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:
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.