There's nothing hectic about Kralendijk, Bonaire's peaceful capital. All of the public buildings are located along two streets on the waterfront, with most of the hotels, restaurants and a few budget boarding houses frequented by diving enthusiasts indifferent to the quality of their accommodation. On the Kaya Grandi a few colorfully painted façades and coral mosaics shaped like flamingos create a tropical atmosphere, and the small harbor promenade is a pleasant place for a sundowner in the evening. You won't need a map to find Kralendijk's few sights. Little Fort Oranje, built in the 17th century, is beside the cruise ship pier, and there's a lighthouse built in 1932. Plaza Reina Wilhelmina, in the center, contains an unpretentious Protestant church (1847) and a few attractive neoclassical municipal buildings. The former residence of the governor, the Pasangrahan, is an elegant blend of Indonesian and Caribbean styles. In the pseudo-Greek market pavilion on the waterfront, traders from Venezuela sell freshly caught fish, and tropical fruit and vegetables. The best views of Kralendijk can be had either from Karels Beach Bar or from the terrace restaurants at the harbor side. It is only when a cruise ship sails into town that things get busy, and the Museo Bonairiano (Mon-Fri; entrance fee), with an amazing collection of furniture, pictures, colonial household items and bric-a-brac, fills up. The town's art galleries show interesting pieces of art, made by the islanders from island materials - from driftwood to car tyres, «carved» and painted in brilliant colors.
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