Gotomeer has become one of the most popular Important Birding Areas (IBA) on Bonaire because it is easily accessed from Kralendijk and travel along the north coast of Bonaire takes one through scenic geography, including coasts, cliffs, cactus forests, wetlands, dry forests.
Its status as an IBA is due to the number of nesting birds here, especially gulls and terns, that are of global conservation concern.
Bonaire’s iconic birds are almost assured of being seen, mainly Caribbean Flamingo and the Endangered Yellow-shouldered Parrot, but also the cheery little Bananaquit. The bright yellow Saffron Finch can be seen here as can many Yellow Warblers. During winter and migration in springtime and fall, the island is visited by many neotropical migrants. Bonaire’s bird list is at 220, and the photographic opportunities are outstanding!
White-tailed Nightjar (Photo by Sipke Stapert)
Easily accessible by rental car or by private tour, the highest recommended route is north along the coastal road, one-way, that eventually leads to the shore of Gotomeer, an inland Salina which is a flamingo sanctuary.