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Flamingo Airport has a runway of almost 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in length, long enough to accommodate 747 Jumbo Jets. The airport's designation is BON.
ATM / Banks
Bonaire has a number of banks, all of which have ATMs located conveniently around the island. Banking hours are Monday through Friday 8 to 4pm.
The USdollar was introduced as of Januari 1st 2011. Traveler's checks and credit cards are widely accepted. Be sure to have your passport or positive ID when changing Traveler's cheques at banks.
The average air temperature is 82º Fahrenheit (30ºC) and 75% relative humidity. Average water temperature is 80ºF (29ºC). Rainfall averages 22" (52.8cm) per year. There is a constant trade wind that generally makes the evenings cool and comfortable. Average windspeed is 15 mph (25kph).
Besides articles for personal use, visitors over 15 are allowed 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, 125 grams of tobacco, 1 liter of distillated beverages, 2 liters of wine. Other goods with a maximum value of $ 112.- For more information please visit www.douane-cn.nl
International departure tax is usually ncluded in your airline ticket but some tour companies may not include it. Domestic departure tax is $5.75 per person
Casual (but no beach wear) downtown. Evening clothes are casual to casual nice.
Drinking Age, Casino/Gambling and DRUG Laws
The legal drinking age on Bonaire is 18 for both beer and other alcohol. The legal age for gambling in a casino is 21.
The Netherlands Antilles has its own drug laws which are not the same as in Holland. Our drug laws are not lenient.
The water is distilled from seawater and is perfectly safe to drink.
Foreign and international licenses are accepted.
127 volt, 50 cycle. 220 volt is also available at some resorts. Most U.S. appliances will work, however a bit hotter. Dive shops and resorts have stations for guest use for charging camera batteries, etc. It is recommended that you use them to avoid damage to delicate equipment.
Bonaire has a 60-bed hospital "Hospital San Fransisco"(at Kaya Soeur Bartola #2, Kralendijk) and a number of doctors. There is an ambulance plane on call for emergencies. A hyperbaric recompression chamber is located adjacent to the hospital and is run by a highly trained staff - admittance via the emergency room at the hospital. The emergency phone number is 911.
US and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport and a return or ongoing ticket. A Birth Certificate with a picture ID is also acceptable.
E-mail access is available through local providers. Most resorts offer (free) wireless internet service.
Papiamentu (local language), Dutch, English and Spanish.
Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 8 or 9 AM until 12 noon when they close for one to two hours, than remain open until 6 PM. Hours vary widely and some stay open during lunch hour. The larger supermarkets are open from 8 AM until 6 PM and some are open on Sundays from 8 AM to 2 PM.
Taxes, Tipping and Service Charges
There is a 6% tax on virtually all goods and services (ABB tax). A room tax of US$6.50 is also charged per person per day. A departure tax of US$36.- is levied for international destinations and included in the ticket-price, US$5.75 for other Antillean islands except Aruba. Car rental tax is US$4.00 per day.
Tipping is much the same as in the States. Some restaurants add a 10-15% service charge automatically, so if in doubt, ask.
Taxis - generally a 10% tip is greatly apppreciated. In dive shops, etc. 10% is also the norm.
Taxis are available at the airport. From other locations you may call the taxi stand at the airport at Tel. 8100.
Direct dialing is possible from most resorts. AT&T, MCI, etc. can also be accessed. The local telephone office, TELBO can also place calls to all locations.
Atlantic Standard Time. Same time as the United States East Coast during Daylight Savings Time (mid-Spring to mid-Fall). Bonaire does not change time for Daylight Savings, as is the custom in the US and Europe.
High Season Winter/Spring: Dec. 16 - Apr. 15
Low Season Summer/Fall: Apr. 16 - Dec. 15
Windy Season: May - Aug, moderate wind Jan-Apr
Rainy Season: Nov. - Jan.
No vaccinations or preventative medications are recommended for travel to Bonaire. Yellow fever and Malaria are not a problem here. The Center for Disease Control in the the US offers updates and advisories for travellers.