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Fun Photo Friday — Southern Caribbean; ABC Islands — Bonaire 2


Upright Cannon

Today we leave “B” and starting next week we hit the “C” of the ABC Islands. Until then, enjoy:

Bonaire Flowers
Coral in Blue
Caribbean Blue Framed by Slave Huts
Dodge Green
More Bonaire Color

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Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Bonaire, Back in Kralendijk


Fort Oranje (Fort Orange)

I‘m glad we were let off south of the cruise port, as it afforded us some sightseeing we’d missed during our earlier morning foot tour. That building above may appear rather pedestrian until you notice the cannon to the left. It is the south view of Fort Oranje (Fort Orange), which was built by the Dutch West India Company in 1639. Although I’m pretty sure the air conditioning came a bit later, as did the fresnal lens perched atop the structure to the left. Speaking of which:

Stone lighthouse built in 1932

That structure is a stone lighthouse. In 1932 it replaced the previous wooden lighthouse that served the area beginning in 1868.The four cannon you see are English, and they were made between 1808 and 1812. But there’s something even more impressive right around that corner you see above:

The Bestuurskantoor (government office) on Fort Oranje

The Bestuurskantoor (government office) on Fort Oranje was built in 1837. It historically was home to the Dutch island’s governor. After it was restored in 1972 it became the offices of the central government of Bonaire.

Time now for some water imagery of Bonaire, which I will present as a photo gallery/slide show. Just click on any of the images below to enlarge and start the slide show:

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Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Bonaire, Sorobon Beach


We reached the southern tip of Bonaire, then looped around headed north along the eastern shore. Next stop: Sorobon Beach located on the shallow, protected waters of Lac Bay. From all the people here, this is obviously the place to go for beaching, snorkeling, wind surfing, and bird watching.

Sorobon Beach on Lac Bay, Bonaire

There are several wind surfing schools here, and wind surfers zipped to-and-fro among the many swimmers.

Wind Surfers and Beachgoers Sharing the Space

Yes, there are places to imbibe and eat, as well:

Sebastian’s Beach

Oh, did I mention the bird watching in this area? Take a gander:

Nearby flamingos

But, let’s face it, most people are here for fun in the sun:

Sorobon Beach
Shallow waters and steady breezes; perfect for wind surfing

From Sorobon Beach we cut back across the island to the west side and returned to Kralendijk. Here we asked to be dropped off south of the cruise port so that we could take in sights not yet seen earlier that day:

Bonaire Flora
Pablo’s Restobar

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