THE DUTCH ABC'S
These three Dutch islands, the tail of the long Antillean chain, have a different landscape from that of the rest of the West Indies. They are very arid and windy. Aruba's and Curacao's thriving oil refineries have made them so financially secure that it is only in the past several years that they have sought the tourist trade, and both have big new beachfront hotels, the Intercontinental in Curacao, the Caribbean Hotel-Casino in Aruba. Bonaire, without oil to bolster the economy, is a simple place for bird watchers and water buffs. Flamingos in pink hordes nest on the island's salt flats, as do heron, snipe, tern, pelican—140 different species. The Flamingo Beach Club, $22-$26 per day, is the place to stay. Trolling for bonito, tuna, wahoo and kingfish is excellent off all three islands.