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Hato is neighborhood in Kralendijk, it is the capital city and main port of the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. Bonaire, together with the uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire, is nestled forms a special municipality of the Netherlands. Together with Aruba and Curaçao it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the Southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. The town has many accommodations, vacation rentals, condo rentals, villa rentals and other lodging options.

Bonaire's economy is mainly based on tourism. The island caters mainly to scuba divers and snorkelers, as there are few sandy beaches, while the surrounding reefs are easily accessible from the shore. Bonaire is world renowned for its excellent scuba diving and is consistently rated among the best diving locations in the world. Bonaire's license plates carry the logo Divers Paradise (in English). Divers can head back to their comfortable vacation rental, condo rental or villa rental. Many accommodation options and villas are on or close to the beach.

The island is ringed by a coral reef which is easily accessible from the shore along the Western and Southern sides. Furthermore, the entire coastline of the island has been declared a marine sanctuary, preserving local fish life. The coral reef around uninhabited Klein Bonaire is particularly well preserved, and it draws divers, snorkelers, and boaters. Bonaire also has several coral reefs where seahorses can be found.

Wind surfers also make a strong group of island tourists, as the east side of the island (facing the Caribbean Sea) has the large waves and wind gusts needed for windsurfing. There are a few small accommodations, vacation rentals and villa rentals, with some resorts having an on-site dive shop.

The "Public Beach", also known as Windsock, is located 1.5 kilometers south of downtown at the west end of the runway of the Flamingo International Airport. Another public beach is at the site of the Bonaire Sunset Beach Hotel about two kilometers north of downtown.

The main shopping street is Kaya Grandi. This shopping street has various architecture in many styles from the late 1800s and 1900s. The shopkeepers lived upstairs and the businesses were on the ground floor. Fish Market, built in 1935 as a market place for fishermen is now a fruit and vegetable market with produce coming from Venezuela weekly. The Venezuelan men sell the produce in the old fish market.

In addition to the stores on the main street, there is a large food market (Cultimara) and a bakery (Exito) on Kaya L.D. Gerharts. There are two warehouse-type food markets on Kaya Industria, on the way to Flamingo International Airport.

Lac Bay, (also known as Lac Cai or Lac Cay) on the eastern side of the island, is a windsurfer's paradise. Locals Kiri Thodé, Taty and Tonky Frans in 2011 were ranked in the top five of the world's freestyle windsurfing professionals. Atlantis Beach, on the western part of the island, is the local kitesurfing spot. Each side of these popular spots have a range of accommodation, vacation rental and villa rental choices.

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