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Motto: "Unified by freedom"
Tourism Tagline: “Once a Visitor Always a Friend”
Language: Dutch, Papiamentu
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Airports: Flamingo Airport (BON/TNCB)
Known for: Scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and fishing
Official Tourism Website:
Drives on the: Right Side
Calling Code: +1 599

Unified by freedom

Tranquility epitomized! Life on Bonaire is quite laid-back - no hustle and bustle, just peaceful and hassle free. The people are warm, friendly, and welcoming and will ensure that your visit is an unforgettable one. As they say in Bonaire, “Once a Visitor Always a Friend”.

Bonaire is best known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, particularly that of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, fishing and kayaking. The island has also been recognized as one of the world’s top destinations for sustainable tourism. They have been in the business of cultivating new corals and conserving reefs genetic diversity for over 25 years, ensuring an enriched marine environment for years to come. Each year Bonaire continues to pursue initiatives that will reduce the effects of Carbon on our planet while they work towards the promise of remaining an “Eco-Friendly” destination.

The island offers an array of other activities and attractions to keep you occupied on the land. You can opt for cycling or hiking across the island, go mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding or bird watching. Or maybe visit on of the 400 caves, the Donkey Sanctuary, the goat farm, the botanical gardens or Flamingo Sanctuary – one of only four places in the world where Flamingoes breed.

And after you have worked up an appetite, you can dine at one of the local or world-class restaurants that offer a range of cuisine including Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Colombian, Indonesian, French, German, Dominican and Surinamese. Though a tranquil atmosphere prevails, Bonaire is not without lively nightlife activities.

Marriage Requirements for Bonaire

It is possible to get married on Bonaire. However, to make the process simple, the hiring of a wedding professional is recommended. Resorts and wedding professionals also offer packages for both wedding and honeymoons. Before getting married, there are some official requirements and paperwork to be done.

Allow 4 to 6 weeks, maybe more, for the licensing and paperwork to be completed. Either the bride or groom has to obtain a temporary resident permit from immigration. Temporary resident permits are required for witnesses who are not already local residents. However, wedding coordinators can help arrange for local witnesses if needed.

Two passport photos and a photocopy of passport’s first page are needed for residency. Certified birth certificates, declaration of marriage by the civil registry and proof of divorce (if applicable) are among the list of required items for the official marriage petition. Ask wedding coordinators for details.
For additional information, please contact:

Burgerzaken (Office of Civil Registry)
Kaya Neerlandia | Kralendijk | Caribbean Netherlands
Phone (599) 717-2211

Important Links for Bonaire

To learn more about Bonaire, please see the important links below:

Entry Requirements for Bonaire

How to Get to Bonaire

Getting Around Bonaire

Places to Stay in Bonaire

Things to Do in Bonaire

Activity (Tour) Operators:

Events taking place in Bonaire

Dining in Bonaire