Have you ever been to the island of Curaçao? If not, I can totally recommend it! Or if you have, I am sure you’ll want to go again. This island is addictive!
Just writing about it, and looking at the pictures again, desperately wants me to go back!! To me this awesome trip felt like a honeymoon. Plenty of people I know who lived on Curaçao for some years all still feel like going back any day!
For those unfamiliar: Curaçao is located approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of the Venezuelan coast. It is one of the so-called ABC-islands, together with Aruba and Bonaire. Aruba is a very popular among Americans visitors nowadays, and there are many large resorts and cruise ships. Bonaire is a divers’ paradise. Officially Aruba and Curaçao are part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, and Bonaire is a special municipality in the so-called Caribbean Netherlands, which may clarify why they are also referred to as ‘Netherlands Antilles’ or ‘Dutch Caribbean islands’. Sint Eustatius and Saba actually also belong to the group of 6 Dutch Caribbean islands.
Imagine sun, sea, palm trees, swinging music and a cocktail in your hand… Exactly, paradise!”
Curaçao has warm, sunny weather year round, making it a perfect vacation destination. The average temperature is about 27° C (mid 80s F), with a pleasant sea breeze. During rain season (Oct-Feb) the weather is characterized by occasional, short showers, often during the night, and sunny weather during the day. Between May and November it’s off-peak season and prices are lower. Hurricanes tend to bypass Curaçao, so you won’t get blown away.
Whether you want to chill out and relax alone or with your lover, have fun and go party with your boys or girls, or bring your kids… Everything is possible on Curaçao. That’s the great thing about this island: if you want to do nothing besides chill on your sunbed and maybe read a book, fine. If you want to party till dawn, definitely possible. If you want to combine beach days with some more active days, rent a car and drive around the island, go ahead!
Bored by the beach for a day? Here are some other fun things to do:
- Rent a car and drive around the island
- Snorkel at Playa Abou, West Point and/or Alice in Wonderland
- Walk around or clim the Table Mountain (Tafelberg) or Sint-Christoffelberg
- Watch the Carnival Parade (Feb) or go shopping in Willemstad
- Hug and play with a dolphin at the Curacao Sea Aquarium‘s Dolphin Academy
- Or check out these activities
Hugging and playing with this cute dolphin made me feel like a happy 6-year-old again! And obviously I wasn’t the only one having fun.”
Throughout the year there are many events and festivals to enjoy, if you feel like it. A great time to visit Curaçao is February, when Carnival makes the island an even greater party place than it already is, with colorful, swinging parades through the center of Willemstad on a daily basis. In September there is the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival. Brands like Heineken and KLM also organize and/or sponsor annual sportive events on the island such as the marathon and a sailing competition.
Out of the three ABC-islands, the Dutch influence is the strongest present on Curaçao. Many Dutch people live or visit the island, and due to this influence you can easily get access to a portion of your favorite Dutch snacks, enjoy the dance tunes of Dutch DJ’s and drink Dutch beer brands such as Amstel. Caribbean paradise with a Dutch twist. The Royal Netherlands Navy also has a base on Curaçao so you might run into a few handsome Marines or Navy men or women during your visit… 😉
Some of my favorite places on Curaçao for food & drinks:
- Cabana Beach Club (dinner and/or party night)
- Tinto at Jan Thiel Baai
- Boathouse at Spanish Water
- Gouverneur at Willemstad (center)
- Scuba Lodge at Willemstad (also boutique hotel and diving school)
- Ginger in Willemstad
We stayed at the Van der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort at Cabana Beach. Great place to stay, relax and spot some huge iguanas!
How to get there
Want to go?? How easy you can travel to this island, and what it would cost, obviously depends on where you come from… From Europe, one of the best direct flights are available from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) with KLM or TUI (9-10 hours). Prices for a return flight ticket start around €599. From the US, Miami (MIA) is only a 3-hour-flight away from this paradise island ($300). Air Canada, Jet Blue, American Airlines, British Airways and Air Berlin are some of the other major airlines that fly to Curacao International Airport (CUR). Check out Skyscanner for the best possibilities and fares.