Most interesting landmarks of Bonaire

Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Bonaire.

Natural landmarks of Bonaire

Landscape in Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire
Landscape in Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire / Patrick Briggs, / CC BY 2.0
  • Goto Meer – salt lake with large population of flamingos. In January – July in the lake are breeding several hundreds of these birds.
  • Lac Bay mangrove forest – one of the best preserved mangrove forest in the Caribbean. Four species of mangroves grow here.
  • Pekelmeer – salt flat with colorful lakes – habitat of flamingos and numerous other birds.
  • Suplado Blowhole – Spectacular blowhole (or two blowholes) at the northern coast.

Archaeological heritage

  • Cueba di Roshikiri – cave with petroglyphs at the entrance.
  • Grita Caabai petroglyph site – a group of some 15 prehistoric paintings – red handprints – in a rock-shelter.
  • Onima cave – a former shelter to Caiquetio people around 1500 AD. Adorned with red petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are protected with iron bars.
  • Spelonk petroglyph site – a cave with prehistoric petroglyphs on the ceiling.
  • Pos Calbas petroglyph site – a group of prehistoric drawings in a low cave. Some 15 drawings – geometric designs in red have been preserved.
  • Petroglyph site north west from Playa Druifi – a rock shelter with some 10 prehistoric drawings – geometric designs in red and brown colors.

Architectural heritage

Cabaje - stone huts for the slaves, Bonaire
Cabaje – stone huts for the slaves / Made Underground, / CC BY 2.0
  • Cabaje – a group of waist-high stone huts with no doors and windows – some of the oldest buildings on the island. Built around 1820 for slaves which were working in salt flats. In each hut lived two people.
  • Fort Oranje – built in 1639 and modified at the end of this same century.
  • Government Building (Governor’s House) – one of the oldest buildings in the island, built in 1837, renovated in 1973.
  • Karpata aloe oven – an old structure, where aloe was boiled to extract its juice for export.
  • Museo Boneriano – museum in historical building. Contains collections of shells, prehistoric artifacts, mythological stories and other interesting items.

Described landmarks of Bonaire

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Bonaire is a special municipality of Netherlands, located in Caribbean region.
This 53.5 km² large island has dry climate. Most tourists come here for the numerous spectacular dive sites, while above the sea here is not that much to see. The dry land here has some interesting natural landmarks – mainly the impressive flamingo habitats in salt lakes and some petroglyph sites in caves and cliff shelters.

Featured: Goto Meer (Goto Lake)

Goto Meer, Bonaire
Goto Meer / Brian and Shannon, / CC BY 2.0

One of the best places to see the flamingos in Southern Caribbean is Goto Meer in Bonaire.

Recommended books

Bonaire Travel Adventures

Here is a brand new edition of our guide to Bonaire. Touring the island, details on all of the beaches, diving & snorkeling, boating, fishing, hiking & biking – it’s all covered. And then the hotels and restaurants are described – the good features and the bad ones, along with all of the information you need about shopping and nightlife on the island.

Diving Bonaire

This guidebook, written by a marine biologist with more than 40 years’ experience in the field, describes the very best dive sites on Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, and tells you exactly how to get to each one and what you’re likely to find there. Sites that are particularly good for snorkelers are highlighted. There are descriptions of dives on coral reefs, piers, wrecks, gentle and steep slopes, and walls. Detailed information is provided on access, entries and exits, underwater and topside terrain, marine life, photo tips, as well as special features of interest.

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