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After the referendum in 2010, Bonaire chose to have a close relationship with Holland, along with the other islands SABA and EUSTATIA (BES Islands). The Dutch government has the main office based on Bonaire. Since 2010, Holland has been consistently investing into the infrastructure, including a new hospital, new roads, a fire department, a police station, and a new sewage system which has all helped to boost the local economy.
To further spark the economy, Bonaire offers a very low rate of tax with no profit tax for companies, rental income tax free for non residents and in addition Dutch residents will not pay wealth tax for 10 years for the amount of money invested in real estate on Bonaire. Investors that are embracing this opportunity already are: Courtyard Marriot, Delfins Resort, Europarcs Resort Bonaire, restaurants, rental companies and many more.
Bonaire is a gem in the Caribbean that offers holiday seekers sunshine throughout the year and is the home to world famous shore diving spots. Bonaire is also recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. Bonaire is striving to become Carbon Neutral. The goal is to become a tourism destination that is in balance. The government is planning to have gas emissions (GHG) identified, measured, reduced where possible and 100 percent of the remaining emissions will be offset through high quality renewable energy, energy efficiency and or reforestation projects. This is the easiest way to describe how Bonaire will become a leading carbon neutral destination in the world.
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) is a non-governmental research and conservation organization that has been protecting sea turtles since 1991. The small Caribbean island of Bonaire is home to three of the world’s six endangered or critically endangered species of marine turtles: the hawksbill, green, and loggerhead turtle. Green and hawksbill turtles can be seen year-round, while loggerheads generally visit only during the nesting season.
Eco Adventures available on the island include biking trails, rappelling & rock climbing, horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, hiking caving, big game fishing, and bird watching.
Bonaire offers outstanding natural sightseeing opportunities. The Washington Slagbaai National Park is an ecological reserve on the northwestern part of Bonaire.
Lac, part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, is the biggest lagoon of the ABC Islands, 700 hectares. Since 1980 Lac has been a RAMSAR site, recognized globally as a wetlands of special significance. The ecosystem of Lac is very fragile. To ensure a proper balance zones have been instituted. Lac is home to three globally endangered species: The Green Turtle, the Queen Conch and the mangrove trees.
- The Marriott Court Yard offers 140 rooms – opened December 2016, Delfins Resort with 84 apartments and villas, Europarcs Resort Bonaire with more then 100 apartments, soon under construction 197 apartments at Chogogo Dive & Beach Resort in cooperation with Operator TUI.
- Hotel room rates for 4-5 star hotels are generating approximately an average of $200 USD/night with the best hotel on the island selling at $350.00 USD/night.
- Low insurance premiums (Bonaire is out of the hurricane belt).
- Direct flights available from Europe, USA and Canada.
- Drinkable tap water (which is not available on most other islands).
- Top restaurants – voted best restaurant in the Caribbean (Caribbean journal, 2016).
- Best Retirement Location – voted best retirement destination in the Caribbean (Caribbean journal, 2017).
- Bonaire is ranked 5th on the list of Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Caribbean.
- Won the Islands Magazine’s Editors’ Picks: Best Snorkelling in the Caribbean.
- Fast internet.
- International airport.
- Excellent amenities and affordable grocery stores.