Bonaire Honeymoon Guide
Escape the crowds for a quiet honeymoon on Bonaire – one of the Caribbean's best islands for scuba diving, snorkelling and bird watching.
Unspoiled Bonaire is possibly the closest you will ever get to feeling as though you’re swimming in an aquarium, with the largest concentration of parrotfish and damselfish in the Caribbean, or just about anywhere else in the world for that matter.
Come on a day trip from neighbouring Aruba or stay longer and enjoy the superlative marine and bird life.
Choose from more than 100 pristine dive sites, with up to 30m visibility and 24 hour diving all year round.
Visit an offshore reef with a dive centre or rent a four-wheel drive and follow the island’s bumpy coastal roads to any of 50-plus yellow dive markers.
In Bonaire’s marine park it’s easy to discover pristine, unspoiled coral reefs teeming with schools of rainbow-hued reef fish, often just a short swim from the beach.
Stroll past the pink and orange painted houses of the capital, Kralendijk, then take a water taxi across to Klein Bonaire (or Little Bonaire), an uninhabited, low-lying islet that offers gorgeous white-sand beaches shelving into calm turquoise water.
Or pack a pair of binoculars and explore on foot or mountain bike the kunuku (or outback); the northern half of this 117ha island is hilly, while the southern half is flat and arid.
Along the way, see starkly beautiful vistas of cacti, divi-divi trees and wildlife in the Washington Slagbaai National Park and watch pink flamingos in the dramatic salt flats of Pekelmeer.
Spot some of the more than 200 different species of birds that call Bonaire home – look out for flamingos, big-billed pelicans, herons, parrots, terns, parakeets and hummingbirds.
Climb to the summit of Mount Brandaris (236m) in the Washington Slagbaai National Park, go windsurfing at Lac Bay and visit the island’s oldest lighthouse, Willemstoren, built in 1837.
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Bonaire’s beaches are public, with the exception of Harbour Village Resort, which charges a small fee for non-guests.
Many beaches are comprised of rough white coral that can be quite rough on the feet – sandals are recommended.
The best beaches in Bonaire, include …
Unwind on this unspoiled and secluded stretch of white coral sand that lies beneath bush-clad cliffs. Sunbathe on the beach or go snorkelling and scuba diving on the offshore reef.
The beach is accessible by first descending 67 steps that have been carved out of the cliff face.
1000 Steps Beach is located on the south side of Bonaire, around 8km north of Kralendijk.
Sunbathe on this pristine, pink-hued sand beach that shelves into shallow crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Unfortunately, a large part of the amazing pink-coloured sand at Pink Beach was washed away during a storm in 1999. Nevertheless, Pink Beach remains a beautiful place to dive, swim or snorkel from or to watch sunsets.
Relax beneath one of the palm trees that dot this unspoiled beach and look out for pink flamingos.
There are no facilities here, so it’s probably best to pack a picnic. Wear sandals on the beach to protect your soles from washed-up coral and wear reef shoes or flippers when going for a swim.
Pink Beach, which is popular with local families at the weekends and is easily reached by bus or hire car, is located on the southwest coast, near the Salt Pier, around 7km from Kralendijk.
Discover one of the best beaches for windsurfing on Bonaire or simply relax on the powder-white sands.
Winds here generally blow 12 to 18 knots from September through November and 15 to 25 knots during the rest of the year.
Facilities include windsurfing rentals, shady beach huts and restrooms as well as a beachside bar and restaurant.
Come for a day or stay at the Sorobon Beach Resort (photo), with its adjacent clothing-optional beach.
Sorobon Beach is located on the southeast coast around 8km from Kralendijk.
Sunbathe on the pink-hued sand of this attractive beach that gently shelves into crystal clear, turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Facilities include windsurfing equipment for rent, toilets and showers, as well as a restaurant that hosts live music on Sunday nights.
Lac Bay Beach is located on the southeast coast around 7km from Kralendijk, south of Sorobon Beach.
Unwind on the powder-white sands of this small coral beach fringed by low bush-clad cliffs.
The beach shelves into shallow turquoise waters that offer excellent swimming and snorkelling above the offshore coral gardens that teem with colourful fish.
Wear sandals or scuba boots to walk into the water, as the coral beach can be quite rough.
Facilities include toilets and showers, while a beachside kiosk offers cold drinks and snacks.
Boca Slagbaai is located on the northwest coast in Washington Slagbaai National Park, around 19km from Kralendijk.
Enjoy excellent snorkelling just metres from this white coral beach. There are no facilities here, so it’s probably best to bring your own provisions.
Spot iridescent green parrot fish in the clear waters, see flamingos nesting in the nearby lagoon and watch out for friendly iguanas and lizards that freely roam the fringing rocky headlands.
Playa Funchi lies on the westernmost tip of the island in Washington Slagbaai National Park.
(Klein Bonaire) – Visit Bonaire's tiny and uninhabited offshore island, just 1.5km from Kralendijk, and discover a choice of pristine white-sand beaches that include No Name Beach.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this gorgeous 273m-long white-sand beach that gently shelves into calm turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Swim among turtles and watch a kaleidoscope of rainbow-hued fish flittering just beneath the surface and through stunning formations of elkhorn coral. There are no facilities or shade on the beach so remember to pack a picnic and an umbrella.
No Name Beach is accessible only by water taxi from the town pier of Kralendijk.
Note: Sunbathing naked is illegal in Bonaire, except on Sorobon Beach – a privately owned nudist resort. However, topless sunbathing and swimming is often tolerated on beaches less frequented by locals.
Bonaire offers a range of honeymoon accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the exclusive 5-star Harbour Village Bonaire, which features Dutch Caribbean-style villas painted in pastel colours, with terraced balconies and red-tile roofs.
Or try the luxurious Deep Blue View, an intimate Spanish-style retreat offering 180-degree views of the Caribbean from the patio.
Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about hotels in Bonaire at TripAdvisor.
With an average temperature of 28°C (82°C) year round and cool sea breezes, a romantic honeymoon getaway in Bonaire can be enjoyed at any time.
Only the months of October, November and December have occasional brief showers.
Boomerang-shaped Bonaire lies in the southern Caribbean, just 80km from the coast of Venezuela. It is one of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), an autonomous part of the Netherlands. It is located south of the hurricane belt.
By air, Bonaire is a short hop from nearby Aruba, which receives daily non-stop flights from several cities in North America (just 2.5 hours from Miami and 4.5 hours from New York).
Latest update about Bonaire honeymoon destination: 13 September, 2017