Bonaire Highlights North & South
Available all year
Enjoy a scenic drive with commentary, travel through Bonaire’s hilly and cacti-filled northern region and its tropical south, lined with salt flats.
Salt lore: Tour salt flats and mountains and visit original slave huts. Learn about salt mining.
Goto Meer: Drive along this saltwater lagoon, a favorite gathering spot for Bonaire’s renowned population of pink flamingos.
Rincon Village: First settlement on Bonaire. Visit Museum Chichi Tan, a traditional Bonairian house.
Bonaire is best known as a diving destination. This is so much so, that the license plates of the island’s cars carry the motto ‘Divers' Paradise’. This trip will show you there are more sides to the island. Its history runs as deep as its waters. The Arawak were the first to live on the island before Spanish colonizers arrived in 1499. Then, the Dutch took over in 1634. The first place you see on this trip will give you insight into the island’s industry. You will drive past a plantation in the Karpata area, where they once produced aloe, charcoal, and dyewood to ship to Curacao. Your first stop of the day will be in the village of Rincon, which the Spanish settled in the 16th century. Pass by Goto, a natural saltwater lake that serves as a feeding ground for the island’s shy pink flamingos. It’s a must-see! From here, visit a popular outdoor venue where you sample locally produced liqueur made out of cactus and lime. Pressing on, you’ll head south to the salt flats and salt mountains that were mined by slaves in the 19th century. The old slave huts are still standing here as a reminder of this somber time.
Included: Sample local liqueur in Rincon
Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes
Walking information: There is a short walk from pier to bus, which is paved. Little walking at stops on natural ground with stones and sand
Wheelchair accessible: No
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