Few Caribbean islands are as inviting as Bonaire, a sand-fringed escape in the former Dutch Antilles. Just 30 miles from the island of Curaçao and 50 miles from Venezuela, it’s a tranquil place where flamingos as pink as cotton candy strut through the peaceful salt ponds, and loggerhead turtles swim through the turquoise seas.
Kralendijk is considered Bonaire’s capital, but it’s by no means a metropolis. The historic town has around 3,000 residents and is just across the water from Klein Bonaire, a sandy, uninhabited speck of an island whose colorful coral reefs attract divers and snorkelers from around the world. Other visitors make the most of the warm water on independent kite surfing and sailing trips. On the main island it’s possible to visit Museo Boneriano (an old plantation house with an impressive collection of ancient artifacts) and the Washington Slagbaai National Park, home to an array of wild birdlife, including brightly colored parrots and flamingos.
An island with a constant summer state of mind means warm days with that easy breeze around you. Bon Bini na Boneiru, welcome to Bonaire.