Bonaire is known for its pink flamingos, nature reserves and superb diving and snorkeling sites. Today’s relaxing drive covers both the scenic and historic highlights. Your route carries you north along the coast, past many of the island’s fine vistas and dive sights. You’ll pass Lake Goto (Goto Meer), the island’s land-locked salt-water lagoon, for a look at the long-legged pink flamingos. Continue your drive across the island, passing by the fresh water well and through the village of Rincon—Bonaire’s oldest settlement. Visit the Mangazina di Rei Cultural Park (1824), which was used by the King to store provisions for the slaves. The second-oldest stone building on Bonaire now forms part of the cultural park where Bonaireans young and old work together to keep their traditional customs alive. Visit the museum and enjoy refreshments. Drive on to Seru Largu, located atop the mountain, and pause to take in the sweeping views over Kralendijk, Klein Bonaire and the southern part of the island. As you make your way to the southern part of the island, stop for photos of the salt pans—the color contrast between the blue Caribbean, pink salt pans and towering white mounds of dry salt are quite spectacular. Your route also carries you past the white slave huts—small shelters built for the slaves forced to labor in the salt ponds.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.