The ABC Islands consist of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Although fairly close together, there is no ferry service at this time.
Aruba is a popular choice for vacations because of the abundance of flights from most major US cities. It is part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) which are relatively close together. But, island hopping from Aruba was not an option, until 2007.
Until just a few years ago, if you were planning an Aruba destination wedding, it meant you were also honeymooning there. This was because flights to the other ABC islands meant flying back to Miami and changing planes. (Inter-island flights were infrequent and unreliable.)
However, due to the growing popularity of the Caribbean beach destination wedding, especially the Aruba destination wedding - more and more brides have voiced an interest in getting married on one island and honeymooning on another.
At this time, there is still no ferry service connecting the ABC Islands, which would seem like a logical idea. But, now there is an alternative for those who wish to see the other ABC Islands.
If you are toying with the idea of visiting the other 2 ABC islands on your Aruba vacation, you will need to do some careful planning ahead of time to avoid spending most of your day at the airport.
There are two small airlines that have flights between Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.
Flight time between the neighboring ABC islands of Bonaire and Curacao is very short. They are just a few minutes away. The take off and landing actually takes more time than the flight it self.
There are several flights available daily through Dutch Antilles Express, (599-717-0808) and Tiara Air (297-588-4272) that leave Aruba before 9 a.m., arrive in Curacao a half-hour later, and return early afternoon and evening.
A day trip from Aruba to Bonaire is a bit trickier. Both airlines offer island hopper flights to Bonaire, but flights are limited to certain days of the week.