Bonaire – Vacation Packages

By Miss Julie | December 24th, 2006

Both above and beneath the sea, Bonaire is a colorful island. The south is flat, blessed with 15,000 resident flamingos (2,000 more than the number of people) and miles of pink coral-rock beaches. Kralendijk, its capital, sparkles with bright, pastel buildings. To the north, narrow roads wind through green mountains and cactus-laden deserts where more than 190 species of tropical birds reside. Rare species include bright green Amazona parrots, ruby-topaz humming-birds, pearly-eyed thrashers, and Caribbean parakeets. At the island’s southern tip, home of the Antilles International Salt Company, mountains of glistening white salt offer a striking contrast to the blue Caribbean. At days end, a green flash follows the setting sun.

Beneath the sea, a brilliant rainbow of marine life has earned Bonaire a reputation as a world-class dive location. Strict conservation laws, together with calm waters protected by the crescent shape of the island, have preserved Bonaire’s bountiful coral reefs and marine animals. With its low population, seclution is also a big draw to this small island.

For more on Bonaire, check out the Netherlands Antilles Travel Guide on BootsnAll.

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