Where to go for Breakfast on Bonaire

Where to go for Breakfast on Bonaire

Where to go for Breakfast on Bonaire? Very few restaurants on Bonaire are directly ON the water. Karel’s Beach Bar is not just on the water, it’s ON the water!

Karel’s is the dinghy stop for sailboats moored in the harbor in front of Kralendijk. They are open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact at Breakfast time the restaurant is transformed into the “Cappuccino Bar.” in the afternoon it’s just Karel’s and in the evening it’s awesome for happy hour and can become very lively after dinner, sometimes with live music.

But this post is about breakfast: Karel’s Cappuccino Bar is the perfect location for your morning cuppa and some eggs. You can walk there for a coffee or enjoy, pancakes, sausage, toast or whatever you’re in the mood for. The best part about breakfast on the pier at Karel’s is location, location, location. The pier is located on the West coast of Bonaire – so you won’t get the sunrise at breakfast time but you also aren’t in the sun’s direct rays/heat. (Come back at happy hour for that!)

When you come to the Caribbean it might just be for a few days and that during those few days your eyes are required to soak up some deep blue and turquoise. Personally that’s an important part of my Bonaire holiday. I can get dark water anywhere. I can get turquoise water here! Bonaire’s entire coast has a turquoise ring around it so you’ll get to take in a lot of blue during your stay. If you’re on the water at a restaurant like Karel’s you can’t miss the turquoise – but even being across the street detracts from your ability to soak up quite as many Caribbean colors. Added bonus – you can get up close and personal with the fish if you have a waterfront table at Karel’s.

Some of the best restaurants on Bonaire, although close,  are not directly on the water (At Sea, Capriccio, Mona Lisa, La Cantina, It Rains Fishes, Cuba Compagnie…) So if you want that “on the water”  view – you may have to give up a little in terms of quality being slightly lower and price being slightly higher – but the view might just be worth it.

That’s about how I’d sum up Karel’s Cappuccino Bar.  The service is friendly, the food is OK, the coffee is fine but it would be basically impossible to beat the view. So, yes, I like the Illy coffee over at Luciano more and I like the cappuccino at Gio’s even better, but I am going to go to Karel’s now and again because there’s no other place where my eyes can soak up this much turquoise while I’m drinking my coffee.

Karel’s has sunset views and great prices on drinks at happy hour. The water doesn’t look as turquoise at sunset though – and in the mornings it’s quiet – so that’s my favorite time to go to Karel’s.

A list of restaurants with unobstructed view (no street in-between) is as follows:

Sebasticans

Karels

Ingridients

Blennies

Spice Beach

Captain Don’s Habitat

Divi Flamingo resort restaurant

Jibe City Hang Out Bar

Bonaire Windsurf Place

Sorobon Beach Resort

The list is pretty short. Of those we highly recommend Ingridients and Spice Beach for dinners and any of the restaurants on Lac Bay for lunch.

Things to do with kids on Bonaire

Things to do with kids on Bonaire

Your kids are probably pretty happy to be here already. But, in case you’re having trouble coming up with things to do with kids on Bonaire, we have some ideas for you:

  • Donkey Sanctuary
  • Horseback Riding
  • Windsurf Lessons or in season a windsurf clinic for kids
  • Kite Surf Lessons (approximately age 12 and up)
  • Get Scuba Certified:  Children age 10 and up can already begin with either a one day “Discover SCUBA” course or junior open water certification courses.  Ask your dive center for details.
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing – from land or boat fishing excursions
  • Trip on the Aquaspace
  • Trip on the Woodwind
  • Swimming and Exploring at Lac Cai
  • Bachelor’s Beach
  • Explore the Donkey Sanctuary
  • Photograph the island
  • Build a sculpture out of rocks on the windward side of the island
  • Thousand Steps for swimming, snorkeling, exploring
  • Land sailing
  • Beach Tennis
  • Mangrove Kayak Tours
  • Stand up paddle board rental (SUP)
  • Films at Bonaire’s outdoor movie theater, Empire cinema
  • See or climb Mermaid Rock
  • Cliff Jump Washington Slagbaai National Park
  • Explore Washington Slagbaai National Park
  • Ice cream or gelato at Gios or Luciano
  • Watch the planes come in overhead at Donkey Beach
  • Kite City food truck at Te Amo beach
  • Crepes at La Creperie in downtown Kralendijk
  • Sea Shell Collecting
  • Driftwood Collecting
  • BBQ night at Captain Don’s Habitat
  • BBQ night at Plaza Resort with the steel drum band
  • Climb Mt. Brandaris in Washington Slagbaai National Park
  • Salt factory tour
  • Souvenir shopping in downtown Kralendijk
  • Learn a little Papiamento or Dutch
  • Local Cuisine
  • Barbecue at the beach
  • Paddleball or beach volleyball

There’s a lot to be explored on Bonaire. Kids can go almost anywhere that adults can go. If your kids are adventurous and want to get up close and personal with donkeys, iguanas, flamingos, pelicans, the fish in the sea and most of all with the water, this is the island for you!

