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A Brief Guide To The ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao

Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao are the three islands that make up the ABC Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Located just off the Venezuelan coast, each island offers a wonderful experience whether on a cruise in the region or island hopping on a Caribbean extravaganza.

Jaw-dropping beaches, colorful architecture, and unique culture await on each island. There is a distinct Dutch flair at each destination as each island is within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Despite the proximity of each island to the next, you can have a distinct experience at each location as you sail off the South American coast.

Perhaps the most wonderful thing about the ABC Islands? All three islands are positioned south of the normal trajectory of Atlantic Ocean hurricanes and normally avoid storm damages during hurricane season.


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The first stop is an island that is a paradise for sunbathers. Aruba receives little rainfall compared to its Caribbean counterparts and it is easily the most tourist friendly of the ABC islands.

The warm sunshine throughout the year and an impressive array of things to do in Aruba is enhanced by an exuberant local community that welcomes visitors.

Some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches reside on Aruba’s shores and stepping foot on the sands of the first beach you visit will help you understand the island’s motto, “One Happy Island.”

Eagle Beach and Druif Beach are two of the more popular beaches closer to the island’s biggest town of Oranjestad. On the opposite side of the island, Wariruri Beach and Andicuri Beach are a haven for adventure activities.

Social media has been buzzing over the feathery creatures residing at the flamingo beach in Aruba. The adorable pink friends are an unforgettable highlight during a visit to Aruba and you can find them at the privately owned Renaissance Island.

After you are through at the beach, hit the streets of Oranjestad for bustling nightlife, delicious eateries, and local shops.

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Those looking to escape reality will feel right at home on the smallest of the ABC islands. Bonaire Island is not lined with the extravagant shops and sprawling nightlife scene of Aruba but is equally as rich in natural wonder, and there are lots of exciting things to do in Bonaire.

The island has earned a tremendous reputation as one of the best places in the world for coral reef diving. Divers from around the world flock to this little slice of paradise to dive to the depths of the Caribbean Sea to be amazed by the beautiful variety of species beneath the surface.

The beaches that line Bonaire’s shores range from soft white to more colorful beaches lined with shells.

Partakers in adventure sports will fall in love with the vast array of activities at their fingertips which includes windsurfing, kitesurfing, and more.

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Visitors to Curaçao Island get the best of both worlds with stunning beaches on one side of the island and a vibrant city with bright architecture on the other. The list of things to do in Curacao is quite extensive, and i’m sure your visit to the island will be nothing but excitement.

There are 30+ pristine beaches that line the shores of Curaçao with the most scenic being located past the beautiful Christoffel National Park on the northern side of the island.

Immerse yourself in the island’s amazing culture by wandering into one of several museums to learn Curaçao’s history.

Those in search of city life are in luck as Willemstad is a beautiful, upbeat city home to over 100,000 people. Separated into the Punda and Otrobanda sections, Willemstad is lined with lively shops and restaurants and eye-popping architecture.

While in Willemstad, do not miss the opportunity to see the opening and closing of The Old Swinging Lady which controls the entrance to the busy harbor.

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