Things to do on Curacao
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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.
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.