Curaçao Travel Guide

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Curaçao Things to Do

  • Beaches

    Our tour with Irie Tours stopped at Playa Forti just for a photo op. Our guide said you could cliff jump from here but there were signs saying that it was dangerous and no one else was doing it so David decided not to try and I would have never done it, not liking heights and quite liking breathing. I saw a few people swimming but really didn't...

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  • Hotel Day Pass

    I visited a very good, professional physical therapist, Milou Lindeman. Her wellness studio- Fysio Lindeman- is located just across from the Avila Hotel so following a refrshing massage, one may walk in the steps of Dutch royalty and other notables on the way to the beachfront bar. Milou, who goes by the name "Kanila" on airbnb, also rents out a...

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  • Floating Market

    On our tour of the city, the tour guide pointed out the floating market. Small fishing boats from Venezuela (which is only 40 miles away and a different climate from Curacao entirely) dock on the canal, whose sidewalks are lined with stalls shielded from the sun by colorful canopies. The tables are laden with fruits and vegetables of all...

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Curaçao Restaurants

  • Pirate Bay (formerly Hooks Hut)

    4 out of 5 stars

    I dropped in on the Pirate Bay Beach Club and Restaurant on two occasions. This was largely because I wanted to get out of the Marriot and its over priced drinks and because this place was just a ten minutes walk away. It is a safe walk even after dark. I was asked this by two American women so I will state it here. Although called a club...

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  • Plasa Bieu (Old Market)

    This restaurant was suggested by some of the local businessmen who were sitting outside at one of the bars in the newer area of Williamstad (where most of the tourists go--where the jewelry stores, etc. are). I showed them my "local food treasure hunt list" and they both immediately pointed down the street. They said that Plasa Bieu was THE place...

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  • Restaurant Rijsttafel Indonesia

    4 out of 5 stars

    You will have a unique experience, dining at an indonesian restaurant. Try one of these: Indonesian Restaurant Tempo Doeloe: tel. 4612881, www.tempodoeloe.an. Restaurant Rijsttafel Indonesia. Mercuriusstraat 19. tel. 4612606 A different eastern taste in the Caribbean! You really should try the extended 'Rijsttafel'. You will have the chance to...

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Curaçao Nightlife

  • Punda

    Punda in Willenstad has plenty of restaurants but almost NO bars or clubs. There is one cafe by Subway and KFC that opens until midnight and another bar about 200m away towards the bridge then up a side street to the left. The swedish owner seems ok and the bar there is nice - just very quiet. The Old Dutch Cafe is about 2-3mins walk on the same...

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  • Casino

    Fun is no gamble in Curacao, one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets, and one of the world's most exciting gambling destinations. The night is young. The stakes are high. The action is irresistible. And Curacao’s Casinos are teeming with excitement and energy. In their causal yet elegant casinos, players will discover a variety of ways to test...

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  • Drum Groups

    In the courtyard of the Maritime Museum, there was what was called a brass band concert, but it was all percussion - no other instruments at all. The 'band' all wore t-shirts with a lime green logo on it. They started with just a few players and the various types of drums arrived as the concert went along. They come together at night at different...

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Curaçao Transportation

  • Taxis

    If anyone needs a cab driver on Curacao, either for an island tour, or to get to and from the airport, this guy is great! We first met John when he saw us waiting at the Hato Cave bus stop and offered us a ride. We waved him off at first, as we didn't want to spend all that money, but he ended up turning around and coming back for us. Since he went...

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  • Buses

    Being the adventurous and experimental type that I am, I decided to ignore all the negative comments I read about bus travel on Curacao, and give it a go. Trust me, it's not as bad as people say. In fact, we found it to be quite fun actually, and a great way to get around the island. It's also MUCH cheaper than renting a car, or taking a taxi....

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  • By Air

    We have never been to Curaçao by air - we have always come on a cruise ship. The photos were taken when we drove past the airport on an excursion. Airport shops offer brand name perfumes, liquors, cigarettes, designer sunglasses, fashion watches, jewelry and latest electronics and gadgets in duty free and retail shops. These include: • Omni,...

