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Old 17-08-2013, 16:04   #16
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Re: ABC Islands ?

They are a mixed batch. We liked visiting. I like Spansche Wasser entrance but anchoring there was soso - I think grass bottom, mostly.

I liked Aruba anchorage - wide and windy, very nice.

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Re: ABC Islands ?

Have tried to find guides for ABC with no real luck. Any suggestions?
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Re: ABC Islands ?

it's free:

ABC Islands Cruising Guide » A Guide to the ABC Islands
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Old 06-02-2014, 19:51   #19
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Thank you, Already purchased it for my ebook reader, but was disappointed. No comparison to Guides for the rest of Carribean.
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Don't mind paying for good guide
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In that case, I also have the guide "The ABC Islands" from the "Gotto Go Cruising" series (don't know other guides from that series though).

The authors are D. Waterson & D. van der Reijden.

It's one of the very few that I didn't throw off the boat so it's pretty good

It looks like the book is "unavailable" on Amazon.com and their website is down.
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Re: ABC Islands ?

Doyle also produces a guide. But frankly, no guide is really needed for the ABC's. You are very limited in where you can anchor there and the towns themselves are organized and easy to find everything. The entrances and sailing among them are easy.

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Re: ABC Islands ?

We love Bonaire for the one of the best shore dive destinations. We've been there 14 times. It's very laid back and safe. Only one traffic light on the island. There isn't much to do there except SCUBA, eat, and drink.
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I guess you're coming from the east? first stop bonaire then. No anchoring, a mooring or marina is the only choice. Very tourist and scuba diving oriented. Big parties, music all night long etc. Most American cruisers love it and most Dutch cruisers prefer Curacao.. which is the next stop.

Curacao: perfect anchoring @ Spanish Waters. Try to get a permit to anchor in Fuik Baai for a weekend or longer. Big, modern supermarkets, you can buy anything you can think of here.
You need a car or a lot of patience. Taxis are expensive.

Aruba: As much as we hate Aruba when visiting by air (it's one big tourist trap, much like Disney World), we like it very much when visiting with our boat. Good anchorages, lots to explore by dinghy and nice bars and restaurants along the beach near the airport.

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Wow! Exactly. I only visited Aruba by air and the nine refineries in line on the small western coast really turned me off. But I never went by boat. Maybe I should have...
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Re: ABC Islands ?

We loved Bonaire both in mooring buoy and marina. Had a pretty good time in Curacao at anchor and on the hard at Curacao Marine. Hated Aruba and spent less than 16 hours there before heading off to San Blas Islands which we totally loved.
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