For those of you who don’t already know, Curacao is the southernmost Caribbean Island. It is one of the “ABC” islands that consists of Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao. They are known for their great diving locations, unique culture and all of their residents speaking four languages… that’s right… FOUR! It truly is a beautiful island and many people have never heard of it, unfortunately. But, with recent education and more frequent flights to the country, it is steadily growing as a hot destination in the Caribbean!
I was lucky enough to go to Curacao in 2011 on a FAM trip with the tourism board and learned so many amazing things about the Curacao culture and land. I flew down on a direct flight from CLT on Insel Air, which had just starting offering direct flights and were offering very cheap flights. I couldn’t pass up the offer. Curacao was actually the first Caribbean island I’d ever been to and what a wonderful way to get a good dose of the Dutch Caribbean!
Being a travel agent, I always see the mistakes people make when they don’t use one. They end up staying somewhere because they found it cheap online and they have no idea how much of a dump it is until they are standing in their room, too scared to even sit on the bed. I am here to help you with this. Here are my reviews on a few of the better resorts on the island of Curacao! (Be warned, America, you will be in the minority! Many of the vacationers on the island are Dutch!)
There are a few other contenders like the Hyatt Regency Curacao… but this is farther east and while the hotel itself is gorgeous, it wouldn’t make sense to stay there unless all you cared about was the beach!
Looking for some ideas of what to do once you’re on the island? Here is a comprehensive list of activities I’d recommend during your stay!
1. Visit the west side of the island! They have the best beaches.
2. Swim with the dolphins or watch a show at the outdoor aquarium. Make sure you make your reservations to swim with the dolphins at least two week before you go. This is such a popular activity that if you wait until you get there, you won’t get in!
3. Stop by the Curacao Factory. It’ll only take a few minutes out of your day since it’s tiny but you’ll get to see how the infamous Curacao liquor is made and packaged (and buy some for yourself to take home!).
4. Take a stroll and visit the floating market. Everyday boats come up from Venezuela and sell fruits and vegetables and even some Venezuelan artwork on their boats. The island of Curacao can’t grow any fruits so this is the best way to get them! There’s no set prices so bargain away!
5. Visit the Hato Caves. I wasn’t able to do this but I would have loved to if I had more time. They are located near the airport so make sure you take that into consideration time-wise and bring your camera!
6. Go diving! The island is known for it’s great dive shops! Don’t have your diving certification? That’s okay, you can always take the class down there and go diving with the professionals. Not up for diving? You can see a lot snorkeling as well.
8. LAY ON THE BEACH! White sand and clear water and the breezes Curacao is famous for make for a relaxing day on the island.
9. Explore town! Willemstad is full of many shops and tons of different cuisine. Since everyone on the island knows four languages and many people are a mix of different cultures, there’s plenty of different cuisines to try!
10. Run across the floating bridge when the alarm sounds. The bridge that separates the Punda and Otrabanda sides of Curacao actually opens up when a ship is coming. If the flag is black, make sure you get off quickly! This means the bridge could be open for hours. Don’t worry though, they have free ferries going to and from each side for people who can’t wait that long.
Curacao is a beautiful island in the southern Caribbean and if you love a beautiful beach and underwater activities, this island may be right for you! Make sure you contact your travel agent for deals to this stunning destination!
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