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An October 2010 trip to Curacao by jmariep

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Quote: I never thought that we could find a place on par with Aruba, but the people of Curacao provided us with an amazing vacation.

Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club

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Hotel | "Good Food, Wonderful Views "

Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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We stopped at the Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club for lunch as a part of our tour. Our guide led us through the lobby and down some sidewalks to the open air seating of the Christoffel Terrace. I was a little disappointed that we were not sitting inside in air conditioning at first, but the constant breeze kept us comfortable, and the panaromic view of the water was amazing. The restaurant sits on a high cliff looking over the ocean. We were lucky enough to be sitting at the row of tables closest to the water, which made our lunch one of the most peaceful meals we've had in a while. There were some snorkelers in the water, but with the beach area being so small below, there were not...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2010

Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club
Playa Kalki 1 Westpunt
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
+5999 839 3600

Slave House Museum

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Attraction | "Not worth it. "

Slave House sign Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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This museum is located on the side of the road between Willemstad and Westpunt. It is apparently the best preserved house of a freed slave. The sign at the entrance states that it is $3 for adults and $2 for children to get in. We were there in October, and it was $2 per adult. I do not know if there was a group rate. The roadside sign has a Heineken sign attached to it, which perhaps should have put my expectations in check. The first building is a house in which a husband and wife lived with over 10 children. When I say house, think a main room of about 10 feet x14 feet, with a bedroom that was 10 feet x8 feet. (My estimates, not actual measurements.) There was a ver...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Boca Tabla

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Attraction | "Crashing Waves, Beautiful Views "

Boca Tabla Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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Boca Tabla is in the north western region of Curacao, adjacent to the Christoffel Park. It is the largest inlet of Shete Boka. Some of the other grottoes are home to turtle nesting, but Boca Tabla seems to be more apt to house iguanas, also known as tree chickens. It is $1.50 to enter the park. There are supposed to be maps available, but I did not see them.There is parking available, with a dining area on the right as you enter. I believe that there was a snack bar there, but we did not go into that area, so I cannot be sure. As you walk past the parking area there is a sign map of a mini-trail, with the suggestion that it would take about fifteen minutes walk it. I would give you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Boca Tabla
Curaca
Curacao

Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

Attraction | "A Floating Swinging Stroll -- Grab Your Camera!"

Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge Photo, Willemstad, Curacao
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All of the descriptions that I read of the "Swinging Old Lady," or Queen Emma bridge described it as a swinging bridge. I had trouble grasping what exactly a swinging bridge was. It is essentially sets of pontoons that create a bridge, but when a ship comes in, the pontoons are "swung" over to the Otrobanda side of Willemstad, much like a snake. The bridge is motorized, and pushed to the side around 30 times a day. (When the bridge is closed, there is a free ferry that can transport you to the other side of Willemstad.) It is a pedestrian bridge, so there is no need to worry about cars. Other crossers seemed very used to people suddenly stopping to get their perfect picture in the mi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Willem
Willemstad

Floating Market

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Attraction | "Fresh Food and Vibrant Colors"

Floating Market Photo, Willemstad, Curacao
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The Floating Market is on the northern side of Punda. Medium sized ship sail from Venezuela and "park" for the day on the side of the She Caprileskade street, where they sell their wares. If you start from Handelshade, you will find men cutting freshly caught fish for sale. And when I say cutting, I mean hacking fish with huge knives. It was amazing to watch a man skillfully cut a fish with such violent, quick hacks. If you have a weak stomach, it may be best to cross the street for this small section -- the fishy aroma is quite strong. There were a few small stands selling cloth items, and other little trinkets when we were there. We didn't stop to look as I wasn't look...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Floating Market
Willem
Willemstad

Fort Nassau

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Attraction | "Beautiful Views of the Bay"

Fort Nassau Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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Fort Nassau was high on my list of must sees in Curacao. As I looked at my book, I estimated that we could possibly want here from Punda, and mentally added it to my "Willemstad Day." Luckily our tour included Fort Nassau, as there is no way we could have walked there. At all. Fort Nassau is located at the top of Sablica Hill, overlooking the Santa Anna Bay. It is said that on a clear day, you can see venezuela, just 50 miles away, but it was pretty clear that day that we were there, and I didn't see it. The Fort was built to help protect Willemstad, but I found myself wondering if it may have been too late by the time the fort could harm a ship, but I'm not exactly a historical weap...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2010

Fort Nassau
Punta
Curacao
5999 461 3450

Pronto Pasta and Pizza

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Restaurant | "Peaceful Outdoor Setting to Enjoy the Beauty of Willemstad"

