The three Dutch islands resting in the Southern Caribbean, — Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao — present some of the most stunning sights and luxuries in the world. These islands have a few things in common, such as colonial history, sandy white beaches, generous natives, a thrilling culinary background, and an enticing location. So, what are you waiting for? Of course, we highly recommend hiring a travel agent and planning your trip right away. But if you need more persuading, here are some of the best reasons to visit the A-B-C islands:
Aruba is full of excitement, from shopping and gambling to great French cuisine and outdoor adventure. The island is no stranger to deep sea diving, parasailing, banana boating or kitesurfing, so be sure to pack your bathing suit and water shoes! After a long day, take in the sunset and head to one of the many clubs and bars, which often feature live music and entertainment.
This eco-friendly tourist attraction is the smallest of all three islands. Nevertheless, there is so much to do and explore. This island is a diver’s utopia with over 50 kinds of coral and 350 fish species hiding in the shallow waters. With over 60 dive sites, there are diving courses and areas for everyone regardless of experience. After diving, visit the Washington Slagbaai National Park to view captivating wildlife, serene beaches, lagoons and caverns.
Curaçao is the largest of the three islands in both population and size. Being such a desired tourist destination, there’s absolutely no shortage of things to experience. In fact, the pastel colored architecture and nearly 40 beaches are enough reason to visit the island. But if that doesn’t appeal to you, there’s more. Check out the floating exchange along the waterfront, where boaters sail from Venezuela with fish, fruits and vegetables to sell in the marketplace. You can also tour the oldest active synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, which is over 400 years old. If you came to the islands without the kids, definitely make your way to the 19th-century historic mansion, Landhuis Chobolobo Distillery, where the famous Blue Curaçao liquor is made.
There is an abundance to love and admire about the three Dutch islands of the South Caribbean. Not sure which island is the best fit for you? Take a cruise and visit all three, or reach out and let me know what’s important to you on your perfect vacation and I’ll point you in the right direction!