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Destination: Bonaire

  • Travelling there: Fly into Flamingo International Airport (BON) from Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean. Taking a cruise to the destination is also an option.
  • Capital city: Kralendijk.
  • Population: 17,408.
  • Religion: Majority are Christian.
  • Language: Dutch.
  • Currency: United States Dollar (USD).
  • Climate: Bonaire has one of the gentlest climates in the Caribbean, combining very little rainfall with a prevailing easterly trade wind that provides consistent breezes and temperatures through the year. The country is positioned just north of the equator and outside the hurricane zone and rarely has tropical storms.
  • Transport: Since Bonaire is such a small island (294 square kilometres), some of the most practical ways of getting around include hiring a car, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle or quad bike. This allows travellers to explore the destination at a leisurely pace and makes the journey more intimate. The options for public transportation on Bonaire are limited. Other than guided tours, taxis are the only form of public transport on the island.
  • Best time to travel: Bonaire is a year round destination even during the wet season as the daily rain showers are short lived.
  • What to wear: Bonaire is essentially an uplifted coral reef and its beaches mostly comprise broken coral — rough on bare feet. Hardy water shoes or sandals will help.
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