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Kralendijk, meaning coral dike, the capital of Bonaire, is a small, sleepy town with colourful buildings most one or two storeys high. However, some newer buildings near the shore are four storeys. It is often referred to locally as simply Playa, because of its historic position as the main beach landing place. The town is just a few blocks long with several streets projecting inland. A 1.5-km seaside promenade extends from the northern end of Kralendijk, south to the Divi Flamingo hotel. Most of the shops are in the small Harbourside Shopping Mall and on the main street, the name of which changes from J A Abraham Boulevard to Kaya Grandi to Kaya Gobornador Debrot. The Museum ((Department of Culture) Kaya J van der Ree 7, or Kaya Sabana 14, T7178868, Mon-Fri 0800-1200, 1300-1700, small donation requested) tucked away on a side street near the big Catholic church with the clock tower, houses snippets of folklore, art, archaeology, old photographs and a shell collection. Small enough for you to get personal attention if you want it. Fort Oranje has been renovated and now houses the Bonairean Court of Justice as well as a permanent archaeological collection with items found during the renovation. The shorefront plaza, Wilhelminaplein, has a monument to the Bonaireans who were killed in the Merchant Marine in the Second World War, and a vegetable market built like a Greek temple.

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