If you go on holiday to Bonaire, it is useful to rent a car. Of course Bonaire is not a big island but it is too big to do everything on foot or by bike. Especially when you go diving a car is really necessary to take you to the most beautiful dive spots.
Bonaire is not a large island but nevertheless it is advisable to rent a car. You drive very easily everywhere and a car is obviously useful to take your diving equipment. On your way, of course, you stop to get out at the most beautiful spots that you encounter. Please note: On Bonaire, wild goats, donkeys and other animals walk the road, so always keep that in mind and adjust your speed.
On the Bonairian roads it is never very busy and we have never seen a traffic jam outside of Kralendijk. The roads are generally well maintained. You are driving on the right side of the road and the international traffic rules apply.
The island has paved and dirt roads. The dirt roads, especially after a heavy rain shower, are difficult to drive. Do you want to rent a car then it is advisable to think in advance whether you want to use dirt roads as well. In that case a 4 wheel-driven car is recommended. A terrain car is also advisable when you enter the Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Due to the popularity of diving on Bonaire, many people drive in pick-up trucks. The compressed air bottles used in this sport are safely transported in this way.
Most car rental companies on Bonaire require a minimum age of 23 years to rent a car. In addition, you must in any case be in possession of a valid driving license for 2 years. If you unexpectedly get involved in an accident, always contact the police so that they can file a report.
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