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  1. Colorful Downtown Kralendijk

In true ABC island style, downtown is awash with deep turquoises, vibrant reds, and various shades of yellow. Coming from the Northeast, the buildings are a spectacle all their own.

  1. The Salt Flats

I was shocked and intrigued the first time we visited the salt flats as I am unaccustomed to seeing rippling pink water at the base of white mountains, a stark contrast to the luminescent blue water that surrounds this little island. Getting is there from Kralendijk by car is quite easy and will only take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on how many stops you feel compelled to make, as the drive itself is breathtaking. 

  1. Klein Bonaire

$15 USD gets you the 15-minute boat from downtown out to Klein Bonaire (Little Bonaire) and it is well worth it. I have been around the world with my mask and fins and nothing compares to the waters off this tiny sandy island. Like most of the world’s reefs, much of this underwater kingdom has died but what is left is stunning, as well as the sea life that takes up residence there. 

4. The Donkey Sanctuary

The donkey’s of Bonaire are not indigenous to the island, but have become some of the most predominate wildlife found here despite the harsh desert conditions. The sanctuary takes in the injured, starving and orphaned donkeys found around the island. For $7 USD, you get to visit these loving creatures as well as help sustain the effort to protect them

5. Any where in and around the water

The water of Bonaire is enough reason to take the trip out to this little island; it is electric blue and you never tire of admiring it. Some key spots to hit are Pink Beach, the Old slave huts, Lac Bay, Sorobon, the Town Pier, and lots within Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Honorable Mention: Lake Gotomeer

The drive out to this lake will make you feel like you’re completely lost and have maybe driven back a few centuries when you missed that last turn, as it is in a completely uninhabited area. The flamingos that take up residence here are abundant and spectacular in their natural state.

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