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7 must-see places to visit in the off-season

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 21, 2012, 5:10 p.m.
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Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao

The Dutch Caribbean is a popular stop for tourists from both North America and Europe. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are famous for many reasons. World-class resorts, casinos, and amazing beaches are the biggest draw, but there is also charming Dutch architecture and the Caribbean’s trademark laid-back island vibe. The unique dry landscapes make this part of the Caribbean an interesting place for eco-tourists as well.

As with many islands in the Caribbean, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (sometimes referred to collectively as the ABC Islands) are popular destinations for snowbirds escaping the cold winters of more-northern latitudes. However, these islands are a great summertime destination as well. Summer brings low season to tourist industries across the Caribbean, as rain and even hurricanes and tropical storms are commonplace during the warmest months of the year. However, Aruba and its peers sit outside of the so-called Hurricane Alley, with most storms passing far to the north. Monsoon patterns don't affect the ABC Islands either, so the weather is sunny and mainly dry for much of the summer. This means that both eco-tourists and beach vacationers can enjoy all that the Dutch Caribbean has to offer without worrying about the weather.