An unspoilt jewel in the Caribbean, the island of Bonaire together with the islands of St. Eustatius and Saba (together also referred to as the BES-islands) is one of several islands (Aruba, St, Maarten, and Curacao), which belong to the Netherlands Antilles.

The country is located about 75 kilometres to the north off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. At 38km long and 11km at its widest point, Bonaire is the second-largest island in the Caribbean.

The country, while not highly developed for tourism offers several activities, from hiking and sightseeing in the enormous Washington-Slagbaai National Park, at the northwestern end of the island, to snorkelling, scuba diving from one of its many beaches or you may just want to hang out.

Birdlife on the island is prolific with around 170 different species of birds including a large population of flamingos.

Know before you go

CAPITAL: Kralendijk
ELECTRICITY: 110/130V, 50Hz
To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required

CURRENCY: Netherlands Antillian Guilder

Bonaire Climate

Bonaire has a tropical climate throughout the year but tempered by cooling trade winds. The average temperature is 82°F (28°C) and the average rainfall is 20 inches per year. The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from June to November.

However, most hurricanes pass well to the north of the island, but there are occasional tropical storms.

Travel Warning

Most visits to the island are trouble-free. However, petty theft and street crime is a concern. There is violent crime amongst members of the illegal drugs world, but this rarely affects tourists. The main tourist areas are generally safe, but you should take normal precautions. Avoid remote areas at night.

The BES Islands are used as a drug passageway from South America to Europe and North America. Don’t leave bags unattended or agree to carry a package for anyone.

Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have been reported as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. If you are a female traveller, take extra precautions when visiting the Islands. See Zika virus for more information.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, attacks can’t be ruled out.

Information provided by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office open_in_new

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