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CST #2036983-40

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September 26 — October 3, 2015

Bonaire


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Bonaire is a small island off the coast of Venezuela in the southern area of the Caribbean region, a nine-hour flight from the Netherlands and approximately 4 hours from Atlanta and 5 hours from New York.

Bonaire is famous for its sunny climate, unspoiled nature, turquoise sea, pearl— white beaches, picturesque underwater world and its first-rate diving, snorkeling and windsurfing facilities.

Bonaire is one of the five island areas of the Netherlands Antilles, a country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Bonaire will soon become directly part of the Netherlands as a special municipality of the Netherlands that is to be constituted as a "public body" under the Constitution of the Netherlands.
Climate

Bonaire enjoys a uniquely gentle climate. The sun shines practically all the time, but the prevailing trade winds keep it from becoming oppressive. During the Dutch winter months - October through February - there is a slightly greater chance of rain, but the average annual rainfall on the island is less than 23 inches and rain comes mainly in short, intense showers.

The average midday temperature is 86 Fahrenheit and 78 Fahrenheit at night. Ocean temperature is generally between 78 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
Time Zone

Bonaire is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, which is four hours later than the Pacific Time Zone. Bonaire does not utilize Daylight Saving Time, therefore, there will only be a three (3) hour difference when we are there in September.
Inhabitants and the Language

Bonaire's original inhabitants were Caquetios Indians, but in 1527, the Spaniards landed on the island and turned it into a Spanish colony. Later, the island was captured by the Dutch who brought African slaves there to harvest salt. The population as a result became mixed, also referred to as Creole.

The official language of Bonaire is Papiamentu, but everyone also speaks Dutch and English. The friendly local residents ensure that a vacation on Bonaire is given a lovely, peaceful atmosphere.
The Capital

The capital of Bonaire is Kralendijk, which is a corruption of "Koralendijk" (or Coral Dike). Most of Bonaire's residents (approximately 10,000) live in Kralendijk.
Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for visiting Bonaire.
Drinking Water

Bonaire enjoys high-quality drinking water and guests can therefore drink directly from the tap.
Divers Paradise

For over twenty-five years, Bonaire has led the Caribbean in the conservation of its marine resources. Since 1979, all the waters off the island's coast have been declared a marine park, which has led us to the enviable position of being ranked as one of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in the world.
Tours & Trips

Plaza Resort Bonaire provides guests with a wide variety of tours and trips. Would you like to explore the island by car, boat or rather ride horseback?

Visitors to Bonaire will soon find that not all the activities are confined to just under or in the sea. We have many more water-related activities that are being discovered by today's active traveler. As a windsurfing location, the island is becoming well known for our steady trade winds and protected areas with onshore winds. Our other water sports include both ocean and sea kayaking as well as sailing.

Other topside activities that are being enjoyed by visitors are cycling and nature tours through the "kunuku" or outback. Or, take to the wind with kite boarding, or see a part of Bonaire rarely seen as you ride horseback on some of the island's back trails.

Information & Questions

Contact: Randy Lew
829 SE 11th Place, Battle Gound, WA 98604
530-304-0802 [c]


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