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Dunkerbeck Pro Center

Dunkerbeck Pro Center

Dunkerbeck Pro Center – the new windsurf school on Lac Bay. What’s it all about?

Sorobon Beach Resort, the only hotel on Lac Bay, is now home to a small scale windsurf school and rental shop. The other two windsurf shops on Bonaire are Jibe City and Bonaire Windsurf Place, which are direct competitors and next door neighbors.

Dunkerbeck Pro Center was founded by Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Phillipe Bru, well known professional windsurfers who also founded the 1000+ racer DefiWind in France. Two years ago they brought the DefiWind to Bonaire and less than one year ago they opened the Dunkerbeck Pro Center at Sorobon Beach Resort. The shop is next door to Jibe City and directly on Lac Bay with a large stretch of beach front. The Pro Center offers gear rental mainly for slalom sailors as well as windsurf lessons for all levels, beginner through professional. You can also rent foil boards and learn windsurf foil with the pros. On days when the wind isn’t blowing too hard, rent a stand up paddle board or SUP OR give wind foiling a try.

Dunkerbeck Pro Center is set up mainly for guests of Sorobon Beach Resort but anyone can rent gear or take lessons from them. Their prices are already higher than Jibe City and Windsurf Place and for resort guests; add on an extra 20% if you aren’t a guest of Sorobon Beach Resort. The price is a disadvantage but the gear is new, the shop prides itself on quality equipment and service and they open a half hour earlier and close a half hour later than their only two competitors. The wind traditionally is strongest in morning and evening so the extra hour added on to the day at the best time of the day is going to be a deciding factor for serious windsurfers.

Lessons at Dunkerbeck pro center make use of headsets and microphones so that the windsurf instructor can communicate directly with you while you are sailing. This is a big advantage to your windsurf instructor yelling directions to you in the wind and can make for a better learning experience.

The following video has great drone footage of Phillipe Bru windsurfing on Bonaire and some great foiling shots. Foiling is becoming more and more popular all over the world and was almost completely unheard of just five years ago.  It’s possible to plane on foil gear in lower winds than with a normal board. Foil lessons (wind foil lessons) offered at Dunkerbeck Pro Center offer a unique opportunity to learn and master this growing new area of the sport – wind foiling! As a precaution you can only use foil gear once the instructors are convinced that you know what you are doing!

Gear rental:

Entry level gear starts at $60/day
Mid level gear starts at $85/day and
Professional level gear is $100/day

Lessons:$50 for beginner including gear, $105 for private lesson including gear rental, $150 for two person semi-private lesson including gear.

Foiling lesson with gear $165; 1 hour foil rental $125, 2 hour foil rental $150, 4 hour foil rental $200

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Visit Klein Bonaire; uninhabited island bliss

Visit Klein Bonaire; uninhabited island bliss

 

Bonaire is well loved by tourists that come back year after year. But a big concern for first time visitors planning a trip here is, “but what about beaches?” Bonaire is not known for white sandy beaches. Enter Klein Bonaire. On arrival on Bonaire as you fly into Flamingo International Airport, if you are sitting on the left side of the plane you should have a pretty clear view of Klein Bonaire. If you aren’t paying attention during your trip your view of Klein Bonaire from the airplane may be your only sighting of it. There’s so much to do on the “mainland.” But Klein Bonaire is worth it so don’t forget to plan a day trip.

Klein Bonaire, the small uninhabited island off the coast of Bonaire in front of Kralendijk is nothing if not white sandy beaches! Actually it’s also quite a lot of coral reef and is surrounded by dozens of scuba dive sites and snorkeling sites. Amazingly this little island has a completely different look and feel than the larger main island of Bonaire even though it’s possible to swim between the two islands.

In Dutch the word Klein means Little. So the name of this island literally translates as Little Bonaire. It is about half a mile from Bonaire at its closest point and is about 1500 acres in size.  It’s made up of sandy beaches and thorny plants and trees. The only structures on the entire island are two huts at a beach named “No Name Beach,” which provide shade and shelter for anyone lounging around the beach for the day.

