Where is Bonaire located?

Bonaire is - according to the geographical coordinates - between 12˚2 'and 12˚19' north latitude and between 68˚11 'and 69˚25' west longitude off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. Bonaire Island is situated in the Caribbean, close to Venezuela. The island is 40 kilometers long and about 5 to 12 kilometers wide with an area of 288 km2. Together with Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire belongs to the Leeward Islands, also called the ABC islands.

Lake Gotomeer

Bonaire is one of the more than 1,000 islands of a 3,500 km long arch in the Caribbean. This island belt runs from the south of North America to the north of South America. On the east there is the Atlantic Ocean and on the west the Caribbean Sea. The distance between Bonaire and Curaçao is 52 km and between Bonaire and Aruba 130 km. Furthermore, Bonaire is located at a distance of 80 km off the coast of Venezuela. Between Bonaire and the Dutch-tinded Windward Islands Sint Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius lies about 900 km of the Caribbean Sea. Because of the favorable geographical location of Bonaire, the sun shines almost every day. Add the cooling trade winds and you have a heavenly climate.

Bonaire Essentials Island Tour

Tip! Bonaire Essentials Island Tour

This 3-hour tour starts in the colorful capital of Bonaire: Kralendijk. By bus you will discover the most beautiful locations of the entire island. You see the Gotomeer where you have a good chance of seeing flamingos, you have a beautiful view over Rincon at the Para Mira viewpoint and after that you drive via Kralendijk to the south side of Bonaire. There are the salt pans and the slave houses. During this tour there is a guide who can tell you everything about the island. Don't forget your camera because on this tour you will take beautiful pictures!Further information & booking

Leeward Islands

Bonaire belongs together with Aruba and Curaçao to the Leeward Islands. These three islands are also called the ABC islands and Bonaire is the most easterly island. Saba, Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius are part of the Windward Islands. These three islands are also called the SSS islands.

Salt Lake Bonaire

The islands in the Caribbean archipelago are divided into three groups: the Lucayan Archipelago, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. The Lucayan Archipelago includes the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Greater Antilles consist of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and Puerto Rico. The Lesser Antilles are further subdivided into the so-called Windward and Leeward Islands, a term from the old sailing vessels.

The name 'Antilles' dates from the time of Christopher Columbus. This Italian explorer thought he had reached the islands off the coast of India when he sailed around the Caribbean archipelago. He therefore called these islands 'Las Ante-Isla' or 'islands before'. The names 'The West' or 'West Indies' for the Caribbean dates back to that time.

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If you want to see the whole island in one day, it is highly recommended to rent a car. You have the opportunity to take your diving or snorkeling equipment with you, you will certainly not regret it. Along the way you will come across the most beautiful places and there are plenty of locations where you can take a dip. Then you will also see the fairytale underwater world of Bonaire!Further information & rates

How large is Bonaire?

Bonaire has an area of 281 km2. The island is 38.5 km long, 4.0 - 8.0 km wide and has a population of 19.408 (August 9, 2017). The population density on the Caribbean is 62 people per km2. For comparison. In the Netherlands the population density is 403 people km2. Most Bonaireans live in the capital Kralendijk. In the north is Rincon where a few thousand people live.

Great view of Bonaire

In the past 4 decades, the population of the coral island has doubled. Immigration is the main cause of the explosive increase in the population, with the development of tourism in particular being a major driver. Bonaire is sparsely populated. Especially if you compare it with the other ABC island Curaçao. Curaçao is almost as large as Bonaire, but there are eight times more Curaçaoans than Bonaireans.The composition of the population of Bonaire has been undergoing major changes in the last 30 years. In 1980, 93% of the population of the Leeward Island was born on the Antilles, nowadays only 63%. Most migrants who now move to Bonaire come from South America, Central America and the European Netherlands.

All Inclusive Plaza Resort Bonaire

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Activities and tours on Bonaire

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From personal experience we can heartily recommend this hotel. This hotel has a great all inclusive. Delicious cocktails at the bar, a barbecue on the beach or another themed dinner, we really enjoyed it. The rooms are spacious, very comfortable and the staff is super friendly. The house reef is a few steps from your room. It's great, while snorkeling we even saw a turtle there! We will definitely be back.  More info & Book now!

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Tip Snorkling Tour Bonaire

Do you want to go snorkelling on Bonaire with a guide? You will see the most beautiful colorful fish and maybe even a sea turtle. Snacks, drinks and snorkeling equipment are included! Book this tour with Viator. Rated with 5.0 / 5.0 stars. More info and reservation

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