1000 Steps#4 in Best Things To Do in Bonaire
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Don't be fooled: You won't actually have to trudge up and down 1,000 steps at this popular beach spot – just 67. However, you'll understand the moniker once you climb back up the stairs with your scuba gear strapped on.
Located just north of Kralendijk on the island's west coast, the beach at 1000 Steps boasts pristine azure waters and an impressive, multihued display of coral, sponges, turtles and fish. Though it's a popular diving and snorkeling spot for locals and tourists alike, 1000 Steps doesn't cater to the landlubber set. The beach is rough with a narrow strip of sand and cacti shrubs dotting the shoreline, so don't plan on sunbathing (and be sure to bring water shoes). But even if you don't explore the sea life, the view from the top of the limestone steps is worth the trip. Note: There are no diving schools located on 1000 Steps, so you must bring your own gear. And as long as you're carrying a nature tag, you do not have to pay to dive here. To learn more about 1000 Steps beach, check out the Bonaire Tourism website.
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#1 Bonaire Diving and Snorkeling
Thanks to Bonaire's marine conservation programs – some of which have been in place for almost 60 years – the island is one of the Caribbean's best diving destinations. With 63 official dive sites on the main island (and an additional 26 spots on the islet of Klein Bonaire), the island offers an abundance of options for divers' underwater explorations.
Remember that you must be certified before you can plunge into the deep blue sea. Though many resorts offer diving packages, training before your trip may cut down on overall costs and allow you to dive right in on day one. All divers are required to purchase the mandatory $45 nature tag, which you must attach to your scuba gear. The fee grants you one year of unlimited diving, and the proceeds help maintain the Bonaire National Marine Park.
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