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Bonaire Bonaire

Bonaire is one of the three so-called ABC islands, along with Aruba and Curacao. These islands are just off the coast of Venezuela and are part of the Nederlands Antilles. While geographically close, the islands are dramatically different in terrain and climate. The locals speak a language known as Papiamento—a blend of Spanish, Dutch, and Arawak.

I visited Bonaire in 1989 during a three-week-long trip around the Caribbean, which included the Turks and Caicos islands and the Cayman islands.

Bonaire is one of the world's top dive and snorkel destinations. Other than the water sports, Bonaire has a large flamingo sanctuary, plus dozens of the small houses that were the slave huts in the days when slaves worked the salt production.

Flamingo Sanctuary
Slave Huts
Sorobon Beach Resort

If you like the idea of Travel Au Naturel (Clothes Optional), Sorobon Beach Resort is a very nice place to stay.

Another of Mark Kurlansky's fine books is A Continent of Islands—a view of the good, bad, and ugly aspects of the Caribbean island communities and their history of colonialism imposed from without, and their current economic and political situations.

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