Factbook: Netherlands Antilles

¬†Netherlands Antilles (part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) Geography Location: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea – one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela and the other is east of the Virgin Islands Geographic coordinates: 12 15 N, 68 45 W Map references: Central America and the Caribbean Area: total: 960…


A Paradise of Land Sea and Sun

by Walt Stearns Like its neighbors, Curacao and Aruba, Bonaire lies close to the equator in the protected region south of the Caribbean’s Hurricane Belt. Fanned by the steady trade winds from the east/northeast, Bonaire, the second largest island in the Netherlands Antilles, enjoys a summer climate. Year-round the air temperature is in the low…


Sapphire Seas & Vibrant Coral Kingdoms

Toucan Diving and Plaza Resort on the Isle of Bonaire by Walt Stearns From the deck of Toucan Diving’s 32 foot Island Hopper, Purple Rain, the waters off the island of Bonaire looked incredibly inviting. They were totally translucent in the 5 to 10 foot shallows, becoming a light aqua where the crest of reef…


Colorful Creatures Invite You To The Reefs of Bonaire

by Walt Stearns Sheltered from the steady, easterly trades in the protective west facing crook of this thick, boomerang shaped island is a coralline community befitting the pattern and pageantry of a rainbow. Up and down Bonaire’s entire leeward side, including its much smaller sister island, Klein Bonaire, one-quarter mile offshore, the reef topography customarily…


Harbor Village Beach Resort

Text and Photography by Walt Stearns Just north of the Equator, Bonaire is a dry, arid island, with little rainfall. Bathed by steady breezes, it is always pleasant, even on the hottest summer days. Then again, nearly every day is summer here. In the lee, west facing side of this boomerang shaped island, diving could…


Watersport Capital of the Caribbean

by Stephen Frink If there is an island ideally suited to virtually all watersport activities, it is Bonaire. In the southern Caribbean, just 50 miles north of Venezuela and 30 miles east of Curacao, this relatively small island (24 miles long by 3 to 7 miles wide) has been blessed by geographic serendipity. It is…


Snorkeling Indulgence at Bonaire’s Plaza Resort

by Joel Simon If you happen to be on the left side of the airplane as you’re landing at the Flamingo Airport on Bonaire look for a broad expanse of red roofs, set off by glorious blue water. They mark Bonaire’s newest major hotel, the five star Plaza Resort. Bonaire offers visitors a wide variety…


Sand Dollar Condominium Resort

Many Amenities and Great Activities on Bonaire by Susan L. Swygert Choosing a vacation destination isn’t easy; your wish list probably reads: great diving, great dive shop, great weather and water, accommodations and food. Those of us who love the ocean want to spend as much time as possible near the water, on the water…


Bonaire’s Haven for Snorkelers

Sunset Beach Hotel by Joel Simon Life beneath tropical seas is a world only the scuba diver or snorkeler can fully experience. And, the arid Dutch island of Bonaire, just 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, is one of the best Caribbean destinations to learn the skills and enjoy these activities. This is no…


Bonaire’s Intimate Seaside Resort

BRUCE BOWKER’S CARIB INN by Bonnie J. Cardone It’s become tradition: We arrive at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn late, hot and tired after our flights from the West Coast. The first thing we do is unpack a swimsuit and cool off in the calm Caribbean a stone’s throw away. We fall asleep to the sound…