SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime occurs in Bonaire.

Residential break-ins and theft from vehicles, hotel rooms and rental units occur. To minimize the risk of theft:

  • never leave your personal belongings unattended on the beach, in parked cars or in unsecured hotel rooms or rental apartments
  • stay in accommodation with good security
  • sleep with your doors and windows locked
  • use your hotel safe to store your valuables and passport and other travel documents, but be sure it is bolted to the wall or the floor

Car rentals left by divers at shore sites may be targets for smash and grab robbery. Do not leave belongings in plain sight in parked cars. Car theft, especially of rental vehicles, occurs. Always get insurance.

Avoid unpopulated areas or isolated beaches after dark. Check with local authorities to find out which beaches are patrolled.

WOMEN’S SAFETY

Incidents of sexual assault occur.

Safe travel guide for women

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

Ensure that the recreational activities you undertake are covered by your travel insurance and that sporting and aquatic equipment is safe and in good condition, especially for scuba diving and jet skiing.

Ensure helmets and life jackets are available, if applicable.

Avoid excursions that are not recommended by tour operators.

Exercise caution when swimming. Seek information about water conditions such as strong currents, riptides and undertow. 

WILDLIFE VIEWING

Wildlife viewing poses risks, particularly when done on foot or at close range. Always stay on marked paths and closely follow park or reserve regulations and the instructions of local authorities.

ROAD SAFETY

Major roads are in good condition, but road signs are rare. The lighting on most roads is generally poor. Animals wandering on the road are a hazard.

Be careful when driving in rainy weather as roads can become extremely slippery.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation is reliable.

Take registered taxis only. Taxis do not have meters, so you should agree on a fare prior to departure.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines