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Bonaire Cuisine

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Local Cuisine

Bonaire seduces your senses with her natural beauty, incredible sunsets and vibrant nightlife as well as a wonderful selection of restaurants that will satisfy food lovers from all over the world.

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Wine Tasting & Drinking

The cultivation of wine began over 500 years ago with Hernan Cortes.  Today the wine production in Mexico is gaining importance nationally and internationally.In Mexico, there are seven main estates where wine production is carried out.

Fun & Pleasure

Tequila

Tequila is a regional distilled alcoholic drink made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila,  and in the Jaliscan Highlands of the central western Mexican state of Jalisco.

Lime, Salt & Fun

Beer

Beer in Mexico has a long history. From  Mesoamerican time and the arrival of the Spanish, European style beer brewed was introduced and Mexicans have been brewing beer for centuries and is one of the world’s top beer-producing countries.

Learning to Cook Regional Delights

Attending a local cooking school is the best way to learn the local cuisine and Bonaire serves as a key location for cooking schools and food preparation here. Foodies who choose to mix learning with pleasure in Bonaire often find this to be a great chance to meet new friends and interact with locals.

The Basics: Seafood
Fresh seafood abounds in Isla Mujeres, with all the usual suspects making an appearance: sandwiches out of beach-side shacks, grilled fish platters and plenty of ceviche. Regional ceviche has its own unique flavor acquired by the unconventional splash of orange soda or juice and sprinkling of tomatoes. Isla Mujeres also has two seafood dishes that are distinct to the region: Pescado a la Talla is the most well-known regional specialty, a grilled snapper that has been marinated in spices and chiles. Vuelve a la vida or “return to life” in English, is the perfect hangover cure that locals swear by. It’s essentially a seafood cocktail served in a chilled goblet with a side of saltine crackers and sliced avocado. A vuelve a la vida usually contains some combination of shrimp, raw clams and oysters, squid and ceviche doused in tomato juice, ketchup and a spicy salsa.

The cuisine of the Yucatán Peninsula (actually three states: Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo) is perhaps the most revered after Oaxaca. Its relative geographic and cultural isolation (Mexicans from the region might refer to themselves as “yucateco” as readily as “mexicano”) and prominent African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern influences make for a very distinctive cuisine. Habanero chile, achiote (annatto seed), sour orange, red onion, spices like allspice and large-leafed Yucatecan oregano, and seasoning pastes called recados are some of the ingredients far more common to la cocina yucateca than the rest of the country.

Bonaire Cuisine

Pozole

On Isla Mujeres, you can enjoy two types of pozole: white and green. White pozole is the kind you can find just about anywhere in Mexico; it’s prepared with chicken or pork, heirloom corn, vegetables and tortilla chips. Green pozole, has pumpkin seed sauce and green tomatoes added. The steaming hot soup is usually served in a clay bowl and is the perfect meal for a rainy afternoon on the coast.

Sopa de Albóndigas

Albondigas soup is a traditional Mexican meatball soup (“albondigas” means “meatballs” in Spanish) that my mother has cooked for our family for more than 50 years. It is our version of comfort food. A simple soup base is made with sautéed onions, garlic, broth, and tomatoes.

Tamales 

The delicious tamales have a special flavor that makes for a unique dining experience. They often consist of black mole with pork, chicken or green beans and squash blossoms wrapped in a banana leaf that gives them a more smooth and solid consistency. You can also enjoy bean tamales covered with green pumpkin seed mole or tamales made from fresh pumpkin.

Ceviche

Isla Mujeres is an island off of the Yucatán, fresh seafood is something that can easily be enjoyed during your visit. Ceviche is prepared by cooking pieces of fish that were dipped in lemon juice for at least one night before draining the mixture and adding onion, fresh lemon juice, diced avocado, cilantro, olive oil, olives and chili.

Pescado a la Talla

Isla Mujeres is full of coconut and tamarind trees, and as a result, there are various recipes that have been created using the fruits. Some of the treats that are peddled on the beach and everywhere in between include tamarind pulp mixed with sugar, jamoncillo, a nutty kind of fudge, baked coconut candy and coconut ice cream.

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la Vida or “return to life” in English, is the perfect hangover cure that locals swear by. It’s essentially a seafood cocktail served in a chilled goblet with a side of saltine crackers and sliced avocado. A vuelve a la vida usually contains some combination of shrimp, raw clams and oysters, squid and ceviche doused in tomato juice, ketchup and a spicy salsa.

Sweet Treats for Dessert

Isla Mujeres is full of coconut and tamarind trees, and as a result, there are various recipes that have been created using the fruits. Some of the treats that are peddled on the beach and everywhere in between include tamarind pulp mixed with sugar, jamoncillo, a nutty kind of fudge, baked coconut candy and coconut ice cream.

