Bonaire is not a large island, but if you go on a holiday it is still advisable to rent a car. With a car, you can easily drive everywhere and, of course, it is convenient for carrying your diving gear. If you plan on diving, it's wise to rent a pick-up truck. Exploring the Washington Slagbaai National Park with a car requires a jeep or pick-up truck. Along the way, of course you'll stop to get out and see the beautiful spots you come across.
It is definitely advisable to arrange the car rental at home beforehand so that you can be sure of getting the car of your choice and avoid any surprises in Bonaire. Below you will find a car rental company where you can reserve the rental car. We have had personally very good experiences with this car rental company, and we can recommend this company.
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.
Rent a car and explore the island.
You need a driver's license and you must be at least 21 years old. You must have held your driver's license for at least one year. However, some car rental companies may have stricter requirements. The minimum age limit can vary from 21 to 25 years, and it is also possible that you need to have held your driver's license for two years before you can rent a car. When renting a car in Bonaire, having a credit card is very useful for the deposit.
Tip! Well-known car rental companies such as Budget, Hertz, and Avis have a presence in Bonaire, but there are also several local rental companies on the island. The local rental companies are reliable and often slightly cheaper than the well-known names. We have had good experiences with the local rental company AB Carrental.
The roads in Bonaire are never very crowded, and we have never seen a traffic jam outside of Kralendijk. The roads are generally well-maintained. Driving is on the right side, just like in our country, and international traffic rules apply. However, be aware that wild goats, donkeys and other animals may cross the road, so always keep that in mind and adjust your speed.
Consider renting a four-wheel drive car so you can explore the Washington Slagbaai National Park as well.
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.
Are you going to dive at Bonaire? Then you really need a pickup truck.
In August 2018, the very first breathalyzer test in history took place on Bonaire. A total of 177 drivers were tested. Out of these 177 individuals, 24 had a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit, and four drivers were even unable to do the breathalyzer test. If you are going on vacation to Bonaire, it is wise to abstain from consuming alcohol if you still have to drive. Of course, it is also much safer for everyone to refrain from drinking alcohol when participating in traffic.
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