If you are looking for a unique Caribbean getaway, consider Curacao. The country’s location at the southern end of the Caribbean hurricane belt means that it is seldom affected. Diving is wonderful because the dessert environment means there is very little runoff to cloud the water. Visit the capital city of Willemstad to see the unique Dutch architecture. While Dutch is the official language, many residents speak Spanish and English fluently. With so many things to see and do you will need a luxurious place to stay.

Curacao Traveling Overview

Healthy coral and large schools of fish make Curacao a wonderful place to dive. Water temperatures stay about 80 degrees year-round. See reef fish about 60 feet deep at the mushroom-shaped coral formation at Playa Kalki, also called Alice in Wonderland. Dive among nurse sharks, turtles, and lobsters at Porto Marie, also called The Valley. See large grouper and schooling barracuda at the Shipwreck Superior Producer. Encounter dolphins, sea turtles, rays, and jacks near the Tugboat Wreck at Caracasbaii.

Explorers developed the capital city starting in 1634. Now, UNESCO has declared this city a World Heritage City. Stroll along the brightly colored buildings of the Punda District. Owners are required to paint them that way by law. Walk along the cobblestone alleyways of the Otrobanda District. Stop to visit the floating markets to see fish caught by local anglers and a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. See the vivid street murals of the Pietermaai District while stopping to enjoy a bite to eat or a drink. Make sure to hear the lively jazz music.

Investigate the vibrant art scene. Drawing inspiration from their colorful surroundings over 30 local artists regularly produce world-class art. Visit the art gallery of Nena Sanchez to see the larger-than-life indigenous women sculptures. See the recycled art created by Yubi Kirindongo. Tour the Instituto Buena Bista. Take an art class or attend a lecture at Landhuis Bloemhof. Plan your visit to coincide with the Plein Air Curacao Festival to see many local artists creating works. Learn about the fascinating artists combining diving and art by creating their masterpieces underwater.

picture of the curacao skyline

4 Places to Stay in Curacao

Exploring the island requires that you first find a great place to stay in Curacao. From the Baoase luxury resort to chain hotels, visitors find many choices in Curacao. Consider these luxurious options, and learn more about the Baoase luxury resort.

Baoase Luxury Resort Curacao

Understated elegance welcomes guests to Baoase Luxury Resort Curacao. Sunbath on the private beach at this Baoase luxury resort. Stroll through the lush tropical landscape. Enjoy a special meal prepared by a Baoase Curacao in-room chef or enjoy French cuisine with an Asian twist at Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant. Sample from the extensive world-class wine collection at this Baoase Hotel Curacao. Let the helpful staff plan your excursions around Curacao if you choose to leave the Baoase luxury resort. Indulge in a spa treatment in your spacious villa at this Baoase luxury resort.

  • Pricing: $575/night 3-night minimum stay required;
  • Reservations through hotel portal;
  • Accommodation type: 5-star resort;
  • Address: Winterswijkstraat 2, Willemstad, Curacao.

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

Staying at the Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino offers guests a combination of European sophistication and Caribbean charm. Enjoy playing on the white sandy beaches at this Willemstad resort. Select from the seasonally-changing menu at Xquisit Steakhouse or try the international buffet at Nautilus Restaurant. Indulge in the innovative snacks at Blue Lobby Bar while sipping on a tropical cocktail.

  • Pricing: $245/night;
  • Reservations through TripAdvisor;
  • Accommodation type: 5-star resort;
  • Address: Baden Powellweg 1, Willemstad 0000, Curacao.

Van der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort

Receive a warm welcome at Van der Valk Kontiki Beach Resort. Start your day with a champagne breakfast or choose breakfast on the beach instead. Dance the night away at the resort’s Nine Dot Five events in the bar. Listen to the live music at the restaurant. Children adore special activities on Sunday planned just for them. Relax on the extremely clean beach or explore all that Curacao has to offer.

  • Pricing: $180/night;
  • Reservations through TripAdvisor;
  • Accommodation type: 5-star resort;
  • Address: Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad, Curacao.

Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village and Spa

Stay in the heart of the historic district by booking a stay at the Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village and Spa. Relax in your room on the hand-carved furniture while being surrounded by 17th and 18th-century Dutch antiques and hand-painted walls. Explore the resort’s Museum Kurá Huland showcasing the connection between Curacao and West Africa. Dine on local specialties in the open- air thatched-roof hut or enjoy international cuisine surrounded by dramatic cliffs.

  • Pricing: $162/night;
  • Reservations through TripAdvisor;
  • Accommodation type: 5-star resort;
  • Address: Langestraat 8 | Curacao, Willemstad 33328, Curacao;

4 Unique Activities in Curacao

Planning your adventure gives you the chance to see many different things. Consider adding these unique activates in Curacao to your list.

  • Hike across Queen Emma Bridge. Originally constructed in 1888, 16 pontoon boats hold up this bridge which goes up each time a boat goes up or down Saint Anna Bay.
  • Shop at Rif Fort where many upscale brands operate stores. This unique shopping destination was constructed during the 1600s as a military fort.
  • Visit the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue where Jewish congregations have been meeting since 1728. It is the oldest continuously operating Jewish temple in the New World.
  • Grab your camera and head to Handelskade to capture postcard-like photos of Dutch Colonial architecture. Sit at one of the outdoor cafés to people watch. Capture unique shots of the water at night.

Visit Christoffel National Park

Leave a day to visit Christoffel National Park. Owners of three plantations gave the land to create this park in 1973. Drive through the park if you are short on time, but the best experience comes when hiking on its paths. It’s against the law to start your hike after 11 AM because of the intense heat. Catch a glimpse of the endangered White-Tailed deer, and listen to the barn owls hoot. See the 450 species of plants that grow here including wild orchids. Cool down with a visit to the Savonet Museum showcasing the many unique cultures that have blended together on this island.

sunset on curacao island beach

Summing Up

Visiting Curacao is a great time to go diving, see unique architecture and art. Spend time walking across the pedestrian bridge, shopping and capturing your memories on film. Take time to visit Christoffel National Park. With so many things to do, you will want to stay at a luxury resort like the Baoase luxury resort or Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village and Spa. If you have been to Curacao, then please share your experience.

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