The warm air is intoxicated by the harmonizing voices, enticing scents, and traditional dancing of the Wapa, as Bonaire’s locals partake in the Simadan Festival. This cultural event commemorates the Sorghum harvest and uplifts the spirit of Bonaire as its atmosphere becomes immersed by the sanctity and unity flowing from the vibrations of instruments and the melodious chants of the emblematic Remailo, Dan Simadan, and Belua songs. Bonaire sings of the spirit rooted in its African veins to its European and North American influences, which makes it one of the most cultural destinations in the world. It is very easy to fall in love with Bonaire, an island whose heart overflows with rhythm, soul, and harmony.
Bonaire is a charming Dutch Caribbean Island set in the Netherlands Antilles. Its beauty is mirrored in the faces of its warm inhabitants, exotic wildlife, and multihued ocean. From the hands of the Spanish to eventually the Dutch, Bonaire’s history was first awakened by the Caiquetios, which later led to a past dominated by slavery and a prominent role in the salt industry. On your road to discovery, it is quite easy to become engulfed by the preserving spirit that flows in between the small picturesque huts, the petroglyphs-style Omina (cave), and red roof houses of Kralendijk. Nature lovers would enjoy the fascinating creatures that roam the island’s landscape such as the iconic donkeys of the Donkey Sanctuary, the pink flamingoes that beautify the Goto Meer, and the exciting sea creatures of the Marine Park.
Whether you are wind surfing the waves of the ocean or diving in the blue depths of Klein Bonaire (Bonaire’s neighboring island), you must touch dry land sooner or later. What better way to celebrate your adventures then with a souvenir from the Artist Market in Kralendijk, authentic sea salts, or with a taste of Bonaire’s finest beverages. Your nights can be spent soaking in the scenic backdrops while indulging in delicious cuisines, music, and dance. The island’s cultural background has especially left imprints in its delicacies, making it easy for every food lovers to find the specific tastes they are craving. Okras, plantains, goat stew, and funchi just to name a few, make up the culinary temptations that make Bonaire’s dining experience a cultural phenomenon.
Bonaire experiences a hot semi-arid steppe climate. From the months of August to September (warm season) the temperatures average from a high in the 90s to a low in the 80s. During January to March (cold season) the weather fluctuates between a high in the mid-80s to a low in the upper-70s.
There are several ways to navigate throughout Bonaire. Tour buses are available to help you explore the island’s different sites. Taxis are great for traveling to beaches, resorts, and the airport; however, rates are set and it is best to agree upon a price before beginning your journey. Renting a car is the preferred mode of transportation and drivers must produce a valid driver’s license.