Any suggestions on Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

We are heading to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in November/December... any suggestions on the best way to utilize our time there?

We've been to many Caribbean islands but none this far south.  I understand they are gorgeous!

Tags: Caribbean - Southern Bonaire Netherlands Special Municipality

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Went to both Aruba and Curacao in 2014. In Curacao, we hired one of the many drivers that wait around the port area. We paid $20 per person for a driving tour. It was great. The drive lasted about 3 hours and he took us to many places. He even included a stop to the Curacao Liquor Distillery. At the distillery they have a great little museum that goes through the history of the Senor Family and their curacao liquor. There is also a gift shop and they do taste testings. All for free. We had a nice time there. Probably would suggest you spend 30 minutes or so there. If you like that kind of thing, it is worth a stop. In Aruba, once you disembark, you will walk forward to the main street. Right across that street at that intersection, there is a pubic bus stop. Tickets are super cheap--like less than $3 per person for a round trip ticket (buy before hand at the kiosk). There, we took the bus to a local beach about 15 minutes away. The beach had palapas and chairs that you can use but someone from the nearby hotel does come around to collect $5. Beach is free but using the chairs/palapas is not. Anyway, the beach is very pretty but it just so happened that on that day the surf was VERY rough. I still have nightmares about those waves. I've heard Eagle Beach is a nicer one.

Thanks La Castillo.... I will be in both of those ports in two weeks. Did you see any place where I can rent a scooter?

Good info La Castillo

Bring one of those misting water bottles. Aruba is h o t . Add ice to the water to keep it cool longer.

That I did not see. Sorry!

LaCastillo (gotta say it - your avatar looks more like a LaCastilla)

Like the others, thanks so much for your input. I too will be visiting these islands for the first time, but not until next March. Hoping to hear more info on these islands, but you have already set the bar pretty high.

OK. Small fabrication. In the Navy, I 'think' I was in Curacao for a short day. All I remember is whatever beer we had, it tasted like banana peels. Unique, memorable - kind of - because back then, I am not sure what country/island, what the beer's name was, or anything else about the port visit. Just a banana peel flavor. Oh, our memories over the years. But is WAS a local beer.

Maybe in March I can re-taste, re-live, and be 20-years old again, or maybe 22. Gosh, it WAS a long time ago.

Great advice. Both islands are beautiful and the "natives" are friendly. We are looking forward to our visit in December on the Vista. As far as I am concerned, no matter what you do it will be wonderful. We have taken "taxi" rides, walked the town, and gone to the beach (in Aruba). We haven't taken the bus or gone to the Curacao factory...yet. Looking forward to other inputs on this thread.

I understand your point about LaCastilla, but the last name is Castillo and the first name Laurie. An old work email address started the whole LaCastillo and I kind of just went with it!

Well Lauri... Your fired from the forum then.Angry

'You don't have a relative in the Church do you ? Someone with the title, Abbott.

im so ashamed of myself


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