Kralendijk

Overview

Introduction

Bonaire's capital and principal town is Kralendijk (pronounced Kraal-en-dake). It's tiny—the center encompasses all of three blocks and has a population of about 1,300. It's very picturesque, though, with brightly painted Dutch-Caribbean buildings and sidewalk cafes. As you explore, look down occasionally to see the flamingo images in the sidewalks (pictures of the bird, the national symbol of Bonaire, are everywhere). Kralendijk is known locally as Playa, but that doesn't mean there's a beach—there is no sand to speak of in the town.

Stop by the fish market on the waterfront, the oldest outdoor market in the region. Besides fish, you can buy fruit and produce brought in by sailing ships from Venezuela.

On the very southern tip of the island is the Willemstoren Lighthouse, which was erected in 1837.

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