Fondest memory: The first name of the Beach was Sualouiga and was habited by Arawak and Carib indians. It was discovered by Christophe Colomb in 1493. A Treaty between Frendch and Dutch was signed in 1648. No border to be seen! The only difference beween the two parts might be the language : Dutch, French, but English everywhere. Same for the money : Franc, Guilder and US dollar everywhere. There are 36 beaches, more than 100 hotels, 400 restaurants and 1000 boutiques.
This is the map of Curacao....
Favorite thing: This is the map of Curacao. The island isn't very big, You can drive around it in one day. It's the scubadiving and the beaches that make you enjoy your stay the most. Most people spend their time in the south point, but do go to the north point as well. You will find more local people there and funny things like goats that walk on the roads :)
Diving is the most important...
Favorite thing: Diving is the most important and memorable activity on the island All the dives are beautiful and the plant and fish life is great. The boat dives allows diving on the reefs of Klien Bonaire and the difficult shore dive entry reefs, but there is shore diving in lovely areas all up and down the southern shore.
Fondest memory: I miss the easy diving and the unlimited shore diving and the friendly service of the resort staff.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
Favorite thing: Visitors to this Caribbean island get to enjoy both Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin. The island at 37 square miles is the smallest land mass in the world to be divided between two governments. Although there are two separate governments, visitors cross between the two sides without any restrictions. Signs along the side of the road mark the transitions. There are no gates, guards, or forms to sign. And although both sides speak English and accept US dollars, they still retain a lot of their European origins with great Dutch and French cheeses, fine French restaurants, Indonesian rijstafels brought by the Dutch, a European indifference to topless, even nude, beaches, and much more. All of this is colored with the Caribbean, leading to sunny, hot days on beautiful beaches and warm nights with soft breezes blowing through open-air, seaside restaurants. Add in casinos and bars for nightlife, calypso-filled carnivals, and duty-free shopping for jewelry, alcohol, and cigars, and you'll have the perfect vacation.
Fondest memory: St. Martin has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a taste of Europe with a little bit of sand.Related to:
- Spa and Resort
The island is half Dutch and...
Favorite thing: The island is half Dutch and French with both sides offering unique opportunities for exploration.
Fondest memory: Drove through the middle of the island at night and parked along the dividing line-marker. Got out of the car and held my woman close and we listened to the tree frogs as they filled the night air with their sounds of chirping. The moon was full and bathed us with it's light and we were the only souls in the world!
Cross the old bridge in...
Favorite thing: Cross the old bridge in downtown of Curazao, it has such a folklorical construction over the river just when it is reaching the caribbean... Quite a lovely place also.. the architecture -quite touristic- makes you feel in a little and colorful wonderland
visit the downtown shops for...
Favorite thing: visit the downtown shops for Delft souveniers as well as a few bottles of their orange-flavored liquer named for the island.
Fondest memory: The beaches were wonderful and some were nearly deserted. Near the hotels, there would be plenty of people on the beach but in the outlying areas you could just explore and feel like a beachcomber.
Go snorkling and/or...
Favorite thing: Go snorkling and/or scubadiving. Then after that spend the rest of the day on the beach, have a nice dinner and after that party until the sun comes up.
Fondest memory: Our friends and collegues there. They really showed us around.
Walk across the Queen Emma...
Favorite thing: Walk across the Queen Emma pontoon bridge to the craft kiosks. The bridge is illuminated with thousands of little lights at night.
Fondest memory: Another one of my fond memories of my day in Willemsted is standing on the top deck of the cruise ship and watching the Queen Emma pontoon bridge swing open to let large boats into the Santa Ana harbor.
Go diving! It's one of the...
Favorite thing: Go diving! It's one of the top-spots of the world and as the island silently attracts each visitor to stretch out on the beach anyway...why not try and discover a fantastic other world!
Fondest memory: The temperature, the water, and the small local brewed cans of Amstel-beer....while sitting on the beach
For town atmosphere and for...
Favorite thing: For town atmosphere and for shopping I would rather recommend Philipsburg (the Dutch side capital) than Marigot (French side) since the 'city' (actually a village) is full of couloured houses which gives you a great feeling.
go island hopping, time...
Favorite thing: go island hopping, time permitting. You will need at least 5 days to enjoy St. Maarten, so if you are there longer, you can afford to spend a couple of days island hopping. St. Barts and Anguilla are closest.
St. Barts is a beautiful French island, so beautiful and clean. The island is well taken care of. Rent a 'mini moak' and tour the island at 25mph.. It's most enjoyable, plus it gives you the excuse to stop every 10 or 15 minutes to take in the beauty of the island. I definately want to go back there and spend more than 1 day.
Anguilla is the most serene of the 3 islands (St. Maarten, St. Barts and Anguilla) we visited during this trip. All you would want to do here is relax and enjoy the sun. It's an escape and an excuse to be unreachable. It's a beatiful island.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of island hopping are the island tour in a mini moak at St. Barts and the glass bottom boat tour with Jr's Glass Bottom Boat & Sea Taxi in Anguilla. Jr. was very personable; he makes you wish you could live life so carefree.
enjoy and visit as many of the...
Favorite thing: enjoy and visit as many of the 30 beaches as possible, each was is different and unique in its own right. Don't miss the Orient Bay, Marigot Bay and Cupecoy. Rent a Jeep and go beach hopping!
Fondest memory: Our fondest memory has got to be the white sand beaches and the blue-aquamarine Caribbean water.
Indiana's on Thursdays is a...
Favorite thing: Indiana's on Thursdays is a must!!!! Great music, outdoor bars and dance floor and lots of beautiful people from all over the world!!
Fondest memory: Horseback riding in the water!!! It is a wonderful sensation to be bareback on your horse while the horse swims in this beautiful clear water.
I highly recommend either...
Favorite thing: I highly recommend either snorkeling or diving in this area as the water is very clear!
The island itself is a true desert enviroment. It is hot and has a very strong trade wind. This is great for advanced wind surfers!
While it was easy driving around the island I found the roads were not marked and neither were the maps! Just be patient...once you get out of town there is only one main road.... hey your're on vacation...don't stress over it!
Fondest memory: I would have to say the best time I had on the island is when I rented a car and drove to the Westpunt area. The public beaches there are well taken care of and clean. Most of the public beaches have grass umbrellas for shade and some of the larger, nicer ones have snack bars and restrooms. My favorite beach was Groot Knip. Please note that the beaches there are coral beaches and it's important to have aqua socks to keep your feet from getting bruised! This photo is of Playa Lagun.
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