Our next Caribbean vacation we decided to spend in Curacao. It was 2013, we just had our second child and needed just one short week off… Seeing all the beautiful pictures of the city and the beaches we couldn’t resist but to just visit this Caribbean pearl.
So….what is so special about this island? Let me tell you a little bit about it…
Curacao – is the home language of Papiamento, spoken by the inhabitants of many Caribbean islands and famous lliquer “Curacao” which is made out of orange peels. And I want to say, very tasty liqueur 🙂
We arrived during the day. Car rental guy was waiting for us at the airport with a sign that had our names on it. The car had all the entertainment amenities in it, so the road to our rental place was fun with all our favorite music playing on the background.
Before we start talking about the beaches and accommodation, I want to tell you a bit about the settlement of the island. The entire Western side is a village with chickens, roosters, gardens, etc. 🙂 All the Eastern side – is full of visitor, city Willemstad, restaurants, clubs and all kinds of entertainment. And it was so interesting sitting in the restaurant on the East side of the island, where the menu offered an organic chicken from the West side of the island! 🙂
Spending 24/7 home with our 2 precious and energetic kiddos, we decided to spend out vacation in a quiet place, where we could hear only the wind, and ocean waves singing us the lullaby… So we rented accommodation in the Western part of the island. And we never regretted it.
Upon arrival, we were very pleased with our accommodation and with the breathtaking views from the balcony and the “backyard” that our house had to offer…. See yourselves…
Hmmm, should I even start telling you how great it was to have breakfast and dinner, sitting on the porch and admiring this paradise 🙂
That was our everyday road “into” our place and “from” our place.
So, let’s start with the beaches ….
Curacao is a paradise for divers and snorkel lovers. The island is surrounded by coral reefs. A surprising number of variety of fish can be observed from almost all the beaches. For the soft white sand beach lovers….this island will not offer you this kind of beaches. Although the water is beautiful, if you are very sensitive I would suggest you bringing you water shoes with you…..there are a lot of stones and shells on the entrance into the water. So just you know what to expect 🙂
Most beast beaches for diving/snorkeling you will find on the West side of the island. Almost every single beach on Western side had the signs/advertisement about diving.
As you probably already noticed by looking at the the maps, the North side of the island has no beaches …. It is dominated by rocks and strong winds Because of that the Northern side of the island isn’t popular…. even by the native inhabitants of the island.
Here are some of the beaches on the West side, which we were able to visit:
One of the best beaches for diving:
This beach is also well-known by divers, it also has some beautiful views:
This beach is a younger brother of Grote Knip beach, but just as handsome 🙂 Much less people in here, but on a weekend it is filled with locals 🙂
When we visited ( 2013) the resort was still under construction, but the beach was available to the public.
One of the diver’s beach. We lived above this beach. Very quiet, You can even see turtles and a sea horse right on the entrance into the water.
Boka Santa Cruz:
This beach is full of locals. Do not forget to check Captain Goodlife 🙂 You can rent kayak, boats and much more in there, or just take a ride on the sea taxi … swim through breathtaking rocks and get to the “Blue Room”, which is located in the rocks … In order to get there you will have to swim under these same rocks 🙂 Fascinating!
Another one of the beach attractions of the island.
This one is definitely one of my favorites. Beautiful water, fun and beautiful view.
Daaibo oi baai:
This one is one of the quiet beaches. Not too busy in here.
The beach is located in the Resort and Hotels area. Blue Bay, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful and wealthy neighborhoods of Curaçao. The beach is also good, and you will find plenty to eat in there.
One of the modern beaches. You can have a tasty meal in the bar “Zanzibar” and in the evening, when they will light up the fire, you can sit or lie in a circle around it , listen to live music and watch beautiful sunset. Simply perfect! You will need to pay in order to enter though.
This is a long chain of beaches that are in the city, next to the Sea Aquarium. Whoever whats to observe and see some shows with dolphins, sea lions and feed the sharks – this place is right for you 🙂
Another modern beach. Also, one of my favorite beaches on Curaçao. It is located in the Sea Aquarium chain beaches. Glamorous. The food is prepared “from scratch”, won’t get any frozen products, so prepare to wait for the ordered dishes (if it is necessary to cook) for a some time. But this is not a problem, because there was something you can entertain yourself with!
These portions were huge!
Make sure you try their yogurt with nuts and fruits…Very delicious and huge portion as well!
You can get into Baoase Beach only through the resort. This is a luxury 5 star resort. It is very quiet, with a little, beach that is perfect for observing underwater creatures….however it was full of seaweeds….I am not a big fan of seaweed beaches. You can swim outside the rocks and will be surprised by of underwater life. Full day entrance ( in case didn’t book this resort for the whole week) is around $50-60 . As far as I remember. You will be able to do anything except go into the pool and into the hotel itself. These are only for people who actually booked their vacation with Baoase resort.
But you will be treated up to the level. They will bring you water, salads and food.
You will be able to observe a lot of wildlife from here. They even have “their own” pelican that keeps fishing right before your eyes.
Willemstad – the lively capital of Curacao with some colorful colonial architecture. This is a cozy town with two distinct historic districts. Punda, is a neat region, it has narrow streets packed with shops and museums. Otrobanda, or “The Other Side”, looks like a maze of twisting residential streets, contrasting with the organized region across the bay. The town is very friendly.
Be sure to visit this wonderful town in the evening / night.
The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across the Gulf of St. Anne’s in Curaçao. It connects Punda and Otrobanda. Bridge is hinged and regularly provides the passage for some boats and ships.I strongly advise you to stay on the bridge during the time when it is letting the ship to pass by….. The process does not take much time, but you will love it 🙂
I want to mention a couple of restaurants and lounges that we liked.
The lounge Saint Tropez. DJ is playing nice music, mesmerizing views, delicious food, pool and excellent service. Did I miss anything? 🙂
Gouverneur De Rouville is a stylish restaurant with delicious food and beautiful view, see yourselves.
Restaurant “Shore” inside Santa Barbara resort. Has delicious grilled meat and fish and wine. Great service and quiet and romantic spot.
If you are adventurous enough, there is a Chrisroffel National Park, located on the Northwestern side of the island. It is definitely a must see for everyone!
It is the largest national park of Curacao., that has rich variety of local flora and fauna. Nature lovers will find the park teeming with local birds and plants, including species, which are not easily seen elsewhere on the island. For example wild orchids, the Palabrua, the rare native barn owl. The Curacao White Tailed deer (of which there are only about 250 left) and much more.
There are 8 hiking trails, allowing the visitor the choice between an easy stroll, or for instance, a challenging hike to the top of the Christoffel mountain (recommended for early morning). Scenic car routes take you through underbush, around hills and across sea swept bluffs. The park also organizes special activities, including safaris, deer watching, animal presentations, cave excursions, a guided park tour and many special trips like occasional full moon walks and sunrise safari’s.
That’s pretty much it! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions and I will be happy to answer them for you!