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|There Is Always Something
to Do in Curacao by Justin Burch
one of the Caribbean's less-crowded resort destinations, many travelers
might think that Curacao lacks the excitement of the region's more popular
islands. However, even if you visit Curacao in the tourist off-season,
you will find plenty of events and activities throughout the island. Here
you will find not only a description of some events taking place in upcoming
months, but also an overview of activities available year-round.
The month of April features
several small festivals and events throughout the island, each devoted
to elements of Curacao's uniquely Caribbean culture. The 9th of April features
the Harvest Parade - a celebration of the island's folkloric groups in
the town of Otrobanda. The following week boasts a four-day celebration
in honor of the Snoa synagogue, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. This
year, a full schedule of events and performances have been planned to mark
the structure's 275th birthday.
at the Waterfront, Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
At the end of April, visitors
can participate in the 41st annual International Blue Marlin Release Tournament
- a unique fishing competition devoted to the preservation of this treasured
species. Meanwhile, the fishing village of Boca Sami hosts a two-day sailing
regatta event complete with live music, local food and plenty of Caribbean
fun. If sailing and fishing don't excite you, take part in the island-wide
celebration on April 30th - also known as Queen's Birthday. On this holiday,
you can't beat the festivities located in the Punda Market region of Curacao's
capital Willemstad. During the same week, you can also find plenty of live
entertainment and great cuisine at the International Food and Family Festival.
The month of May might be
one of the best times to visit Curacao. From great resort deals to some
of the best events anywhere in the region, Curacao is one of the Caribbean's
best early summer destinations. Celebrating its 20th year on the island,
the Curacao Jazz Festival has drawn visitors and performers from throughout
the world. The two-day festival puts a unique island spin on the traditional
jazz festival, offering some of the best live music anywhere in the Caribbean.
The final week of May also features the popular Curacao Dive Festival,
a favorite of experienced divers and amateurs alike. With event sites throughout
the island featuring guest speakers, presentations, film viewings and once-in-a-lifetime
dive opportunities - the Curacao Dive Festival is a must for anyone interested
in exploring the majestic underwater treasures of the Caribbean.
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Whether you plan to travel
to Curacao in the next few months or later in the year, there are always
plenty of activities for any type of tourist to enjoy. One of the island's
most popular attractions is the Curacao Seaquarium, a sprawling oceanfront
complex famous for its open-water system that constantly pumps seawater
into the holding tanks. Another family favorite is the Dolphin Academy
Curacao, a truly distinctive program that allows guests of all ages to
swim and interact with dolphins.
As Curacao is known worldwide
for its excellent scuba diving and snorkeling sites, you will certainly
want to spend some time underwater. Equipment rentals and dive operators
are available year-round, so you don't have to worry about finding a tour
during the off-season. Furthermore, the weather always seems to be perfect.
You can enjoy Curacao's sunny, sandy beaches nearly every day of the year!
Curacao is also an excellent
shopping destination, regardless of season. The capital of Willemstad is
full of quaint shops selling everything from jewelry and handmade souvenirs
to exquisite Caribbean artwork. Like the island's more crowded neighbors,
Curacao also has a number of luxury shops and high-end duty free shops.
The most impressive of these is the renowned Harbor Duty Free Zone, the
largest duty free shopping area in the Caribbean. This 57-acre complex
houses an incredible display of clothing, perfume, jewelry and much more
- all at prices far below American outlets. When you make a purchase in
the Harbor Duty Free Zone, you don't even have to worry about carrying
it around for the rest of your trip - your goods will be transferred directly
to your flight or shipped to your home!
When planning their Caribbean
vacations, many travelers seem to forget about Curacao. However, if you
want to escape the crowds and visit some of the best events, find the most
picturesque dives and uncover the finest shopping in the Caribbean - just
remember that there is always plenty to see and do in Curacao.
|About the Author - Justin
Burch writes articles about travel in Curacao for the Marriott Resorts.
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Curacao, St Marie
This St. Marie property
is situated on the beach. Habitat Curacao has a private beach, an outdoor
pool, a fitness facility, and a children's pool. Habitat Curacao features
a full-service spa. Business amenities include wireless Internet access,
meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Habitat Curacao
has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Event facilities consist
of a ballroom, exhibit space, conference rooms, and banquet facilities.
This property is self-catering. Amenities featured in guestrooms include
air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and clock radios. Guestrooms have
satellite television with pay movies. Rollaway beds are available on request.
Kura Hulanda and Beach Club
The Lodge Kura Hulanda and
Beach Club is perched on cliffs overlooking sugary white-sand beaches on
350 acres of the western tip of the island of Curacao. A natural coral
reef just off the beach is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. The Boka
Tabla, the largest of clusters of limestone grottos carved by the sea,
is four kilometers from the resort. Daily complimentary shuttle service
is provided to downtown Willemstad and the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa &
Casino, the resort's partner property, located 32 kilometers away.
Guestrooms and suites at the Lodge Kura Hulanda are located in two-story
pastel-colored buildings on rugged cliffs between eight and nine meters
Beach & Lounge Resort, Willemstad
At the Papagayo Beach Resort,
guests will find top-notch service and comfortable accommodations in a
luxurious atmosphere. The resort consists of 50 spacious villas, each with
two-bed and bathrooms, tastefully decorated in colonial style by architect
Jan Des Bouvrie. Just steps away from your luxurious bungalow you will
find the pearly white sand beach waiting for you. This resort offers you
a fine restaurant where you can dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There
is also a bar near the restaurant, perfect for cocktails and relaxing.
