Bonaire belongs on your travel list

Bonaire belongs on your travel list

If my two Bonaire posts ( here and here ) haven’t already convinced you to hop on a plane and make Kralendijk your destination, then this post will definitely do the job! When I told people I was visiting Bonaire I heard such negative responses: “It’s so boring, there’s nothing to do there, it’s too small”.. Whatever. I have no idea what those people have been doing in Bonaire because I experienced the exact opposite and had an absolute blast!

 

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History & Culture

If you like history and culture as much as I do, then Bonaire is perfect for you! Just like Curaçao, Bonaire is an island with a lot of history and culture. There are many monuments and buildings from the old days. What I found most fascinating were the slave huts. They portray how hard the life of a slave must have been. They are extremely small and to think that they had to share such a hut with several other slaves? Wow. The slaves mainly worked in the salt production, which is now one of the largest productions in the world. Back then, of course, it was all done by hand.

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Human for scale… Can you imagine this being your house 🙁

 

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There are several huts on different location with each a different color. This was the white one.

 

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A lullaby of which I have yet to discover the translation. The middle sentences aren’t Papiamentu so even among locals it remains a mystery…. to be continued.

 

Kralendijk

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire and also serves as the island’s largest harbor. Bonaire used to be a colony of The Netherlands and this is still visible when you look at the architecture of some of the buildings. You can definitely hint the Dutch style, but with a colorful, Caribbean flavor. As the roads have bike paths and the usual day is quite tranquil, it’s truly as if you are walking through a small Dutch town, but with nicer weather, duh.

As Bonaire is quite small, there aren’t any stoplights in the entire island, just roundabouts! My Dad and I just couldn’t believe that, haha! Another funny thing were the traffic signs that said: “Watch out, crossing donkey’s”. Because yes, donkey’s are walking free throughout the island. We even saw a pair of donkey’s crossing the street and continue to walk on the sidewalk, totally obeying the rules, lol.

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Center of Kralendijk

 

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The Boulevard of Kralendijk

 

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The views

Well.. anything I would say about all of the wonderful views of Bonaire  would never even do them justice, so I’m just going to caption the photo’s instead! 🙂

 

 

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Cozy restaurants

 

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Boulevard sunsets

 

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Nature

 

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Rough waves…

 

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…And calm waters

 

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So it happens to be a thing for people to pile up rocks and stones. I have yet to found out the reason why but love to join in this secret “game”?

 

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Flying birds, different colors of sea, and salt foam

 

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Klein Bonaire in the distance

 

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Seru Largu

 

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A pile of “Karko”. You know those seashells mermaids blow in and a loud, deep sound comes out? These are what they use in the movies. Awesome huh? The animals that live in the shells are used in traditional Caribbean dishes.

 

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Outlook on the Boulevard

 

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Iguana

 

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Klein Bonaire

 

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Pink Lakes & Salt Flats

 

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Flamingo’s… flamingo’s everywhere

 

 

Our stay in Bonaire was so much more than I expected, and we hadn’t even seen it all! I’d definitely recommend this cute island to anyone who loves to discover.

I hope you liked this post and hopefully you might love Bonaire a little more too. Make sure to follow my blog and like my Facebook page!

 

With love,

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5 Comments

  1. June 18, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Dear Shariciana, what a lovely post you did on Bonaire. LOVED IT GIRL!

    I’m from Bonaire (living abroad) and I must admit you’ve captured Bonaire’s true beauty. You managed to show its highlights and especially its unspoiled nature. Bonaire’s got so much potential and the great thing about being on vacation here is that you get to relax to the max, no hustle and bustle.

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing your travel posts. 😊

    Miri💋

    https://blissfulmiri.wordpress.com

    • June 20, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I absolutely loved Bonaire and my aim was to capture it in all it was. I appreciate your comment!

      Love,

      SHARICIANA

      P.S. Love your blog!

  2. September 8, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Beautiful photographs. I visited Bonaire while on a cruise but absolutely loved it to bits. The small town and main street and just the buildings and the people. I also got to snorkel near Klein Bonaire – have written about it on my blog – and that was amazing.

    • October 3, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      Bonaire is simply amazing! I checked out your blog, pretty cool! I’m hoping to visit Bonaire again to go to the only spot I haven’t…. Washington Slagbaai Park. Can’t wait!

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