Fort Oranje


Follow the cannons south along the waterfront to a small bastion that was built by the Dutch in 1639 and served as the governor's mansion until 1837. The defensive cannons were scavenged from a British warship that ran aground on the south shore in the early 1800s. Although the British gained control of Bonaire several times during the Napoleonic Wars, the island (and thus the fort) never saw any action.

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Nearby Bonaire attractions

1. Terramar Museum

0.14 MILES

This small museum provides an overview of the history and archaeology of Bonaire. There's an assortment of artifacts, accompanied by audio clips that put…

2. Te Amo Beach

1.02 MILES

Near the airport, this beach is a local favorite for its shade trees and fine white sand, which allows easy access to the reef just offshore. It's also…

3. Klein Bonaire

1.67 MILES

About 1km off the coast of Kralendijk, this little deserted island is where you'll find the region's most attractive beach: No Name Beach. There are no…

4. Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

2.51 MILES

Ever feel like you're surrounded by jackasses? You will in Bonaire, because the animals live free and wild on the island. The vast Donkey Sanctuary offers…

5. Slave Huts

2.98 MILES

Along the coast you will see the legacy of a vile chapter in Bonaire’s past. The dwarf-size stone huts were built in the mid-19th century as residences…

6. Bonaire National Marine Park

4.14 MILES

Bonaire National Marine Park is the island's star attraction, a unique and precious resource that allows divers and snorkelers to explore miles of…

7. Aletta's Goat Farm

4.36 MILES

If you've ever wondered what it takes to operate an organic, solar-powered goat farm, here's your chance to find out. Aletta opens her barn to visitors so…

8. Bonaire Botanical Garden

4.73 MILES

Everything you ever wanted to know (and more!) about organic gardening, permaculture and medicinal plants. Manuel Vargas' gardens are a delightful maze of…