A vacation on Curacao can be many things: relaxing and serene, or energetic and packed fill of activity. The island's available attractions and activities support both lifestyles.
If you like the idea of seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will find 5 places that can help make it happen. To reach our complete page about bike or scooter rentals, click here.
As an island, Curacao is, of course, surrounded by water. The Caribbean Sea, as well as the numerous resort pools in the country, provide the perfect setting for a number of watersports. Curacao has been voted as one of the top spots in the Caribbean for diving, and there are a number of top snorkeling spots here as well. For that reason, you won't want to let your vacation pass you by without at least renting some snorkeling equipment to take with you to the beach.
There are 25 dive services and at least 48 different dive sites in the area. Click on this link to find our guide to diving in this area.
A great way to get to know local residents in an informal setting is at an event or festival. There are a number of options available, from music festivals (jazz and island music are especially popular) to sporting events such as regattas and fishing tournaments. Carnival is the most popular event, with people from all over the world arriving to witness the colorful costumes that islanders wear as they throw the biggest party of the season. Click here to read more about Curacao's events and festivals.
If there are some avid fishermen in your group, they'll be pleased to know 10 charter fishing services operate from this area. To visit our complete page about deep sea fishing, click here.
Like golf? You'll be pleased to know several are located in the area. The area courses are Old Quarry Golf Course, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Curacao Golf and Squash Club. For more information concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more simply click on the name of the course. Anyone who needs to get more details concerning golf throughout Caribbean can do so by going to this page.
Additional information about firms that can enable you to get out on the open water can be found in the chart below.
|Adrenaline Tours Curacao||(999) 767-6241||5.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Bounty Adventures||(999) 767-9998||6.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Captain Boots||(999) 513-2747||5.8 mi. East of Central Otrabanda|
|Mermaid Boat Trips||(599-9) 560-1530||Punda|
|Miss Ann Boat Trips||(999) 767-1579||6.1 mi. East of Central Otrabanda|
|Pelican Boat Trips||(999) 527-0747||Willemstad|
|Sailing Charter Curaçao||(999) 521-3464||5.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Smallfield Adventures||(999) 663-4848||Willemstad|
If you'd like to find out about charter operators and local marinas follow this link.
Punda is Curacao's major commercial hub, so many vacationers hit this area first, looking for great deals on local items that they can bring home as souvenirs. Outdoor markets are a great place to look for handcrafted items such as clothing, artwork, and woodwork. Curacao is also home to one of the largest duty-free shopping centers in the Caribbean, so vacationers can stock up on luxury items, not only duty-free, but tax free as well. Shopping on Curacao shouldn't be missed.
If you have some foks who enjoy exploring new shops traveling with you, they can explore some of the 77 retail shops in the area. Click this link to see our extended discussion of shopping on Curacao.
Yet another good way to use some of your time is to explore the area's sights and natural environment. The area's sights include historic sites and a distillery. You can go to this page regarding area sightseeing attractions if you need more information.
Take a moment to read the table below for a listing of a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.
|Adrenaline Tours Curacao||(599-9) 767-6241||5.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Fiesta Tours Curacao||(599-9) 515-9854||Willemstad|
|Shete Boka||(999) 864-0444||2.6 mi. East of Central Westpunt|
|(599-9) 737-6637 / (599-9) 839-1337||Punda|
|Tiotaxi Tours||(599-9) 560-5491||Santa Catarina|
If you like the idea of going snorkeling you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so along the coast of Curacao. To navigate to our detailed page about local snorkeling opportunities, click this link.
Enjoying a spa might be the highlight of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 12 spas that operate in this area. For more in-depth coverage of places to relax in this area use this link.
Especially active travelers can't fathom a trip without finding some way to get in their daily exercise. You can swim laps in your resort pool, get on a machine in the fitness center, or even plan for a game of tennis. One of the best ways to get a work out in is by scheduling a hike. This will allow you to view the natural beauty of the island while burning a few calories. Horseback riding and mountain biking are also possibilities. There are two 18-hole champion golf courses on the island, and a nine-hole course on the island for avid golfers to enjoy. Click here to read more about golfing on Curacao.
If you like to play tennis you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following table summarizes some key facts. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to learn about other aspects of the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort||6.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda||4|
|Hilton Curaçao||2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda||2|
|Sunscape Curacao||2.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda||2|
|Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino||0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad||2|
|Veneto Casino and Holiday Beach Resort||0.9 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad||2|
For instance, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
Information about lots of other activities are displayed in the chart below.
|Adrenaline Tours Curacao||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(599-9) 767-6241||5.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Adrenaline Tours Curacao||Watersports Operator||(999) 767-6241||5.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 737-5666||Punda|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 465-6288||Willemstad|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(599-9) 510-2299||Punda|
|Becker's Massage & Care||Massage Therapist||(999) 528-4113||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 737-1780||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 888-8744||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 465-7969||Jan Thiel|
|Caribbean Sea Sports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(599-9) 462-2620||2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda|
|Cas Abao Beach Water Sports||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 864-9899||1.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central St. Willibrordus|
|Curious2Dive||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 513-2265||Willemstad|
|Dolphin Academy Curacao||Dolphin Encounter Service||(599-9) 465-8900||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Duikcentrum Van de Ven||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(999) 514-1267||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 868-8929 / (599-9) 868-0340||Willemstad|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 864-0102||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Westpunt|
|Goby Divers||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 662-2853||Willemstad|
|Massage Therapist||(599-9) 524-0080||Jan Thiel|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(599-9) 864-0438||The vicinity of Willemstad|
|Ocean Encounters at Lions Dive Hotel||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 461-1831||3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 461-8131||2.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Porto Mari Sports Diving||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 864-7539||1.4 mi. West of Central St. Willibrordus|
|Scuba Store and More||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(999) 738-6640||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 510-3625||Willemstad|
|Massage Therapist||(599-9) 461-6793||Willemstad|
And this isn't it. As you journey through your vacation, attending events, hiking the landscape, or taking a dip in the cool, crisp sea, you will come across many other activities you'll want to fit into your schedule. The great thing about Curacao is that the fun is never ending, and will linger with you long after you have gone home.
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