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Bonaire is one of the Dutch islands in the Caribbean. Since 2010, the administrative forms a special municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Venezuela, and belongs to the ABC islands of the Lesser Antilles. Bonaire is located less than 70 km north of Venezuela. The distance to Curacao is 50 km and 120 km to Aruba. The length of the island from north to south is 40 km and the width no more than 12 km. The land area measuring 288 km2, which is about 0.65 times the island of Curacao.
The capital of Bonaire is Kralendijk. The second place on the island Rincon and this is also the oldest settlement on the island.
Bonaire has about 18,400 inhabitants and 86% of the population has the Dutch nationality. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic and there is a small Protestant community. There are also a number of evangelical churches.
The official language is Dutch. Of the population speaks most home Papiamento (Papiamentu) a creole language with mainly influences from Spanish and Portuguese, and also much influenced by Dutch, English, French, and Indian and West African languages. Many Bonaireans speak Dutch, English and Spanish.
The star in the flag of Bonaire has six points, which represent the six original settlements. Through population growth and expansion of the building are five of them, however, have grown together to form the capital Kralendijk. Only Rincon, located in the northern half of the island has remained a separate village.
In addition to these cores, there are a number of neighborhoods emerged in the course of the years. Past the airport towards the salt pans Belnem district is located, named for Harry Belafonte. Together with his partner Neme Belafonte once bought land here by the sea. Eventually, the district was named Belnem, the first three letters of Belafonte and Neme. Now Belnem is an upscale residential area with several hotels and guesthouses. Our Guesthouse is situated in the Belnem area. Reportedly Harry Belafonte song would be "Island in the Sun" have written here.
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