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Kralendijk is the capital city of Bonaire, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea

Bonaire Is Set To Become The First 'Blue Destination'

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In recent years, as environmental friendliness has become an accepted, and even competitive, standard by which countries and states are measured, green credentials have gained in clout. More and more, travelers decide where to go based on eco criteria, seeking out destinations pledged to responsible and sustainable tourism.

But what about blue power, instead of green, based on the World Bank concept of the Blue Economy? What about blue destinations, or places that specifically commit to the sustainable use of ocean resources in pursuit of conscientious social and economic development? (There are well-established blue zones around the world which identify "longevity hotspots," or regions where people live the longest, but that's not what we're talking about here.)