Travel with Children

Bonaire does not have a slew of sights and activities catering specifically to children, but it's a terrific destination for adventurous families. Children as young as five years old can learn to snorkel, and Bonaire's calm, warm waters – with the reef right near the shore – are the perfect place to start. Children as young as 10 years old can get their diving certification. And children between aged five to seven years old can start to learn to windsurf.

Although Bonaire does not have the wide, sandy beaches of some neighboring islands, there are plenty of places to swim and build sand castles, such as Spice Beach Bar. And let's face it, that's all kids really need. That said, the larger resorts offer dedicated children's programs, to keep kids occupied while their parents go diving.

When it's time to take a break from the sea and sun, the small Terramar Museum offers a kid-friendly history of the island, and the Donkey Sanctuary provides plenty of opportunities to snuggle with donkeys.

Many accommodations are set up for families, with connecting suites and kitchens available. Children's necessities such as diapers are widely available. Most car rental agencies offer car seats.