ABOUT Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things. Kayak in the mangroves, the gentle bay or venture out into the open ocean for a real challenge. Enjoy the nature of the land cycling or mountain biking. Over the last two decades, Bonaire has consistently ranked as the finest snorkeling and scuba diving destination in the Caribbean. A major reason for this prominence is the island's diligent stewardship of its marine resources -- all of the waters off Bonaire's coast have been legally protected since 1979.Citizens of the E.U. do not need a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Only a valid passport and an ongoing ticket are required. Entry forms will mostly be distributed on board the plane. Children travelling with their parents must be registered in the passport of one of their parents or have their own passport with photograph. Children not accompanied by their parents need a separate passport with photograph. Citizens of other countries must check the entry regulations with the Dutch consulate or embassy. The offical language on all six islands is Dutch. On the ABC Islands English and Spanish are also widely spoken. The colloquial language is Papiamento a creole mixture of Spanish, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese and native Indian and African. The local language on the SSS Islands is English. The official currency is the Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAF) and on Aruba the Aruban Florin. US-Dollars as well as credit cards and traveller cheques are accepted everywhere. Eurocheques can only be used in some banks. Most of the taxis are not metered. There are fixed rates for certain routes, which can be found out at the airport or hotel. On Saba most taxi drivers are also guides. There is bus transportation on Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten. Rental cars can be hired on every island. Find approximate rates in the accompanying folder of this catalogue.
CLIMATE Bonaire is blessed with one of the gentlest climates in the Caribbean, with very little rainfall less than 22 inches annually and a prevailing easterly trade wind that provides a constistent 15 mph = 25 Kmh breeze. The summer months of June through August are the warmest, during which time the daily high temperatures will reach the upper 80’s. The coolest months of the year are December through February, during which time the daily low temperatures will drop to the mid 70’s.
BEWARE There is a low threat from terrorism, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Most visits to the Islands are trouble-free. However, petty theft and street crime is a concern. There is violent crime amongst members of the illegal drugs world, but this rarely affects tourists. The main tourist areas are generally safe, but you should take normal precautions. Avoid remote areas at night. Don’t take valuables to the beach. Make sure purses and handbags are closed and not easy to snatch. Under no circumstances should you discuss or agree to carry a package for anyone. Some airports have installed body scanners and it is possible you may need to have a scan. Dutch authorities generally screen all baggage and passengers from the Dutch Caribbean.