These relatively small south Caribbean islands have beautiful beaches, mountains or hills with breathtaking views of blue water and other islands, and great weather. However most historical sights and traditional lifestyles have been replaced by tourists’ desires. In many cases 70% or more of the inhabitants of these islands cater to the tourists who arrive in droves on cruise ships to take part in water sports, enjoy the beaches, get driven around the island in a tour bus, and to shop (for souvenirs to advertise where they have been). Hotels and resorts have popped up for those wanting a longer stay.
Following are images from each of the islands mentioned above.
The Bonaire flamingo is large with a vivid orange color resulting from the shrimp they eatSalt production is quite impressiveYes, those are hills of saltOld slave quartersSurfing is big on BonaireDIVERS PARADISEThis is a cactus fence
This is definitely my favorite of these islands. It boasts lovely communities, cultural areas, beaches, street art, creativity, and beauty.
Flores is a quaint community with shops, museums, cafes, and moreStreet Art and beautifully painted housesCuracao Liqueur FactorySpectacular beachesUnique Rock FormationsCrittersPontoon Swaying Foot BridgeRebuilt suspension bridge
A cable car to see the island from aboveLots of shopping opportunitiesUmbrella streetPink Street with numerous tourist attractionsCruise ships in the harbor
Beautiful views from the surrounding hill with lovely beaches but nothing more…except a huge souvenir shop at the top of the hill
Pretty lookout pointsRum Distillery open for touristsAdd on the side of this luxury vehicle
People – tourists, those serving tourists, and an occasional local resident