Do you want to make the most of what little time you have for your vacation? You should head out to tourist destinations that you can get to without traveling long and hard. 3 of your best options lie just barely off the coast of Venezuela.
An island in the southern Caribbean Sea, Aruba is a tropical paradise that is abuzz with plenty of activities. With resorts and hotels that dot white sand beaches, waking up and sleeping to the site of breathtaking ocean views would be a daily occurrence during your vacation. If you want to take a break from the big blue, you can always go off-roading over sand dunes or sign up for an ATV tour and horseback ride.
If you prefer to just go swimming or lounge by the beach, you can choose among the many beaches on the island, including Palm Beach, Boca Catalina beach, and Malmok Beach.
Bonaire is the antithesis of Aruba. It is the quiet island with a slow and leisurely pace of life. Stoplights are even non-existent in the island. The absence of high rise hotels, endless stretch of beaches and party venues could either make you fall in love or hate the place, depending on your idea of a great vacation. If you’re looking for an escape, this is where you should be. Here, there more private rental homes and condominiums than resorts and hotels. What it lacks in facilities, however, it makes up for the number of water sports that you can enjoy. Don’t leave Bonaire without checking out the lighthouse, salt pans and slave huts in the southern end of the island.
There are still beaches in Curacao, but the terrain is more rugged and mountainous. Tourism is continuously growing that resorts just appear in the middle of single-family neighborhoods. Scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular in Curacao that most hotels have house reefs and dive shops. Make sure you check out hidden beaches that keep visitors coming back for more.
Photos by: David Stanley, star5112, queulat00 and Graham Mackay