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Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

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Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Hello--

We are a group of 5 friends renting a villa in the Coral Estates area for one week (Sun-Sun). Although we have water access from the villa, there is no beach, so we'd like to spend a couple of afternoons at some of the nicer day-beaches with facilities (lounge rentals, snacks, drinks, restrooms) but want to avoid the cruise crowds.

So which are the best day beaches, and which are the best days to visit them to avoid huge crowds in mid-Feb?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Look most of the cruise crowds do not come out to the westside of the island. You will be just fine at Porto Marie or Cas Abou. Both beaches with facilities.

Both these beaches will have lot of people during weekends. Go early and you will have a nice spot.

These beaches are much better than the beach at Coral Estates

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2. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Excellent, thank you for the quick response. I have other questions before we leave next month and look forward to posting those, with a trip report when we return home.

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3. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

We are here to answer your questions, you and your friends will love Curacao and the beautiful beaches. Looking forward to your trip report upon return.

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4. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Also try Daibooi Beach. Take a left when you leave the entrance of Coral Estates. It's smaller and most likely not visited by the cruisers.

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5. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

We haven't been to Daibooi Beach.

Do they have chairs, restaurant and rest rooms?

How is the snorkeling there?

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6. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Porto Marie opens at 9 or 930 and Cas Abou opens at 8.

I would avoid trying to go to either at noon on Saturdays, but during the week by 11 you should be fine.

The early arrivals get the primo palapas.

Edited: 15 January 2013, 02:46
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7. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Daibooi is small but there are bathrooms,chairs and food. Just not a large restaurant like Porto Marie. There is no entrance fee and so close to Coral Estates; it's worth exploring. I like to snorkel in the middle of Westpunt Bay - Playa Grandi/Piskado but there are fish everywhere.

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8. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

Daaibooi isnt that small. You will also see many local people go there and it is allowed to BBQ there. A small bar sells drinks and food but you can bring your own booze and food. no entrance fee! snorkling is quiet good.

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9. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

I think it was Playa Grandi in Westpunt that we spent a morning at and the snorkeling (where ever we were) was very good.

We will definately try Daaibooi when we get back there later this year.

Thanks

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10. Re: Day Beaches vs Cruise Crowds

There is a website (someone posted on a forum a while back ... Can't remember but sure you could google it) that will say what ships are in port what days ... Can plan excursions on days less cruise ships in port for less crowds ;)