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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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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