Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao Make Up the ABC Islands
The ABC Islands are located in the western part of the Caribbean called the Lesser Antilles.
The ABC Island group is made up of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Here is a picture of one of the Divi-divi trees Aruba is famous for. I found this tree when I was on the island, and it's just as pretty in person as it is in a photo.
Aruba is the most well known of the three islands that make up the ABC's. It is one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean.
A vacation on Aruba
can be an exciting adventure. There is a busy night life, great beaches, and the water is great for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Picture this beautiful Aruba sunset while your strolling down the beach. Wouldn't you love to be there right now? I know I would!
The island is full of tours and places to visit. Your vacation can be as relaxing, or as busy, as you want to make it. You can see the bent divi-divi trees that have become a well known sight from pictures and postcards. Just like the picture at the top of this page.
The divi-divi trees are bent pointing to the west by the trade winds blowing in from the northeast. It's beautiful to see one of these trees in a picture, but it doesn't match the excitement of visiting Aruba and seeing one right in front of you. I found this wonderful tree on Palm Beach.
Bonaire is the most laid back of the ABC Islands.
There is not a busy night life, and most people who visit the island come to scuba dive in what has been consistantly named one of the top diving spots. The pristine reefs that surround Bonaire are actually a protected Marine Park.
There are over 300 different varieties of fish in the waters and the visibility is very good, in fact the visibility is usually at least 100'. You can shore dive from sites all over the island. The combination of these three things is what makes Bonaire the perfect place for scuba and snorkeling. That's why it's called the Diver's Paradise.
Bonaire is a desert island and the temperature, like that of Aruba and Curacao, stays about the same all year. It's always in the 80's and filled with sunny days.
The Bonaire beaches are not the usual sandy Caribbean types. On this island you may have to search to find a sandy beach, but you can shore dive from all over the island. I found pretty nice beaches at some of the resorts, and you can also find nice sandy beaches over at Lac Bay.
Picture of an Boca in Curacao.
Curacao is the largest island in the group. Like it's neighbors Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao is a dry, desert like island.
The temperatures average in Curacao the 80's all year round, just like in Bonaire and Aruba. The ABC's are just north of the equator and outside the hurricane belt of the Caribbean, so there's no problem vacationing on Curacao, Bonaire or Aruba, all year long.
There is a rainy season from October to February, but it usually rains at night and the days are sun filled and warm. And that means you get to spend the days on one of the almost 40 beaches on the island.
There are wonderful little beaches called Bocas. Boca is a word from the one of the island's language, Papiamentu, a mix of Spanish, Dutch and English. A Boca is a cove, a protected inlet and some of them are very private, and quite romantic.
Here is one of the beautiful beaches in Curacao.
The bigger, more open beaches on Curacao are called playas.
The island has at least 38 beaches to choose from. Most are free, but some do have a charge for admission. Some of the beaches have an area for visitors to change and to eat if they like.
The ABC Islands...Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
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We took a Princess Cruise to Bonaire. The ship actually stopped in St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba with two days at sea. It was wonderful! …
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Boca Catalina is a beach on Aruba that my family fell in love with. It is a small beach north of the Marriott. We found it by mistake one day...and now …
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My vacation in Aruba was wonderful. I flew to Aruba at the end of Sept. and loved it as soon as I got off the plane. The warm winds welcomed me. If …
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The Caribbean is simply one of the loveliest vacation spots on earth, and the ABC Islands are one of the lovliest vacation spots in the Caribbean.
If you would like to find out more about visiting the Caribbean, and the ABC islands,
here is a wonderful site you should visit. Go to le-caribbean-islands
Go to Bonaire Iguana
Go to Bonaire Scuba Diving
Return From The ABC Islands to Bonaire Beaches Home
Go to Getting Around Bonaire
Go to The Donkey Sanctuary