10 REASONS TO START THE WEEKEND ON BONAIRE
With year-round 80 degree weather, 24/7 world class diving and snorkeling and award winning cuisine, Bonaire is a destination that should be on everyone’s “Go To” list. Now, with American Airlines new Saturday non-stop flight, travelers can start their weekend in paradise with ease.
“We are pleased to welcome American Airlines back to our beautiful island,” said Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The flight will open up previously unserved areas with same day, online connections to Bonaire via American’s strong interior U.S. network. This new flight provides travelers with yet another option to get here and to start their weekends off in a place they’ll probably not want to leave.”
Here are 10 reasons why it’s better to be in Bonaire on the weekends:
1. American Airlines New Non-Stop Flight to Bonaire Arrives Early Enough to Make Happy Hour: Starting Saturday, June 9, 2018, the new service will operate weekly with departing flights scheduled to leave Miami International Airport (MIA) at 12:05pm, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 3:13pm. The return flight will depart BON 4:05pm, arriving in MIA 7:15pm. American Airlines will utilize an Airbus 319 aircraft with capacity of 128 seats.
2. More Time to Discover Bonaire’s Culinary Magic: Experience the island’s award winning cuisine. Whether visitors choose to dine at the restaurants in town, Rincon City or at their hotel with the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, guests will find that Bonaire offers some of the best dining options in the Caribbean. Local, Italian, French, Mediterranean and Indonesian are just some of the choices for those who enjoy dining out and discovering the culinary magic that can be found on the island.
3. It’s Time to Switch Up the Ol’ Weekend Routine: Choosing between having toes in the sand or running weekend errands and cleaning the garage on a Saturday afternoon is an obvious choice for most. Changing up the schedule and having more people spending their Saturdays diving, snorkeling, relaxing and/or exploring Bonaire’s culture and experiencing its cuisine should be deemed a priority.
4. There’s Water Sports Galore: There’s no better way for people to start their weekends than by taking a dip in the pristine waters of Bonaire. Whether it’s scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing or kayaking, there are plenty of ways for visitors to get wet and to make a Bonaire splash on the weekend.
5. Only Weekend Traffic is Underwater: With over 86 named dive sites to discover around the island, most visitors can be found walking/jumping into the crystal clear waters and watching the traffic swim by. Without a single traffic light on the entire island, schools of fish are the only traffic hot spots on Bonaire.
6. Gearing Up and Diving In is Easy: The beauty of Bonaire is that it’s known as the home of diving freedom and has been voted as the #1 Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean for 25 years. Travelers arriving to Bonaire on a Saturday afternoon will still have plenty of time to gear up and get in an afternoon or night shore dive that same day.
7. There’s Adventure Above Water: Spending the weekend on Bonaire gives visitors time to discover the natural beauty that sits above the waterline; biking, hiking, horseback riding, and walking tours reveal very different views of the island’s topography. Landsailing has also returned to Bonaire and is an activity that should not be missed.
8. Seeing A Real Sunset Can’t Be Beat: Bonaire is one of the most tranquil islands in the Caribbean. It has hundreds of scenic spots where visitors can kick back and relax and embrace the end of a day with a beautiful sunset. But it’s unanimous, there’s not a better way for travelers to unwind after a flight and start the weekend than with a sunset sail around Bonaire.
9. Accommodations for Everyone: Whether staying at a full service resort, luxurious villa or apartment, Bonaire offers a variety of accommodation options tailored to meet all needs. For travelers who have just arrived, their weekends can begin with a quiet dinner at their hotel’s restaurant, or watching the sunset while having cocktails on their private balcony or in their swim up pool.
10. Having Time to Learn about Bonaire In-depth: After a good night’s rest, travelers can wake up early on Sunday morning and head to Bonaire’s very first town, Rincon. They can spend the day learning about the history and culture of the island by visiting the Mangazina di Rei Museum, walking around town or trying local dishes at any of the neighborhood restaurants.
Located outside the hurricane belt, eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses and small inns. For those who prefer more luxurious accommodations, the Bonaire Villa Collection features the finest villas on Bonaire.
Bonaire is ranked #8 on the list of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Caribbean Islands, voted #1 in Islands magazine’s Editors’ Picks: Best Snorkeling in the Caribbean, one of the Best Places to Snorkel in the World by MSN.com and named one of the 10 Caribbean islands to visit in the spring by Caribbean Journal.
Bonaire placed in the Top 10 in two different categories for USA Today’s 10Best 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards: 1,000 Steps and the Hilma Hooker were ranked the 5th and 8th Best Caribbean Dive Sites; and the Cadushy Distillery was ranked the 8th Best Rum Distillery in the Caribbean. MSN.com named Bonaire one of the top Destinations to Escape the Cold This Winter, Travelocity named Bonaire one of the Top 6 Caribbean Islands to Visit Now, About.com Travel recognized Bonaire’s National Marine Park as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, one of the 10 Must Dive Destinations for 2017 by Forbes, the 4th best island in the world for snorkeling by Islands.com and Conde Nast Traveler named Bonaire the #3 most beautiful Caribbean island to Visit.
For the 25th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it received 11 awards. It was also voted number one for Snorkeling, Macro Diving, Freediving, Marine Environment and Beginner Diving.
Bonaire has always been at the forefront of nature preservation and conservation and strives to be one of the top eco-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. The island accomplishes this by taking the environment and local culture into consideration when embarking on tourism initiatives. It’s no wonder that the Green Destinations Top 100 Team selected Bonaire as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations for 2017 for the 2nd consecutive year.
Getting to Bonaire…
American Airlines: Miami – Bonaire
Weekly non-stop service from Miami International Airport (MIA) every Saturday.
Weekly non-stop service from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) to Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday.
United Airlines: Houston – Bonaire
Weekly non-stop service from George Bush International Airport (IAH) every Saturday. Return flight will depart Bonaire every Sunday.
United Airlines: Newark – Bonaire
Weekly non-stop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) every Saturday.
Weekly non-stop service from Toronto (YYZ) every Sunday.