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On Bonaire burns the sun mercilessly. Especially on and in the water. The trade winds can make it slightly but sunstroke or combustion has increased rapidly. A hat and a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (30 to 50) and a sunblock for lips is highly recommended. While swimming, snorkeling, wind surfing etc. offers a T-shirt or special UV-resistant clothing extra protection.
Unnoticed you lose a lot of moisture in the tropical sun by sweating. Therefore, drinking several liters of water per day, even if you are not thirsty. By sweating you lose salt and some extra salt in food can not hurt. A salt deficiency causes dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps and a lethargic feeling. Little urination, dark urine and irritability are signs of dehydration.
The drinking water that comes out of the tap on Bonaire you can drink without objection. The drinking water comes from desalination plant of the Water and Energy Bonaire (WEB) and is of excellent quality but pricey. However, do not drink from outside taps for there less purified water can come out for watering the garden. Also always at least one bottle of water with you when you move around.
Public transport is hardly on Bonaire. Tourists therefore move by taxi, rental car, bike, ordinary bicycle or scooter. Outside Kralendijk the roads are quiet. There are no highways on the island or traffic lights and zebra crossings barely. The main roads are paved and in good condition. The other roads are not and sometimes have potholes. Beware of crossing donkeys and goats. The speed limit in urban areas is 40 km and 60 km rural roads. A driving license is sufficient for Bonaire provided at least two years in your possession.
With regard to the climate, there are no bad periods. The "coldest" is in January and February, but it is still warm. The temperature differences are low on an annual basis, there is little rainfall and plenty of sunshine. The humidity is 76% rather high, but it is pleasant by the ever-present trade winds. Sometimes there is no wind on the island (usually in September), and on which days it is also hot. The rainy season on Bonaire runs from October to December. Most rain falls over during the night and at the crack of dawn. In the course of the morning, and at the beginning of the afternoon it is then dry. The average daytime temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius. The number of days of rain per month can be counted on one hand. Together with an average water temperature of 29 degrees Celsius, these are the ideal ingredients for an extremely pleasant climate.
Last update website: 14 January 2019
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Vaccinations are not necessary. Tropical diseases such as malaria does not occur on the island. The dengue mosquito (dengue) to transfer is signaled in recent years. Islanders are summoned by the government to ensure that no dirty and / or standing water around the home because the mosquito lays eggs in it. Dengue is not a serious illness, but can you do feel sick a good time.
Health, Ambulance and Hospital
If needed an ambulance to come you call 912. The medical facilities on Bonaire are also excellent. On the island is a modern hospital and there are three pharmacies and there are several doctors working.
There are several banks in Bonaire and most have also a cash machine where you can withdraw. In some supermarkets are ATMs where you can withdraw. The currency of Bonaire is the US dollar. With a bank card with a Cirrus or Maestro logo you can withdraw money without problems, but also pins in stores.
The standard voltage is 120/127 volts (50Hz). Many hotels and our apartments also have a 220 volt socket. An adapter with two flat poles (US plug) is required for use of European plugs.
Bonaire is not in possession of a network of gas pipelines. The gas comes from gas cylinders. The monthly gas consumption on the island is around 1,100 to 1,200 gas cylinders with a capacity of 100 lb. Curoil is responsible for delivering the gas on the diving island. The company has a stock of 600 filled cylinders on Bonaire.
Bonaire is a very safe island, especially if you compare it with the other islands in the Caribbean archipelago. Social control is high. Yet the thieves on the diving island is also active. You should also on Bonaire pay attention to your stuff. So you have no cameras, laptops or purses unattended leave it in your car.