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Curaçao Shopping

  • Punda and Otrobanda

    Otrabanda, meaing 'other side' is literally located on the other side of the harbor. Even though some of the main cruise liners dock near the riffort village there are plenty of shops that offer some local flavour. Worth a visit is Kura Hulanda. A renovated area made by Dutch businessman and filantropist Jacob Gelt Dekker. There are shops,...

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  • Senior's “Genuine Curaçao Liqueur”

    Senior is the only home-grown maker of Curacao liquor. I visited their historic factory with Peter Trips. What was more interesting to see was their line of 'Alcolado Glacial' products. For over 75 years, this so-called " air conditioning in a bottle" has refreshed many a sweaty brow as well as kept the mosquitoes away. I only wish I had a picture...

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  • Cruise Ship Dock Vendors

    I left my good hat (to protect me from the sun) on the seat of the taxi. So I bought one from the vendors at the cruise ship dock. Sometimes the vendors at the dock are really good options to buy things and other times they just have tourist stuff. I bought a little cotton hat with a loop that went under my chin. I could have used the hats I won at...

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Curaçao Local Customs

  • Papiamentu

    The official languages of Curaçao are Dutch and English. But most of the people on Aruba and Curaçao speak Papiamentu, which is a mixture of African and Portuguese language with some influences from English, Dutch and Spanish. Many early residents of Curaçao were Sephardic Jews either from Portugal, Spain, or Portuguese Brazil so that may be one of...

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  • Tour Guides

    Yes! A trip through Willemstad. But then again...where are the 'hidden treasures'? No panic! Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. you can gather with a group on the Plasa Brion at the Otrobanda side of the pontoon bridge where a guide will lead you along the nicest trail. You can also take a city train through 19th century quarter of Scharloo. For information...

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  • Road Signs

    If you are out shopping or sightseeing in Willemstad and discover that you don't have a clue where you might be, look for these signs . They are located at many of the street crossings and show you where you are. They are very helpful.

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Curaçao Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime

    It is recommended to stay to the main streets at nightime. The back streets of Punda are especially to be avoided after 8 pm. A street like Pietermaai looks inviting in the daylight but is a bit lonelier at night. I walked out to the Avila Hotel in the day time, for example, but would not do that at nighttime. Thankfully, I never experienced any...

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  • Eco tips

    Coral reef Eco Tips: 1) Follow the sandy areas when swimming across the shallow part of a reef. It is easy to accidentally crush corals and disturb other animals 2) Don't touch corals or hang of, rest on, or kick them. Corals are living animals and are damaged even by gentle handling. 3) Avoid kicking up the sand. It spoils the visibility for...

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  • Queen Emma Bridge

    The charming, floating Queen Emma brudge is in constant use by locals and tourists. The busy harbour traffic means the bridge may be partially or completely out of service. I never quite learned their signalling system but it sure is fun to see the scrum of people trying, sometime in vain, to get off the bridge in time!

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Curaçao Tourist Traps

  • "Dushi" Madness

    The word "Dushi" means darling/sweetheart in Papiamentu. You will see it hawked to death at every tourist store on every horrid t-shirt. Here's a obligatory picture from an oblique angle for those who claim to need their "Dushi" fix! Look at the sign instead if buying a crappy t-shirt! Have some Kadushi (cactus) soup, instead!

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  • Wrong fuel

    Please be aware to choose the right type of fuel for your car. I just got a mail from visitors who ended up with a big bill for repairs, after they filled up the rented car with the wrong fuel..... Most rental cars use plain gas, we call [gas-o-leen]. If im not mistaken: Plain gas (92 or 95 octane) is labeled GASOIL. Do not use DIESEL. Please...

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  • Yes, I have to mention the "Dushi"...

    The word "Dushi" means darling/sweetheart in Papiamentu. You will see it hawked to death at every tourist store on every horrid t-shirt. Here's a obligatory picture from an oblique angle for those who claim to need their "Dushi" fix! Look at the sign instead if buying a crappy t-shirt! Have some Kadushi (cactus) soup, instead!