Outside of the two small huts, Klein Bonaire is completely undeveloped and uninhabited. The island is owned by the Bonaire government. The Foundation for the Preservation of Klein Bonaire (FPKB), which started in the 1990’s during a fight against development of the small island is in large part to thank for the pristine, uninhabited island you find today. The waters surrounding Klein Bonaire are protected as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, as are all waters surrounding Bonaire itself. There is currently no discussion about development now or in the future of Klein Bonaire. Although Klein Bonaire has zero facilities, just natural beauty it simply cannot be missed.

Klein Bonaire is one of the best places on the island and in the world to go snorkeling. If you are coming to Bonaire for snorkeling this is definitely on your list of must see snorkel stops. If you have never snorkeled before – this is a good time to begin! There are dozens of places to snorkel around Klein Bonaire and access is easy with the sandy bottom and clear, calm water. Your water taxi may be able to drop you off in a location to allow you to drift to the beach where you’ll be picked up later in the day. Inquire with your captain.

The following video was filmed on Klein Bonaire at a few snorkel spots: No Name Beach, Jerry’s Reef, Ebo’s Reef, and the Sampler dive sites.

How to get to Klein Bonaire:

Each year in October the annual “Swim to Klein Bonaire,” takes place with the departure point at Eden Beach (Spice Beach) – which is about as close as you can get to Klein Bonaire from here. For day to day tourism, however, we don’t recommend swimming there! We recommend taking the water taxi. There are several to choose from. Departure points for the water taxis are at hotels on the waterfront in and North of Kralendijk, Karel’s Pier (in Downtown Kralendijk) and from in front of It Rains Fishes restaurant which is a few blocks north of downtown, along the waterfront promenade.

Kantika di Amor: $15/ per person round trip. Phone +599 796-5399. E-mail info@bonairenauticomarina.com. The taxi departs from in front of It Rains fishes at 10am, 12pm and 2pm and returns from Klein Bonaire at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:40pm

Caribe Water Sports Water Taxi: phone +599 700-8080 Taxi’s depart Eden Beach at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm and return to Eden Beach at 12:45, 2:45 and 5pm. Taxi’s also service Karel’s Pier. Inquire about departure times and price.

Another idea: Klein Bonaire is home to turtle nesting grounds. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) offers small scale trips to Klein Bonaire during turtle nesting season (May – November) where you can watch experts monitor sea turtle nest activity and watch for tracks in the sand of newly hatched turtles. This program is very small and fills up quickly. This is a great alternative to just spending your Klein Bonaire day lounging on the beach. Call in advance to make reservations.

One more: If you take a trip on theWoodwind Snorkel Sail you will do a drift snorkel near Klein Bonaire but you won’t actually get off the boat to set foot on this island. Enjoy the marine life with an amazing tour – but no chance to enjoy that white sand.

And yet one more option for getting to Klein Bonaire: Rent a boat for the day. Try Caribe Water Sports – they rent boats, hire out captains, and also provide a water taxi service. If you rent a boat you can moor at Klein Bonaire but you cannot pull the boat up on the sand the way the water taxi’s do. You have to jump out of the boat and swim to shore. If you rent a boat you may want to leave towels and cameras on board the boat.

What to bring:  rash guard; snorkel, mask and flippers; towels; plenty of water; a cooler for food/drinks if you want; a camera or go-pro; sun screen; a hat for shade; sunglasses; flip-flops and maybe even a fold up beach chair. Upon exiting the water taxi you will just walk through a few inches of water to get to the beach so you can carry dry items onshore.

 

Cappuccino with a view

Cappuccino with a view

The competition is intense (at least in my mind…) between ice cream at Gio’s and ice cream at the newest gelateria on the block, Coffee Company Luciano. Luciano’s, (as the locals call it) located on the waterfront in downtown Kralendijk, opened it’s doors in June 2016. Luciano’s offers coffee drinks, gelato, bagel sandwiches, salads, other light lunch items as well as all sorts of fresh juices, cocktails made with locally grown mint, beer and wine. The locale fills the much needed niche of somewhere a little bit upscale to meet up with friends and stay awhile. We recommend it for cappuccino with a view!

This is also a great spot to bring your computer and get some work done. Free wi-fi, comfortable chairs, air-conditioning and great lighting and view make it your own personal internet cafe or meeting spot.