Pronto Pasta and Pizza Photo, Willemstad, Curacao
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We went to Curacao as a hurricane hit the Caribbean. Curacao is outside of the hurricane belt, but when hurricanes hit the Caribbean, the normal constant Trade-Winds are absent. Such was our day in Willemstad. After a couple of hours of walking around in heat, we wanted to stop for a drink. We approached Pasta & Pizza, and were greeted by a very friendly woman. She happily told us what kinds of beers they had, and added that they were very cold. I wanted to order a Presidente, a beer I fell in love with in the Dominican Republic (but haven't yet found in the US,) but they were larger sized beers, and I wanted a standard 12 ounce beer. So I ordered an Amstel, and my husband order...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2010

Pronto Pasta and Pizza
Gomezplein 4b
Curacao, Willemstad
465-6450

Effy Jewelers

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Attraction | "Jewelry for Free (and some other nice jewelry too!)"

Effy Jewelers Photo, Willemstad, Curacao
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We stopped at Effy Jewelers because my husband found a coupon for a free 1/2 carat gemstone pendant. I was a little nervous because I felt bad just walking into a store for something free, and was worried about what they would try to sell us. When we walked in we were greeted immediately. I began to look at the cases at jewelry and we were asked if they could help us. My husband, ever so tactfully, smiled and said "Yeah, we have this coupon." The salesperson smiled, led him to the rear jewelry case and pulled out the free necklace. Then she asked if we wanted to buy the matching earrings. I did not hear her say the cost and began to wonder what we had gotten ourselves into for a fre...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2010

Effy Jewelers
Breedestraaat 33
Curacao, Willemstad
(599-9) 461-9790

Freeport Jewelers

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Attraction | "Pandora's Charm "

Freeport Jewelers Photo, Willemstad, Curacao
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Like many of my friends, a new Pandora charm is on the most important purchases on my shopping list on any vacation. (For men who have significant others who have not heard of this, Pandora is a brand of charm bracelets that many women find addictive.) As we walked through Fort Rif, we passed several jewelry shops, with my eyes searching for the Pandora sign. We finally found the sign at Freeport Jewelers. It is extremely important to know that there are 5 Freeport Jewelers in Willemstad. The only one that sells Pandora is the Freeport Jewelers that is location in Otrabanda. To find this particular one, you will want to cross from Punda on the bridge and turn left. Walk...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2010

Freeport Jewelers
Otrabanda
Curacao, Willemstad

Downtown Willemstad

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Attraction | "Two Cities in One"

Willemstad Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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Willemstad is divided by the Santa Anna Bay into two halves, Punta and Otrabanda. Both are worth visiting. Punta is comprised of grid like streets which are easy to navigate. Otrabanda's streets twist and turn. We went one street in and returned to Punta for easier, clearer moving from shop to shop. Most stores are open from 8:30 am - noon and 2-6 pm. Prices seemed to be mostly listed in US Dollars and the local currency. They do not haggle over prices. Most hotels in the Willemstad area provide a free shuttle. If you cannot take this it is $1.50 to ride the public bus system. There are two ways to move back and forth -- the Queen Emma Bridge, and a ferry....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2010

Peter Trips

Attraction | "Great Tour Company "

Peter Trips Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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We chose Peter Trips as our tour company because they offered the tour that covered most of the island. The website, www.petertrips.com, gives information on tours and prices, but be aware that the price online may not be the price at your hotel. Our tours is listed online as $50, but was in fact $60 per person. While all tours include water, I would recommend bring an extra bottle of your our. The tours do not include lunch. I thought that this was odd at first, but when I recalled the caliber at the cold fried chicken on my last tour, finding my own meal didn’t sound too bad. All tours also pick you up at your hotel, which is worth a little extra to me. Another odd thing to me was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Peter Trips

Curacao, Caribbean
465-2703

Breezes Curacao

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Hotel | "Breezes, and plenty of Say Cheeses "

Breezes Curacao Photo, Curacao, Caribbean
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My husband and I stayed at Breezes Curacao from October 6-12, 2010. They provide a shuttle from the airport. We walked outside of the airport, and there was an employee standing right there with a "Breezes" sign. We followed her to where we received a check in packet and our bracelets. There was a form asking for our info. We filled the form out as we rode the shuttle. The shuttle is about 15-20 minutes long. It is imperative that you read the 3 pages of resort information that is provided in the packet. It goes over the restaurant and bar schedules. When we arrived at Breezes, lots of people waited for all of their luggage before proceeding to check in. If you are on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2010

Breezes Curacao
78 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Willemstad, Curacao
(0)7367888