Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Curacao is located off the coast of Venezuela, in the Netherlands Antilles. You will find at least 5 different languages spoken on the island including Dutch, Spanish, English, etc..
It's easy to see the influence of Dutch archictecture on the island, but with a twist of many colors.
It's amazing when you see ships constantly coming into and around the island at an amazingly close distance. This is because some of the deepest waters are in this area.
It's not like typical Caribbean islands with lush vegetation. Curacao has a dry, windy climate, with lots of cacti and brush. Its coastline is rugged and craggy, and you can see fossils within them. Do not walk along the coastline without shoes on!
We recommend also staying on the north end of the island where you will find many nice hotels and condominiums, most of them belonging to Dutch businessmen.
There are places where you can swim with dolphins (in enclosed areas), go snorkeling (in the lagoons), and many other outdoor activities. Most of the shopping and variety of eateries are located in an area called Otrabanda, where you will also find a pretty big movie cinema.
I hope this information has been helpful. On a scale of 1 to 10 our vacation to Curacao was about a 7.5.
"Sea Aquarium Resort-new in 2002"
We stayed at this resort when it was nearly brand new in 2002. At the time there were not many people, and we got a big, beautiful, condo on the second floor with all the amenities. Of course, they did try to sell us a time-share, but they were not pushy and you are under no obligation. The hosts are very friendly and the environment is very content. There is a lagoon right in front and the ocean is nearly on the back steps of the rear side of the resort. There are also two nice pools, one deeper than the other, swimming with dolphins is offered, dry cleaning service, a nice restaurant right across the lagoon, etc....I just can't say enough about this place, it was awesome!!
"Craggy coastline at Westpunt"
This is why I said you must wear shoes along the coast! Westpunt has hardly any tourists which makes it all the more exciting. You feel as if you have the island to yourself. Renting a car is a must, not too terribly expensive, but the only way to get there.