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    How does Bonaire compare to Aruba

    We just returned from our 6th trip to Aruba and had a wonderful time as we always do. We are thinking about going to Bonaire but I am worried I won't like it as much as Aruba and will regret not going to Aruba. Has anyone gone to Bonaire and what are their thoughts?

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    going to move this to off topic

    bonaire vs aruba apples vs oranges

    bonaire has few stretches of sandy beaches....mostly coral and rough areas.
    bonaire has magnificent snorkeling and scuba (although aruba has very good snorkeling and scuba, but bonaire wins in that category)
    bonaire has way less congestion, tourists,restaurant selection, watersports, infrastructure,shopping, casinos and resorts.
    bonaire shares the same papiamento language.

    would i go to bonaire again? absolutely.
    it is a beautiful island.

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    Everything Andrea said. IF you can live without white sand beaches, but are casual and like tranquility then you will love Bonaire.

    A perfect destination for divers and even snorkelers.

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    Thank you

    Thank you Andrea - my hubby is an avid snorkeler me not so much but I am going to practice in the pool this summer to become more comfortable with it. Sounds like it is worth a try. Our last trip to Aruba was during Easter week and we found the island too busy but I guess that was just bad timing. Next year it sounds like Bonaire will be on the agenda and then go back to Aruba the following year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    going to move this to off topic

    bonaire vs aruba apples vs oranges

    bonaire has few stretches of sandy beaches....mostly coral and rough areas.
    bonaire has magnificent snorkeling and scuba (although aruba has very good snorkeling and scuba, but bonaire wins in that category)
    bonaire has way less congestion, tourists,restaurant selection, watersports, infrastructure,shopping, casinos and resorts.
    bonaire shares the same papiamento language.

    would i go to bonaire again? absolutely.
    it is a beautiful island.

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    Thank you Arubalisa - I think we will give it a try and then go to Aruba the following year.

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    U convinced me to go to Bonnaire in late July. I will be staying at PBV for week 29 then I would like to go to Bonnaire for week 30 then back to Aruba for week 31. I would like to find a resort like PBV small real close to the beach don't care for a casino. Any recommendations? Should I rent a car? My wife and I love to snokel. Any information would be helpful. Norm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIPPAK View Post
    like PBV small real close to the beach
    You are going to need to find a resort with a man made beach.

    Harbor Village has a small beach, but many would consider it $$$.

    Divi is a nice resort, with fantastic snorkeling off the pier, but no beach.


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    When we return to Aruba (still don't know when, but it will happen), my wife and I are sure to include at least a few days in Bonaire for snorkeling.

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    Maybe that's what we should do

    Sounds like a great idea maybe we should do that for our first Bonaire trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcioCampos View Post
    When we return to Aruba (still don't know when, but it will happen), my wife and I are sure to include at least a few days in Bonaire for snorkeling.

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    I have been to Aruba 32 times and I was on Bonaire twice and also twice to Cur. The only reasonyou would want to go to Bonaire is to dive or snorkel. Also they have some great places to eat. There is no night life but check out the Woodwind and do a snorkel trip with them. Dee will also take you out night snorkeling. The BEST thing I ever done. Now I am HOOKED!!! Bonaire is a laid back, quiet Island but its awsome!!! Kent
    Snorkel Mangel Halto, day or night with a waterscooter. Check out our website. E-mail Stuart at arubabob@live.com or call Stuart local: 745-7459 Or visit: www.arubabobsnorkeling.com 50th trip Dec 11, 2017

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