Kralendijk on Bonaire

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Fort Oranje Lighthouse in Kralendijk © flickr.com - Larry Syverson/cc-by-sa-2.0

Fort Oranje Lighthouse in Kralendijk © flickr.com – Larry Syverson/cc-by-sa-2.0

Kralendijk is the capital city and main port of the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. The language spoken in the town is Papiamentu, but Dutch and English are widely used. As of 2017, the town had a population of 10,620. In Papiamentu, the town is often called Playa or “beach”. Off the coast of Kralendijk lies the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire, noted for diving and snorkeling activities. This small island can be reached by water taxi, or, for divers, by practically all of the local dive operators.

Fort Oranje was built in 1639 to defend Bonaire’s main harbor. The fort was extensively modified during the end of the seventeenth century. The English settlement of “Playa” was established adjacent to the fort in 1810. The town was named “Kralendijk” by the Dutch colonial rulers in 1830. On May 10, 1940, 461 Dutch and German citizens were transported to Bonaire and interned in a camp just south of the fort. After World War II, this camp was converted into a hotel, which is now the Divi Bonaire. The town of Kralendijk is a result of a merger of five villages: Antriol (Entrejol), Nikiboko, Noord Saliña, Playa, and Tera Kora.

Dutch Fort at Kralendijk © flickr.com - Paul Arps/cc-by-2.0 Flamingo Airport © flickr.com - Chika Watanabe/cc-by-2.0 Fort Oranje Lighthouse in Kralendijk © flickr.com - Larry Syverson/cc-by-sa-2.0 Harbour of Kralendijk © Bgabel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bonaire Museum in Kralendijk © ArjenvanDorsten/cc-by-sa-4.0 Downtown Kralendijk © Bgabel/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Fort Oranje Lighthouse in Kralendijk © flickr.com - Larry Syverson/cc-by-sa-2.0
In addition to the stores on the main street (Kaya Grandi), there is a large food market (Cultimara) and a bakery (Exito) on Kaya L.D. Gerharts. There are two warehouse-type food markets on Kaya Industria, on the way to Flamingo International Airport.

The “Public Beach”, also known as Windsock, is located 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) south of downtown at the west end of the runway of the Flamingo International Airport. Another public beach is at the site of the Bonaire Sunset Beach Hotel about two kilometres (1.2 miles) north of downtown.

Read more on InfoBonaire.com, Caribbean cuisine and Wikipedia Kralendijk (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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