History and Geography Bonaire Island is not big but it’s not a speck either; it covers 111 sq mi (294 sq km) which is enough for a small colony of locals. expats and visitors. It is is a special ‘municipality’ of the Netherlands, a mere 4416 miles (7108km) away so it not likely the Queen’s
Bonaire is a sun-filled tropical municipality-island affiliated with the Netherlands consisting of Bonaire and the small islet of Klein Bonaire. Until 2010, together with Aruba and Curacao it formed a group referred to as the ABC Islands of the Leeward Antilles. Its lifestyle is laid back, calm and oriented to the tourists who come for diving around the coral reefs surrounding the island. Bonaire is also famed for its flamingo populations and its donkey sanctuary.
Homosexuality is legal and homophobia is rarely an issue. There is no organized gay life in Bonaire. The island is within the Netherlands domain and is governed by the laws of that country which includes recognition of legalized gay marriage. However, ‘authorized’ gay marriage ceremonies do not take place on the island.
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