Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

Is Curaçao the Caribbean’s Most Diverse Island?

This past fall might have been my busiest in history, travel-wise. I bounced from one state to another state, one project to the next with little rest in between. As such, I totally haven’t had time to share my new favorite Caribbean hideaway: Curaçao.

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

I’d long wanted to visit this Dutch island, which I didn’t know much about until my first jaunt to the Dutch Antilles in 2009. I fell in love with Bonaire then and on a subsequent dive trip in 2015, during which I also got to hop on over to Aruba for a few days. But the final piece of this trilogy of ABC islands eluded me until last October.

I’m an AFAR Ambassador and when the team asked me to go to Curaçao on their behalf for five days, there was no answer other than “yes!” despite the fact that it was sandwiched between work trips to Lexington and Macon, with only 48 hours at home on each end.

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

SVV tagged along on this one, which was a huge help as we were creating Instagram content for the website and the AFAR Instagram account (in addition to my social channels), and two photographers are better than one!

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

To be frank, I was a bit nervous of going to Curaçao on assignment, rather than for fun, as I’ve visited more heavily trafficked islands in the Caribbean like the Dominican Republic in the past that completely fell short of expectations, then I had to write about them in a glowing manner anyway. Given that Curaçao sees a handful of large cruise ships each week, I feared it might fall into a similar category of being too touristy for my liking.

But, nope. I loved it. It had the perfect blend of so many of my favorite things.

Excellent food. I shouldn’t have been surprised by this as Bonaire’s dining scene tickled my taste buds on my last visit, but more often than not, island cuisine disappoints. Not on Curaçao!

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

A thriving nightlife. To be fair, I’m usually falling asleep in my cocktail after a long dinner, but for those who do fancy a nightcap following a good meal, the neighborhood of Pietermaai is filled with fun bars.

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

Beautiful beaches. We were on the go for most of our days there, so didn’t get a lot of time to relax but we did get to black-hawk into some of the best beaches on the island and take some quick photos!

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

Bountiful booze. Why, did you know that the blue liqueur you’ve probably consumed on more than one beach vacation actually comes from the island of the same name?

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

Great underwater landscape. We squeezed in just one morning of diving—a tantalizing appetizer, if you will—but given it was our first time in a wetsuit since the Bahamas the previous October, we couldn’t have been more stoked. And the diving in Curaçao was gorgeous, too.

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

Wildlife. Despite the iguanas that roam the terrain freely, Curaçao has a famous flock of flamingos (try saying that five times fast!) that reside near Sint Willibrordus.

Why You Should Go to Curaçao Now

Have I sold you on planning your next tropical jaunt to ? If not, I fully intend to in the coming days.


 

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Curacao Now: 6 Reasons You Should Consider this Underrated Caribbean Island for Your Next Vacation
Curacao Now: 6 Reasons You Should Consider this Underrated Caribbean Island for Your Next Vacation
Curacao Now: 6 Reasons You Should Consider this Underrated Caribbean Island for Your Next Vacation
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  • January 11, 2017

    I was actually waiting for your posts about Curacao, because I’m curious to hear what you think of the island compared to the A and B islands. I like Curacao, but I preferred Bonaire’s tranquility and familiarness. What did you think?
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    • January 11, 2017

      It truly depends on the circumstances for me. If a dive trip, then definitely Bonaire. But I liked how many other things there were to do on Curacao—and especially the dining scene!—so if a family trip, then I think Curacao would be my pick.

  • January 11, 2017

    The food looks incredible.

    • January 23, 2017

      Everything we ate on Curacao was magical!

  • January 12, 2017
    Wai

    Food looks delicious. Maybe one day….

  • January 13, 2017

    Is it sad that I knew of Blue Curacao liquor long before I ever knew an island existed?! It was my favorite mixer in high school, lol!
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    • January 13, 2017

      Nah, I think that’s probably pretty common! What’s sad is that the company that sells it in the US isn’t actually the company that came up with it (which I’ll go into detail about on my next post…).

  • January 13, 2017

    Food looks delicious. i like this

  • January 14, 2017

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  • January 16, 2017

    Thanks Kristin for this fantastic topic. I think this place is great for refreshment. Blue sky and water helps to forget your stress. also you gonna love the foods around here.

    • January 23, 2017

      I hope you get to visit someday, Thomas!

  • January 16, 2017
    Joseph

    I lived and worked in Curacao for 9 months. It’s one of the most beautiful, peaceful, exciting, relaxing places I’ve ever been. The beaches are great and the people are wonderful.

    • January 23, 2017

      That’s so cool, Joseph! What did you do there?

      • January 25, 2017
        Joseph

        Construction of the Renaissance Resort and Casino. 2008 & 2009

  • January 18, 2017
    Nicole

    Great article! Next time send us a message on Street Art Skalo fb or Insta, when your in town we would love to show you the new developments in Scharloo Abou..turning this charming neighborhood where new meets old into the creative district of Curacao! Check it out and let us know what you think! Sunny regards from dushi Korsou

    • January 23, 2017

      Will do! We were doing a project for the CTB so they kept us pretty scheduled out this time 😉

  • January 18, 2017

    Wow! Seems you enjoyed a lot there. Love the image gallery. Can you share recipe of food. Looks delicious.

    • January 23, 2017

      I wish I knew how to make the iguana stew, ha! Not really something I have the ingredients for here in the US 😉

  • January 23, 2017

    I have been to Bonaire a lot of times but only ones to Curacao to go diving and then back to Bonaire. I hope to visit the island a bit more next time I am in that area 🙂

    • January 23, 2017

      What did you think of the diving? It’s definitely no Bonaire but we had fun nonetheless!

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