One of the main reasons I booked a trip to Curacao were the pearlwhite beaches covered by the lagoon blue waves and the deepblue, endless ocean.
Those aspects did not disappoint me.
What everybody should know before heading to Curacao, is that in the touristic parts, you almost feel like you’re on a set up beach in Holland. I did expect Dutch people there, but not so many.
However, if you go to the less touristy areas and decide to blend in between the locals, you may find yourself between a mixture of Latinos and Antilleans. Party guaranteed!
Another main reason I went to Curacao was to scuba dive. I got my PADI Open Water Certificate there. Yay me! I wasn’t the only one, and how could you even blame us? The coral riffs, the special species of underwater organisms, all together with a ocean so blue and warm it’s almost unreal.
I recommend to take diving lessons or diving trips at diving center Pietermaai, I am really satisfied on all aspects and I am sure the crew will welcome you with open arms and you will have amazing dives.
Now, let’s talk about beaches. All the beautiful beaches are at the West Coast, but just before the centre of Punda you will find a small piece of beach with a dock, if you don’t feel like traveling far for a swim.
If you didn’t rent a car like I did, it is pretty hard to go to the West Coast. So unless you know somebody with a car, your best option is to do a West Coast Tour. See all the beaches in one day. The lagoon beach, the pig beach, Cas Abao, Grote Knip, Kleine Knip, Porto Mari, the turtle beach, etc. A must see is the blue room. There is a funny and crazy captain who is happy to welcome you on board of hi ship to the blue room, an underwater shipwreck and underwater Buddha statue. As I said, really worth it!
“So what is there to do at night?”
“Well, it depends on what you want and what night of the week you want to do something. You see, every day there is something else to do on the island.”
That answer was the one I got at least three times. And it’s true. You have beach bars, beach clubs, music bars, dance clubs, festivals,… I can suggest you some places like Mambo Beach and City Beach 88, but it’s best if you check Facebook while you’re there or just ask around.
You can have two types of vacations in Curacao: you can book a luxury vacation and don’t come out of your hotel or resort, or book a hostel and meet new people and build a social life in no time. I choose the second option. Claro.
So we have the beautiful nature, different areas and a nice social life. What else could you want?
The city centre’s colourful and picturesque architecture definitely left a fun impression behind. You find cute stories and even bank offices around ever corners, and the locals have an amazing sense of decorational styles.