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Bonaire Overview

More low-key than its Latin-influenced big sisters, Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire has gone to great lengths to preserve its natural resources. Until flippered folk discovered the island, its claims to fame were salt production and flamingos - hardly front page stuff - and Bonaire continues to keep a tight lid on tourist development.

Bonaire is also one of the top Scuba destinations in the world. If you are a diver then you have to visit Bonaire at some point during your diving career.

All Bonaire Resorts

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
All-Inclusive & European Plans
Harbour Village Bonaire
All-Inclusive & European Plans
Plaza Bonaire Resort
All-Inclusive & European Plans


You need to allow four to six weeks for all the paper work. One of the couple needs to procure a temporary residency permit from immigration. To apply for a temporary residency permit the following are required:
2 Passport photos
Photo copy of first page of passport (Signature & Photo page)
For the official marriage petition the following documents are required for both the bride and groom:
Photo copy of first page of passport (Signature & Photo page)
Original Birth Certificate
Declaration of Marital Status by the Civil Registry
If divorced or widowed, divorce decree or document of proof is required.
If you choose to bring witnesses from home, they should also apply for temporary residency. your island coordinator can also arrange for local witnesses.

After arrival on Bonaire, it takes four working days to arrange for all the forms to be processed. If you are arriving on a Saturday or Sunday and the following Monday happens to be a holiday, you will have to wait the four working days until you are able to marry and there may be a problem getting the permission arranged on time. It is advisable to check with the agency that handled your papers as to the holiday schedules. The best suggestion is to allow a full week for the papers to go through. There is much to see and do here so an extra day or two will be an additional bonus to your happy occasion.

All marriages take place in the civil court building and are performed before an officer of the judiciary. There are a number of churches that can be contacted for a religious ceremony after the civil one is completed.

Flying Times

New York - 5 hours
Atlanta - 3 1/2 hours
Miami - 2 1/2 hours

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