature, yet fun and adventurous holiday. The island offers a mix of picturesque views, many sports to choose from, beaches beautiful above and under the sea, and cool local hotspots; it is a place where everyone can fit in and find something that interests them.
KLM (klm.com) and TUI (tui.nl/vliegtickets/) both fly directly to Bonaire Flamingo International Airport on a daily basis from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. American Airlines (www.aa.com) flights fly directly to Bonaire Flamingo International Airport from Miami three times a week, and from New York, Houston and Atlanta depending on the season. There is also a weekly flight directly connecting Bonaire to Toronto during winter time (www.sunwing.ca).
Morning: Start your first day on the island with a breakfast and coffee at Coffee Company Bonaire (a bagel and coffee is around 10$), which is located right in the centre of Kralendijk, the main town. After you can enjoy a nice stroll around and have a look all the cute shops and boutiques with local products. Grab an ice cream at Gio’s which is known for the best and hand-made ice creams on the island. If you are interested in Bonairean and Caribbean history, take a look inside Terramar Museum which presents the subject in a short yet concise way. Have freshly caught seafood lunch at It Rains Fishes for a taste of Caribbean cuisine.
EXTRA TIP: Cadushi Distillery is a great shop option as it offers Bonaire’s own and world’s unique cactus liquor, as well as Salt Shop, which sells pure sea salt from the island.
Afternoon: Ease into island living by spending the afternoon relaxing at Ocean Oasis, a new beach club offering drinks and food in a beautiful yet cosy setting. This is the perfect location to wind down and also go swimming, snorkelling and exploring the blue underwater world of Bonaire.
Night: Go for drinks and salsa dancing to Cuba Compagnie or Coco Beach and feel the spirit of the Caribbean.