Kralendijk#2 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. 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 Bonaire Diving and Snorkeling
Thanks to Bonaire's marine conservation programs – some of which have been in place for almost 60 years – the island is one of the Caribbean's best diving destinations. With 63 official dive sites on the main island (and an additional 26 spots on the islet of Klein Bonaire), the island offers an abundance of options for divers' underwater explorations.
Remember that you must be certified before you can plunge into the deep blue sea. Though many resorts offer diving packages, training before your trip may cut down on overall costs and allow you to dive right in on day one. All divers are required to purchase the mandatory $45 nature tag, which you must attach to your scuba gear. The fee grants you one year of unlimited diving, and the proceeds help maintain the Bonaire National Marine Park.
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