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Between Columbia and Karpata

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Free

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Beaches, Free, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 1.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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).

Even if you don't explore the sea life, recent travelers said the view from the top of the limestone steps is worth the trip. Visitors also said the water was unbelievably blue, and that there is some off-road parking available. Still, it may be easier to venture over on a tour bus. 

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 Klein Bonaire

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop on the next water taxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an unblemished oasis protected from development as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. This isolated paradise boasts pristine white sands and some of the island's best diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to excellent water visibility. Just keep in mind that there are no refreshment stands, changing areas or beach umbrellas on the island, so you will need to pack your own water, food, sunscreen, towels and any other supplies. Still, Klein Bonaire earns rave reviews from visitors of all ages and diving levels. 

Caribe Watersport's water taxi departs from Karel's Beach Bar at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. every day, and from the Eden Beach Resort at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is also a 9 a.m. departure time from Eden Beach. You can hop on the taxi back to Bonaire's mainland at 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. Adult passengers will pay $20 round trip, while children 11 and younger can hop aboard for $10. For more information on Klein Bonaire, head to the Bonaire tourism website.

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