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Bonaire is a small island located in the Dutch Caribbean and is known for its preservation of nature, in particular, the marine environment. Some say, “reefs are to Bonaire what cable cars are to San Francisco.” Its’ main attraction is the town of Kralendijk, Dutch for “Coral Reef, “ so this should give you a good idea what the town is famous for – you got it – diving. A sleepy little town of just 2,000, Kralendijk is a diver’s paradise. Being blessed with clam waters and mild winds, Bonaire is also great for other sports such as snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Bonaire is known throughout the yachting community as a safe, friendly cruiser port, and the constant trade winds make it great for sailing. Anchoring is prohibited within the Marine Park, but Bonaire has two full service marinas, capable of berthing all size yachts and they welcome short and long-term stays. One of the best sights on the island is the 19th century Fort Oranje, which now serves as the Harbor Office, and its adjacent lighthouse. The Bonaire Museum, which houses exhibits on the Caiquetio Indians, as well as more recent art, is also worthwhile. Bonaire has always welcomed yachting enthusiasts and recognizes the contributions they make to the local economy.


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