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Kralendijk's See, Eat and Shop

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Bonaire National Marine Park, Barcadera z/n, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Encircling the entire island of Bonaire—and the neighboring islet of Klein Bonaire—Bonaire National Marine Park is home to some of the best snorkeling and diving you’ll ever do. Thanks to long-standing protective measures...

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Klein Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

As healthy as the majority of local corals may be, the staghorn and elkhorn varieties have been disproportionately affected by hurricanes and other forces. To help repair the island's reefs, and have some fun in the process, join the Bonaire...

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Lac Bay, Caribbean Netherlands

Not all the fun happens below the sea here. For fun atop the water, head to Lac Bay, the largest bay in the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, for the uninitiated). Kayaking through the resident mangroves, you'll see all manner of...

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Caribbean Netherlands

Cutting a striking pink figure against their salt-lake surroundings, the flamingos at Pekelmeer are some of the island’s most famous residents. Though you can’t get too close to this rare breeding ground, binoculars will let you see...

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Goto Lake, Caribbean Netherlands

At another flamingo-viewing hotspot—Gotomeer, a saltwater lagoon—there are two different silhouettes competing for your attention: those of the beloved resident birds, and those of the giant cacti along the water’s edge. The...

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Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Almost as famous as the island’s flamingos are its donkeys, onetime beasts of burden of the salt trade. To get up close and personal with the braying cuties, head to the Donkey Sanctuary—home to hundreds of them, several of whom will...

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Rincón, Caribbean Netherlands

Rincón—Bonaire's oldest village—is a near-perfect distillation of the island's history: Established by 16th-century Spanish colonialists, the settlement was eventually populated by former slaves and later became famous for a...

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For local history that stretches back to long before the Dutch arrived, head to Boca Onima and follow the signs to the area's famous limestone ledge. Look up, and—amid the pockmarks and other ravages of time—you'll see reddish-brown...

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Caribbean Netherlands

The stunning 5,600 hectares (14,000 acres) or so that you'll find at Washington-Slagbaai today grew out of the Netherlands Antilles' first national park—born in 1969 when then-owner "Boy" Herrera bequeathed his property to the government...

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Kaya Grandi, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Rivaling the colors you’ll see below the sea on the coral reefs of Bonaire, the rainbow of Dutch-colonial buildings that line the streets of downtown Kralendijk—and especially Kaya Grandi, i.e., Main Street—will be worth your...

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Kaya J.N.E. Craane, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Taking its name very seriously, this restaurant is home to an entire fleet of fishing boats whose daily haul is cleaned out front then placed on the daily menu. So fish doesn't get fresher—and for that matter, tastier—than this....

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Perpetually parked on the beach opposite the airport, this food truck serves up some of the island's tastiest tuna, whether in its wrap or burger or in "the trio": seared tuna, tuna tartare and tuna sashimi. If you lean more turf than surf, go for...

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If you're windsurfing at Lac Bay—or just watching the spectacle—have a feet-in-the-sand kind of lunch here with a perfect view of the action. House specialties include the spicy chicken-breast salad, shrimp soup and spare ribs, any of...

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12 Kaya J.N.E. Craane, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Though fish don't have to travel far to reach your plate on Bonaire, Karel’s Beach Bar cuts the distance to nearly zero: This beloved institution sits on a platform in the sea. Try the signature seafood kebabs or the (very garlicky) lobster...

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Kaya Gobernador N.Debrot No. 71, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

One of the most romantic hideouts on Bonaire, La Balandra is designed to make you feel like you’re dining on an old Spanish ship when, in fact, you’re ensconced in the Harbour Village Beach Club. Cruise passengers have two options...

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Kaya Oniks, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

The vast visual possibilities of driftwood would probably never occur to you until you checked out this rhapsody in repurposing: Local artist Germaine Nijdam creates everything from jewelry and mobiles to wall hangings and furniture.

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Kaya Grandi, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

A sprawling one-stop shop for all things local—including the aloe and sea salt that were once drivers of the island's economy—the Bonaire Art & Craft Market sits right by the cruise-ship piers, which means minimal schlepping....

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Kaya Grandi, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

When a South African woman and an Italian man met each other—and Bonaire—through their work on cruise ships, beautiful things ensued. Not least, the handmade glass jewelry at the shop the pair opened here several years ago. Check out,...

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9 Kaya Grandi, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Do a deep dive into Bonaire's sea-salt heritage at this sodium-centric shop. Whether you're looking for the kind to sprinkle on food, rub on skin or add to a hot bath, local options abound here.