Living in Bonaire: Everything the Caribbean has to offer
In the middle of the Caribbean Sea, between North and South America, Bonaire warmly welcomes tourists from all over the world, whether those interested in diving and other aquatic sports, or those who just want to enjoy the Caribbean with a European touch.
Bonaire, which is now part of BES islands, covers a land of 294 km2 and was originally inhabited by the Caquetio Indians from Venezuela. Today has a population of 17.408 inhabitants, who can enjoy different activities. Bonaire is a well known place where you can practice different kinds of water and outdoor sports.
As a resident of Bonaire, you can enjoy:
- Scuba diving: Currently, Bonaire is ranked in the top 10 of world scuba diving destinations in the world. A famous spot is The Hilma Hooker, a shipwreck which lies in approximately 100 feet of water.
- Windsurfing: You can practice this activity in Sorobon beach, located on the east coast of Bonaire. The wind in Bonaire is good all year but the highest wind period is from May to July and the lowest wind season is October and November. Meanwhile, you can meet Kiri Thode, who won the Professional Windsurfers Association’s (PWA): Freestyle Windsurfing World Championships 2013.
- Kitesurfing: This sport is practiced in various areas around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. The main spot where most people gather is on the southwest side of the island.
- Hicking: the Washington Slagbaai National Park on Bonaire, which was established in 1969 and covers an area of 5.643 hectares, offers a variety of hikes and climbs, including the Kasikunda. The park opens daily (except on Christmas day and New Year’s day) at 8 am, and closes at 5 pm, so if you work on weekdays you can schedule a weekend on the rocks.
- Lionfish hunting: Lionfish is an invasive fish which belongs the Pacific and spread since 1990. It has no natural predators and can eat almost everything. In Bonaire, a plan was created before the fish inhabited its waters in 2009. Hundreds of hunters are trained to eradicate this kind of fish. Once candidates approve the training, Stinapa (Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire) give them an Eradicate Lionfish (ELF) tool.
- Cave exploring: Bonaire has more than 400 caves where you can go to climb and snorkel. Keep your eyes open especially in the caves on the east coast of Bonaire where you can also find cave inscriptions drawn by early inhabitants.
After a practicing water sports, you can also meet with your friends and enjoy a delightful dinner or go dancing tropical rhythms.
Experience the night life: Although Bonaire is a small island you can enjoy either a quiet or an exciting evening out. During the year, you can be entertained by jazz festivals or salsa contests, also local clubs prepare music shows and concerts with music bands from the Caribbean and Europe.
If you decide to move to Bonaire, you can delight in all of these activities and even come up with ideas of your own! Bonaire is full of possibilities; come see by yourself!