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!
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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