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. Mangazina di Rei


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

  • 2. Rincon


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

  • 3. 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 and...Read More

  • 4. Seru Largu


    Just off the main road, this spot, at 394 feet, is one of the highest on the island. A paved but narrow and twisting road leads to a magnificent...Read More

  • 5. Washington–Slagbaai National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Once a plantation producing divi-divi trees (the pods were used for tanning animal skins), aloe (used for medicinal lotions), charcoal, and...Read More

  • 6. 1,000 Steps


    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 location...Read More

  • 7. Barcadera 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 for a...Read More

  • 8. Boca Slagbaai


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

  • 9. Gotomeer


    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 pink...Read More

  • 10. Klein Bonaire


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

  • 11. Landhuis Karpata

    Notable Building

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

  • 12. Salt Pans


    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 reactivated...Read More

  • 13. Slave Huts


    The salt industry's history is revealed in Rode Pan, the site of two groups of tiny slave huts. The white huts are on the right side of the...Read More

  • 14. Sorobon Beach


    This is the windsurfing beach on Bonaire and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The sand is powdery white and the water gin...Read More

  • 15. Willemstoren Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Bonaire's first lighthouse was built in 1837 and is now automated (but closed to visitors). Take some time to explore the beach and notice how...Read More

  • 16. Windsock Beach


    Near the airport (just off E.E.G. Boulevard), this pretty little spot looks out toward the north side of the island and has about 200 yards...Read More

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