Bonaire Beach Break
Today, tropical Bonaire is a playground for all visitors. Centuries ago this was not case. First, you'll visit the Salt flats and huts where slaves who mined the salt were housed. Afterward, you'll visit the portion within the Salt company reserved as a flamingo sanctuary. Next, Bonaire's oldest lighthouse will be seen before you reach the Plaza Beach Resort to play in the luxurious pool and bar. Travelers interested in both island culture and relaxation will greatly enjoy this Bonaire excursion.
This guided tour brings you to the southern section of the island to the centuries old Salt flats. Since the 17th Century, when Europeans arrived, salt was mined by Caquetio Indians and African slaves. You'll see the huts where they resided while mining salt, which continues to produce to this very day.
Next, located within the grounds of the Salt Company, you'll visit lands reserved as a flamingo sanctuary prior to driving further to the southernmost tip of the island. Here, you will see Willems Toren lighthouse. Erected in 1837, it is the oldest lighthouse in Bonaire, and it still works!
Thereafter, you will reach the Plaza Beach Resort. This delightful, all-inclusive resort opens its doors for your relaxing pleasure. Swim at its beach or the fountain pool. Or snorkel on a nearby reef. Should you need a refreshment, the Coconut Crash Beach Bar has a wonderful selection to satisfy you. Reserve this tropical dream today.
Reviewer: Marybeth Nelson
We thought the salt reclamation process, past and present, was very interesting. The Plaza Beach resort was very clean. It was a little difficult to figure out how the chairs were priced for rental. Staff allowed us to switch to the less expensive chair when they collected fees over an hour after we were there. Advice: Strongly recommend wearing or bringing water shoes. The shore line is rocky but there is a long dock you can walk out on to access the water beyond for swimming and snorkeling. Would recommend.
Reviewer: Amy Infanti
We had an amazing tour guide that just took our party of 6 around the Southern Part of the Island. She was friendly and we loved seeing the Salt Mines, Wind Surfers, Flamingos among other things. Then we went to the Plaza Resort, for an amazing afternoon. Great snorkeling, quiet, plenty of sunshine, still enough to do for 4 year old and teens(free wifi). Was truly the highlight of our cruise.
Reviewer: Adalys Reyes
Me gustó mucho pq pude conocer partes de la isla y pasar un rato en la playa. Lo recomiendo
The guide was great! They took us all around the Island, and it was informative. The people on bus that "did not" book thru this site paid a lot more then we did because their excursion was booked from the ship which included a lunch that they paid over $40.00 dollars more per person for a hamburger or Hot Dog and drink. There was many complainants back on the ship after we returned. I was glad we booked this excursion thru this site, I bought my own food for a lot cheaper price.
The salt mining was very interesting but would have liked to see the flamingos closer up.