Where is it?: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea – one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela; the other is east of the Virgin Islands
Why do people go here?: Part of the Netherlands Antilles, with its unique island government, but the same beautiful white sand beaches and fun in the sun.
What are the main entry points?: Flying to the island from the Netherlands and also along the US east coast are your best bets, as there are no ferries.
Currency used: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Country Code: 599, plus 717
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish
Ethnic Breakdown: African descent (95%), Carib Indian, European
Government: Autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, Papiamento, English, Spanish; Castilian
Attractions: Diving, Seclusion, Beaches
Tourism Office locations and links: Bonaire-Gov. Tourist Office 12 Kaya Simon Bolivar Kralendijk, Bonaire +5997-8322, 8649; FAX +5997-8408;//www.interknowledge.com/bonaire/
Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 6 months of age coming from infected area.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Head over the second half of the year when the prices are cheaper, but the weather is just as nice.
Specific Events/Holidays: Queen’s Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April
Getting Around: No buses, so car rental it is!
Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport serving Bonaire is the Bonaire Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Bonaire travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.