Teamed with Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao is one of the three “ABC” islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. As the largest and most populated of the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao has the most going on and the most “social life.” The island capital, Willemstad, is a bustling city with brightly colored Dutch architecture, and its Old Town area is a designated World Heritage site. There are a lot of resorts on the island but once you leave the resorts, you’ll find a lot of delicious restaurants and more interesting activities. That being said, I didn’t love Curacao. I liked it and I’m glad I went but I didn’t love it the way other people do. I’m more in like with it. You’ll just have to go and figure it out yourself!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Curacao
1. Dive the Mushroom Forest & the Cave
2. Get spooked by the Hato Caves
3. Walk through Willemstad
4. Bike or walk around Christoffel Park
5. Explore the Superior Producer underwater
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Relax on Daaiboo Beach
Curacao has beautiful beaches, but you might find some of the more popular hot spots too crowded. By sidestepping Blauwbaai (the obvious choice) and going for Daaiboo Beach, you’ll get to enjoy white sands and a turquoise sea in relative peace and quiet.
2. Party at the Mambo Beach Club
There are plenty of nightclubs on the island, but for the best Caribbean beach party, go to Mambo Beach Club. The beach is transformed into an open-air nightclub where the trendy youth mix with tourists. Live music and DJs keeping the party going.
3. Join in the Curacao Carnival
January marks the beginning of the Curacao Carnival which is a mixture of a street party, theater, art, culture, history, cuisine, and folklore. The Carnival ends with the burning of King Momo at midnight. The life-sized, straw-filled effigy symbolizes infertility, sins, and bad luck. What’s exciting is that this effigy isn’t just burned, it’s blown up in an explosion of fireworks.
4. Take a canoe safari
These leisurely trips give you plenty of time to explore the beauty of the shoreline while taking in the best snorkeling spots and visiting unspoiled beaches.