Bonaire Beaches

Bonaire's beaches are narrow, full of coral, full of marine life; they're clean, intimate, and uncrowded. Swimming on the tranquil leeward coast is never a problem.

Bonaire's Local Beaches

Eden Beach is a 5-minute walk from the Villa Makoshi Penthouse; a more traditional beach experience with all the amenities boasting a 112m (367-ft.) stretch of beach. The shallow water is loaded with marine life, so bring a snorkel and mask, and watch where you step. The dive shop at the south end maintains a small pier from which you can spot fish, sponges, and coral. There are both a restaurant and a beach bar that provide snacks and refreshments.

Port Beach is an old beach that was rejuvenated in 2013. Just west of the airport, between the airport and the fuel pier. This beach has ample parking with lots of white sand making it popular with families. Currents can be strong at times.

Chachacha is a great spot for a quick dip just a few steps south of the cruise dock. This beach was named in honor of a woman who once lived across the street. It is a calm and safe location for young children with the seaside sidewalk leading down the brick steps either to the sandy beach or large pier.

1000 Steps Why is it called Thousand Steps? Because it is a long way down from the road. The stairs descend a limestone cliff to the white sand and bleached coral chunks of which offers good snorkeling and diving. There are only about 75 steps down to the picturesque coves, craggy coastline, and tropical waters of changing hues. Take the north westerly coastal scenic road.

Bachelor Beach is just a few hundred yards south of Playa Mangel is a staircase that leads to a thin strip of sand and a really great place for a swim. Although there are no real tides on Bonaire, when the water is high it is difficult to lay out so check the waves before spreading your beach towel.

Pink Beach is a great place to snorkel, picnic or scuba dive. The flamingo pink bus stops here every day, based on a schedule posted in hotels and dive stores and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Secluded by a berm, often a great place to see a turtle.

Lac Bay and Sorobon Beach is a long coastal beach located on the east coast that is only .6m (2 ft.) deep, making it popular with families and windsurfers. In a protected area of Bonaire's southeast coast, it boasts windsurfing concessions and snack bars on one end and quiet, safe shallow waters toward the point. Trees and the makeshift platform for viewing windsurf competitions provide shade.

Klein Bonaire, just west of Kralendijk, boasts No Name Beach, which features Bonaire's only classic white-sand strip. Parrotfish and yellowtail snappers patrol the finger, brain, and mustard hill corals, attracting snorkelers and divers. A water taxi from the town pier costs about $20 round-trip and leaves at 10am, noon, and 2pm. No facilities and little shade exist on the island, so bring water, a snack, and a cover-up.

The Park Beaches

Playa Chikitu lies within the Washington Slagbaai National Park. The water's treacherous along this coast but the cove, sand dunes, and crashing waves are secluded and beautiful. It is a beautiful place, although swimming is prohibited due to the big waves, and underwater hazards. A strong current runs through this place along with the whole north coast. This beach is not suitable for swimming, but is the perfect place for a nice walk along the beautiful coastline.

Boka Kokolishi, the island's most northern beach, is a perfect spot to picnic, but it's not safe to swim. Algae make the water purplish, and the sand, formed by coral and mollusk shells, is black. This beach is not suitable for swimming, but is the perfect place for a nice walk along the beautiful coastline.

Boka Bartol, this coast is the most northern point of the Marine Park with interesting coral formations and beautiful big fish! A strong current runs along the whole north coast. This beach is not suitable for swimming, but is the perfect place for a nice walk along the beautiful coastline.

Playa Bengè is considered one of the finest snorkeling spots on Bonaire. Swimming north from the center of the beach, divers pass over a series of coral ridges and alternating sand channels. Among the many fish in this area are jewelfish, mahogany snappers, and large tiger groupers.

Playa Funchi is a pretty beach that lies on the most western point of the island. Playa Funchi is certainly worth visiting if you’d like to see the most extraordinary lizards. It is one of the best recommended places of the Bonaire snorkel guide.

Wayaka I, II and III are three great beaches off the beaten trail with steps leading down from the top to the sandy beaches. Wayaka dive sites have often been visited by larger species of sea life, including Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and Humpback Whales.

Boka Slagbaai, a secluded beach farther north inside Washington-Slagbaai National Park. The park was once a plantation harbor. A 19th-century building houses toilets, showers, a restaurant, and a breezy bar. If so inclined, contact the park headquarters (tel. 599/717-8444) to find out about overnight rentals of a room or one of the historic buildings, which are about the size of a cottage. Aside from a solar-powered lamp and cold running water, the buildings are virtually empty so you'd be roughing it in paradise for certain. They include the home of the manager of Slagbaai plantation, a customs office and a warehouse (magasina) for storing salt.

Playa Frans is located in the north inside the Washington Slagbaai National Park. This beach is hard to reach, but definitely worth the trip, as it boasts a very intimate location with a pleasant sea breeze. There you will have the time of your life, but keep it quiet, because there is not enough room for everyone. On the west coast of the island, was the harbor for Washington Plantation. The pier's stone foundations are still visible. The water is so clear that visitors standing on the low cliffs above the bay can see the colorful coral and parrotfish below. The beach has no current, so even small children can play in the water.