Sandy beach with limestone cliffs. This is surely one of the most attractive snorkeling and diving spots on Curaçao.
Kalki means limestone in Papiamentu and refers to the limestone cliffs At the corals you will find a sculptured fist with a lable carrying the name of the coral. The trees and quiet surroundings ensure a pleasant atmosphere. This small inlet lies in Westpunt, right near Kura Hulanda Lodge.
Since we had access to a full equiped
kitchen, we went to the supermarket to save some money on restaurants. But their supermarket are not what we are used to. Nice, but small. Also, they had many products I never saw before. Interesting.
Baie Longue. Named one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Pass Sapphire/Ocean Club and go past border marker. Take a left at sign for LaSammana and turn right before the resort. When you see chain link fence on your left, you've found it. Water a bit rough here, but a quiet, spectacular beach.
When it is very hot in summertime: don't visit Christoffel park, where flamingos should be. You don't see many flamingos and you can smell birdshit from miles away. In raintime it is better to come here. The smell is less and there are more birds and water! On the picture: some orange birds who live near the flamingopark.
Snorkling at Knip Bay. You can see a lot of colourful fish here. But watch out for stapping on ales and for getting to the more dark blue part of the ocean. The dark blue part is much colder and suddenly gets deep too. Some sharks swim in these parts, but don't worry too much, they don't come very near the coast and aren't big maneaters or anything like that.
Many beaches like Grote Knip, Kleine Knip and Princessbeach are busy and well visited. But don't forget the more smaller and quiet beaches and bays. Not many people visit Playa Lagun. But snorkling here (bring your own snorklegear) is so great, because there is almost no one here and swimming and laying on the beach is too :)
The beautiful Isle de St. Barthélemy is located 15 miles southeast from St. Maarten. It is small, a little more than eight square miles. Steep hills divide the island into several valleys, usually open on one side to the sea. The island includes fourteen beaches of various sizes, all covered with gleaming white sand. Many are protected from ocean swells by a fringing reef; all, by law, are public and free. The main town is Gustavia.
Sail to the island of Anguilla. Anguilla, British West Indies - is an island that is 'tranquility, wrapped in blue' - chosen by visionaries as the destination of choice for luxurious, five-star resorts. With 33 pristine white beaches this is the place to go to unwind. It is about a half hour boat ride from Marigot, St. Martin.
We sneaked into an abandoned resort a couple of times, which was nice to experience. Also, try to get to know the local people and try to get them to show you around the island where you will go. Usually they will know places that a great but you would never find without them.
I am told that a flying visit to the small and mountainous island of Saba is worthwhile. You can see it from the hills on St. Maarten/St. Martin. A flight from the St. Maarten airport or the small airfield on the French side at Grande Case takes only 5-10 mins. Apparently the airfield on Saba is unique, high up on the mountain which comprises virtually all of the island, with precipitous drops on THREE sides and a further elevation on the fourth side. The pilot has to get it right first time...I think there is a WINAIR flight daily for about $50 each way.
Drive to the top of Pic Paradis in St Martin on a clear day and you'll have a great view of the island (it's the highest point). The road is really bad in parts, but if you drive carefully and slowly you can make it, it's worth the trouble.
Go see the butterfly farm out near Orient Beach. It is not very big but the people are wonderful and all of the butterflies are fascinating. We always go at the beginning of our stay because all of our repeat visits are free.
Paradise Pic- this place is up the mountain of the island-be glad it is not your car! The road goes straight up and the view is spectacular. The day we went, there were thousands of white butterflies all around us.
Two words: 'Loterie Farm'.
This is the last thing you have in mind in an island full of bays and beaches but YOU HAVE TO GO THERE!
This place is nothing like you may imagine or seen before. This protected tropical forest in the middle of St. Martin will give you the chance to have a connection with nature in a very mystical place. On Saturdays and Sundays you can have dinner here and listen to Jazz music in the most beautiful surroundings. This year they started doing it on Friday evenings as well, so it's worth checking the local papers 'Today' or 'The Guavaberry Herald' for events during your stay.
Check it out for yourself at:
Visit the quiet beaches, go and see the city, explore the spanish north coast and relax :) Live ain't fast here, no one lives by the clock.
This is one more picture of Santa Barbara Beach. Other peaceful and quiet beaches are: Blauw Bay, Daaibooi Bay, Playa Mansulina, Playa Hundo, Boca Hulu, Playa Piskado.
248 Boulevard de Grand Case, , 97150, Caribbean
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Westpunt z/n, Marazul Dive Resort Kavel M., Caribbean
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Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 71, , Bonaire, Caribbean
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