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Thailand Table of Contents 49 days 2024 Winter This trip was a challenge to plan, in part because it’s longer than usual. But since we’re literally going halfway around the world, we want to make the most of our time while we’re there. We also want to cut down on individual flight times by making

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troupial in palm tree

Aruba (Eagle Beach)

Having spent 6 days on Aruba at the beginning of our trip, we planned to spend our last 3 days at the beach. Period. And that’s what we did.

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water view from cliff

Curaçao Beaches

We saw only a few of the many beaches on Curaçao and they were all beautiful. Here’s a sample. (Note that beaches on Curaçao often have multiple names.)

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view from clifftop at Playa Forti


We loved Curaçao and can see going back to spend even longer. We barely scratched the surface on things to see and do, too. Beautiful beaches, beautiful water.

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beach with palm blowing

Bonaire Beaches

Bonaire’s shoreline is mostly rocky. There are some beaches with sand, though the water entry tends to be rocks. Doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful.

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flamingos near shore

Washington-Slagbaai National Park

Washington-Slagbaai National Park had me at the name. It’s worth renting a high clearance vehicle so you can visit. It’s beautiful and dramatic, though there isn’t a lot of hiking.

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Bonaire is beautiful and beautifully laid back. Though there’s not much to do if you’re not into scuba diving.

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Arashi Beach

Aruba Beaches

We expected beautiful beaches on Aruba and we found them. Along with the hundreds of other people who appreciate beautiful beaches.

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California lighthouse and cactus


Aruba has long, beautiful beaches. It’s kind of wild seeing cactus next to the water.

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