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 are thinking about sightseeing at a more leisurely pace, you will encounter multiple different places that can help you. Anyone who needs to get more details concerning this topic can do so 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.
You'll find 25 dive services and at least 48 different dive sites to choose from. Click here to find our page about 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.
Deep Sea Fishing is a popular sport in this area, as indicated by the presence of 9 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Go to this extended discussion about fishing in the area if you want to discover additional information.
If you or someone traveling with you likes to play golf you'll be pleased to know there are three golf courses in this area. The area courses are Old Quarry Golf Course, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Curacao Golf and Squash Club. Simply click on the course name for detailed information about the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more. For a more thorough discussion of this specific topic, see this article concerning golf throughout Caribbean.
The chart just below provides some key facts concerning firms that can enable you to get out on the open water.
|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 Tours||(599) 951-3274 ext. 7||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 want to read about nearby marinas and charter operators check out this page.
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 there are some shopping aficionados vacationing with you, they're not totally out of luck -- more than 78 retailers operate in this area. To read about opportunities for shopping on Curacao, go to this article.
Another great activity is to soak in the area's sights and natural beauty. Sights in the area include historic sites and a distillery. To reach our complete page about attractions, click here.
Information about a firm that can help you enjoy some local sightseeing can be found in the table below.
|Baoase Tours||(599-9) 461-1799||1.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad|
|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 enjoy looking at fish there's good news -- you'll have the chance in the waters surrounding Curacao. To read our detailed page about local snorkeling opportunities, click here.
Indulging in a trip to the spa might be the highlight of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, considering that there are 14 spas located in this area. To learn more about the options, go to this article.
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 your best bet is to make your reservations 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. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning 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 example, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
Information concerning many other activities are summarized in the following chart.
|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|
|Dolphin Academy Curacao||Dolphin Encounter Service||(599-9) 465-8900||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 868-8929 / (599-9) 868-0340||Willemstad|
|Massage Therapist||(599-9) 524-0080||Jan Thiel|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(599-9) 864-0438||The vicinity of 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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