Things to do on Curacao

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Private beach at the Holiday Beach Hotel

Before my week long trip to the island, I did my research to find out some of the must see attractions.  The first thing I did was go snorkeling with my husband.  Since he was Air Force personnel and his unit was stationed at the hotel, our snorkel equipment was free.  We ended up going twice, although I would've loved to have gone more, or to have tried other snorkeling locations.  We had a waterproof camera with us.  I was pleased with most of the pictures.

Another thing that you have to do on the island is visit downtown Willemstad.  This area is very compact and loaded with shops and restaurants.  You walk everywhere.  It was a very nice little place to spend the afternoon, have some lunch, and buy some souvenirs.

Drinking an Amstel Bright on the beach

We also went to the sea aquarium.  For an island in the Caribbean, I was disappointed with the display of marine animals.  The aquarium was really small and I didn't see anything I couldn't see at an aquarium around here.  It was a little pricey for what you get.  If you're thinking about visiting the aquarium, I would pass.  There are far better things to do.

Besides the great snorkeling and diving, the next best thing I can recommend is to take a tour of the Hato Caves, which are by the airport.  This is incredibly cheap (I think it was about $6USD a person).  A tour guide, which speaks 3 or 4 languages, takes you on an hour long tour of the caves, explaining the geology and history of them.  It was very informative and our tour guide was a delight (there is a tip jar near the entrance to the cave.

Sun setting on the beach
..please consider leaving something for your tour guide).  There are a few places in the cave that you can take photos.  It's a fun and informative trip for adults and children.  It also didn't seem very crowded, like some of the other tourist spots.  When my husband and I went, it was just us and a family of 4 from Canada.  Tours run every hour.  While you are waiting for a tour, there is a nature hike trail to take around the cave.  Even our cab driver offered to wait the hour so he could take us back to our hotel afterwards.  I would recommend going to the caves if you ever visit the island.

Jamale1 says:
Thanks for leaving detailed information:)
Posted on: Sep 01, 2012
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Private beach at the Holiday Beach…
Private beach at the Holiday Beac…
Drinking an Amstel Bright on the b…
Drinking an Amstel Bright on the …
Sun setting on the beach
Sun setting on the beach
Sunset
Sunset
Downtown
Downtown
Sea Aquarium...taken from the glas…
Sea Aquarium...taken from the gla…
Lunch on the beach...restaurant at…
Lunch on the beach...restaurant a…
Hato Caves
Hato Caves
More of the beach
More of the beach
Downtown
Downtown
Another outside view of the caves
Another outside view of the caves
Another inside view of the caves
Another inside view of the caves
More of downtown
More of downtown
A big boat
A big boat
That was pointed at the bridge
That was pointed at the bridge
The big bridge
The big bridge
Crossing a bridge to get to downto…
Crossing a bridge to get to downt…
Crossing the big bridge
Crossing the big bridge
Sea aquarium
Sea aquarium
Dolphins
Dolphins
They were performing
They were performing
Airport runway from the Hato Caves
Airport runway from the Hato Caves
Relaxing on the beach
Relaxing on the beach
Lizard
Lizard
Flamingos
Flamingos
Willemstad
photo by: paodelatorre