You may take it for granted with all the coffee shops back home (wherever you come from!) but until Luciano’s opened there was nothing like it on Bonaire. Luciano’s has one huge advantage too: It’s right on the water and the view even from inside, is magnificent.

Step inside Luciano’s to find a soothing respite from the heat. The spacious, elegant and wonderfully air-conditioned interior lures you in and keeps you from getting up and leaving. A wonderful place to get out of the heat and enjoy conversation and company of friends. And even from indoors you get to enjoy the turquoise water.

Coffee Company Luciano is located on a big, triangular piece of real estate in a location on the island that had mysteriously remained vacant ever since the old thatched hut restaurant “Salsa” closed it’s doors quite a few years ago. A large apartment complex with a museum and shops on the ground floor was put up in place of Salsa and also opened it’s doors around the same time. Coffee Company Luciano is in one of the shops attached to the apartment complex. The location is about as central and with as stunning a view as could be hoped for in downtown Kralendijk.  The entire look, including Luciano  brings a more modern and sleek vibe than the island has ever seen before.

Luciano has a variety of seating options. Indoor, outdoor – on colorful plastic stools or in comfortable, elegant dining chairs. So many choices; frappuccino, cappuccino, fresh juice, wine, ice cream, indoors, outdoors, casual, elegant… Maybe you’ll have to come back a few times to try a little of everything!

Italian Illy brand coffee is used to prepare all coffee drinks. I don’t know if it’s the best cappuccino on Bonaire but it’s the best cappuccino with a view that I’ve found so far.

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Learn to windsurf on Bonaire: Lac Bay is the best place in the World for Beginners

Learn to windsurf on Bonaire: Lac Bay is the best place in the World for Beginners

In our completely unbiased opinion, Bonaire is the best flat water windsurf destination in the world and best place for beginner windsurfers. Granted we haven’t explored every destination in the world but Bonaire has a LOT going for it. Why should you learn to windsurf on Bonaire?

  • Onshore wind: You can’t really get blown out to sea. Learning to windsurf here is safe for that reason. All you need to do is stay in the light turquoise water, which is shallow, and no matter where you are you can walk you and your equipment back to shore. It is so safe that none of the windsurf shops employ a boat to bring people back. It just isn’t necessary. The wind pushes you back to shore.
  • Shallow water: When you fall off of your windsurf gear, you just hop back on. You don’t have to swim to your gear. You don’t have to swallow salt water that is washing over your head. The shallow water also means you can talk to your instructor or fellow windsurfers while standing in the water. Because you don’t have to swim to your gear your learning curve is faster. You are less tired. You can try more times. It is safer. Learn to windsurf on Bonaire in absolutely ideal conditions.
  • Warm water: See above – if it’s warm you aren’t in any hurry to get out. Some people stay in the water for hours and hours.
  • Flat water: you can learn to windsurf in easy conditions, without waves washing over your head when you fall in.
  • Sandy bottom: You fall off your gear onto sand when you learn to windsurf on Bonaire. You may want to wear booties anyway in case you land on a shell but most locals and tourists windsurf barefoot.
  • No motor boats in Lac Bay: in most windsurf destinations you need to watch out for other boats, bigger boats, motor boats. This isn’t an issue in little Lac Bay.
  • No kite surfers. Kite surfing is a very popular sport on Bonaire but it is prohibited in Lac Bay. Windsurfers got there first – and when kiting became popular it became clear that Lac Bay was too small for kiters and windsurfers. So the kiters now sail at Atlantis Beach on the west coast of Bonaire. They have to deal with offshore wind. Learn to windsurf on Bonaire without the worry about running into a kiter’s lines.
  • World Class windsurf instruction: there aren’t many places in the world where your instructors are sometimes ranked among the top in the world. If they aren’t instructing you there’s always opportunity to meet world class and ranked windsurfers. They are here year round and they are at the same beach you are at.
  • Ease of equipment rental: When the wind is high and you are just learning, you’ll want a smaller sail and as the wind dies down, you may want to try a bigger sail. On Bonaire you won’t have to figure this out for yourself. The crew at the different windsurf locations will help you change your sail and board and offer recommendations based on the conditions they’re seeing that day. There is no cost to change your sail an unlimited number of times during the day. All the gear is ready and rigged for you. You just have to ask. Don’t forget to tip the crew who take care of you at Jibe City, Bonaire Windsurf Place or Dunkerbeck Pro Center.
  • Reliable wind: the island is windy almost all year round. September through November are the months with the least wind but even then conditions are OK for learning.
  • Tranquility: The peaceful feeling of being out on the water in Lac Bay is unmatched in all the world.