The hotel features a traditional Dutch breakfast that includes baguettes,
brown and white bread from the bakery; several salads.
Sea Aquarium Resort, Willemstad
Sea Aquarium Resort is romantically set on a private island surrounded
by dolphins, a white sandy beach and adjacent to Curacao's world-famous
Sea Aquarium, where guests also enjoy complimentary admission. The resort
features two swimming pools, a separate children's pool, an outdoor jacuzzi
and "Blue Oceans", a waterfront outdoor-dining restaurant. Some of the
activities on-site or right next door include scuba diving at "Ocean Encounters"
(for a fee), snorkelling (with complimentary snorkel gear), limited children's
activities, and a variety of beach activities including volleyball and
soccer. The one bedroom suites and two bedroom villas come equipped with
a full size kitchen, living and dining area, TV/VCR/CD player, stereo and
a large terrace.
AND SURROUNDS FEATURED HOTELS
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Positioned directly on the
beach, the European-style Avila Hotel on Curacao Island is within a five
minute walk of historic Willemstad. Curacao is located in the southwestern
Caribbean and is just 35 miles north of Venezuela and a two-and-one-half
hour flight from Miami. Shopping in Punda, Curacao Museum and Maritime
Museum are within one-half mile of the hotel. Seaquarium Beach is within
one-and-one-half miles, and Caracasbay Island, an eco-resort, is within
10 miles of the hotel. The unique Simon Bolivar Museum, placed in the former
Errementarikua farmhouse, a traditional place linked to the forefathers
of the Liberator, is located on the premises. Hato International Airport
and Hato Caves are 15 miles from the hotel.
Curacao Resort Spa & Casino All Inclusive
Breezes Curacao Spa &
Casino is a AAA 4-Diamond Rated all-inclusive resort located on the beach
near Willemsted. Breezes Curacao is the first Super-inclusive Resort in
the southern Caribbean. The Dutch flavor of this island will add a new
twist to the active Breezes vacation its guests have enjoyed for years.
Only a 90-minute flight from Montego Bay, this divers' paradise is located
off the coast of Venezuela. The hotel is adjacent to both the pristine
Undersea National Park and entertaining Sea Aquarium. Catering to couples
and singles with its glittering on-site casino, Breezes Curacao also welcomes
families, with its camp breezes for children. Enjoy a variety of land and
water-sports and 3 fabulous restaurants.
The Curacao Marriott Beach
Resort and Emerald Casino is located on a private beach on Piscadera Bay,
on the island of Curacao, Netherland Antilles, world-renowned for its white
sand beaches and extraordinary coral reefs. located across the street from
the Curacao International Trade Center, This resort offers a green oasis
three miles north of Willemstad, Curacao's capital city. With colonial
architecture and a beautiful harbor entry, Willemstad has been made a Unesco
World Heritage Site. Other attractions near the resort are the Museum Kurá
Hulanda, the floating market, Christoffel National Park and the Amstel
Set on two private beaches
on historic Piscadera Bay, the laid-back ambiance of the Caribbean meets
the casual elegance of a deluxe resort at this Resort. With wide-open spaces,
hidden nooks, and tucked-away places, this resort offers the ideal setting
for vacationers looking to relax and be pampered. This luxurious resort
offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, two tennis courts, a PADI certified
five-star dive center, a water sports center, and two outdoor pools. Rooms
have balconies furnished with chairs and cocktail tables. Furnishings and
decor include warm-toned furniture, including a desk/dining table with
cushioned rattan chairs and upholstered reading chairs; carpeted floors;
pale walls with terra-cotta-accent walls; and 27-inch televisions.
Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino
The Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa
and Casino in Willemstad, Curacao, is set in a village-style setting with
sculpture gardens, waterfalls and winding cobblestone walkways. The hotel
is located within six kilometers of the beach and the Curacao sea aquarium,
and within eight kilometers of Curacao Hato International Airport. The
boutique-style Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino is blanketed in an atmosphere
of pure paradise. Four unique restaurants, three bars, a fitness center
and two pools populate the property. In addition, guests can enjoy preferential
golf privileges at a nearby course. Additional amenities include business
services, meeting space, tour assistance, dry cleaning and concierge services.
Curacao Resort & Casino
Set amidst the color and
beauty of the historic Dutch Caribbean city of Willemstad is the all-new
Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino. From our elevated Infinity
Beach Club to boutique shops and unique international restaurants housed
in a once-active fort, Renaissance Curacao is a resort experience like
no other. Exclusively for guests and uniquely poised just above the Caribbean
Sea, the Infinity Beach Club features an elevated beach experience, infinity
pool, spa cabanas, sweeping views and a beachside bar & grill. Guestrooms
feature flat-screen televisions and resort, island or ocean views.
Plaza Hotel Curacao And Casino
This Willemstad hotel is
close to Fort Amsterdam, Governors Palace, and Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue.
The Plaza Hotel Curacao and Casino has an outdoor pool. This 3.0-star Willemstad
property features a hair salon. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property
include wireless Internet access and meeting rooms for small groups. The
Plaza Hotel Curacao and Casino has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room
service is available during limited hours. The staff can arrange translation
services and car rentals on site. Additional amenities include a casino,
laundry facilities, and air conditioning in public areas.
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