Biking in Bonaire

Island Rides From Mild to Wild

Whether you are looking for an off-pavement challenge or a leisurely seaside pedal, Bonaire has a route that will fit the bill. Riders can follow a coastal highway that runs between the blue waters of the Caribbean and salt flats where pink flamingos wade. Stops along the way take in historic sites and laid-back beach bars. At the opposite end of the island, dirt lanes within a national park lead to green glades created by hidden freshwater seeps, or end at surf-washed cliffs that hide sheltered swimming coves. In between, ranch roads wind through hills and valleys, and narrow tracks cut through wild landscapes.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone with a love of water and nature
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, as it's below the hurricane belt
  • Weather: 70s, sunny and dry in the winter, 80s in the summer, with occasional afternoon or evening showers

Bonaire Information

Biking in Bonaire Overview

Though the island measures just 25 miles from north to south, Bonaire offers hundreds of miles of riding, ranging from on-road tours along the coast to fat-tire trips on groomed dirt roads and single-track challenges along ridges and valleys. The island's southern half is quite flat, while the north end offers both rolling hills and some short but challenging climbs.

Biking in Bonaire Tips

If hard pedaling isn't your thing. sign up for an electric bike tour. These specially-designed cycles are fitted with a small electric motor that can give a little extra push if you are wanting the exercise, or do most of the work to get you home at the end of an eventful day.

Best Places for Biking in Bonaire

EEG Boulevard runs along the island's southern coast, passing points of interest such as Salt Pier, the Slave Huts and Willemstoren lighthouse. Follow the Queen's Highway to Seru Largu for panoramic views of the island. Dirt roads in Washington Slagbaai National Park lead to hidden coves perfect for snorkeling and picnicking. Mountain bike trails wind through the hills near Rincon.

What to Pack for Biking in Bonaire

Shoes with a relatively stiff sole for pedaling comfort. Form-fitting shorts are best. Wear sunglasses for eye protection when riding. Cycling gloves will add comfort on longer rides. Remember sunscreen and extra water. Helmets are typically provided by tour companies and rental shops.

Specials

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Captain Dons Habitat

TWO FREE NIGHTS includes 7 nights deluxe oceanview accommodations, 6 boat dives, 6 days of unlimited shore diving, free WiFi, airport transfers and hotel tax and service charges. Valid 12/2/17-12/15/17.
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Eden Beach Resort

CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PACKAGE includes7 night accommodations, Nature Walking Tour includes hotel pickup/dropoff. Available Mo-Su, morning and afternoon schedules, South Electric Bike Tour includes bottled water, 1-complimentary drink at The Beach Hut. Available Mo-Su, 9am-1pm, f, airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Valid through 12/22/17
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From $933 per person double diver

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

BONAIRE - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PACKAGE includes 7 night air conditioned accommodations, Nature Walking Tour includes hotel pickup/dropoff. Available Mo-Su, morning and afternoon schedules, South Electric Bike Tour includes bottled water, 1-complimentary drink at The Beach Hut. Available Mo-Su, 9am-1pm, breakfast daily, wifi, welcome cocktail, beach towel at pool and beach, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel t axes and service charges 12/19/17
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From $786 per person double diver

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Courtyard Bonaire

CARADONNA RECOMMENDS Includes 7 night deluxe room with canal view accommodations, Nature Walking Tour includes hotel pickup/dropoff. Available Mo-Su, morning and afternoon schedules, South Electric Bike Tour includes bottled water, 1-complimentary drink at The Beach Hut. Available Mo-Su, 9am-1pm, roundtrip airport transfers, free WiFi, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $1210.00 per person double diver

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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE Includes 7 night accommodations, Nature Walking Tour includes hotel pickup/dropoff. Available Mo-Su, morning and afternoon schedules, South Electric Bike Tour includes bottled water, 1-complimentary drink at The Beach Hut. Available Mo-Su, 9am-1pm, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $844 per person double occupancy

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Bellafonte Bonaire

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 Night studio accommodations, Nature Walking Tour that includes hotel pickup/dropoff. Available Mo-Su, morning and afternoon schedules and South Electric Bike Tour includes bottled water, 1-complimentary drink at The Beach Hut. Available Mo-Su, 9am-1pm, WiFi, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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From $545 per person double occupancy

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Caribbean Club Bonaire

EXPLORE PACKAGE includes 7 night 1 bedroom studio accomodations, breakfast buffet daily, explore package including 1 day mountain bike rental, 7 day snorkel equipment, 1 guided snorkel boat tour, 1 guided kayak mangrove tour and 1 guided cave exploration tour, 7 day truck rental including taxes, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $762 per person double occupancy

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE - CARADONNA RECOMMENDS PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, breakfast daily, snorkel equipment rental for 7 days, mountain bike rental for 1 day, 1 guided boat snorkel trip, 1 guided cave exploration tour, 1 guided mangrove kayak tour, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Welcome drink and Manager's Rum Punch Party.
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From $1,035 per person double occupancy

