In Plaza Wilhelmina on Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk, there are several open market stalls selling goods. It wasn't a typical cheap souvenir market that are on every island in the Caribbean. There were actually some very nice items - paintings and other local handicrafts. It was priced accordingly - no bargaining here. We ordered a peraonlized gift for our daughter and had a beer next door at El Mundo's while waiting for it. A win-win!
Supermarket: No shopping on Sunday
There are two supermarkets in or near Kralendijk where you can buy items for your condo or bungalow.
You can buy things by single item or by the case but never anything on a Sunday. or during lunch hour.
Most all businesses are closed all day Sunday. You may find a couple of convenience stores open in case you just have to have something.
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Gibbs Tire Service: Attention getter
We didn't need his services, thankfully, but we couldn't resist taking a few photos.
They have spent a lot of time painting this fence in a replica of the world flags. There is also a lot of funky art inside the fence.
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Lenny's: Local crafts at Lenny's
You can't miss seeing all the funky arts and crafts around the fence at Lenny's. Ring the bell and walk through the gate. You will be surprised at all there is around the house.
She has stuffed dolls that have coconuts for heads, live flamingos, several displays, and many pieces that she has painted and made from driftwood. She is a very talented lady that you will enjoy shopping with.
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Shops in Kralendijk: It doesn't take long
There are not a lot of places to shop on Bonaire but there are some gift shops that have some unique gifts.
Shops are open from 8am to noon and from 2pm to 6pm Mon thru Sat.. Most everything is closed on Sunday.
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Cultimara: Downtown Kralendijk Supermarket
It is the most centrally located supermarket but a warning: It can be completely hit or miss for finding food items. One visit there was absolutely no pasta, then the next time the chocolate that was abundant is gone and the shelves are packed with pasta...
The mural on the exterior of the store depicting local Bonairans is pretty fantastic.
What to buy: Buy it when you see it!
What to pay: Average
Marlis Sail & Canvas Shop: Local Color
Marlis has quite a selection of textile art from Panama. She buys the detailed and colorful handstiched textiles and sews up some fantastic gift items such as purses, children's clothes, pillows and many other useful items. She also has jewelry and art. It is a small shop but dense with items.
What to buy: All of the goodies described above.
What to pay: A little more than average but worth it for the quality.
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Shopping District: Downtown Kralendijk
There is a little area inland from the pier in town that is considered the shopping center. It is not very extensive and there are some tacky souvenir shops but a few quality stores are in the arcade building and along Kaya Grandi. There are dive shops and some sundry stores as well. Warning: the bookshop is not a book store. It is a stationary-office supply store. Bring your own books as there is not a book store on the island. All in all, not a lot to choose from but this is a refreshing change from America. It gives one more time to spend at the beach!
What to buy: Bonaire doesn't have much native craft. There are some simple but sweet paintings of local sights in a few of the shops.
What to pay: Average Prices except for Cuban Cigars. They were quite expensive.
Not much...but quaint shopping strip
There aren't much shopping opportunities in Bonaire from what I saw. All of the shops are located in the main strip of Kralendijk...not too far from the piers where cruise ship tenders dock. Even though there isn't much, there are still some neat little souvenirs you can get for memories.
What to buy: Miscellaneous souvenirs and liquors.
What to pay: Average Caribbean prices
Bonaire Access: Internet Access on Bonaire
Bonaire Access allows you to set up your VT Bonaire page before you even get home. We went there twice to burn our photos on CDs so we could empty the memory cards. Get there early! They're pretty busy around dinnertime.
What to pay: 20 minutes US$ 3.00
1 hour US$ 7.00
5 hours US$ 25.00
I think they charged us $5 for a half hour, plus $0.85 per CD.
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Cultimara is the main supermarket in Kralendijk. You'll find most everything you need there, as far as food goes, as well as a few other things. Overall the selection is pretty good.
What to buy: Food, drink, fruit, bread, etc. There are even a small pharmacy and a small electronics department in the store.
What to pay: Prices are pretty decent. Maybe a bit higher than in some parts of US, but still reasonable, considering everything has to be imported.