Fly in/out: Hato International Airport, Curacao (CUR)
Recommended ages: All ages
Ball Park Price: $1000/person (airfare not included)
Best Season: Tropical sunny climate year round
Currency: Netherlands Antilles Guilder
Language: Dutch with English and Spanish widely spoken.
DAY ONE: With a connecting flight in Miami, fly to Hato International Airport, Curacao. (CUR) Rent a car and drive 15 minutes to Curacao Marriott Beach Resort.
DAY THREE: Go to Dolphin Academy and spend the morning swimming with dolphins in one of their dolphin encounter programs. In the afternoon, walk through the historical port capital Willemstad which brings Old World charm and lively Caribbean vibe. Explore the Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel, the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western Hemisphere.
DAY FIVE: Relax at the resort.
DAY SIX: For the younger kids to explore the fish, take Atlantis Adventures a partially submerged submarine with underwater glass walls to see the beautiful reefs of Curacao.
DAY SEVEN: Enjoy the last day in the resort and head back home.
- Of the ABC Caribbean Islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Curacao remains a mostly undiscovered gem in the Caribbean Sea. The island is so charming and laid back with a friendly vibe throughout the island. What differentiates this island is an authentic island feel from all the people you encounter. A great spring break and easy vacation with vibrant architecture, beautiful beaches and reefs, floating markets and multicultural diversity.
- Willemstad, Curacao’s capital city has the charming pastel buildings, a colorful history and is a Unesco World Heritage site. The markets are plentiful and the art galleries pull you in to buy a unique piece of art.
- Curacao boasts almost 40 beaches most with calm and turquoise waters. Among the favorites, Seaquarium Beach and Cas Abao. Ideal spots for kids.
- We enjoyed the variety of diverse educational opportunities the island presented. The ostrich farm was a delight, the aloe plantation was fascinating and the oldest active Jewish congregation was interesting as well.
- Overall, Curacao offers some of the best Caribbean beaches without the high end luxurious prices. It’s ranked in the top dozen most affordable Caribbean destinations.
- It is easy to spend the whole day on the beach in Curacao. Our favorite was Cas Abao that had great swimming and snorkeling, restaurants, gazebos and a full day of fun for the kids.
- The Dolphin Academy provided a great morning for our kids. The bottlenose dolphins were adorable, healthy and well cared for. They offered programs for all ages. Great activity for the kids and adults.
Places to stay
The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino features multiple restaurants, a fantastic swimming beach, natural coral reef and pool. It was so easy to come back to the hotel early in the day and spend the late afternoon at the pool or beach. They were able to accommodate us with two adjoining ocean view rooms.
- There are many outdoor cafes and juice bars through Curacao to stop in and enjoy without a reservation. The Marriott offers 5 different restaurants that were convenient and with excellent service.
- For a decadent night on the beach, make an early reservation at Baose Dining. A luxury resort and Curacao with one of the highest rated dining experiences.
- Some restaurants do require reservations that our concierge in the Marriott was able to do for us with local recommendations. For a current list of recommended restaurants by cuisine, visit the Curacao Tourism Board site.
- In addition to being a great island, Curacao has a great website to help you select your activities easily.
- We enjoyed visiting the nicer snorkeling beaches but bring your own filled cooler, cash and towels. Bring cash with you to the beaches for food stands, beach rentals or entrance into the parks. US dollars are fine.
- The roads are easy to navigate and it is easy to find things on the tiny island. We didn’t feel we needed any tours.
- Sometimes the connecting flights to Curacao are tight, bring a carry-on with swimsuits and one overnight stay just in case.
- The snorkeling opportunities are abundant in Curacao, bring your own snorkeling gear. We bought great snorkeling kits for kids from Costco.
Before You Go
You must hold a valid passport to enter Curaçao. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Curaçao.