Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao

If you're looking for a New Year's adventure, this is a great one! Go to the "ABC" islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. They are each a quick cheap flight from the next, and each have their own special charm. This is our Brady Bunch squad of New Years 2014, 9 friends embarking on a journey to find some adventures in the Caribbean. 

 

Aruba

Jolly Pirates

Jump aboard a pirate ship for an awesomely cheesy day of fun! Jolly Pirates offers a snorkel trip on a pirate ship. On the return, it's open bar! They also have a rope swing you can test your jump skills on into the water.

 

Dive to a sunken 747 plane

For those adventure seekers, dive 85 feet to this sunken ship off the coast of Aruba. This plane, the Antilla, is the largest wreck in the South Caribbean. It was a German freighter confiscated at the start of World War III. It's so large you can swim through the center, just watch snagging your gear! 

 

Enjoy the pristine beaches

 

Curacao

Wander through a maze of colorful buildings.

 

blue room cave

This trip is NOT for anyone who scares easily. It's basically and underwater cave that glows an eerie blue due to the way the light shines in. We went to Santa Cruz beach to find Kaptain Goodlife. After wandering around for a while trying to find the location, he appeared in his underwear to take us to the Blue Room Cave. When we arrived, he gave us vague information about diving under and into the cave.This could be very dangerous because you need to swim under a rock to get into the cave. It's much easier to get in and out of the cave with flippers on to propel you more quickly under the water and into the cave. For me, it was a great adventure. Once inside the cave, the blue glow is magnificent. It was pretty spacious inside, so I didn't feel claustrophobic. We swam for a while enjoying the beauty. Then dove back under water to swim back out. 

View from our room at the Hilton Curacao

Heavenly blue ocean

 

Explore the beaches

 

Bonaire

Scooter around the island

We rented scooters to cruise around the small island, and quickly realized that Bonaire has really diverse landscapes. We began our journey alongside aquamarine blue ocean, then scooted by a seafoam green lagoon with flamingos, then onto volcanic rock cliffs that looks like another planet, and finally into a desert landscape. The great thing is, there isn't much traffic. Just be sure you have some scooting experience, one of our friends ended up taking a spill on a hard turn. Also rent with a place that provides helmets.

Kite surfing

Kite surfing is huge in Curacao. The water is crystal clear and the wind is strong! We didn't have the time to try it, but it's definitely on my bucket list.