Cheap Flights to Bonaire
The island of Bonaire is located to the north of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. Bonaire's claim to fame is its numerous beaches, each of which has its own charms. Flights to Bonaire arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON). Because the island is only about 114 square miles, the major attractions and popular resorts on every corner of the island can easily be accessed.
Bonaire International Airport
Also known as Flamingo International Airport, cheap flights to Bonaire International Airport usually arrive from Amsterdam via Royal Dutch Airlines. United Airlines and Delta Airlines also offer flights from San Juan and certain major U.S. cities. The airport has public telephones, and you'll also find restaurants, souvenir shops and a bank. You can use taxis to get around the island or rent a car. Fare from the airport to the central part of the city costs about $25, but you can also hire a taxi driver for the whole day. Several resorts, hotels and casinos can be found within a mile of the airport.
Attractions in Bonaire
Bonaire has more than 20 beaches where you can relax, go diving and spend the afternoon snorkeling to view the fish in their native habitat. Atlantis Beach is located on the southern tip of the island and has brilliant white sand and gentle waves. Nearby, Pink Beach is named for its pink sands and is popular for visitors simply wanting to relax. Boca Slagbaai Beach is on the northern coast and is part of Washington Slagbaai National Park. The park offers coral gardens and trails for hiking. For the best snorkeling spots, visit Klein Bonaire, a small island located just off Bonaire's west coast. Hire a water taxi to get you there. Visit the working Salt Pier topside for a look at the pink salt drying on the shore. This is also another snorkeling spot where you'll see fish and colorful coral. If you want to spend some time away from the beach, drop by the Donkey Sanctuary to visit more than 600 donkeys. You can even feed them and tour the facility. Head to Cadushy Distillery to get a taste of the local spirits.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Bonaire
Like many other Caribbean islands, Bonaire celebrates Carnivale with performances by local musicians and parades in early February. At the end of each month, the Cultural Market allows you to enjoy local delicacies and browse through arts, crafts and local plants. Bonaire Flag Day takes place in September with dances, musical performances and a motorcycle event.
A meal for two in Bonaire can cost you anywhere between $18 and $30. Seafood and goat soups stews are meals native to the island, and other types of meat are often imported. Other local delicacies include pastechi ku gali'a, fried pastries with chicken, and sòp`i yuana, soup made with iguana. The average temperatures remain between 81 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 86 degrees in September. Because Bonaire lies outside the hurricane belt, the weather is fair throughout most of the year.