Bonaire is home to some of the most extravagant beaches in the world. There are so many different beaches throughout the island it can hard to find ones to visit. We have compiled a list of the sixteen best beaches throughout Bonaire. Hopefully, you are able to use this list as a tool to plan your trip to Bonaire!
The Beach of 1000 Steps coined its name due to the limestone stairs you have to descend down to get there. The name might sound scary, but there’s really only about 67 steps on the stairs. However, warm Caribbean temperatures may make it feel like there are 1000 steps. It may be especially tiring to climb these stairs after a long day of relaxation on this warm, peaceful beach. Throughout the beach, you will find beautiful white sand along with bleached chunks of coral. The water is a beautiful crystal turquoise color. Snorkelers and scuba divers alike will love this beach, as sea turtles are often found in the shallow, calm waters.
Atlantic Beach is known for kiting. Even if you don’t fly kites yourself, sitting back and watching the colorful kites fly through the sky is something you just can’t miss. You can even take kiting lessons here. If kiting isn’t really your thing, stroll along the rocky beach and explore all the seaside critters in the tidal pools. This white sand beach is absolutely picture perfect, and all of your friends and family at home will be jealous when they see photos from your time here.
In the Belnem district, just south of the airport, you will find the small Bachelor’s Beach. This sandy beach is located at the base of a 10-foot cliff. There is a staircase leading down to it, although be careful as it isn’t the sturdiest staircase in the world. Parking is available right next to the staircase, so you can be in the water within minutes. This beautiful beach is perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming. Due to its proximity to the airport, this would be a good beach to visit quickly when you first arrive in Bonaire.
Boka Kokolishi is a unique black sand beach. It is named Boka Kokolishi, English for “Mouth of Shells” after the tiny black snails whose crushed shells give the beach it’s dark color. The pulpit like structures of the beach provides protection from the strong waves, which makes for spectacular splashes to watch.
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If you are hiking in the hills at Washington Slagbaai National Park, be sure to complement your trip by stopping at the Boka Slagbaai Beach. Snorkelers will enjoy exploring the offshore coral gardens. Most of the time, the water here is perfect for swimming. The sand at Boka Slagbaai can be rough at some points, so it is recommended to wearing footwear while visiting. No worries though, as some portions of the beach do offer softer, white sand. If you start to feel peckish while on the beach, one of the buildings here features a restaurant that serves various food items, including burgers and sandwiches.
If you are looking for a hidden, uncrowded beach, head to Cai beach. This beach is hidden in the eastern part of Bonaire’s mangroves. The ride there will be bumpy, but it is well worth it. Here, you will find breathtaking views of clear blue waters with a green mangrove background. The water is easily accessible. The beach has very shallow areas, perfect for kids to swim in. On Sundays, there is a local eatery here serving warm lunches. For the rest of the week, picnicking is a must-do here.
Chachacha Beach, located about three minutes away from Kralendijk’s center near Bonaire’s southern cruise dock, is a perfect beach for families. This small yet sandy beach offers incredibly easy access to water. The wooden pier found here is ideal for picnics. The beach is incredibly calm and shallow, perfect for children learning to swim and snorkelers looking for a good view. There are beautifully colorful coral reefs nearby, which snorkelers will really enjoy.
At the Eden Beach Resort, you will find the well-known Eden Beach. The beautiful white sandy beach is sprinkled with tall palm trees, which really adds to the Caribbean feel. There is something for everyone here, as you will find a dive shop, a restaurant, and a variety of watersports activities. If snorkeling is your thing, you will enjoy the tame, lively fish and the colorful coral reefs. Eden Beach is a true tourist destination.
Resort lovers will love Flamingo Beach, located at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. This beach has incredibly white, soft sand, perfect for a beach stroll. The beach and pier are perfect for sunbathing, picnicking, and overall just enjoying a day on the beach. Since it is a resort location, you will find a bar here with food and drinks to keep you satisfied during your trip to Flamingo beach. The colorful reefs nearby make this location especially nice for snorkelers and divers.
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If you are looking for waving palm trees and gorgeous white sand, Harbour Village Beach is perfect for you. Before visiting, keep in mind that this beach is private. It is usually open for hotel guests, but day passes can be purchased. This tranquil beach offers a little bit of something for everyone, including snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding. There is a dive shop located here as well, so if you need to rent any water sports equipment it can all be done on the beach.
The uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire is home to No Name Beach. This quiet beach has gorgeous white sand along with gently lapping waves. It is truly what comes to mind when one thinks of “Caribbean Paradise”. This is the perfect place to take a long, romantic stroll on the beach. Picnicking is allowed, even encouraged here. There are even BBQ grills on the island, but you will need to bring your own charcoal. Friendly fish and colorful coral reefs are ideal for snorkelers. Before you visit this beach, keep in mind that you will need to take a water taxi to the islet.
Pink Beach has it’s pink color thanks to the millions of crushed shells of microscopic pink sea creatures called foraminifera. It’s one of the most picture-perfect beaches in Bonaire. If you are looking to snorkel or scuba dive, this is the beach for you. The sand is narrow, but it is still ideal for picnicking and relaxing.
Playa Benge Beach, located in the Bonaire National Park, is a beautiful beach area. It is located between incredible cliffs and ancient limestone rocks. The colorful reefs here are perfect for both snorkeling and scuba diving. Here, you will find friendly lizards. Depending on the time of year, the beach can be either sandy or rocky. Visitors are advised to check weather conditions before visiting.
If you are visiting the Washington-Slagbaai National Park, you absolutely have to visit the Playa Chikitu beach. This remarkable beach is the only place with true sand dunes in all of Bonaire. You can regularly find sea turtles nesting here. If you are looking for a beach to swim or snorkel in, this is not the beach for you. The dangerous rip tides and treacherous undertows make it completely unsafe for swimming, and it is never allowed here. Still, it is a good place to rest and enjoy the incredible views.
Although most of the terrain at Playa Frans is rocky, there are some nice sandy areas as well. The beach is difficult to get to, but it is well worth it. This beach is typically deserted, perfect for those looking to avoid the crowds. It is incredibly quiet, and the gentle call of seabirds and the sound of the surf is all you’re bound to hear on your visit. There is no better place to relax the day away.
Playa Funchi Beach is Bonaire’s most western beach. It is located in the beautiful Washington Slagbaai National Park. The beach is a bit rocky, but the water is so incredibly gorgeous and blue that it makes the rocky terrain worth it. The water here is perfect for snorkeling. In the nearby salt pan, you will find flamingos, lizards, iguanas, and other exciting wildlife. This is a beach you simply can’t miss, especially if you’re already visiting the Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Any of the many beaches you visit in Bonaire are going to be incredibly beautiful. Each one offers a unique experience, that you don’t want to miss out on. If you are planning to travel to Bonaire in the future, be sure to check out my travel blog . Here, you will find the best articles on getting to Bonaire , beaches, and other travel-related topics. You can also contact me directly with any questions you may have about traveling. Enjoy your trip!
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