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Curaçao What to Pack

  • Sunscreen

    Bring some kind of day pack for when you'll be out all day. Bring loose fitting clothes. It is hot most of the time although sometimes at night it was a little cool. I wore shorts, tanks, lived in my flip flops, or wore a loose fitting cotton shirt. Flowing skirts are appropriate. It didn't look like people dressed up much. Maybe if you go out to a...

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  • Hat

    A hat is essential since it is hot in Curacao. Mine came from Coolibar and is the best wide-brimmed hat I own. Make sure it has a chin cord otherwise you will lose your hat due to the strong trade winds.

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  • Make sure your hat has a chin cord...

    A hat is essential since it is hot in Curacao. Mine came from Coolibar and is the best wide-brimmed hat I own. Make sure it has a chin cord otherwise you will lose your hat due to the strong trade winds.

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Curaçao Off The Beaten Path

  • Coral Reefs

    Experience Curaçao's underwater beauty! The oceans life zone is found in the first 30 feet of water. This is where you will find more color, more coral, and certainly more entertainment. Try an introduction dive at one of the many dive schools on the island. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! Relax.. and enjoy the fun of wandering underwater!

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  • Blowhole & Coastal Locations

    On the northern tip of the island, down several bumpy dirt roads lies Watamula. A large hole in the rocky ground where the ocean waves crash & create powerful imagery. It is also a top dive site for advanced divers. I highly recommend. Follow the signs ... it is fairly well marked.

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  • Hotel "Creeping"

    The Renaissance is where I would stay on my return visit to Curacao. It has an amazing infinity pool and a terrific location near town along with a good selection of shops and places to eat and drink. Forget the bland Lobby bar and head into the casino where you can splurge on the 5 cent slot machines and order all the free drinks you could want....

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Curaçao Sports & Outdoors

  • A game of volleyball

    Some of our group never passes up a chance to play a game of volleyball whether on the court or on the sand.They were so happy to get the chance to play the day that we were at Breezes.

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  • Watch the fish

    The water was so clear that we could see many kinds of fish every time we went snorkeling.This was so fun!

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  • Go out in a kayak

    We had so much fun going out in the kayaks the day we spent at Breezes Super Club.They have several sitting on the beach and you can take them out when ever available.

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Curaçao Favorites

  • Isla Oil Refinery

    The first sight we had when we came into the harbor in 2005 was of the fire coming out of the stacks of the refinery on the bow camera. Where were we going? Curacao is very very arid. It isn't suitable for agriculture. When they had slaves available, they were able to market salt. I produces oranges, the dried peel of which is the base for the...

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  • Art

    Pacho's portraits! This charming artist makes paintings and especially portraits of all well known Curaçaoan persons, like the Carnival Tumba Queen, our Prime Minister, our Queen Beatrix, and more. He believes art has to be close to the people. He made a lot of tourists happy with a unique Curaçao souvenir: your portrait on an authentic oil barrel...

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  • Tourist Information

    The Tourist Info stand on the Punda side of the Queen Emma Bridge is an essential resource. There is a larger black lady with glasses who is terrific. Make sure to get the bus schedule. Also, they will make reservations for day trips here. Enjoying the refreshing water at Grote Knip beach (at least until a small eel came my way and scared me out of...

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Top 5 Caribbean Islands: Curacao

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Though Curaçao did have a run-in with Hurricane Felix in 2007, the "C" of the "ABC Islands" is still a great bet for a safe and drama-free trip during hurricane season. Curaçao is the largest of the Netherland Antilles, located in between Aruba and Bonaire, just 35 miles north of Venezula. In addition to having over 35 beaches, the island has lots of opportunities for the active traveler. The island boasts 60 spectacular dive locations, including the Tugboat site, a wreck that sunk over 25 years ago, and Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited desert island off the southeast coast of Curaçao. For those who want to stay on dry land, hikers can venture to the island's highest point, 1,230-ft Mount Christoffel, which lies in a reserved wildlife park. The island's main city, Willemstad, is filled with unparalleled color and preserved Dutch colonial buildings; the town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And don't forget to taste one of the island's famous exports: blue Curacaço, the liquor, which is made from the rinds of island grown Laraha oranges, and actually comes in several bright colors.

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