Bonaire’s worldwide appeal to divers is its amazing reef-lined coast, all of which is a national park. But while no diving (or snorkeling) initiate will be disappointed, Bonaire also has much to offer above the surface, including world-class windsurfing. Although the beaches are mostly slivers of rocky sand, several take on a pink hue from ground coral washed ashore. Also in the pink are the flamingos found throughout the salt flats and mangroves of the south.
Bonaire has a real community feel: your innkeeper may be your divemaster by day or your waiter at a friend’s restaurant at night.
Much of the infrastructure on the island supports diving: where else can you find a hotel with a drive-through air-tank refilling station? However, there are some good restaurants, and the main town of Kralendijk has a modest but enjoyable nightlife. If you’re not a diver – or an avid reader – you may not find much to fill a week on Bonaire, but a few days will pass delightfully. And just in case you forget why most people come, check out the license plate of the car in front of you, it says: ‘Diver’s Paradise.’
Caribbean Islands - Aruba (Chapter)
Americans from the east coast fleeing winter make Aruba the most touristed island in the southern Caribbean. However, venture away from the resorts and you’ll find that Aruba offers rugged, windswept vistas and uncrowded beaches.
Caribbean Islands - Curacao (Chapter)
Curaçao balances commerce with Unesco-recognized old Willemstad and an accessible beauty, thanks to hidden beaches along a lush coast. It’s a wild mix of urban madness, remote vistas and a lust for life.