Bonaire Sights

Two routes, north and south from Kralendijk, the island's small capital, are possible on the 24-mile-long (39-km-long) island; either route will take from a few hours to a full day, depending on whether you stop to snorkel, swim, dive, or lounge. Those pressed for time will find that it's easy to explore the entire island in a day if stops are kept to a minimum.

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1,000 Steps

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Directly across the road from the Radio Nederland towers on the main road north, you'll see a short yellow marker that points to the...

Barcadera Cave

  • Cave

Once used to trap goats, Barcadera is one of the oldest caves in Bonaire. It's the first sight along the northern route; watch closely...

Boca Slagbaai

  • Beach–Sight

Inside Washington–Slagbaai Park is a local snorkel and dive site with interesting offshore coral gardens that are good for snorkeling.


  • Tour–Sight

This saltwater lagoon near the island's northern end is a popular flamingo hangout. Bonaire is one of the few places in the world where...

Klein Bonaire

  • Beach–Sight

Just a water-taxi hop across from Kralendijk, this little island offers picture-perfect white-sand beaches. Klein Bonaire is one of Bonaire...

Landhuis Karpata

  • Building/Architectural Site

This mustard-color building was the manor house of an aloe plantation in the 19th century. The site was named for the karpata (castor...

Mangazina di Rei

  • Museum/Gallery

Built around the second-oldest stone structure on Bonaire, this cultural park a few miles before Rincon provides a fascinating insight...


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The island's original Spanish settlement, Rincon is where slaves brought from Africa to work the plantations and salt fields lived. Rincon...

Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku

  • Museum Village

Owner Ellen Herrera restored her family's homestead north of Lac Bay, in the Bonairean kadushi (cactus) wilderness, to educate tourists...

Salt Pans

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Rising like mountains of snow, the salt pans are hard to miss. Harvested once a year, the "ponds" are owned by Cargill, Inc., which has...