Swimming in the Caribbean Sea

Unique black and red coral reefs, mangrove forests and an azure blue ocean – the beaches of Bonaire are as beautiful as they are varied. Most Caribbean islands boast long white beaches, but Bonaire is primarily known for its intimate bays with coarse, light pink sand and undisturbed, thriving sea life.

The sand has a pink glow

The sand has a pink glow

Pink powdery sand

It’s easy to see how Pink Beach got its name – this beach is known for its rose-coloured powdery sand that gets its colour from the coral that washes ashore. A major storm swept the sand into the sea, making the shallow water a pleasant bathing spot. Unusual marine animals like tarpon fish, turtles and rays can often be seen here. Pink Beach does not have any food vendors, so do like the locals do and bring a well-filled picnic basket.

The heavenly beach of Klein Bonaire

The heavenly beach of Klein Bonaire

No Name Beach

Klein Bonaire is the ultimate destination for a heavenly holiday as this mini island off the coast of Kralendijk is easy to reach by boat. Here you will find No Name Beach: a wide and unspoilt white sandy beach that’s perfect for lazing in the sun. Walk only a few metres into the sea and you’ll be richly rewarded. The clear water right off the coast is teeming with brightly coloured parrot fish and yellowtail snappers swimming around finger corral. Klein Bonaire is also unique in that it is the most important breeding ground for rare sea turtles.

The sandy beach of Lac Baai

The sandy beach of Lac Baai

Shallow lagoon

Lac Baai is located in the south-eastern tip of Bonaire. This lagoon with calm water is flanked on one side by a coral dam and on the other by a mangrove forest. The most popular beach is Sorobon Beach; continuous winds make it a favourite spot for windsurfers. Cai Beach is quieter; its shallow waters are perfect for families with children. Note: Sundays get very crowded at Cai, when the locals come to eat, drink and dance. A real Caribbean experience!

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