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Perfect Wedding Away

Bonaire

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MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

The following information and documents are required to get started with the planning.

Date of arrival on Bonaire

Intended length of stay on Bonaire

Name of Accommodation on Bonaire

A scanned copy of your passport (both Bride & Groom)

Both bride & groom must provide the following documents:

Originals not copies < 2 months before arrival >

Birth Certificate

With raised seal (issued by the state, or province of your birth)

NO INITIALS PERMITTED in any document provided

FULL names of both mother and father must appear on the certificate (i.e. Gwendolyn Mary Daniels).

If adopted, proof of adoption is required.

If you have changed your name, proof of the name change is required.

Declaration of Civil Status (Marriage Record Search): This document is issued by the office of the State, or Province where you reside and certifies that a government search has revealed a ‘Single’, ‘Divorced’ or ‘Widowed’ Status.

NO previous marriage(s) (single status)

NO current marriage exists (divorced or widowed status)

If you are divorced the Divorce Decree must be included.

If you are widowed, the Widow Decree must be included.

 

An Apostille document is a validation of a certificate. For Canada and U.S.A., an apostille is ONLY issued by the office of Vital Statistics located within the Capital offices of your State or province. Counties, municipalities or city offices can not issue an Apostille.

 

The following documents must be accompanied by an ‘apostille’:

Birth Certificate

Marriage Record (Civil Status)

Divorce or Widow Decree

 

Please take note:

All documents must have official government seals.

All documents must be issued & dated no more than six months prior to our receiving them.

Passports valid for at least six months from departure date from Bonaire.

Couples must arrive at least three working days prior to the wedding date to complete registration at City Hall.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Documents required for travelling to this destination (it is important to note that the requirements need to be general since they may differ for citizens of different countries. Or, we will need all requirements for every country (within reason)

Citizens of Canada, European Netherlands, Ireland, Saint Martin, a Schengen country, United States, United Kingdom holding a valid residence permit of the country/territory you live in are exempted from the visa requirement.

Those living in the countries and territories listed visit Bonaire visa-free for 30 to 60 days.

 

Those living in British Overseas Territories must follow the same visa exempt policy as the other countries mentioned.

CURRENCY

US Dollar

LANGUAGE

Dutch, Papiamento (official), English (widely spoken)

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The temperature is tropical marine, warm, dry (though humid), and windy, about 81.5 °F (27.5 °C) with little seasonal temperature variation. The rainy season lasts from the last week of October to the end of January, but it is still relatively dry.

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Bonaire is a Caribbean island east of Central America and north of Venezuela. The island is part of the ABC Islands together with Aruba and Curaçao. It is a flat, riverless island renowned for its dive spots. Bonaire has a peaceful ambiance for daily life and it is recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism.

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Bonaire has over 22 beaches, beautiful offshore reefs and the solar salt works. The northern part of the island is a protected park. The southern tip of the island is a great field for sea salt production. On Bonaire and sister island Klein Bonaire, the sands of some beaches are soft and blindingly white, while others are coarser and darker due to the high content of crushed shells and coral. Some beaches are 1000 Steps, Atlantis beach, Bachelor’s beach. In Belnem district, south of the airport, there is a very small beach which is at the base of a 10 foot cliff with stairs leading down to it. Other beaches are Boka Kokolishi (a black sand beach) Boka Slagbaai, Cai, Playa Benge and Sorobon, on the east side, which offers a beautiful beach area located within a large protected bay.

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Traveling to Bonaire is possible through flying to Flamingo International Airport. The airport receives local as well as international carriers

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Unique boutiques and shops are scattered throughout Bonaire and at island resorts. However, downtown Kralendijk, with colorful, quaint and picturesque architecture, offers the majority of shops and reflects a real Caribbean vibe. The original downtown buildings along Kaya Grandi, circa late 1800 to early 1900’s, present an array of quality shops and services. Buy some perfume, find that perfect t-shirt, postcard, a hat or be awed by the creations offered by Bonaire’s unique jewelry shops. Grocery stores, found throughout the island, have an extensive variety of international brands, products and produce on the shelves.

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Nightlife on Bonaire is plentiful with clubs or casinos. There are a number of night clubs, most restaurants offer full bars with wine offerings from all over the world and bars and cafes, , both in town or on the ocean’s promenade, often with live music played by one of island’s musical groups. Salsa, Merengue and Bachata can be heard at any of Bonaire’s night clubs.

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Restaurants (not a specific restaurant) National cuisine or awards, etc The cuisine of myriad ethnicities includes Dutch, Colombian, Chinese, Italian, Surinam, Indonesian, French, German and more. Delicious kuminda krioyo (local food) consisting of different types of stews, fresh fish, funchi, rice and more. In addition to great foods, homemade desserts are found in restaurants and different bakeries around Bonaire. Food is generally heavy on soups, stews, fried foods and fish. Traditional foods that may be found on the menu include conch, cacti, wahoo and rock lobster. Much of the fish is caught locally by line fishermen in season.

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Watersports (fishing, diving, boating, etc) Bonaire's claim to fame is its abundance of shore dives; although some spots are only accessible by boat. Bonaire has been recognized as one of the best Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic and for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving. Although Bonaire is more of a scuba destination than snorkeling, there are a few good spots for snorkeling. Red Beryl is probably the best; but, Andrea II, Windsock and Tori's Reef all had abundant life in less than 10 feet of water. Other activities are Fishing, Windsurfing (Sorobon is the most idyllic place for it), Kiteboarding (on the south-west tip of Bonaire), sea kayaking, sailing, wake boarding, waterskiing, tube riding or ray boarding.

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Bonaire is part of the islands of the Lesser and Greater Antilles,it is essentially a coral reef that has been geologically pushed up and out of the sea. The northern end of the island is relatively mountainous, although its highest peak is only 240 metres (790 feet). The southern part of the island is nearly flat and barely rises above sea level. A significant portion of this southern region is covered with sea water in process of evaporation for salt production. This area also contains Lac Bay with its large mangrove forest. The shoreline of Bonaire is dotted with lagoons and inlets, the largest of which is Goto Lake in the north.

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