Guide to Driving In Bonaire - Drive Safe in Bonaire

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Bonaire and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

40 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

20 kph

rural
More info  

motorway speed limit

n/a kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 No law

drink and drive limit
More info  
urban
You drive in Bonaire on the Right side  
urban
The currency in Bonaire is USD $
urban
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Driving Laws in Bonaire

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Bonaire?

Driving in Bonaire
Pocket guide to driving in Bonaire
Profile:
Bonaire
Kralendijk
USD $
Driving in Bonaire
SPEED: (kph)
40
20
n/a
Speed limit in Bonaire
Holiday:
Rush hour in Bonaire
Cameras:
NO
YES
Speed cameras in Bonaire
FUEL:
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Bonaire
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Bonaire
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Bonaire
DRINK:
No law
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Bonaire
EMERGENCY:
911
Emergency phone number in Bonaire
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Bonaire
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Bonaire
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Bonaire
Bonaire is a tiny little island in the Caribbean, now part of the Netherlands. Its size means you're unlikely to get lost but there are some roads where you'll find a 4x4 useful.  When driving, the main thing to be careful of is stop signs. The law in bonaire says that you must come to a complete stop at them. If you don't the police are hot on reinforcing the law. At night, watch out for people and animals walking along the roads, Bonaire doesn't go much on pavements so driving at night can be dangerous.
 

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Bonaire by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Watch out for parking restrictions around public buildings. There’ll be signs but they are regularly patrolled to stop infringement. Another law says you’re not allowed to park on a ‘busy road’ and, with the vagueness of this law, watch out to see if others have parked before doing so yourself. 

Paid parking
 
You’ll find paid parking in the capital and larger towns but the cost is minimal. Car crime is a problem and so this form of parking is usually safer and recommended.
 
Enforcement

If you park where you’re not supposed to then, very quickly, you’ll find you’re asked to move on or ticketed. There is plenty of legal parking everywhere on Bonaire so use it.
 
Disabled parking

Concessions for disabled drivers haven’t reached Bonaire yet but accessible parking is easy to find and so you shouldn’t have a problem. If you need additional help, you’ll usually find a willing local. 

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

The emergency number on Bonaire is 911 but if you can’t get through try 717-8000 as there is usually only one operator on the emergency number.

What to do in an emergency

If you have technical problems whilst driving a hire car, simply phone the emergency number given to you by the car hire company which you’ll find on the car rental documentation or inside the windscreen. If you’re in a private car you’ll often find that locals will stop to assist or phone a local mechanic to come and help.
 
In an accident, you must call the police if there is anything more than just superficial damage or if there is an injury or death. When the police attend they will need formal proof of identity before releasing you. You’ll receive a report on the accident which you should give to your car hire company or insurers.  

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

I have broken down:                           Ik heb afgebroken
Where is the police station?:            Waar is het politiebureau?
I have a flat tyre:                                  Ik heb een lekke band
I have been in an accident:                Ik heb een ongeluk gehad
Where is?:                                              Waar is?
Where can I buy petrol?:                   Waar kan ik benzine kopen?

Bonaire Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Bonaire by Month
Phil Partridge
Posted by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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