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The ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao –

are three neighbouring Dutch Caribbean gems guaranteeing plenty of fun

in the sun and sand for families year-round. Each island also has unique

attractions that set them apart for excellent adventures.

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Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2018

By Sue Campbell

UNIQUE FAMILY FUN IN THE

ABCs.

When I first brought my daughter to Aruba, I took her to

De Palm Island because that’s the only place you can

snorkel with gigantic neon blue parrotfish that seriously look

like animated characters! The island has all kinds of family

fun activities – zip lines, air jumpers, banana boat rides,

waterparks; and extra cost activities such as Sea Trek, an

underwater helmet walk for ages eight and up. But for me,

seeing the unique ever-smiling parrotfish is worth the day

pass all on its own. Snorkel equipment is included.

Aruba also has cool creature experiences beyond the beaches.

The Butterfly Farm is one of them – multiple species of

subtropical winged delights flitting free around a tropical

garden will thrill all ages. Philip’s Animal Garden, a rescue

haven for unwanted animals, also has some unexpected

critters like kangaroos, camels, monkeys, deer, even caimans.

Also unexpected is Aruba’s Ostrich Farm. Though non-native to

Aruba, these African birds are right at home in the island’s arid

interior. Children will also enjoy interacting with four-legged

friends at The Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, a refuge for these

animals that run wild on this island.

Well known among the scuba world as one of the best shore

diving places in the world, Bonaire is also a snorkeller’s haven for

all ages. There is also the Bon Sea, a little red semi-submarine

that looks like something out of a storybook, so that you need

not even swim to see the vast array of colourful tropical fish.

Few people realize that Bonaire is also one the best

places on the planet to learn to windsurf due to the ideal

conditions at Lac Bay. I can testify to that fact since I was

shamed into getting up on my very first try since two

toddlers went whizzing by me on their little boards while still

wearing diapers! This island has produced world champion

windsurfers and Jibe City instructors are very well-equipped

to work with children, while older kids will also enjoy exciting

kite boarding lessons there.

FALL 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations

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Aruba

Bonaire

PALM BEACH

DONKEY SANCTUARY ©SUE CAMPBELL

LEARNING TO WINDSURF ©SUE CAMPBELL

PORT OF BONAIRE

BON SEA, SEMI-SUBMARINE ©SUE CAMPBELL