Sopa de Lima

Lime soup is a traditional dish from the Mexican state of Yucatan, which is made of chicken or some other meat such as pork or beef, lime juice and served with tortilla chips. This dish was originally created by the Mayans and with the passage of time has evolved to take its present form.

Cochinita pibil

Roast pork marinated in achiote and sour orange. Cochinita pibil is the most famous dish originated in Yucatan. … This dish is prepared with pork meat marinated in achiote and wrapped in banana leaves; traditionally it is cooked underground over hot stones, pibil in Mayan means “under the ground”.

Tzik de Venado

The Tzic de Venado is an iconic dish of the cuisine of the State of Yucatan for honoring the traditions of the ancient Maya, who incorporated in their diet wild animal meat

Famous Isla Mujeres Drinks

A well-known drink is Damiana liqueur. This is made from the plant with the same name and combines with cane alcohol, sugar, and water. It is usually prepared with indigenous Guaycrua for various ceremonies. This is actually digestive liquor. As a matter of fact, it is also known to be a relaxing aphrodisiac.

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Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Beach Destination

Your vacation to Bonaire is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining through the jungle, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Bonaire is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. From beachcombing to swimming and sunbathing, Bonaire’s beaches will not disappoint.

Swimming

Bonaire has over 22 beaches. On Bonaire and sister island Klein Bonaire, the sands of some beaches are soft and blindingly white, while others are coarser and darker due to the high content of crushed shells and coral.

Sunbathing

Te Amo is a beautiful, white sandy public beach situated near Bonaire’s airport. Its location provides spectacular sights of arriving airplanes on this otherwise tranquil area. The sandy shoreline makes easy access to the water.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding on Bonaire. Romantic weddings on a sugar white sand beach, rich sunsets and one of the most beautiful views in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning beforehand, Bonaire is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance and Bonaire is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Bonaire has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the environment in Bonaire. It is easy to learn and a great way to have fun in the many coves surrounding the island.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventure, exploring and paddling in the pristine bays with their cyrstal clear water. Include in your paddling adventure a trip through the extensive mangroves and visit with the critters that flourish here.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Bonaire is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Snorkeling allows you to get a broad view of the coral reef with its many inhabitants. In a few meters of depth, chances are you can spot turtles, rays or even a seahorse. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor. 

Scuba

Bonaire offers scuba diving 24/7, 365 days a year and in a pristine underwater environment with access to many locations for shore and boat diving. It is an award winning diving destination that accommodates every skill level.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

Bonaire is considered one of the best big game fishing destinations in the Caribbean. The turquoise blue waters off Bonaire are perfect for deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing and spear fishing.

Deep Sea

Attraction for anglers heading to Bonaire is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

“Piedro So”, the only golf course on island, has one objective, to keep the course as natural as possible. This 18 hole golf course is perfectly shaped into the eco environment of Bonaire, which gives the course a unique ecologic vibe. 

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Bonaire’s best known places for horseback riding are Rancho Washikemba on Bonaire’s eastern side, and the Horse Ranch Bonaire, on the western side, located only a short drive from Bonaire’s capital Kralendijk.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungles.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, creates the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through jungles full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering Bonaire as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider Bonaire for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Bonaire has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Real estate investment opportunities exist on Bonaire for entrepreneurs in the business. From beachfront and beach view homes, condos, apartments and vacant land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of Bonaire has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

The culture of Bonaire can be seen in the faces of its people. The different features and hues tell the story of dozens of ethnic and racial influences.  Indian, African, Asian and European inhabitants have all contributed to who Bonaire is today.

Culture

The traditional celebrations calendar in Bonaire is filled with exciting activities throughout the year. Most of these celebrations have some main elements in common, which is uniting people with food, music and dance.  The celebrations on Bonaire are an important part of the culture on Bonaire. 

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Bonaire is well known for her varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisites culinary delights, paired with wine, local beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Cactus Drink

Have you ever drank a cactus? The island’s Cadushy Distillery makes a cactus liqueur that has a lime flavor along with a few other liqueurs. You can visit the distillery in Rincon or the store in downtown Kradeljik. 

Beer

If you want to get very local, Bonaire Blond is the beer for you. It’s brewed at a local restaurant and available in bottles at the grocery store and in a handful of restaurants on the island. Nothing beats a Blonde Beer in Bonaire!

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

Bonaire resorts are perennial favorites among globetrotters. With a variety of beach options, rich heritage and fantastic food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that’s got more to offer within such easy reach of most travelers.

Resorts

With her gorgeous beaches and upscale resorts, Bonaire is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a rum tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures.

Resorts

If you’re looking for warmth, relaxation, and an amazing experience, look no further than Bonaire. Around every corner of the island there are plenty of new adventures and surprises.

Special Trips, Tours & Events:  Bonaire

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Romance

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Activities

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Beach Time

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