Top Reasons To Visit Bonaire, Saint Eustatius And Saba

The top reasons to visit Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, collectively known as the Caribbean Netherlands, are the same as other Caribbean destinations as far as biodiversity and stunning landscapes are concerned. But one big difference they have collectively is the fact that they are largely influenced by Dutch tradition rather than French, American, British and Spanish culture. The three aforementioned municipalities are self-governing, in spite being partly a Dutch independent colony. And the executive power it has lies with the island council. This means that every decision related to the country is dependent on its local government. However, residents in this place are entitled to vote as Dutch nationals. Its current status as a country is admittedly quite confusing for a person who’s not that politically well-versed. So instead of delving into the technicalities, it is best to just discuss what makes these three special regions great holiday destinations.

The Quill, St. Eustatius' dormant volcano

The Quill, St. Eustatius’ dormant volcano

First and foremost, all three of them have great coastlines. So if you wish to be somewhere that’s not overly crowded but has all the amenities and features you need for a fun and relaxing getaway, then you should head on to the Caribbean Netherlands. The top reasons to visit Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba include water sports like kite surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving since all three have great tropical climates, temperate seas and an abundant collection of coral reefs and dive sites. Bonaire, in particular, is world-renowned as a diving destination, dubbed as a Divers Paradise. And as far as sailing goes, Lac Bay in the south east provide a shallow and windy environment for intermediate sailors to enhance their skills. Saba is also part of the top 10 diving spots in the world, with the Saba National Marine Park, among many others.

In addition to the given, Saba also hosts a potentially active volcano that provides tourists a great venue for climbing. As one of the top reasons to visit Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba collectively, this massive land structure standing 877 meters hosts a number of interesting flora and fauna that should make the journey to the top more worthwhile. If you are concerned about it erupting, then you have little to worry about because it has been a while (1640) since it last wreaked havoc on the island.

Now, speaking of interesting fauna, Bonaire specifically serves as home to the endangered Yellow-shouldered Amazon which is a type of parrot. There are only about 2,500 to 10,000 of them in the wild today. And because of habitat destruction, their population has decreased exponentially, making them rare to find. But if you do get to spend some time in the Caribbean Netherlands, you might get to spot one of them and appreciate their beauty up close. In any case, you might still enjoy the other  top reasons to visit Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba like Rincon (a traditional colonial village), Goto Meer (a flamingo nesting area), and Mangazina de Rei Cultural Park (which is basically a living history museum highlighting Caribbean music, fares, and handicrafts).


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