Kralendijk is the sleepy capital of Bonaire, an island in the Dutch Antilles. Kralendijk is lined with delightfully pastel stucco houses, in pinks, oranges and lime greens. Famous for its diving - the island is surrounded by a Marine Park - Bonaire also offers such treats as flamingos, hiking and the only barefoot casino in the Caribbean.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
You'll definitely want to see Sorobon Beach, on the east side of Bonaire, located within a large protected bay. Enjoy sunbathing or windsurfing, which has become quite popular in Sorobon Beach thanks to the warm shallow water, steady trade winds and abundance of sunshine. Sorobon Beach has hosted both local and international windsurfing competitions.
Also a must-see are Bonaire's famous pink flamingos which, in mating season, number in the 15,000s. Washington Slagbaai National Park is the place to go and, with its varied terrain, you'll also have a chance to see a wide variety of other bird life, from the bananaquit (a cheeky little yellow-breasted bird known locally for stealing sugar off diner's tables) to the Caribbean parakeet.
There's plenty to do in Bonaire. Diving in the Marine Park is excellent. Snorkelling offers a rainbow array of fish and a wide variety of healthy corals, from staghorn to gorgonians.
A stroll along Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk offers a wide variety of interesting bargains, on things like gemstone jewellery, wood, leather, silver and ceramics. You'll also find prints and paintings, painted fish and island dolls.
Creole is the favourite local cuisine, particularly influencing seafood dishes, from conch shell to grilled spicy fish and lobster. Caribbean influences to look for include papaya, plantain and funchi (cornmeal mush). And this is, after all, the Dutch Antilles, so there are many delicious smoked meats and excellent cheeses to be found. If you want to try an unusual local dish, ask for the cactus soup!
Bonaire's official currency is the U.S. Dollar (USD). Most major credit cards are accepted on the island.
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