Turn up the saturation on Amsterdam, and you’ve got Curaçao. It’s the most colorful island in the Caribbean, and the locals like it that way. But it’s not just the vibrant architecture they strive to protect — it’s their verdant mountains, coral reefs, and wildlife, too.

Off the northern coast of Venezuela, maybe life isn’t actually more vibrant and alive here, but it might feel as such. You’ll cliff dive at Playa Forti, swim with sea turtles, climb through sea caves, and eat…iguana? (Yes, it does taste like chicken.) Follow the locals’ lead in Curaçao, and you’re in for the time of your life.