In July, we ventured to the Dutch Caribbean again and visited our favorite of the ABC islands - the island of Bonaire. This was our second visit to Bonaire and we are already counting down the days until our next visit!
You can read about our last visit (and Curacao) in this post from August of 2021.
We started our trip with an overnight layover in New Jersey. We flew standby on Thursday night so we could enjoy an awesome 36 hour layover with our friends Ron & Jean. Best. layover. ever.
We enjoyed a walk on the boardwalk and lots of time in their pool. Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants was just the icing on the cake!
This time, we stayed a glorious 8 days on the island. Once again, we stayed at the only chain hotel on the entire island. Thank you Marriott points! The Courtyard Marriott is very comfortable and cute with a nice pool overlooking the waterway.
There are 63 official dive sites on the coast of Bonaire and another 26 on Klein Bonaire. Each is identified by a yellow rock. Some are strictly for divers, but we tried as many as we could and at the end of the trip, we had snorkeled 15 different sites. Our favorites are Aquarius, 1000 Steps, Red Beryl and Andrea #1.
We rented a golf cart for our entire stay. It was so much fun and we were the envy of many. Divers typically rent a truck so they can keep all of their tanks and gear in the bed of the truck, but for someone who is only snorkeling, a golf cart is the way to go.
While the snorkeling was the highlight of Bonaire, the food and restaurants were another favorite. Coursed meals with wine pairings are our favorite way to enjoy food and Bonaire had no shortage of these.
Our first day in Bonaire did not disappoint. After checking into the hotel, we picked up our golf cart and visited the local grocery store. An afternoon drive was followed by a sunset and then a surprise six-course dinner with wine pairings.
On day 2, we spent the morning driving the southern part of the island and landed at Lekker Thuis Bonaire (meaning: tasty and cozy at home) where we indulged in their Sunday lazy brunch. This included a 4 course brunch, which spanned from 11:30-3:30 pm (yes, FOUR hours!!) The chef prepared our meal right in front of us and in between each course, we took a dip in the pool. The epitome of lazy.
Food trucks are another staple on Bonaire. Divers migrate to the trucks after their underwater adventures and indulge in one of many options, including tuna burgers, beef burgers, and hot dogs.
We enjoyed lunch from the King Kong food truck nearly every day. They could be found on Bachelors Beach and had great burgers, hot dogs and garlic fries.