Getting Around Bonaire and Traffic Rules
Every country has its own set of rules and regulations. As a visitor to new destinations, it is the traveler’s responsibility to educate themselves on the laws and restrictions of every place and respect and abide by these rules. Bonaire is a small island, however, renting a vehicle is a must in order for you to be able to get around and see the island with ease. In this article, we’re giving you the necessary information as well as the important rules and regulations you need to know when you’re getting around Bonaire.
Roads on the island are generally quiet. There are no highways or traffic lights for that matter. Navigating around is quite easy and speeding is rarely seen. In order to drive in Bonaire, you must be 18 years old. However, some car rental agencies require drivers to be 21 years old and have had a license for at least 2 years. This may differ depending on the car agency so it is important to check which specific requirements apply with your car supplier. With some suppliers, drivers younger than 25 years of age may incur a young driver’s surcharge.
Driving in Bonaire is on the right-hand side of the road. Every passenger inside a vehicle must wear a seatbelt. The slight difference of traffic rules that Bonaire has with some other countries is that traffic from your right has right of way at equivalent intersections. At a T-junction (indicated by road signs), priority is given to traffic driving on the main road. International driving rules, signals, and signs apply in Bonaire with the speed limit being 40 kilometers in town, 60 kilometers out of town and 70 kilometers where it is posted.
Bonaire has a lot of wildlife so watch out for dogs, goats, sheep, donkeys, chickens, and even flamingos when you’re driving. Take extra care when you’re driving at night as wild donkeys may step out from behind a bush and on to the road.
Overall, driving around Bonaire is the best way to see the island. Traffic is easy and not stressful, however, the basic traffic rules and regulations must be followed strictly.