(includes Klein Bonaire)
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS
●La Guernica – 4c Kaya Bonaire (Kralendijk); 011-599-717-5022; laguernica.com; on waterfront.
●Hangout Bar – Lac Bay (Sorboron Beach, at Jibe City); 011-599-717-5233; jibecity.com; small “hangout bar” on beach that serves food, as well.
●Karel’s Beach Bar – 12 Kaya J.N.E. Craane (Kralendijk); 011-599-717-8434; karelsbeachbar.com; old standby.
●Blue Hole – huge green morays; jack and tarpon schools;
●Carl’s Hill – off Klein Bonaire.
●Ebo’s Reef – sand chutes sloughing off Klein Bonaire; reef-fish and sponges.
●Forest – ubiquitous gorgonians and black coral “woodland”; big schools bonito, jack, etc.
●Hilma Hooker – former drug-running boat.
●Invisibles – among best sites for obtaining perspective on Bonaire’s “double reef”; even swim out to buoy worthwhile, with garden eels galore and stingrays basking in sand.
●Karpata – distant northern dive, best approached by boat; great visibility; brain coral, gorgonians, and mysterious anchor.
●Sharon’s Serenity – off Klein Bonaire.
●Caribbean Club Bonaire – 50 Boulevard Santa Barbara (Kaya Barcadera, Kralendijk); 011-599-717-5489 or 800-906-7708; caribbeanclubbonaire.com.
●Harbour Village Beach Club – 71 Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot (Kralendijk); 011-599-717-7500 or 800-424-0004; harbourvillage.com; lovely compound on good beach with full dive services, restaurant, and spa.
●Maiky Snack – 30 Kaminda Nieuw Amsterdam (Kralendijk); 011-599-700-6785, 011-599-786-0086, or 011-599-525-1325; maikysnack.com/pages; try goat stew or salt fish; also, try drink called “Cactus Lemonade.”
●Mona Lisa Bar & Restaurant – 15 Kaya Grandi (Kralendijk); 011-599-717-8718; Continental, Caribbean, and Indonesian fare; popular bar dishes include Wiener schnitzel and fresh fish with curry sauce; intimate stucco-and-brick dining room decorated with Dutch artwork, lace curtains, and whirring ceiling fans.
●Tipsy Seagull – 80 J.A. Abraham Boulevard (Kralendijk, at Plaza Resort Bonaire); 011-599-717-2500; plazaresortbonaire.com; waterfront restaurant; fresh ingredients and lovely, outdoor ambience.
●Zeezicht Seaside Bar & Restaurant – 12 Kaya J.N.E. Craane (Kralendijk); 011-599-717-8434; sit on dock; 3 kitchens under one roof (fish, steak, and Japanese); open since 1900.
●De Freewieler – 61 Kaya Grandi (Kralendijk); 011-599-717-8545; freewieler.bonaire.tk; bike rentals; can arrange tours to fit your abilities and interests.
●Jibe City – Lac Bay (Sorboron Beach); 011-599-717-5233; jibecity.com; windsurfing equipment provider; small “hangout bar” on beach that serves food, as well.
SIGHTS & SITES
●Boca Slagbaai – Rincon Village (at Washington-Slagbaai National Park); picnic area & small beach; good snorkeling in Playa Funchi.
●Boca Spelonk Lighthouse.
●Bonaire National Marine Park – Barcadero (Kralendijk, headquarters); 011-599-717-8444; bmp.org; world’s oldest marine reserve; includes waters around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire from high water line to 60 meters; 2.6K acres coral reef, mangrove, and sea grass.
●Lac Bay – Kralendijk; for windsurfing and/or sitting on beach in rental chair; very clear water.
●Lac Cai – Kralendijk; for flamingoes.
●Seru Largu Hill – Nort Saliña (just north); best viewpoint on island; can see almost entire island.
●Slave Huts – EEG Boulevard (Kralendijk); bonaire-travelguide.com/history; 1t 2 places around Salt Lake (Pekelmeer at Kabayé & Peliké), you can see slave huts built in 1850; some years ago, restored huts to original state except no longer thatch-roofed; near these huts, 4 obelisks (blue, orange, red & white - like Dutch flag), used for navigation in early years.
●Washington-Slagbaai National Park – Barcadero (Kralendijk); 011-599-788-9015; washingtonparkbonaire.org; Indian wall paintings.