Kralendijk, Bonaire

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Bonaire’s capital and cruise port, Kralendijk, is a quirky little town.

kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photographyFor one thing: It’s small. As in, you can walk its length—and back—in a half an hour. Though given the fact that the population of all of Bonaire is just over 14,000, I guess this isn’t surprising.

 kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photography Its candy-colored houses reminded me nothing of actual Dutch towns, despite the fact that it’s a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Rather, it’s reminiscent of Scott’s and my former home in Aarhus, which I liked to say looked as if a ton of Skittles (the tropical kind, in this case) had been poured down over the landscape below.

kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photography(Only, Denmark lacks the palm trees.)

kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photographyAnd, of course, it has its own Caribbean flair, with surf and resort wear shops dotting the main drag downtown.

kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photographyJust like the island’s terrain, the city is a contradiction in itself: Situated in the middle of the Caribbean, it’s laden with Dutch restaurants and Surinamese fare—the food there is so much better than the meals I’ve had on other nearby isles. (The Caribbean is known for a lot of things; cuisine, unfortunately, is not one of them.)

kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photographyKralendijk is a stop on a growing number of cruise routes, such as select Holland America ships. After seeing so many eyesores on other ports in the Caribbean with the same ol’ tacky shops and international brands littering the waterfronts, I’d say it’s a breath of fresh air for those stepping off the boat.

kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photographyNot a chain in sight—just laid-back, one-off storefronts, scenic panoramas and a lot of colonial charm.

 kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean, cruise port, travel, photography

COMMENTS
  • October 29, 2010

    Call me a snob, but this looks about 1 million times more to my taste than that monolith of a hotel in the bahamas… gor-jus!

  • October 29, 2010
    Rhi

    This is no surprise to anyone, but I love that there’s a pink building.

  • October 29, 2010

    I love the colorful little towns in the Caribbean! Kralendijk looks especially quaint!

  • October 29, 2010

    Kralendijk looks like a fun place to visit and have fun. the town buildings have unique and bright colors

  • October 29, 2010

    I’ll take the sailing and sunset over shopping. But does look like a fun place to walk and window shop.

  • October 29, 2010

    Looks like a fun place! Love all the colours!

  • October 29, 2010

    As usual, beautiful pictures, m’ lady!

  • October 29, 2010

    I love the colours down south!

  • October 29, 2010

    How incredibly gorgeous! I need a vaycay stat!

  • October 31, 2010

    If you lick the buildings do they taste like Jolly Ranchers? Freakin’ adorable!

  • November 1, 2010

    Ah, I simply love the colours! Looks so cute!

  • November 1, 2010

    Love the colors, love those dresses. I want both of them shipped to my house please (not via Fedex though LOL)!!!

  • November 3, 2010

    The NY Times just recommended Bonaire. You’re ahead of the curve! How are you? I appreciated the comment you left on SRT recently. If Montana is one of only 6 states that you’ve not seen, you need to make it your next destination. That is if you can manage to fit it in with all the jet-setting!!

  • December 5, 2011
    Haidang

    you take amazing/gorgeous/beautiful sunset photos!!!! 😉 my eyes are still peeled on that hong kong black and white one 😉 can we do a little competition hehe! heres mine. cheers

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  • December 5, 2011
    Haidang

    your images are so crisp though so i dont even know if i could compete! that $400+ camera….delicious! 😉 ;-)))) ah…love the holiday equipment post ;-)))

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