Overview what to see

From Kralendijk you will drive along the coast to Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (Dutch World Radio) and a little bit further you will see the storage tanks of Bonaire Petroleum Corporation NV (BOPEC). Just before you reach BOPEC, the road leads to Landhuis Karpata and Goto Lake. The west part of Gotomeer belongs to Washington / Slagbaai National Park. From a parking-place, you will have a wonderful viewpoint at Gotomeer.


This road is Bonaire's most beautiful region and one of the best places to watch flamingos. At sunset, flamingos take off for Venezuela. Because flamingos are very shy, photographers should better stay in their cars for best results and use zoom lenses. Further, on down the hill, the road leads to Rincón. Indians made several inscriptions 500 years ago near Rincón on a side road. If you want to have a wonderful view of Kralendijk and Klein Bonaire, you could visit Seru Largu.

From Flamingo Airport, the road leads south to the historic salt pans where you will see several white hills of Salt Lake. They first wash this, then dried and finally transported to ships. Further on you will come upon old slave huts to shelter slaves when working the pans and were build in 1850. Three 30 feet obelisks built in 1838, guided salt ships to their moorings.

Lighthouse Willemstoren near Salt Lake

Flamingos use the less saline water of the salt pans for drinking. The different colors of the salt pans indicate the amount of salt. Bacteria cause the brown and pinkish color. The number of flamingos here is about 40,000. Straight south, you will come to the Willemstoren, the oldest lighthouse on Bonaire, built in 1837. This lighthouse is fully powered by solar-energy after a renovation project in 2012. Lighthouses on Bonaire are not open for tourists. Near the Willemstoren are Boca Cai (bay) and mangroves.


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