Where to go on your first day on Bonaire? Bachelor’s Beach

Where to go on your first day on Bonaire? Bachelor’s Beach

Where to go on your first day on Bonaire?

Just landed? Want to take in some of that turquoise water but it’s already late afternoon? Here’s the perfect beach to go on your first day! Or any day for that matter. Delta, United, Sunwing and American Airlines each offer direct flights to Bonaire from the US and Canada with arrivals around 4pm. That means a large amount of our arriving guests need a quick beach idea for their first day. We think Bachelor’s beach fits the bill.

Easy to get to and pristine swimming conditions

Bachelor’s Beach Bonaire; located close to pretty much everything on Bonaire this beach offers a no stress place to just stop and take in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. What a perfect place to break in your new mask and snorkel.

Location

Bachelor’s Beach is a short ride from the airport or from Kralendijk or Belnem. From breezybonaire apartments the drive to Bachelor’s beach takes about 5 minutes. The beach is not visible from the road – it’s looks like a little rocky parking lot with a couple of poured concrete beach huts with thatched roofs. Park your car on the cliff overlooking the sea and take the ladder/steps down to the secluded sandy beach. If the tide is in there won’t be any sand but you can still swim and it will be memorable. With no beach visible just leave your things on the steps. Never crowded. Great place to snorkel – super easy, fun, zen away from it all but yet so close to it all.

Find Bachelor’s Beach on the main oceanfront road EEG blvd. Make a left turn leaving Flamingo International Airport and the beach will be on your right just past the road to Sorobon. Look for the two huts which are for public use.

What to bring

Bring towels, beach chairs and definitely don’t forget to bring a mask and snorkel gear. Entrance into the water in any location on Bonaire is easier with a mask so that you can watch for coral and rocks as you get in. Bachelor’s beach, particularly sandy for a Bonaire beach means entry into the water is fairly easy. This is also a good spot for catching some small waves on a windy day.

bachelors beach bonaire   Bachelor's beach - drive up and go for a snorkel

 

 

The 50th annual Bonaire Regatta

The 50th annual Bonaire Regatta

Come Celebrate The 50th annual Bonaire Regatta

October 2017 marks the 50th annual Bonaire Regatta. The sailing festival takes place October 11th – 14th. Regatta, a significant holiday on Bonaire has the entire island in celebration mode for one full week. The festival is so important on Bonaire that schools are closed for the week. Regatta themed activities, parties, food, games, drinks and celebrations for all ages take place all over the island.

Where

The basecamp for regatta festivities the last two years has been Coco Beach, formerly Sunset Beach near Den Laman Resort. But, according to the Regatta 2017 Facebook page, this year the festivities will be right along the waterfront promenade in Kralendijk. The promenade is where the festivities traditionally take place.

What

Expect entertainment galore, including local and international musicians performing live. In addition, expect drinks, food, a playground for kids, a windsurf show after sunset and much more. The line-up of artists performing at Regatta has not yet been announced but we will update here with more information when it’s available.

Who

Racers of all ages participating in Regatta compete for class championship in their division. The photo below showcases some kids from the five to ten year age division participating in a sunfish race in Lac Bay.  This younger division also competes in the windsurf division during Regatta week.

Races take place in-between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, as well as north of Klein Bonaire and other venues on the island. For most divisions races consist of two short courses followed by one long course. For Sunfish and Optimist boats the races take place between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

Come out for this fun and casual event. Cheer on the sailors, try some local food at the food booths and trucks set up along the boulevard, take a windsurf lesson, watch the windsurf and seadoo show, listen to the live music and entertainment and most importantly, have fun!

For more information check out Regatta Bonaire’s website

Volunteer for a dive clean up on Bonaire: Keep Bonaire Beautiful!

Volunteer for a dive clean up on Bonaire: Keep Bonaire Beautiful!

Scuba diver cleans up plastic rubbish pollution discarded in ocean - dive clean-up Bonaire   keep bonaire beautiful dive clean-up

Dive Friends Bonaire, a local dive operator, hosts quarterly underwater clean-ups. An event taking place now for over 10 years.

Volunteer for a dive clean up on Bonaire. Turn your vacation on Bonaire into a way to make some good happen. Plus make friends along the way and enjoy the BBQ at the end of a long day. Upcoming cleanups on the following dates in 2019 and 2020 are your chance to help a good cause:

  • December 27th, 2019 (Holiday Clean Up, starts at 2 PM)
  • January 18th, 2020
  • April 25th, 2020
  • October 17th, 2020

Need to know

Briefings begin 10:00 AM, but dates may change so as to not conflict with other events. Check with Dive Friend’s as the date approaches. The sponsors provide free air and a potluck BBQ after the dive. Please bring a dish to share. If you aren’t already registered with Dive Friends you must bring a copy of your certification card when you sign-in. A liability waiver is also required at the time of sign-in. Check for the exact meeting location of the next clean-up.

Who participates in the dive clean-ups?

A hundred or more diver volunteers regularly participate. You do not necessarily have to be a diver to take part or volunteer your time. On-land support is needed to sort and count the debris that is removed from the sea. This event attracts locals and tourists.

What to Bring in addition to your dive gear:

  • your Bonaire Marine Park tag
  • your dive certification
  • a dive knife or shears to remove fishing line

Visit debrisfreebonaire for more information and other ways you can help. If you can’t volunteer for a dive clean-up on Bonaire this time look for upcoming opportunities. Debris free Bonaire, Dive Friends Bonaire and other scuba centers have lots of information for you.

Call (+599) 717-2929 to learn more.