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Bonaire Or Curaco

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Bonaire Or Curaco

Next year my wife and I are going to take a 2 week vacation, and we are going to visit Aruba one week then curaco or bonaire the next. We love Aruba and have been many times. What we are most interested in is beautiful water. Beaches dont have to be white powder just awesome water clarity. Also obviously want a safe area.suggestions? Thanks

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1. Re: Bonaire Or Curaco

Can't comment on Curacao, but from reading gather that it has some similarities to Bonaire. There are few real sand beaches on Bonaire, with much shoreline being pieces of broken coral. Because of this (and lack of runoff from rain), the water is very clear. Diving and snorkeling are the major activities, though you can also windsurf, take a kayak tour of the mangroves, look for birds, or take a bike tour. It is generally a laid-back island that has only minor amounts of petty crime. Enjoy.

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Since you are going to Aruba why not compliment your itinerary with a low key kind of island? Tiara has a non stop to Bonaire.

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I visited Curacao for the first time the summer of 2009 -- I loved the island; lots of places to snorkel, dive and the water visibility is very good -- Playa PortoMarie is a very nice site: http://www.playaportomari.com, to visit.

There are also great places to eat, don't think we had a bad meal while we were there; we also took an island tour via a truck -- they came to our house, picked us up, and took us to several places on the island including a blow hole, a wonderful snorkeling site at the North end of the island, fed us a great meal on the beach.

Unfortunately, we have not been to Bonaire but are going in mid-June for 2 weeks -- looking forward to lots of snorkeling and diving there as well!!

Good Luck,


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Bonaire is the antithesis of Aruba. Aruba has long stretches of white sand beaches, casinos, etc. Bonaire is much quieter, with great diving and snorkeling. Restaurants on Bonaire not too shabby either :>).

My pick would definitely be Bonaire!

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I've been to Bonaire 7 or 8 times, Aruba 4 or 5 times. Never been to Curacao but have read a bit. Everything I see suggests that Curacao is about midway between Aruba and Bonaire, both physically and figuratively. Curacao has more large hotels than Bonaire, not as many as Aruba. Curacao has more beaches than Bonaire, fewer than Aruba. Bonaire is very quiet and undeveloped while Aruba is very developed and bustling; Curacao is in the middle. Bonaire is very European in feeling, Aruba is very American, and I suspect Curacao is largely European with an American slant.

Since you're going to Aruba you just need to decide if you want to go somewhere very similar to Aruba, but somewhat different, or go somewhere that is very different from Aruba.

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Curacao is a working island, with more grit and all that entails. Yet also more and prettier beaches than Bonaire. Bonaire is not beachy at all, but very focused toward visitors and divers. My husband much prefers Bonaire; I kinda liked the semi-beachy vibe of Curacao. But the dive sites on Curacao are not as well maintained - lots of trash and not as much care being taken under water.

In other words, depends on what you like.

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Been to both, B is very quiet, not as developed, no real sand beaches, some great little restaurants in town, sleepy. GREAT shore diving and snorkelling you can easily do with a car. Again no real sandy beaches. I would go to B if you want quiet, and snorkeling or diving.

C is MUCH busier, major city, lots of cruises come in, more true resorts, better beaches, more activities, good shore snorkeling and diving,

Never been to Aruba to compare/

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8. Re: Bonaire Or Curaco

Consider Bonaire and look into Harbour Village resort for absolutely everything else. You wont find Harbour Village on most general Bonaire websites but this place is one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. Mission/Mediterranean style resort with a kickin beach, great restaurant for casual and fine dining, multiple pools, great suites, superb service, and so much charm. This is one of our favorite places in the caribbean. Just check it out. Harbourvillage.com. It is everything the site says it is and more. Not cheap, tho. again, great private beach!

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Couldn't said it any better AmateurGO! Consider copy pasting it on all Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao boards when this question pops up! Except on the last suggestion.. Curacao is much more European than Bonaire and Aruba (there is no middle here. And with that all the museums and historic city of Willemstad dating back to the 17th century.

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