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One Day in Curacao

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One Day in Curacao

Hi,

We'll be visiting Curacao for one day off a cruise ship next month. We're just wondering what would you recommend to go and see?

Thanks!

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1. Re: One Day in Curacao

How much time do you have? There are museums,shops, restaurants and beautiful beaches to see.

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2. Re: One Day in Curacao

Rent a car for the day....start out early, as soon as you dock, and head out to the West Coast, Beach hop and work your way back...drop the car off and spend an hour or so in town.

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3. Re: One Day in Curacao

We'll be there from 9 until 4.

Neither of us drive so renting a car is out. We're not really looking to spend much of the day on the beach though we wouldn't mind doing so for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

What would be the main attractions other than the beaches?

Thanks!

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Go to the beach first and let them drop you off in the city around 1PM and than explore the city. Be sure to visit hotel Kura Hulanda in otrabanda. This has authentic buildings from an old part of town very nicely renovated.

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5. Re: One Day in Curacao

Depends on what you'd like to see. A close (15 mins) very nice beach is Blue Bay. My favorite (about 40 mins) is Porto Marie.

In the city you'll want to walk across the floating bridge and see the floating market (docked ships with fruits and vegetables.) The oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere with it's floor of sand is kind of cool. There are tons of shops...many with some bargains on clothes and gifts.

Out of town in the other direction is the "tour" of the Curacao Liqueur factory (it's just OK.)

If you plan to get driven around, get a taxi from the port or book one inadvance. Don't pay the rip-off cruise prices.

Hope this helps a bit.

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6. Re: One Day in Curacao

Hi,

Thanks again for all the help.

We're mainly looking to see things other than the beaches, but if we have enough time we will drop by one for a while.

We like the sound of the city, with the floating bridge and market and the synagogue. Is Willemstad big and how long would a good walking tour of the city take?

What are the other must sees of Curacao that we could visit to fill the rest of our day? We will have around 7 hours in Curacao.

Thanks!

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7. Re: One Day in Curacao

Depending on how long you spend in the shops, it could take you from an hour to 3 hours to do downtown. The city itself is pretty compact.

Honestly if you don't care about the beach, there's not that much that is essential to see. You could take a trip to the Hato caves over by the airport. It's a nice cave, but not life changing.

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8. Re: One Day in Curacao

Ok, that sounds good. It seems like there is plenty to see in Willemstad.

We also saw about an Ostrich Farm. Any thoughts on this? Does it take long to get there from Willemstad?

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9. Re: One Day in Curacao

The Ostrich farm is fun, they have a restaurant there also, not to far from Willemstad.

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10. Re: One Day in Curacao

Thanks for all the help on this.

We visited Curacao last week and had a brilliant time. We had a look around Willemstad (which we loved) and did an island tour with Casper Tours (only $15 for 2 hours!) which brought us to a variety of places including the liquor distillery, the Spanish Waters and Mambo Beach. The tour operates from over the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, the opposite side to where the ships dock. It was very well ran and we really enjoyed it.