Bonaire is a Dutch island 50 miles north of Venezuela that speaks English and uses American money.
It is 17 miles ling with 1700 population. The average temperature is 82* F and water temperature of 80* F.
Next to other activities as, kite surfing, windsurfing and snorkeling, Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. For the 26th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it received 7 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving. We saw all kinds of sea life just walking along the shoreline.
Bonaire has a long history of nature preservation, and always seeks to find the delicate balance between environmental protection and growth, while maintaining nature and culture. Bonaire was one of the first Caribbean islands to collaborate with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) to conserve our reefs. By commencing a program for cultivating new corals, specifically the stag horn and Elkhorn corals, Bonaire will be able to preserve the reef’s genetic diversity. In this way residents, visitors and future generations will be able to enjoy an enriched marine environment.
But conservation and preservation is not limited to the marine environment. Bonaire continues to pursue initiatives that will reduce the CO2 effects on our planet as we work towards fulfilling our promise to remain an ‘Eco-Friendly’ destination. Bonaire will continue to lead by example and strengthen its commitment to sustainable tourism practices. Their aim is to become carbon neutral which includes getting 90% of their power from wind power. All the waters around the island are protected from any type of damage or pollution including from dropping anchors. They have buoys for boats to tie up to.
Their main income is from tourism and salt production. The drinking water is from filtered seawater.
The island is environmentally friendly which includes: a coral nursery and restoration project to replace the coral that is being lost, an animal and sea life sanitary that includes massive numbers of pink flamingos, yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrots, conchs, and 200 donkeys that freely roam the island and are left over from when they were used to haul carts around.
To get around you can rent cars, motor cycles, bicycles or take a taxi.
There are direct flights from the US on United Airlines from Newark and Houston, from Delta from Atlanta and from American from Miami.
We spent a full week there in January and it was one of our best vacations ever.
Check out the link to some of our pictures: photos.app.goo.gl/fP4ZrWje1eVYVpBQA