 

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Tolo: Off-The-Beaten-Path Beach on Bonaire

Tolo: Off-The-Beaten-Path Beach on Bonaire

We thought we’d share a few photos from another gorgeous off the beaten path Bonaire beach. This one is the dive site called Tolo.

What makes this Bonaire beach a little more off-the-beaten-path than many others is that you have to commit to it! Once you continue past thousand steps on the road toward Tolo there’s literally no turning back. The Queen’s Highway becomes a one-way road at a certain point before arriving at Tolo. To get back to wherever it is that you came from you have to continue North toward the little town of Rincon and then double back. Really for anyone from anywhere that’s not Bonaire, this should not be a big deal. You are guaranteed to not encounter traffic – probably not a single other car for miles. But still, it’s hot and isolated and the two way road back towards civilization is kinda on the beautiful side making it hard to commit to getting back via the “back road.”

But Bonaire is for adventurers. And Tolo is worth it. The two little cement benches under the trees have been there as long as we’ve been visiting the island.  So if you don’t have chairs you know you’ll at least have a place to sit that’s not on thorns and with a bit of shade.

The only real novelty from previous years is the amount and density of the sea urchin population. If you plan to swim plan your entrance carefully. It is possible to dive, swim and snorkel here. There’s even quite a bit of open space for playing paddle ball or having a slightly larger group of people than at a smaller and thornier beach like Jeff Davis.

Tolo is the perfect off the beaten path Bonaire locale. Have a picnic, get some shade and get away from it all. If you are  exploring the Queen’s highway on a day trip we’d suggest a stop at Tolo after having a swim at Oil Slick Leap, checking out the little sandy beach at Jeff Davis, having a snorkel at Weber’s Joy and making the descent down to Thousand Steps.

If you continue on through Rincon after stopping at Tolo, stop for a Bonairian style lunch at the non-touristy, off the beaten path Bonaire local restaurant Rose Inn.

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Souvenir shopping on Bonaire. More options now than ever before.

Souvenir shopping on Bonaire. More options now than ever before.

Just a couple years ago there was basically no option for souvenir shopping on Bonaire. Back then you could choose from  a few fairly hideous, oversized generic t-shirts and maybe a flamingo or lizard key chain. Possibly you could find a turtle pot-holder made in China from an overpriced souvenir shop on Kaya Grandi.

Fast forward to today and you have quite a few, and much better Bonaire souvenir shopping options – and you don’t need to go too far out of your way to find them. Not all are necessarily made on Bonaire – but still these items will likely be appreciated by those you left back at home while you took your Caribbean vacation.

Dutch food and drink has hit Bonaire big time. So bring back Stroopwafels. Or try Stroopwafel flavored liquor – or Stroopwafel flavored milk chocolate! Actually – honestly – just go for the plain old stroopwafels and forget the gimmicks. Your gift recipients will thank you. If the stroopwafel liqueur isn’t on your list, another alcohol option for a gift is the egg nog flavored Advocaat liquor. Drink it at room temperature or heated up and mixed with whipped cream. It’s delicious, Dutch and it’s something different.

And again, without even entering a gift store you can get all your souvenir shopping done. Just hit the local grocery store and you’ll find adorable mugs adorned with scenery from Bonaire and even mounted professional photos of scenery from around the island. If you shop at Van Den Tweel supermarket regularly during your trip you can even get a punch card and for every $10 you spend you get a stamp on your stamp card. A full card means you can buy a mug for $4.99 rather than $10. It’s all explained in Dutch and seems fairly complicated for a $5 mug – but if you’re looking for a nice gift at a great price that could be it right there. Also available right at the supermarket are Bonaire calendars, Bonaire books, Bonaire mouse pads, Bonaire candy, Bonaire liquor, and of course different varieties of Bonaire Sea Salt. For “made on Bonaire” options go for the Sea Salt or the Kadushi Liquor – or look into the books and artwork made by locals.

Speaking of the grocery store – sometimes the simplest things make the best gifts. Widely available are souvenir re-usable grocery bags. Easy and lightweight to bring back – some have colorful photos of Bonaire on them, some are made of organic cotton and come from the Netherlands – and all are a useful gift that any eco-conscious adults in your life would appreciate. Especially those that have been to Bonaire and like the reminder of the pretty scenery, iguanas and donkeys.

