Bonaire is a special municipality (officially “public body”) of the Netherlands, consisting of theCaribbean island of Bonaire and, nestled in its western crescent, the uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire. Together with Aruba and Curaçao it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the Caiquetio word ‘Bonay’. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its spelling to Bojnaj and also Bonaire, which means “Good Air”.
From the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010, the BES islands Bonaire, Saba, and Saint Eustatius were given the status of public body (often referred to as “special municipality”) within the Netherlands, while the islands of Curaçao and Sint Maarten are independent states within theKingdom of the Netherlands. At present, although part of the Netherlands, it remains an overseas territory of the European Union.
Bonaire is located in the Dutch Caribbean. It’s 30 miles (48 km) from Curacao; 50 miles (80 km) north of Venezuela and 86 miles (129 km) east of Aruba, outside of the Caribbean hurricane belt.
24 miles (39 km) long by 3-7 miles wide, 112 square miles (290 km2). Highest elevation is Brandaris Hill, 784 feet (240 meters).
Yearly average temperature is 82°F (27.8°C); water temperature of 80°F (26.7°C); rainfall of 22 inches (56 cm); humidity of 76%. Sunny, all year round.
Papiamentu, Dutch (official language). Most people speak English and Spanish as well
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