You can really feel the warmth and the beat of South America within the Southern Caribbean. Trinidad & Tobago is lower than seven miles off the coast of Venezuela, whereas the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao) vary from 18 to 50 miles away. As a consequence, the continent’s music, language and flavors pervade these islands – mixing with the influences of indigenous, African, European and North American cultures.
Trinidad & Tobago is a beguiling mixture of bustling cities and laid-back fishing villages, spicy meals fusions and wealthy music traditions. You may dance away your days (and nights) throughout Carnival, or spend your time swinging in a hammock on a abandoned seashore. Further west, the Dutch-influenced ABCs have arid, windswept landscapes and complex airs. Postcard-perfect seashores line the leeward coasts of Aruba and Curaçao, whereas all three islands have vibrant coral reefs proper alongside the shore.