The Dutch Caribbean: Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao

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  • Aruba

  • Curaçao

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Coastal

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Dive into the Dutch Caribbean's dynamic vibes, where every island boasts colorful downtown areas, cool local eats that'll blow your mind and coastlines begging for exploration. Whether you're all about that chill romantic scene, chasing nightlife thrills or hanging somewhere in between, these islands serve up a blend of experiences to suit every mood. It's not magic – it's just the Dutch Caribbean doing its thing. So, pack your sense of adventure and let's go!

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Where to stay in Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa And Casino

A lush, relaxing hotel with newly-designed rooms for the contemporary traveler.

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Harbour Village Beach Club

Polished tropical resort along a private beach with luxe rooms and suites offering views of the Caribbean Sea.

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Things to do in Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao

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Discover the diverse beaches of the islands: Whether you crave the laid-back ambiance of Te Amo Beach, the combination of dining and shopping at Eagle Beach, or the thrill of cliff jumping at Grote Knip. With endless, stunning options, you can choose a different beach daily to match your mood.

Explore downtown: Each island boasts colorful buildings, tasty local eats, shops for every taste – from cute boutiques to luxury spots. And when the sun sets, the nightlife kicks in, making it a no-brainer to explore anytime, day or night, with a friendly and safe vibe all around.

Go on an adventure: Known for being the only Caribbean destination that doubles as a desert, offering an exciting playground for adventure enthusiasts. Take a thrilling UTV excursion through dramatic cliffs, experience the breathtaking views of a sunrise skydive, or explore untapped ruins through cave diving – or why not all three? This is the ultimate destination for those who seek adrenaline-fueled escapades!

Day Trips:

Dive into the wild side of Aruba with an adventure in Arikok National Park:Explore rugged landscapes, hidden caves, and maybe even take a dip in the iconic Natural Pool!

Grab your snorkel gear for a boat trip to Klein Bonaire:Untouched beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life – it's a snorkeler's paradise on this little island getaway. Check out Klein Bonaire for a day of aquatic exploration!

Take a quirky detour with a combo tour in Curaçao:From the playful Ostrich Farm to the mystical Hato Caves, it's a day of natural wonders and close encounters with unique wildlife. Experience the wonders of Curaçao!

Places to eat & drink in Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao

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Aruba:

Willem's Dutch Pancakes: A culinary sanctuary where Dutch flavors meet Aruban charm. Whether sweet or savory, you'll leave satisfied every time.

Eduardo's Beach Shack: The go-to spot for a laid-back, tasty beach day. Enjoy Caribbean and international flavors, from acai bowls to killer fish tacos.

Barefoot: With toes in the sand and a menu full of Caribbean flair, it's perfect for kicking back, sipping cocktails, and diving into a sea of delicious eats.

Bonaire:

It Rains Fishes: A true embodiment of Bonaire's culinary spirit, offering sea-to-table experiences with fresh catches and ocean views.

Blennies: Renowned for fresh seafood, including specialties like lionfish ceviche and grilled mahi-mahi, delivering an authentic taste of Bonaire's maritime charm.

Brass Boer Restaurant: Helmed by renowned chefs Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, it elevates Caribbean cuisine to an art form with locally sourced ingredients.

Curaçao:

La Bohème Curaçao: An eclectic menu, from delectable seafood creations to mouthwatering desserts, in a cozy ambiance with an extensive wine list.

Kome: A cozy, eclectic vibe and dishes that are edible art, offering a full-blown taste fiesta that'll leave you craving an encore.

Saint Tropez Ocean Club: Merging Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines within a chic European setting. Enjoy oceanfront views, cabanas, and a restaurant-turned-club with immaculate vibes.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Aruba. In need of further inspiration? Check out Kim Walters’s guide, Adventure in Aruba.

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