Kralendijk Travel Guide

  • St. Bernardus Church
    St. Bernardus Church
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  • Downtown Kralendijk
    Downtown Kralendijk
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  • Former Convent Building
    Former Convent Building
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Kralendijk Things to Do

  • License Plate Collection

    I'm not exactly sure what the story is behind these license plates, but we came across them walking along the water, and they were pretty cool. Most of the license plates were from the U.S. and Caribbean, but there were some from other places as well. My guess is they are someone's private collection, though I don't know if he collects them...

  • Go Snorkeling

    No, I did not accidently put this tip under the wrong location. The Bonaire National Marine Park, encircles the ENTIRE island, and stretches about a mile out to sea. This means that here in Bonaire, you can go snorkeling pretty much anywhere, along the western coast of the island. This includes right in the city itself. As the island's main...

  • Kaya Grandi

    This street runs right through downtown Kralendijk. It is the island's most beautiful street, and also its main commercial center. This is where you will find most of the island's restaurants, bars, shops, and Dutch architecture. That's pretty much all there is to know about it. It's worth taking a stroll if you want to see some architecture that...

  • Former St. Franciscus Convent

    Although I read about this place prior to my trip, I didn't bother researching it, as it has the word "former" in it. However, like a lot of neat places, we stumbled onto it by accident. We were trying to find the museum, and thought this might be it. We than saw something that looked like a church. We walked towards it, and found ourselves...

  • St. Bernardus Catholic Church

    Despite its modern look, this photogenic church is actually quite old. The current church was built in 1848, and replaced an earlier church from 1829. The church is dedicated to St. Bernard, who founded the Cistercian movement. Its most prominent feature, is its obelisk like clock tower.Today, it is one of the most photographed churches on the...

  • Pasangrahan

    This charming colonial building located in the town's main plaza is known as the Pasangrahan Building, not to be confused with the Pasangrahan Hotel on St. Maarten. Built around 1890, this charming colonial building was originally the home of the Debrot family. Than in 1921, it was converted into a Government run guesthouse. It is here where high...

  • Protestant Church

    This charming little church located in Wilhelminaplein was built in 1847, as a place of worship for the island's Dutch community, most of whom are Protestant. The church's charming tower was added in 1868.

  • Governor's Residence

    This beautiful colonial style mansion was built in 1837, as the new home of the island's governor, who up until that time, lived in the adjacent Fort Oranje. The building was restored in 1972, and now serves as the island's seat of government. We were again fortunate enough to get inside the courtyard, and see the building up close.

  • Fort Oranje

    Located in the historic center of Kralendijk, Fort Oranje (Fort Orange), is the island's only fort, and one of its most popular historic sites. Despite its name, the fort is not actually orange, but yellow, as most of the town's buildings. It is one of two Fort Oranjes in the Caribbean. The other one is on St. Eustatius. The fort was built by the...


Kralendijk Hotels

  • Buddy Dive

    P.O. Box 231, Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 85, Kralendijk, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Port Bonaire Resort

    c/o Plaza Resort Bonaire, J.A. Abraham Blvd. 80, Kralendijk, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Deep Blue View Intimate Resort

    Kaya Diamanta 50, Kralendijk, Bonaire

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Kralendijk Local Customs

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    Shoe Tree

    by briantravelman Written Aug 3, 2015

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    Apparently the shoe tree tradition has even caught on in Bonaire. I'm not sure exactly who started this shoe tree, probably a tourist wanting to get rid of their old flip flops. Whoever it was, the practice obviously caught on. The tree contains mostly flip flops, but also old toys, water bottles, and even an old clock. Probably mostly from tourists.

    The tree is located somewhere along the town's picturesque waterfront. Not exactly sure where, but it's somewhere north of the Ocean Front Hotel, and the license plate collection. If you happened to be walking by this tree, and have a pair of flip flops, or even some junk you want to get rid of, you can add on to the collection.

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