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Moose Jaw, Canada
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Hotel Stay or Vacation Rental? location location location?

My Fiance and I are trying to plan a trip to curacao, and we may have another couple come with us. I'm having a bit of a toss up on whether to stay in a hotel or get a vacation rental. I guess the most important thing to us is location. Having never been to Curacao before I really have no idea where the nicest areas are to stay. Ideally if we could find somewhere that offered a beach, and was within walking distance to restaurants and the historic downtown we would be pretty happy. I guess we could be persuaded to stay at a great place not close to downtown, but it would still have to have some restaurants within walking distance, as it would be nice to be able to have a few drinks and be able to walk back to where ever we were staying. A nice outdoor space and view would be nice as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Hotel Stay or Vacation Rental? location location location?

There are plenty of nice vacation rentals but wanting restaurants within walking distance limits your options. Keep in mind our touristic locations are scattered over the Island.

There are one or 2 villas close to Avila I know for rent and here you have at least 5 restaurants within walking distance.

Jan Thiel area is also a good choice. Boca Gentil close to Jan Thiel beach for sure is within walking distance for the restaurant at jan thiel beach.

Besides that there are plenty of other rental options but none of them I can recall right now that have a couple of restaurants within walking distance. Some of them one.

These areas are also nice. Blue bay, Piscadera, Coral estate,

O yes I forgot some rentals also in the sea aquarium area. From here you can walk to a couple of restaurants in that area

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We stayed at Baoase which is near Avila. We walked to Punda and to the aquarium, and while there are several restaurants in the area I don't know if I would have wanted to do it at night or while dressed up. I think Jan Thiel would be a good assortment of bars and restuarants and it was much more like a mini resort feeling. In my opinion, it would have the nightly activity (there is also a small casino there) and then you could drive out west and to town during the day. Good luck making your decision.

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Baoase was actually my first choice when I started looking into places to stay, it looks absolutely stunning. I have a soft spot when it comes to luxury. However, on our last trip in Kauai we stayed in a comparable luxury hotel and although I loved every second of it, I almost felt like it was a bit of a waist because we didn't really spend much time at out hotel. I guess if I'm spending $350 and up a night I would have thought I would have spent more time enjoying the room and hotel itself. Then again its hard to say, because if we would have stay in average hotel maybe our experience and over all opinion of Kauai would have been different.

About how far of a drive is it from Jan Thiel to town? I was also curious if there is some sort or bus system or trustworthy taxi service? Thank you so much for your advice! it really helps plan a trip.

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I think you're right about Baoase. We spent a lot of time at the resort so we felt like we got our monies worth. If we had planned lots of off site activities I think it would have been a waste. We only went out late one might, to Cabana Beach Club to hear some music and even then we didn't stay out long. That's probably the only thing I would change about Baoase, it would be great of they had live music.

I would guess Jan Thiel is maybe 15-20 minutes from town. You have to go out and around the bay. If we were going with a group of people and looking for a more party vibe I think that would have worked well. They had several different bar and beach areas with lots of chairs and beds. Also the area surrounding Jan Thiel is much more upscale compared to the rest of the island. I didn't really see the hotels or the rooms so I have no idea what the rates are or if the rooms are nice. It looked nice from the outside for what that's worth.

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5. Re: Hotel Stay or Vacation Rental? location location location?

Jan thief is about 15 minutes drive to Willemstad. But the ride is really easy.

If you would like more info on a vacation rental you can find me on tripadisor boca gentil condo. ( look for Santa Cruz ) Sleeps 6. 3 bedrooms. 2 bath

Avila is also very nice hotel with nice rooms and restaurants and close to Willemstad. Marriott is nice but not a lot of restaurants. And then you have kura hollanda lodge in west punt. Nice resort but far away from town.

Furthermore jan thief has a lot do do during the week. Happy hours, bubbles on the beach, lobster nights. Live music on Wednesday at Zanzibar and Friday at papagayo beach. So a lot of fun. 4 restaurants on the beach and some on all the different resorts! Hope this was helpfull for you to make a good choice.

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