There is nothing better than having a nice barbecue on the beach, something that you see a lot on Bonaire. It is only not allowed on all beaches. And before you light the barbecue on a beach where it is allowed, there are a number of important things that you need to know first.
Sea turtles, an endangered species on Bonaire, only come ashore to lay eggs. And they do this on the beaches of Bonaire. They come back to the beaches where they were born. When a female comes ashore, she may, for example because of pollution (waste, coal, cigarette butts), decide to stop laying eggs. If she has successfully laid a nest, she goes back to the sea and leaves her nest alone. The eggs in the nest usually hatch at the same time after 60 days. In the meantime, the nest is extremely vulnerable. That is why dogs are not allowed on most beaches. The eggs are a tasty snack or the dogs can damage them when they dig into a nest. In addition, recreation can also damage the nests by accidentally standing on it, barbecuing or polluting.
So pay close attention to the signs at the start of the beaches to see if you can barbecue there or not. It is not allowed on any beach to light a fire or other heat source in the sand itself. Only elevated barbecues that collect coal are allowed on the designated beaches. Do not bury hot coals in the sand, this is dangerous for other people on the beach and also contain chemicals that damage nature. Deposit coal and other waste in the designated (metal) waste bins around the beach. This way, everyone can continue to enjoy a clean Bonaire.
For more information about the rules on the beaches and the protection of sea turtles, visit http://stinapabonaire.org/education/bbq/