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Klein Bonaire, a narrow strip of sand off the western coast of the mainland, is accessible via sea kayak or boat ferry, offering a heady stretch of Caribbean sand that's something of a rarity on Bonaire. This small island was once privately owned and was rumored to be the future home of an amusement park. But the island was bought in 1999 and is now preserved in its natural state.  
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The entire coastline of Bonaire is protected, and it boasts some of the world's best shore diving. The ubiquitous yellow stones that line the roads mark the different established dive sites, the dive name written in black paint. This one, the Red Slave Dive, sits at the southern end of the island, among the island's former slave huts.  
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The indigenous population of Bonaire would stay in these small huts while working the salt mines, loading ships for up to eight days at a stretch before making the long walk back to the village during times of short respite.  
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A golden-hued sunset, as seen from the Sand Castle Dive Resort.  
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One of the island's many local goats, as seen on the roadside near the village of Rincón.  
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Another of the mainland's animal inhabitants, an iguana eats an apple near one of the dive sites on the northern part of the island.  
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As you'd expect from an island in the Dutch Antilles, there's a healthy population of Dutch ex-pats. This was taken during the 2008 Euro Cup and offers evidence of the enthused debauchery. The picture is of the hallway leading to the bathrooms in Little Havana, a great jazz ex-pat pub in the main town. The Netherlands beat Italy, France, and Romania before falling to Russia in the quarter finals.  
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Kids checking out a booth at the opening festival of the International Year of the Reef in the summer of 2008.  
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Sunset over a small harbor, as seen from the balcony at Patagonia, a great Argentine steak house just north of the main city.  
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