Kralendijk#4 in Best Things To Do in Bonaire
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Kralendijk – Bonaire's capital city – is a quaint hub of commercial and cultural activity comprising only a few blocks in size. While touring through the streets, you'll notice well-preserved Caribbean architecture, waterfront eateries and a small, yet bustling market when cruise ships are docked at the pier from November through April.
Head to Plaza Wilhelmina, the center of town, for a pleasant stroll and benches to sit and people watch. Shop for authentic souvenirs along Kaya Grandi, the area's main street, or pop into the Bonaire Museum to see large collections of shells and learn about the island's history. Recent travelers found the mixture of shops to be pleasant and enjoyed picking up local bath salts and jewelry made on the island.
Kralendijk sits about 2 miles north of Bonaire International Airport on the island's southwestern side. For more information about what to do in Kralendijk, visit the Bonaire Tourism website.
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#1 Klein Bonaire
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop on the next water taxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an unblemished oasis protected from development as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. This isolated paradise boasts pristine white sands and some of the island's best diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to excellent water visibility. Just keep in mind that there are no refreshment stands, changing areas or beach umbrellas on the island, so you will need to pack your own water, food, sunscreen, towels and any other supplies. Still, Klein Bonaire earns rave reviews from visitors of all ages and diving levels.
Caribe Watersport's water taxi departs from Karel's Beach Bar at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. every day, and from the Eden Beach Resort at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is also a 9 a.m. departure time from Eden Beach. You can hop on the taxi back to Bonaire's mainland at 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. Adult passengers will pay $20 round trip, while children 11 and younger can hop aboard for $10. For more information on Klein Bonaire, head to the Bonaire tourism website.
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