You ended up where exactly ??? Well … We’re pretty sure you came in here by airplane and you already might have seen it on the flight-monitor…Bonaire is located in the Caribbean. Together with Statia, Saba, St Martin, Curaçao and Aruba, Bonaire was part of the Dutch Kingdom. But as of October 10th 2010 Bonaire has closer thighs with the Netherlands and is now an official part of Holland.
Location: 30 miles (48 km) from Curacao; 50 miles (80 km) north of Venezuela and 81 miles (129 km) east of Aruba, outside of the Caribbean hurricane belt.
Size: 24 miles (39 km) long by 3-7 miles wide, 112 square miles (290 km2). Highest elevation is Brandaris Hill, 784 feet (241 meters). Less than 13,000 inhabitants.
Climate: 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.
What do we talk?
Papiamento. It is a form of Creole indigenous to the Dutch Antilles, particularly Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, where it is considered the national language. It is also found in occasional use on Sint Maarten, Saba, and Statia. The term is a derivation of the old Spanish verb papear, which means to speak or converse.
Below you will find some words or sentences that might be useful here…
Bon bini – welcome
Bon dia – good morning
Bon tardi – good afternoon
Bon nochi – good evening
Si – yes
Danki – thank you
Dushi – sweetheart, sweet
Kome – eat
Bebe – drink
Drumi – sleep
Ayo – good-bye
• Unda mi por kome kuminda krioyo? – (Where can I eat local food?)
• Bo por mustra mi e kaminda pa Washington Park? – (Could you show me the way to Washington Park?)
• Kon ta bai? – (How are you?)
• E pomp di gasolin ta habri awor? – (Is the gas station open now?)
• Un, dos, tres, kuater, sinku, seis, shete, ocho, nuebe, djes – (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)