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The ABC Islands
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are Netherlands-associated islands in the south Caribbean Sea, just off the northwest coast of Venezuela. With the blend of Dutch and Afro-Caribbean heritage, crystal clear water and beautiful beaches, this little trio of vacation spots is worth the slightly longer flight.

Surrounded by amazing reefs that can be reached without a boat, Bonaire and Curacao are especially popular with divers and snorkelers. The visiting crowd is a mix of Dutch tourists (and university students), South Americans vacationers or business travellers, and people from the eastern U.S. The colourful capital of Willemstad is great for a wander-around, with more than 750 preserved buildings—this place has roots. If you’re not into high season prices, go after April when crowds thin out. Air Canada Vacations has a sound package. Visit Curacao.com.