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Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

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Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

Our cruise ship will stop at all 3. On one island we will rent a car for the day and drive all over the place. The others we will stay in town or do a ship tour.

Any opinions on which island we should drive?

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1. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

Rent the car in Curacao and go west

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2. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

Why is that?

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3. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

The western end of Curacao is where the national parks and best beaches and scenic vistas are. But I think Bonaire is a great island to explore, as well. Either one would be fun- Bonaire is smaller, and has 1/10th of the population of Curacao, really cool lighthouses, and lots of flamingos (hence, Flamingo Airport). And there isn't much of a town to explore on Bonaire- Kralendijk is low-rise and sleepy.

Aruba would be a very distant 3rd choice.

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4. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

I like you thinking. Can you recommend a car rental company that is near the dock?

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5. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

Avis is the one closest to the mega pier

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6. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

On Curacao I think there's a Budget at the Renaissance Hotel. Plus there are several local agencies that could arrange a pick-up.

On Bonaire there's a Budget in town, but it's not really close to the pier. Do some research, like on the BonaireTalk forums. And maybe a cruise site like CruiseCritic.

http://www.bonairetalk.com/forums/forum.php

www.cruisecritic.com/search/results.cfm…

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7. Re: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao?

Car rental Curacao or Bonaire. My personal choice would be Curacao.

Drive out west tour the parks and hit 1 or 2 beaches drive back to town return the car an walk through downtown (punda and otrabanda). Do not miss the Kura Hulanda hotel in otrabanda

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