Once important as a salt producer, this Dutch island now makes its living out of tourism. Bonaire has earned a reputation for being one of the most environmentally conscious islands in the Caribbean and a leader in sustainable tourism.
Bonaire is easily accessible for Europe, South America and the US, and is therefore a Caribbean crossroad for water sports and sun. It is the least densely populated of the ABC islands and it has a laid back, quiet atmosphere. The island is clean, quiet, peaceful and very safe.
The inhabitants are mostly of mixed native South American, European and African descent. The population is a mixture of more than 80 nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and the official languages are Dutch, Papiamentu and English. Spanish is widely spoken too.
The climate is dry and the vegetation little more than scrub, slow-growing hardwood trees and cactus but it is prized by birdwatchers.