Bonaire Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Bonaire

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

Population: 14,000

Ethnic Breakdown: African descent (95%), Carib Indian, European

Government: Autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Languages: Dutch, Papiamento, English, Spanish; Castilian

Travel Information

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;//

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.