BANKS: Bonaire has many banks and ATMs, spread across the island. Opening hours of banks are Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 16:00. Some banks are also open during lunchtime.
CLIMATE: The average temperature at Bonaire is 30ºC at 75% humidity. The average sea water temperature is about 28ºC. The annual rainfall is about 53 cm and winds are constantly blowing (except in September) throughout the year. The average wind speed is 25 km / h.
CLOTHING: In the city and in shops, casual clothing is not a problem but do not wear swimwear. In the evening casual clothing can be worn. Topless sunbathing and nude bathing are prohibited on Bonaire’s beaches.
DRINKING WATER: Drinking water on Bonaire is from sea water and is of very good quality, so drinkable from the tap. Buying bottles of water is unnecessarily expensive and bad for the environment.
ELECTRICITY: 127 volts, 50Hz. 220 volt is also present.
EMERGENCY: Bonaire has a 60-bed hospital, San Francisco Hospital (Kaya Soeur Bartola # 2, Kralendijk), and a number of GPs. For an emergency that can not be treated on Bonaire, an ambulance plane is available. Opposite the hospital is a modern decompression room for dive accidents, with highly experienced staff. Reference is made via the First Aid at the hospital. The emergency number for the ambulance is 114.
FLIGHTS: Flamingo Airport has a landing strip of 2.4 km long, long enough for even 747 Jumbo Jets to land. The international abbreviation for the airport is BON.
IMPORT: In addition to items for personal use, the following is allowed: Visitors over the age of 15 can import 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250 grams of tobacco, 2 liters of distilled and 2 liters of wine for free.
INTERNET: Tropicana Apartments feature Wireless Internet. There are also several internet cafes on Bonaire (Michael’s Chat & Browse and in the Harborside Mall).
ISLAND HOPPING: Despite the great interest there are no boat connections between the ABC islands, Venezuela and Bonaire. All travel between the islands is by plane. The flight to Curaçao takes about 15 minutes, to Aruba about 35 minutes. The cost of a return trip to Curaçao amounts to about USD 100.
LANGUAGE: Papiamento (local spoken language), Dutch (official language), English and Spanish.
LOCATION: Bonaire is located 80 km north of Venezuela and 130 km east of Aruba. Bonaire is 38.6 km long and 4.8 to 8 km wide and is 180 km2.
MONEY: From 01.01.2011, Bonaire uses the US Dollar as the official currency.
OPENING HOURS: Most stores are open monday to saturday from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. Supermarkets are open from 7:00 to 19:00 and even Sunday from 7:30 to 14:00.
PHONE: Public telephone booths can be found at TELBO’s headquarters. Most mobile phones are just working on Bonaire. However, the rates for international calls are high.
POPULATION: +/- 15,000 inhabitants of more than 60 nationalities populate Bonaire.
TAXES, TIPS & SERVICE CHARGES: The prices of all goods and services are increased on Bonaire with 5% Sales Tax (OB). This tax is not included in the quoted prices. Tips are given to service staff. Because the serving staff often earn a small wage, a tip is greatly appreciated. In general, a 10% tip is recommended for your satisfaction. Some restaurants automatically add a 10-15% service charge to the account. Take note of this when reading the menu.
TAXI: Taxis are available at the airport. From other places on the island you can call the taxi stand at tel. 8100
TELEVISION: Tropicana offers cable TV with more than 55 channels, including the Dutch-speaking BVN. On Bonaire, the NTSC system is used.
TIME: Atlantic Standard Time.
TRANSPORTATION: Although Bonaire is not a big island, there is a lot to see. To be able to enjoy the best of Bonaire, a means of transport is necessary. This can be a bike, scooter or rental car. Public transport by regular bus service does not exist on Bonaire. Tropicana is happy to assist you in hiring a means of transport and has contact with serious rental companies.
VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations are required for visiting Bonaire. Malaria and yellow fever do not occur here.