Top things to do

National Park in North End

Washington-Slagbaai National Park

Comprising almost 20% of the island's area, this vast, desert landscape is a fantastic place to explore on foot, by bike or by vehicle (preferably a 4WD). Stop at the visitors center, at the entrance, to pick up a m…
Museum in Rincon

Mangazina di Rei

About 1.5km east of Rincon, the second-oldest stone building on Bonaire used to be the storehouse. Every week, the slaves made the arduous 10-hour journey from the salt pans in the south to this village in the north…
Caribbean in Rincon

Le-Ma-Se

There are two reasons to stop at this roadside shack in Rincon village: pumpkin soup and milkshakes, both made with an extra dose of love from Norman (the 'Ma' of Le-Ma-Se). This is what you want for lunch after you…
Bird Sanctuary in North End

Echo Parrot Sanctuary

Bonaire's most beloved bird is the Yellow-throated Amazon Parrot, but this loquacious lora (as he is locally known) is endangered with threat of extinction and there's less than a thousand birds living on Bonaire. L…
Distillery in Rincon

Cadushy Distillery

Drinking a cactus sounds like a prickly affair, but it's not as scary as it sounds. Pay a visit to this small-scale island distillery in Rincon village to see how the prickly green plant gets turned into the delicio…
Gardens in North End

Bonaire Botanical Garden

Everything you ever wanted to know (and more!) about organic gardening, permaculture and medicinal plants. Manuel Vargas' gardens are a delightful maze of lush greenery, flowing fountains and whimsical artwork. The …
Festival in Rincon

Dia di Rincon

The island's traditional harvest festival, Simadan, culminates with Rincon Day, celebrated on April 30. The day starts with Mass and a flag-raising at the Catholic church, followed by eating, drinking, singing and d…
Caribbean in Rincon

Rose Inn

A local institution run by Rose herself. A genial mix of folks enjoy plate lunches of local fare (fish stew, goat, fried chicken etc) at mismatched tables scattered under trees. Service can be erratic, but that’s pa…
Caribbean in Rincon

Posada Para Mira

On the western outskirts of Rincon, this colorful house has a wide front porch that is a delightful place to sample local specialties such as sopi di yuana (iguana soup) and stoba di kabritu (goat stew), as well as …
Farm in North End

Aletta's Goat Farm

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 up her barn to visitors so they can feed and milk the goats. The 1½-hour tour ends w…