Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Bonaire

The “B” in the ABC Islands stands for Bonaire, and we’re going to look at this destination over the next two weeks. That’s because, unlike “A” (Aruba) we did a lot more than just shopping. We went on a brief foot tour of the capital city Kralendijk, followed by a minibus tour that would take us to the southern end of this Caribbean Netherlands island in the Leeward Antilles.

Historical Kralendijk Walking Tour map conveniently located at the port

Upon arrival Ursula and I picked up a paper copy of the walking tour map you see above and set out on foot. The more historical foot-tour stuff I’ll show next week. Today I’m going to concentrate on the unique, colorful buildings we saw along the way starting with this charming little shop on Kaya Grandi (Main Stree):

Colorful retail shop for rent on Kaya Grandi (Main Street)

The storefronts along Kaya Grandi are awash in bright color. Take for instance the Mona Lisa Bar & Restaurant:

Mona Lisa in yellows and reds

But that image doesn’t give you the full impact until you get a line up a whole row of brightly colored buildings along this main shopping area:

Kaya Grandi near Kaya Isla Riba

Continuing our trek northward along Kaya Grandi:

Kaya Grandi

Beyond Kaya L.D. Gerharts the colorful building begin to peter out, but keep trekking:

Kaya Grandi at Kaya L.D. Gerhardts

You’ll still find some interesting photo subjects if you do:

Tiki and Company bar

It was beyond the Tiki bar pictured above that we stumbled upon a rather colorful car rental agency, Rento Fun:

Rento Fun

Yep. Those are Land Rovers for rent. The chartreuse one is a particularly nice touch. But that’s not what really caught my eye. What drew my interest was this circa 1945 Dodge truck:

Dodge truck, circa mid-1940s

Much beyond here interest waned, and we headed west for the parallel Kaya J.N.E. Craane for a look along the water’s edge. Under construction was a new pier, and efforts were underway to relocate coral:

Brain coral being relocated

On Wednesday I’ll show you our trek south on a guided tour we picked up near the cruise port. Until then:

Caribbean Blue

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