Scuba divers from all over the world routinely flock to the warm, inviting island of Bonaire. The 113-square-mile Caribbean island's name means “Good Air,” and visitors to this special municipality of the Netherlands will surely breathe easy with the variety of attractions offered by this tiny paradise. Along with Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire forms the ABC Islands and is part of the Lesser Antilles chain of islands. Bonaire is particularly renowned for snorkeling, windsurfing, and scuba diving, so discount rates on hotels in Bonaire are most likely to cater to aquatic adventurers. Whether visitors are windsurfing in Lac Bay on the southeastern end of the island or exploring a Dutch shipwreck nestled between two reef systems off the island's southern coast, they can find accommodations and Bonaire hotel deals varying from quaint bungalows and bed and breakfasts to large-scale resorts with grand swimming pools in multiple parts of Bonaire. In addition, larger Bonaire hotels and timeshares contain their own diving shops for picking up last-minute gear or renting equipment at reasonable rates.
Aside from being numbered among the very best scuba diving hotspots in the world, Bonaire boasts a remarkable diversity in flora and fauna. Divers and snorkelers relish the vividly-hued coral, home to seahorses and a bevy of exotic fish species that rings the island's coast, and Bonaire's many flocks of flamingos, a common sight compared to the endangered yellow-shouldered amazon parrot that also calls the island home, can be glimpsed from many hotel rooms and balconies with a trusty pair of binoculars. Travelers can easily assemble their own Bonaire hotel packages tailored to accommodate a range of activities both in and out of the water. Eco-tourism is a burgeoning industry on the island as the largely level terrain lends itself well to biking, horseback riding, and hiking.
Cheap hotel deals in Bonaire may be found in the outskirts of its capital, Kralendijk, as well as in Rincon, the second largest settlement and gateway to Washington Slagbaai National Park, which occupies the northern quarter of the island. To make the most of your cheap Bonaire hotel deal and stretch your dollar, climb to the top of Brandaris for an expansive view of the entire island or hike miles of winding beachside trails. Leave room while making your reservations for activities such as horseback riding at the beach and even into the azure water courtesy of Rancho Wahikemba or the Riding Academy Club in Kralendijk. Alternatively, kayak through the lush wetland mangroves of Lac to see the island from a different perspective and at prices any frugal traveler would relish. Book your trip to Bonaire between the late spring and early fall to enjoy the warmest temperatures and least amount of rainfall.
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