Bonaire is well known for her Scuba, Snorkeling, Windsurf & Kite Boarding, but there are many other activities to do while vacationing. Here is a list of our top 10 favorite things to see and do while enjoying our time on beautiful Bonaire.
The list is in no particular order.
1. Visit Spice Beach Club at Eden Beach
Each trip we spend at least one day at Spice Beach Club. We enjoy sitting on their comfortable lounge chairs while the children run between the pool and the sea. There is a dock in the water and great snorkeling just a few feet from the shore. You will also find a water taxi to Klein Bonaire here as well. Spice Beach Club has a full service restaurant and bar. There is a happy hour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and they have local bands play several evenings. Click on the picture above to go their homepage and checkout all they have to offer.
2. TeAmo Beach And The Kite City Food Truck
The.Best.Tuna.Sandwich.Ever. Visit TeAmo Beach, across the street from the airport, just past Port Bonaire, when the Kite City food truck is there. It will be an taste sensation experience you won’t soon forget. You will find beach chairs in the garage which you can bring to beach with you. Pack up some additional snacks and drinks, head out to the beach. There is a lovely reef just a few feet off the shore which makes for great snorkeling. You will be amazed at how quiet it is this close to the airport. Enjoy your day. Click on the picture above to go to their Facebook page.
3. Cliff Jumping At The Oil Slick Dive Site
Or, should I say our definition of cliff jumping? We enjoy spending an afternoon and evening at the oil slick dive site. There are great rocks you can climb to jump into the water, and a nice ladder to get out of the water. The Oil Slick Dive site is just up the road from our villa, so it is a perfect afternoon activity on a day we spend lounging around the villa. Bring the cooler and pack some wine to view a perfect Bonaire sunset.
4. Go For A Ride On The AquaSpace
Best known for its underwater, air-conditioned observations deck, this is a trip you won’t soon forget. Captain Ed charters a great day of fun, food, drinks and snorkeling. This is a must do on our family’s list, and we try to go the Friday night before we leave. Click on the picture above for more information.
5. Kayak Down The Mangroves
Kayaking in Bonaire is a lot of fun. We love the tours the Mangrove center provides. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and provides a ton of information on the island and the Mangroves. We suggest applying sunscreen and bug spray before you head out, and bring additional along on the trip for a second application. There is a lot of full sun kayaking, and the Mangroves provide the perfect grounds for bugs. Click on the picture above to learn more about the Mangrove Center.
6. Sorobon Beach Resort and The Donkey Sanctuary
The water is waist deep for most of Sorobon, where you will find 3 beach areas – Sorobon Resort, Jibe City and Windsurf Place. Our family enjoys spending the day at Sorobon Resort, where the quiet beach and warm Caribbean waters provide the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing day. The kids will walk over to Jibe or Windsurf Place and take a windsurf lesson or just set sail for a few hours. After a wonderful day of relaxing, we take the road straight to the Donkey Sanctuary where we spend some time visiting our friend Marion and the many donkeys who are well cared for within the sanctuary. Click the picture below to get more information on the donkey sanctuary. And, if you visit sanctuary, ask to see the turtles named Sophie and Samantha.
7. Hike Washington Slagbaii
Washington Slagbaii Park is 14,000 acres of undeveloped land established for the enjoyment of the people, it is the first nature sanctuary of the Netherland Antilles & is managed by STINAPA Bonaire. There are 3 hiking trails in the park. We have only set out on the easiest of the trails, which takes about 2 hours to complete. The scenery is amazing and you are sure to come across flamingos in the salt pan. Make sure you bring lots of water and sunscreen, and please remember to take out anything you bring in.
8. Go for A Bike Ride
You can chose from one of several prepared bike routes, forge you own, or just ride around the neighborhood. We enjoy riding bicycles around the neighborhood and down the road to 1000 Steps, or we head in the opposite direction and find all the paths that connect the Sabadeco neighborhoods from Shores to Ridges. There are several shops on Bonaire that rent bicycles by the day or by the week. If you like to ride, but want to go with a group, there are several tour operators on Bonaire that will put a ride or tour together. Let us know if that is your preference, and we will refer you to a vendor.
9. Explore Bonaire
Hit the road and explore Bonaire. Follow the road past the airport and you will come upon the slave huts of Bonaire and the Salt Ponds where you will find pink water. It is amazing to see. Travel further, and you will find flamingos. Drive up to Rincon and stop for a local give to eat. There is a lot to explore, and when you come back into the center of town, no trip to Bonaire is complete without a stop (or 2 or 3 or 4) at Gio’s, where you will find the best gelato around.
If your mouth isn’t watering now, blame it on my picture taking because the gelato is unbelievable. Located in downtown Kralendijk, Gio’s is a regular stop for us. If it were up to our kids, Gio’s would be for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – everyday. It is just that good. No trip to Bonaire is complete without at least 3 stops at Gio’s.