The island of Bonaire is best known for its’ world-class diving and snorkeling, sapphire-blue seas and ongoing casual vibe. The smallest of the “ABC” islands in the Leeward Antilles, it’s big on culture, adventure, food and fun. With a population of only about 18,000, and an overwhelming friendliness you’ll find nowhere else, Bonaire stands as one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean. While the official languages are Dutch and Papiamentu, English is also standard, and most residents speak four or more languages. (Papiamentu is a Spanish Creole language that also includes the influences of Portuguese and Dutch.)
Kralendijk is Bonaire's capital, and largest city. The site of stunning beaches and crystal clear water, Kralendijk is loaded with great resorts and hotels, and will likely be where you stay during your Bonaire vacation!
Washington Slagbaai National Park
Buddy Dive Resort
Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
Capital City: Kralendijk
Kralendijk (pronounced: kray-len-dike) fittingly means "coral reef" or "coral dike". In Papiamentu, the town is often called Playa or "beach". This city near the coast of Bonaire is a fun and festive area to visit, with excellent restaurants and bars with welcoming proprietors and clientele. Kralendijk is highly walkable and is a great place to wander after a day at the beach.
Language: Dutch and Papiamentu, however almost everyone on Bonaire island speaks English. Most residents speak four or more languages!
Currency: The United States Dollar (USD)
Power Adapter: In Bonaire the typical outlet is 127V at 50Hz, and both European and U.S. outlets are standard. However, make sure to check with your hotel to be sure you have the correct adapter (if needed). Typical outlets can be type A, B & F.
Emergency Number: Call 911 first. This number is manned by one person, so if no one answers, call 717-8000 (locally). The emergency phone number for the ambulance is 114.
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