If you still want a T-Shirt we think the ones they sell at Pirana Joe at the little mall downtown are pretty sweet.  T-shirts have a little stuffed piranha hanging off of them – not exactly made in Bonaire – but something the kids back home will probably enjoy if you decide to forego the sugary stroopwafel option. Another mall option in town is the color changing shop Del Sol. Gimicky but fun – everything from color changing shirts to shoes, jewelry, towels and nail polish.

Souvenir shopping just got easier on Bonaire – Shop till you drop!

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Running on Bonaire

Running on Bonaire

One of our favorite places to go running on Bonaire  is the coastal road “Queen’s Highway”  where you find the dive sites Thousand Steps, Jeff Davis and Witch’s Hut (Weber’s Joy.) We suggest parking your car at Caribbean Club Resort which you’ll come across just before the dive site Oil Slick Leap and right across the street from Stinapa Bonaire Headquarters. From Caribbean Club start your run or walk down the short hill towards the water. You can stretch a little at Oil Slick Leap and take in the views before starting your run. From Oil Slick to Thousand Steps is under a mile so round trip you’d only do a two mile run if you stop at thousand step but you can go much further and the road continues to be just as beautiful. This run is better in a group of two or more as the road can be pretty isolated as you head farther north, off the beaten path…  From Oil Slick Leap to Thousand steps there will be a few cars driving by now and then but further north you may not pass anyone at all. The road becomes especially quiet as you pass Karpata and are on a one way street. (Surprisingly the Queen’s Highway is a two way road until you reach Karpata.) In our opinion this is the prettiest place to go running on Bonaire.

Go early before it’s too hot, bring water, stop in at Caribbean Club afterwards to check it out and get a drink or have breakfast at their restaurant. Another idea is to pack a bathing suit and go for a swim at Oil Slick leap after your run. Oil Slick has a deck with a ladder down to the water – a gorgeous place for a swim and a cool down after your workout.

 

Pastechi. The best snacks to taste while visiting Bonaire

Pastechi. The best snacks to taste while visiting Bonaire

Taste something new while visiting Bonaire. The favorite Bonairian snack for locals and tourists alike is the Pastechi. These are half moon shaped fried dough pockets filled with your choice of gouda cheese, ham and cheese, salt fish, tuna fish, ground beef, chicken and possibly some vegetable or vegetarian options. Some of the chicken and beef pastecchi are made with raisins.

Pastechi are available at Van Den Tweel grocery store at the front counter. You can also get them at many of the smaller local shops such as Zhung Kong supermarket. Many offer pastechi that are made by locals and sold directly at the cash register out of tins brought in fresh daily. In our opinion the best pastechis come from The Flamingo Airport restaurant Techno Bar. So if you don’t have a chance to try them during your trip, stop by the Techno Bar before departure and pick one up to stay or even to take with you on your flight home.

Van Den Tweel Supermarket has the option to eat-in as does the Techno Bar at the airport. Try your pastechi with a cold beer or coffee. Perfect, not-so-healthy snack for kids (and adults.)

Other interesting snacks you’ll find on the island of Bonaire are fried Dutch treats. The most popular, frikandel is fried skinless sometimes bite-size sausage that is a sort of Dutch comfort food often served with curry ketchup and/or mayonnaise.

Other snacks typically served alongside frikandel and also considered Dutch comfort food are bitterballen and kroketten. (The “en” at the end makes Dutch words plural but we think bitterballen sounds tastier than bitter balls… so will leave it at that). More on Frikandel and these Dutch snacks in another post but suffice it to say we recommend sticking with the pastechi! If you’re going to try the other Dutch snacks we recommend having them with an actual Dutch person who can explain their goodness to you. And barring that – wash them down with a few beers. Enjoy!

Scuba Diver Crossing Bonaire

Scuba Diver Crossing Bonaire

How many places on Planet Earth can you find a Scuba Diver Crossing sign like this one? Can you guess where this one is located on Bonaire? Read below to find the answer.

The Scuba Diver Crossing road sign is located at the start to the Queen’s Highway north of Kralendijk, just past the dive site Oil Slick Leap.

Because Bonaire is the perfect shore diving location – a place where you park your car and walk into the water – a sign like this actually makes perfect sense! The Queen’s Highway on Bonaire is also an ideal place for a bike ride, hike, walk or running and jogging. Stops and dive sites along this road include Thousand Steps, Tolo, Jeff Davis, Witches Hut and Karpata.

Donkey crossing, iguana crossing and permanently cemented to the ground…diver crossing! All we need now is a sign with a surfer crossing the road with kite or windsurf gear.But seriously, please slow down for all of our wild animals – including our scuba diving friends.

Have a great day in the water everyone!