Bonaire’s appeal is its amazing reef-lined coast. Entirely designated a national park, the beautiful waters lure divers from across the globe. 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. Kralendijk has a modest but enjoyable nightlife. Even if you’re not a diver, you’ll find this small island a restful and intriguing destination.