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Aruba + Bonaire + Curaçao nightlife

Although a certain spring-break attitude blights some bars near the cruise-ship terminal in Oranjestad, Aruba, most clubs and pubs in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao strive for an easygoing atmosphere, especially establishments that draw a local crowd. Aruba's Bugaloe Beach Bar thankfully draws more expats than spring-breakers, and Gouverneur de Rouville in Curaçao is perfect for a drink and a sampling of local cuisine. Overwater spots like Karel's in Bonaire are a good bet for the party atmosphere, while low-key spots such as the island's Little Havana are better if you want to sip, not slam, your beverage. Beer is the drink of choice here, but you'll find a preponderance of blue-hued cocktails, owing to the islands' most-famous tipple, blue Curaçao, an orange-flavored, azure-colored liqueur distilled on the eponymous island.

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Blues Jazz Bar, Willemstad, Curaçao

For jazz on the rocks, hit this casual spot at the end of a breakwater protecting the Avila Hotel's beach. On Thursdays and Sundays, when local bands or touring...more

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Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill, Palm Beach, Aruba

Hiding in plain sight on a pier at the east end of Palm Beach, this affable watering hole is especially popular with local expats. The Dutch-owned pub, located...more

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Karel's Beach Bar, Kralendijk, Bonaire

One of the immutable truths of the Caribbean is that every island has at least one overwater bar. On Bonaire, that bar is Karel's. The island's most reliable...more

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Little Havana, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Anton Barzilay's noir cigar bar, with its hardwood floors, soft-leather sofa, and conspiratorial lighting, is the perfect Kralendijk nightcap spot. The walls...more

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MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant, Palm Beach, Aruba

On the plus side, this popular bar between the Marriott Surf Club and the Holiday Inn on Aruba's Palm Beach has an expansive drinks menu, blending up everything...more

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Restaurant & Café Gouverneur de Rouville, Willemstad, Curaçao

This 18th-century manor house offers a front-row seat on Willemstad's waterfront, especially from the open-air second-floor galleries. It's a locals' hangout,...more

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