"Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles" Bassalleckj's photos around Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles

"Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles" Bassalleckj's photos around Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles

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Preview of Bassalleckj's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bassalleckj/3/1230463800/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles Entry Title: "Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles" Entry: "Bonaire - Bonaire is a fairly small (116 square miles), sparsely populated (15,000 people) island in the southern Caribbean. It's part of the "ABC Islands" - Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. It sits 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The island is very dry (~18 inches of rain per year) and is covered with cacti and thorny plants. It also has no real sand beaches; the shoreline is covered with large chunks of coral. There's only one small casino, and while the pier can accommodate 2 cruise ships, the passengers tend to only go ashore in the main town for 1-2 hours at a time and maybe take a driving tour around the island. There's very little to do, not much shopping or entertainment, and they get few tourists. Have I made it sound unappealing? Good! We like it the way it is. We love the place. It's best known for diving and snorkeling. The conditions are awesome, and the coral reef is in very good condition. The surrounding waters have been a protected marine reserve since 1979. The variety of hard and soft corals, sponges, and gorgonians is fantastic, with a huge variety of colorful fish. We made this trip specifically for diving. We went to Bonaire 5 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bernd was not certified for SCUBA at the time, so I went on 2-3 dives, but mostly we snorkeled and explored the island. This time we stayed at a dive resort and went on at least one dive every day. Bernd bought an underwater camera, housing, and external flash just before the trip, so we had lots of fun taking underwater photos. See the separate entry for photos. Bonaire lies south of the hurricane belt, so the weather is pretty ideal and they experience few destructive storms. 99% of the time, the steady trade winds blow from east to west across the island. The east, windward coast is extremely rugged and constantly pounded by surf. The west coast is always calm, with no waves and little current - ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Unfortunately, last year Hurricane Omar, while it didn't hit the island, caused a huge storm surge for several days as big waves pounded the normally calm west coast. It damaged some buildings that sat close to shore (the water came up as high as the deck on the second floor of our hotel restaurant), and damaged some of the coral near shore. Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles; they recently voted to strengthen their ties to the Netherlands and are basically regular Netherlands citizens (as I understand it - their status has changed recently). There are direct flights from Amsterdam. The official language is Dutch, many people speak Spanish, and almost everyone speaks English as well. The local language is a Creole language called Papiamento - a combination of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, and African languages from former slaves. The people are very laid-back and friendly. There is very little crime. The island's physical environment is pretty unfriendly to human habitation and development. It doesn't support much agriculture or industry. There used to be a couple of larger "plantations," growing aloe, divi divi trees (the seed pods were used to tan animal hides), and goats. There are no good fresh water sources on the island; they primarily use desalination to produce drinking water. The biggest export over the years has been salt. There are large, shallow saltpans that flood and then evaporate, leaving behind salt. Originally they used slaves to work the saltpans and load the salt onto ships. They still "mine" salt, and you can see huge mountains of it. They also have a large complex of oil tanks. Oil companies from Venezuela and Mexico store oil there, and then buyers load the oil directly from the storage tanks into their tankers. Apparently it's cheaper ..." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bassalleckj/3/1230463800/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "Flamingo Airport" 2. "Typical Bonaire vista" 3. "Main street of Kralendijk" 4. "Colorful church" 5. "Typical road and landscape" 6. "Bonaire underwater" 7. "Piles of conch shells" 8. "Lac Bay - party time" 9. "Lac Bay Windsurfing" 10. "Mountains of Salt" 11. "Oranje Pan - obelisk & slave huts" 12. "Natural caves with Arawak Indian pictographs" 13. "Pictographs" 14. "The beach" 15. "Relaxing on "the beach"" 16. "Rugged east coast of Bonaire" 17. "Good Eats!" 18. "Yummy passion fruit dessert" 19. "Beautiful Bonaire sunset" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00c0-e1d2-24d7?ytv4=1
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Villa Karima, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Villa Karima, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/35837769 Best Prices Villa Karima Villa Karima is a self-catering accommodation located 5.5 km from Jan Thiel Beach and 8 km from Curaçao Sea Aquarium. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. The apartment will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a terrace. Latitude 12.0940046290062, Longitude -68.8567847013474, County Netherlands Antilles, City Willemstad, Address Kaya Beethoven 75
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Figueira, CUPE COY, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Figueira, CUPE COY, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/13399431 Book Online & Save up to 20%. Figueira Situated in Lowlands, this air-conditioned apartment features a terrace with sea views. The property is 7 km from Saint Martin and free private parking is provided. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Latitude 18.05375075, Longitude -63.13494864, County Netherlands Antilles, City CUPE COY, Address Cupecoy
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Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Photos III

Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Photos III

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Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Photos II

Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Photos II

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Netherlands Antilles Coral Reefs Photos 1

Netherlands Antilles Coral Reefs Photos 1

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Dutch Dream, Willibrordus, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Dutch Dream, Willibrordus, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/50158321 Book cheap hotels! Dutch Dream Dutch Dream is a villa located in Willibrordus, 23 km from Willemstad. The property is 16 km from Blue Bay and boasts views of the sea. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Latitude 12.2341047452671, Longitude -69.0940555930137, County Netherlands Antilles, City Willibrordus, Address Cas Abao, 60
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Love Residence, Grand Case, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Love Residence, Grand Case, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/25873656 Trusted Love Residence Located in St. Martin, this beachfront boutique hotel features pristine white sand beaches. The Centre Culturel de Grand-Case is 6 minutes’ drive away. Free WiFi access is available. Latitude 18.1005055510684, Longitude -63.0581438541412, zip 97150, County Netherlands Antilles, City Grand Case, Address 140 BD DE GRAND CASE
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Diver\'s Paradise Bonaire, Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Diver\'s Paradise Bonaire, Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/29851178 More Choices Diver's Paradise Bonaire Diver’s Paradise Bonaire it is located 2 km from a wide selection of shops, restaurants and supermarkets; and 3 km north of Kralendijk town centre. Latitude 12.1790278820985, Longitude -68.2923299074173, zip 00000, County Netherlands Antilles, City Kralendijk, Address Kaya Rotterdam 3
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SkyView Penthouse, CUPE COY, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

SkyView Penthouse, CUPE COY, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/1332721280 Trusted SkyView Penthouse Set in Cupecoy, this air-conditioned apartment features a terrace and a garden with an outdoor pool and a year-round outdoor pool. The unit is 7 km from Saint Martin. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Latitude 18.0528033062545, Longitude -63.1360392272472, County Netherlands Antilles, City CUPE COY, Address 66 Rhine Rd Building 4 Unit 7a
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Vista Blue, Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Vista Blue, Kralendijk, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/1212646909 Cheap Hotels with Top Ratings Vista Blue Located in Kralendijk, this air-conditioned apartment features a sun terrace. Guests benefit from terrace. Free private parking is available on site. The unit is fitted with a kitchen. Towels and bed linen are offered at Vista Blue. Latitude 12.1684727958419, Longitude -68.2872712612152, County Netherlands Antilles, City Kralendijk, Address Kaya Gob. N. Debrot
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Pelican Villa, Lagun, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Pelican Villa, Lagun, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/29855614 Book it now! Pelican Villa Offering a designed garden on the cliff with stone roads, a swimming pool, hammocks and palapa-roof lounges, Pelican Villa is located 5 minutes’ walk from Lagoon Bay and 7 km from Sabana Westpunt. Latitude 12.3222228965833, Longitude -69.1516372561455, zip 0000, County Netherlands Antilles, City Lagun, Address Lagun A8
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Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Photos 5

Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef Photos 5

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Aqua Vue, CUPE COY, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Aqua Vue, CUPE COY, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/287045066 Get Cheapest Prices Ever Aqua Vue Situated in Lowlands, this air-conditioned apartment features a balcony. This apartment provides an outdoor pool and free WiFi. There is a seating area and a kitchen. Latitude 18.053737, Longitude -63.134942, County Netherlands Antilles, City CUPE COY
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Caribbean Dutch Masters, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles -  Photos & Price

Caribbean Dutch Masters, Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles - Photos & Price

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http://hotelzbox.com/29855530 Cheap Hotels with Top Ratings Caribbean Dutch Masters Located in Willemstad, Caribbean Dutch Masters offers modern apartment with a shared outdoor pool and a private beach area. This property boasts free Wi-Fi. Latitude 12.085081228629, Longitude -68.8954018056393, zip 0000, County Netherlands Antilles, City Willemstad, Address Bapor Kibra 1
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Diamond Resorts Flamingo Beach, Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, Timeshare Pictures

Diamond Resorts Flamingo Beach, Saint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, Timeshare Pictures

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