Easygoing Vacation in Curaçao
In the Southern Caribbean lie a few small islands that form the remnants of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Once a vast empire, it now consists of The Netherlands and the tropical islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Saint Maarten.
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Where to stay
Avila Beach Hotel
Island Curaçao style meets contemporary chic at this three-wing, beachfront hotel.
Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino
All-inclusive resort on the azure beaches of Curaçao with excellent underwater activities, spacious rooms and delectable fare.
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
An elegant new beachfront hotel with excellent service and contemporary rooms.
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Day 1: Relaxing at Porto Mari Beach
The main reason you booked a vacation in Curaçao is probably because of your desire for three things: sun, sea and beach. With that in mind, I’ve chosen exactly that for your first full day: Playa Porto Mari. This beach lies on the north-western side on the island, a 30 minute ride from Willemstad.
Day 2: Visit Willemstad
A visit to Willemstad (the capital of Curaçao) is a must for anyone on a vacation in Curaçao. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features unique colonial architecture. Check out and have lunch at Plasa Bieu (which translates to “Old Market”) as it hosts several local food stands. You can try one of the many local delicacies here, from goat stew to curry roti and freshly caught fish. It is also worth it to check out the Kura Hulanda Museum, which specializes in the Atlantic slave trade. The museum also demonstrates how the African heritage has influenced Curaçaoan and Caribbean societies until today.
Day 3: Captain Goodlife & Saint Tropez Ocean Club
Captain Goodlife is an icon in Curaçao. This guy has a very interesting personality and cooks some great food. He runs a company called Let’s Go Watersports, where he mainly organizing boat trips. He can also take you to the blue room, the most famous diving spot in Curaçao. You will need to bring your own dive gear if you want to dive. He’s not really up-to-date on modern technology, so the best way to contact him is by phone (provided upon booking confirmation).
Saint Tropez is an ocean club, a great place to spend some time late-afternoonish. For a mere $7 you can use the cabanas, towels, beach chairs, WiFi and infinity pool.
Day 4: Culture & Adventure
In the morning pay a visit to the Curaçao Museum. The museum is located in the old Military Hospital, a beautiful monumental building dating from 1853. The museum features a number of old traditional houses as well as a collection of artworks, such as paintings, etches, drawings, statues, furniture, glass and textiles. Aquafari is a new underwater activity that lets you experience the underwater world and the sensation of breathing underwater. It’s really fun and very safe.
Day 5: Beach Day & Fancy Dinner
The water is divine and beautifully light-blue colored at Kenepa Beach. Saturday night it’s time to put on your fancy clothes and indulge yourself in some serious wining & dining. The best place in Curacao to stimulate your taste buds on fine international cuisine, is the Wine Cellar. The kitchen combines authentic French cuisine with Caribbean flair and has an extensive wine list.
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