Kralendijk is the capital city and main port of the island of Bonaire. In Dutch, Koralendijk (of which the name Kralendijk is a degeneration) means "coral reef" or "coral dike". In Papiamentu, the town is often called Playa or "beach". Kralendijk is a lively and colorful Caribbean town centre. Year round you can stroll the streets enjoying the Caribbean architecture while shopping in the main street Kaya Grandi and the area around it. From November till April there are cruise ships docking at the North or South Pier. On those days there is a market on the Wilhelmina square with island-made products.
Colorful architecture dots the shopping street of Kaya Grandi. The Bonaire Museum displays archaeological finds, shells and old photos. Off the coast is Bonaire National Marine Park, with a coral reef sheltering tropical fish. This stretches west to Klein Bonaire Island, where the sandy beaches provide a nesting ground for sea turtles.