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An island municipality of the Netherlands, Bonaire resides in the Caribbean, east of Central America and north of Venezuela. It is a part of the ABC Islands together with Aruba and Cura├žao, and is best known as a tropical vacation destination with many great dive spots, beaches, lagoons, and wildlife.
Sights
Bonaire's reef-lined coast is protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park which pays homage to the island's long history of marine preservation. Since it was established in 1979, the park has managed the use of the island's marine resources which includes over 6,000 acres of reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves - a prime location for diving. On the northern end of Bonaire, lies Washington Slagbaai National Park. Comprising of two former land plantations, the area covers just less than 14,000 acres of undeveloped nature for the public to enjoy.

Like any tropical getaway, Bonaire is also host to more than twenty-two beaches, all of varying size and quality. The beach of 1000 Steps, for example, gets its name from the limestone stairs you have to descend to get there (though, in reality, there are less than a hundred - so don't let the name scare you!). It is a white sand beach surrounded by limestone cliffs and a great spot for diving and snorkeling, especially for seeing turtles in the shallow waters. Atlantis Beach is known for kite boarders and tidal pools along its rocky shore, Boka Kokolishi is known for its black sands, and Boka Slagbaai has a rougher kind of sand with a great surrounding area for hiking. Other beaches include Cai, Chachacha, Eden Beach, and more.
Regions
Kralendijk is the capital city and main port of the island, sporting a colorful Caribbean town center. Year round, visitors stroll down the streets enjoying the Caribbean architecture and atmosphere while shopping on the main street Kaya Grandi and the area around it. Seasonally, from November through April, cruise ships often dock in the North and South piers. There is also a market selling island-made products during this time, located on the Wilhelmina square.

Activities
Both on land and at sea, Bonaire has plenty of opportunity to stay busy and have a blast. Dive into turquoise waters to find another world of color below. There are many prime sites around the island for scuba diving and snorkeling for those who hope to catch sight of some wildlife below the waves. At the surface, visitors can also experience the more lively side of the ocean with activities like windsurfing, kitesurfing, water skiing, wake boarding, sailing, boating, and more. Kayaking is also available, most popular on Lac Bay, a lagoon of calm waters which hosts a fish nursery and tunnels of mangroves.

Further inland, the island of Bonaire is also a playground for biking and hiking with over 300 kilometers of bike trails and steep hills for hikers determined to earn a stunning glimpse of the island's scenery from above. Below the trails and striking views, Bonaire also hosts a system of about 400 caves, some of which are open for guided tours. Other activities on the island include rappelling and rock climbing, horseback riding, golfing, and birdwatching.
Food and Dining
Cuisine of Bonaire largely consists of Caribbean flavors with influences from a myriad of ethnicities which include Dutch, Colombian, Chinese, Italian, Surinam, Indonesian, French, German, and more. While many of the island's ingredients are imported, there are a few locally grown products that find their way into dishes unique to Bonaire. Goat is raised on the island and makes up many soups and stews, sorghum is locally grown and used to make pancakes and porridge, fish is abundant from the surrounding coastline (especially wahoo), and produce like limes, mangoes, a local breed of cherry, and a brown fruit called mispel are all cultivated on the island. Even iguana has a place in traditional Bonaire cooking as a good source of protein. Other oddities include conch, cacti, and rock lobster. For a small island, Bonaire has a varied assortment of restaurants, though typical cooking of the area is heavy on soups, stews, fried foods, and fish.
Transportation
Bonaire International Airport, also known as Flamingo International Airport, is located on the island. From Amsterdam, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers five weekly non-stop services to Bonaire on the way to Quito, Ecuador. There are also daily non-stop flights from San Juan to and from Bonaire and other major U.S cities via American Airlines. Though scheduling varies, United Airlines offers non-stop flights from Newark and Houston, and Delta Airlines offers weekly flights between Bonaire and Atlanta usually on weekends. Additionally, Dutch Airlines Express and Insel Air run flights to and from Bonaire.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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