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Buddy Dive Resort

Experience Bonaire with Buddy Dive Resort, a resort where you can dive, take part in a multitude of activities, or just sit back and relax by one of the pools or in the comfort of your room or fully equipped apartment.
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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments is an intimate & personal resort on the south end of Bonaire. With one, two and three bedroom apartments ALL with an ocean view; you can enjoy eating breakfast while a pod of dolphins passes by, or having dinner while enjoying a Bonairian sunset from the comfort of your own porch. With a mineral based swimming pool you can go for a swim or take a dive right off one of the two piers at the beautiful private house reef Sara’s Smile, shop in the fully stocked dive shop, or take a dive course. You can also organize a BBQ at one of the grills, or let the front office staff help you with your needs, so you enjoy the complete Belmar experience.
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Courtyard Bonaire

The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center, the outdoor pool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before!
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Delfins Beach Resort

Delfins Beach Resort is located at idyllic Punt Vierkant, where you’re more than likely to encounter dolphins swimming along the coast. Our resort represents top quality in a relaxed, typically Caribbean atmosphere. The premises are right by the sea, surrounded by lush green gardens with a large variety of palm trees. There are 84 luxury apartments in various sizes, all with stunning views and equipped with modern kitchens and bathrooms.
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Captain Dons Habitat

Captain Don’s Habitat has been known as the “home of diving freedom” since 1976. From full 2-story 3 & 4 bedroom ocean front villas to 2 bedroom bungalows and ocean front deluxe junior suites, Captain Don's Habitat has an accommodation to fit everyone's needs.
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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

Located Oceanside, the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is the perfect base for vacationers drawn to the sleepy island of Bonaire and world-class Caribbean diving. Spacious oceanfront and garden view rooms and suites are decorated in bright, tropical colors. Divi Flamingo will be celebrated 60 years of Hospitality in Bonaire in 2012. Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is offering a variety of packages that are sure to appeal to one of your interests.
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Caribbean Club Bonaire

Caribbean Club Bonaire features cottages, studios, ocean view penthouses, and ocean view cottages deluxe, together with an on-premises full-service dive shop and activity center, two swimming pools, a restaurant, bar, and meeting room.
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Bellafonte Bonaire

These boutique oceanfront apartments offer paradise in a private setting. Bellafonte is an tranquil retreat tucked away on the stunning island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. With direct access to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean via a private pier, paradise really is a step away. With only 22 seaside apartments, Bellafonte provides the discerning traveler with world-class accommodations that feel like home.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

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Entry Requirments: US and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport, valid at least three months beyond the planned period of stay. No visa is required for stays shorter than 90 days.

Exit Requirments: The departure tax is USD $36.05 per person, which should be included in your international airline ticket taxes, so there should be nothing to pay at the airport. Domestic departure tax is $9.27 to Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius or Aruba and should also be included in your airline ticket taxes.

Immunizations

No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Bonaire. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov

Culture and Customs

Bonaire provides a low-key take on island life. Bonairean culture blends the traditions of Spain, Africa and the Netherlands. Locals who may initially display the discrete reserves of the Dutch quickly prove warm and accommodating of visitors. And despite decades of tourism, the service industry mentality does not dominate the cultural psyche. Cruise ships now call at the Kralendijk waterfront, but divers remain the main source of business for on-island resorts. Nightlife is more likely to mean a sunset dinner at the harbor followed by a stroll to an ice cream shop, or tall tales of underwater adventures shared at a waterfront tiki bar, with a reasonable bedtime in anticipation of tomorrow's adventures. And there are ample adventures to be found. Washington Slagbaai National Park covers the entire northern end of the island, creating an outdoor playground for hiking, mountain biking, birding and day trips to small surf-washed coves hidden within iron shore bluffs. The trade winds that cool the island also power kite boarders, and the sheltered waters of Lac Bay are home to Jibe City, one of the Caribbean's epicenters of windsurfing action. Blue water fishermen don't have to travel far to hook up with trophy catches, kayakers can find shelter in mangrove channels, and sailing charters provide a relaxing way to skim the coastline without venturing into open ocean. An experience unique to Bonaire are the cave snorkel trips that take swimmers into clear pools of fresh water hidden below the island's limestone substrate.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity is 127 volt, 50 cycle. Many dive shops offer stations for charging lights, strobes or delicate equipment.

Most hotels offer WiFi and some local restaurants and bars offer WiFi. Surf-it hotspots are available with a Surf-it prepaid card from Telbo. Calling Bonaire requires dialing 011-599-7 and 6 digit number. Be sure to check with your cell phone carrier to see if they offer an international plan or you will be subject to roaming charges.

Water Quality

Bonaire offers desalinated sea water which is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is also available for purchase.

Language & Currency

There are 4 main languages spoken in Bonaire, Dutch is the official one used in government and legal transactions, while Papiamentu is used in daily exchanges and spoken by the locals. English and Spanish are also widely spoken.

As of January 1, 2011, the U.S. Dollar became the official currency of Bonaire. Credit cards are normally accepted in most restaurants, bars and stores. It is recommended you contact your credit card company before travel to make sure they know you will be using the card out of the country. ATMs are available which Cirrus, NYCE and other networks.

Time

Bonaire is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Bonaire is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Bonaire is 24 miles long by 3-7 miles wide, approximately 111 square miles. The small island offshore, Klein Bonaire, which is uninhabited is 2.3 square miles. Bonaire is located just 30 miles from Curacao, 50 miles North of Venezuela and 80 miles East of Aruba. Bonaire is located in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea and outside of the Hurricane Belt. The population of Bonaire is 18,900 (2016).