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Southern Bonaire Beaches and Animal Reserves

Slave Huts Photo, Bonaire, Caribbean

Pink Beach, located due south of Kralendijk, is a beautiful strand that takes on a pink color when it is wet. The sand is like fine talcum and the water is calm. Scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling are all good here. Nearby, and a little inland, are the saltpans with bright hills of salt and a pink flamingo sanctuary. The shrimp of these ponds turn pink due to what they eat and this in turn is why flamingos are pink. The young birds are not so pink as they have not eaten enough shrimp to develop the darker color. This beach area is also the only area you find some shade, plenty of trashcans and cooking pits.

The salt industry began in the 19th century with slaves working them and living in tiny quarters called slave huts. Next to the huts were obelisks of orange and blue so incoming ships would know where to make their pick up. The salt industry also required the use of donkeys for carrying heavier items. Once the operation became mechanical and their need ceased, they were turned loose. Now the wild donkeys are found in several places on the island and in particular a reserve that provides food and medicine, educates the public and allows them to feed the animals. This preserve, the Donkey Sanctuary is indicated on the coastal road heading south from the airport. The admission is free and it is open from 10:00-12:00, link, offers a snacks and gifts with the money going to the care of donkeys. Just as a side note it is a $750 fine for hitting one of these creatures. Dawn and dusk you will find them crossing the roads.

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