9 Best Beaches in Bonaire: Match Your Beach with Your Vibe
Alright, so if you don’t know, Bonaire is not known for its powdery sugar white beaches. That’s why you visit Eagle Beach in Aruba or Trunk Bay in St. John USVI. You go to Bonaire for its incredible shore snorkeling and diving! BUT there are still several incredible stretches of sand if you are a picky beach lover. Let’s explore the best beaches in Bonaire for your next Caribbean getaway. I’ve narrowed the 9 best beaches into 4 categories so that you can match your beach with your vibe!
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Best Bonaire Beach Overall
01- TE AMO BEACH
Calm waters at Te Amo Beach with Stoked Food Truck in the background
Hands down, Te Amo is the best Bonaire beach overall. The sand is soft and powdery, and those turquoise clear waters are super calm. You often see locals bringing their kids for a day at the beach.
The only small con is the limited shade. There are a few trees to set up shop. Come early though if you want one because those get snatched up pretty quickly.
Fish platter at Kite City in front of Te Amo Beach in Bonaire
If you get hungry, the best food truck in Bonaire sets up shop right on Te Amo Beach.
I have a love affair with Kite City’s fish platter. The menu is always changing depending on what’s fresh that day, but typically there’s some delicious tuna and wahoo involved.
I could eat here EVERY DAY. Oh, and the staff is the sweetest.
If you’re more of a turf than surf person, then the neighboring Stoked Food Truck is also another incredible lunch choice. Great juicy burgers. You can’t miss the big red bus on the hill.
Best Beaches for Snorkeling
02- NO NAME BEACH
No Name Beach
No Name Beach on Klein Bonaire is gorgeous.
It is the quintessential Caribbean beach. White sand + azure waters. And wait there’s more. Its surrounding reef is one of Bonaire’s top snorkeling spots!
French angelfish at Klein Bonaire
If you do the drift snorkeling, this is one of the easiest spots to snorkel because the current carries you along the reef.
You don’t even have to kick those fins unless you see a cute turtle and need to turn back against the current. The drift snorkel is definitely one of my top things to do in Bonaire!
The only catch is you need a boat to get there because it’s 1/2 mile off the coast of Bonaire. You have two options:
1. Join a highly-rated snorkeling tour
2. Take the water taxi with Epic Tours or Caribe Watersport
One thing to know is there are NO facilities on Klein Bonaire, so bring all you need (chairs, coolers, etc).
03- 1000 STEPS BEACH
1000 Steps Beach in Bonaire
Okay, so it’s not really a thousand steps—just 67—but hauling all your snorkeling gear can make it feel like a thousand.
1000 Steps Beach boasts a captivating entrance. Descending the stone steps, you’ll immediately spot the reef beneath the crystal-clear waters.
It’s not the kind of beach where you laze in the sun all day. The “sand” is more like pebbles, so remember your dive socks or booties, especially if snorkeling is on your agenda.
What sets 1000 Steps apart is its seamless access to incredible snorkeling. Look for the split in the water, and that’s where you’ll dive in.
Turtle cruising along the reef shelf at 1000 Steps in Bonaire
On both sides of the beach, there are two reef shelves where you’ll likely catch turtles gracefully navigating the reef while they have a snack and handle the incoming tide.
04- WAYAKA 2 BEACH
Wayaka 2 Beach
This next beach is going to take some effort to get to but will be well worth it.
Wayaka 2 is located in the rugged and wild Washington Slagbaai National Park, which makes for an incredible day trip. If you make the journey, don’t miss my article on the 9 things you need to know before you go.
Navigate down a few stone steps, and you’ll arrive on a beautiful super soft sand beach. The beach is not very big, but it is stunning.
Snorkeling with fish soup at Wayaka 2 Beach
The clear turquoise water screams for you to jump in.
The entry is easy, and you’ll be snorkeling with schools of blue tang in no time. The snorkeling here is very shallow, which makes for a really enjoyable underwater experience.
One suggestion is to arrive early.
There is not too much room to maneuver, so if you go later you will be bumping elbows and fins with tourists. Wayaka 2 is popular for a reason, so you and everyone else will want to be here.
05- SALT PIER BEACH
Salt Pier Beach
Salt Pier is another fantastic snorkeling beach! The beach is pebbly, but once you waddle out a little bit the ocean bottom gets sandy.
Wear those dive booties!
Snorkeling with turtles at Salt Pier Beach
There are two fun sections to snorkel, which are all detailed in my Salt Pier Snorkeling Guide.
We always see small turtles in the sandy section right in front of the beach.
Snorkeling with French grunt around the pylons at Salt Pier
The second fun section is swimming in between the pylons of Salt Pier further out.
This is a DEEP snorkel and kinda eerie at first, so you may want to pop on a snorkel vest.
We’ve seen barracuda, tarpons, an octopus (but only because a diver pointed one out since it was down pretty deep), and schools of sergeant majors, French grunt, and palometas.
06- BOCA SLAGBAAI BEACH
Boca Slagbaai Beach in Bonaire
We love snorkeling off the beach at Boca Slagabaai. This is another Bonaire snorkeling beach located in Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Boca Slagbaai has a nice soft sandy part of the beach where there are a few benches and palapas set up to enjoy lunch or a snack out of the sun.
It also has a pebbly part where you enter the water. The entry is pretty easy, and we always enjoy snorkeling off to the right around the rocks.
Sharptail eel at Boca Slagbaai Beach
We’ve seen quite a few cool sea creatures over the years including several types of eels, massive Queen parrotfish, and many schools of fish. I’m really surprised we rarely see other snorkelers at this site.
Best Beaches with Facilities
07- SOROBON BEACH
Sorobon Beach at Lac Bay
Sometimes you just want to lounge and have a Piña Colada with a nice view. If you fall into that camp, Sorobon Beach is your beach.
Located on Lac Bay, Sorobon Beach has nice soft sand and very calm shallow waters. Lac Bay is famous for being one of the world’s best places to learn windsurfing.
You can also snorkel at Lac Bay, but I would only recommend it for experienced snorkelers.
08- EDEN BEACH
Eden Beach in Bonaire
Eden Beach is another soft sand beach located at Eden Beach Resort.
You can rent a lounge chair for $10/chair or a cabana for $20 and order food at their bar from 12 pm – 3 pm. Tasty cocktails and refreshing beverages are served throughout the day.
The staff is warm and friendly, and the vibe is chill.
Snorkel from Front Porch Reef to Bari Reef right from the beach, which are top-rated snorkeling sites. We’ve seen huge bait balls, eels, peacock flounders, and plenty of curious fish.
Best Beaches for Swimming
09- BACHELOR'S BEACH
Bachelor’s Beach in Bonaire
Don’t miss a stop at Bachelor’s Beach.
Its small beach and calm waters make it ideal for swimming and relaxing. You can also snorkel and dive here, but we haven’t checked out the reef yet.
You can’t see the beach from the road because it sits below a cliff in between a residential area.
Look for the yellow dive site marker “Bachelor’s Beach.” Enter the soft sandy beach by navigating 7 stairs down a small cliff. You’ll be in the water in seconds. Sunsets here are epic.
Please note the beach disappears at high tide, so plan accordingly.
King Kong Bonaire food truck sets up shop here. They have some of the best burgers on the island as rated by many happy travelers. This is the one food truck we haven’t tried yet but hope to on our next trip.
While Bonaire may not boast the internationally renowned beaches found on neighboring Caribbean islands, it still offers some incredible choices. Each beach has its own unique personality. I hope this list helps you discover which one is your happy place.
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