Bonaire is one of the ABC islands, the others are Aruba and Curacao, and belong to the Netherlands Antilles. The total country area of Bonaire is 288 km2. Bonaire lies 80 km north of Venezuela, 50 km east of Curacao and 95 km of Aruba.
Bonaire has a tropical climate. The average temperature on Bonaire is 27 degrees Celsius. It becomes by day about 30 degrees and at night it cools down but only a couple degrees. Between summer and winter minimum differences exist. The coldest month is January and the warmest month is September. The sea temperature is by the end of November up to April between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius, afterwards sometimes rising up to 29 degrees Celsius. In the month of October, November and December falls most the rain what on average approx. 500 mm a year is.
The population on Bonaire is very pleasant. On the street one greets each other and everyone has enough time for a chat. The official language is Dutch however the daily language in on Bonaire mainly Papiamento. Furthermore there is spoken much English and Spanish.
The drinking water on Bonaire is purified and is of excellent quality. You can drink water without objections from the tap.
On Bonaire both the Antillean guilder and the American dollar are accepted. With world bankcard you can take money at all money automats. These you can find in Kralendijk and at the airport. You can take both Antillean guilder and American dollars. You can use a credit card in the most large shops and restaurants.
On Bonaire there are several possibilities to do. You can rent a boat to sail nicely along the coast or a speedboat for waterskiing or wakeboarding. You also can go parasailing. Boot trips with the Thai junk The Samur (see www.samursailing.com ) or with Aquaspace (www.aquaspacebonaire.com ). You can explore the under water world by glazed floor boat or by making a snorklingtrip on the Seacow. There is even the possibility for kayaking in the mangrove (www.mangrovecenter.com)
More activities you can do on Bonaire are land sailing, biking with cycling Bonaire or rent bicycles yourself (see www.Bonaire.startkabel.nl ).
Bonaire has a beautiful nature. See for more information www.bonairenature.com.