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Kura Hulanda - Curacao..Worth it? Why so cheap?

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Kura Hulanda - Curacao..Worth it? Why so cheap?

Looking into this hotel..Is Curacao worth going to...What makes it better then some of the other islands? Is there a reason the prices are so reasonable? I like four and five star resorts, can I find this here? HAs anyone been to this resort, it has great reviews? Also, are tarantulas prevalent? HATE them...

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If you love Bermuda you may not love CUR. CUR is a big bustling island with the Dutch influence in architecture, languge and some food, and a big South American feel. The beaches are not too pretty, the women are gorgeous, its a gangsta island with a huge drug/violent crime seen (most tourists do you see/know this), decent shopping if you like electronics or third world clothing, great museums and historic sites, great diving (so I hear)and great nightlife. There is a lot of oil refineries, traffic lights, bridges and it's rather ugly quite frankly...I hated it the first time but it grew on me..my ex bf lives there so I was there often...

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OK, now i've just about had it.

Ann,

I've been reading your posts for...a rather long time and every chance you get, you seem to put down Curacao or say something bad about it. Have we ever done something to you?

I know that everyone is entitled to their own oppinion but u seem to hate Curacao with all your heart.

And for the record:

Crime/Drugs? yes there is some, but it is minimal as a tourist and a local you won't notice it. (fun fact: did you know that there is a larger drug problem on Bonaire than Curacao and the crime is similar)

Yes there is 1(not more) oil refinery.

Beaches are beautiful white sandy intimate coves and beautiful reefs(Bonaire has great diving as does Curacao. it depends what you are looking for. Bonaire: Good for fish and such. Curacao: Good for Coral and sponge formations.)

and third world clothes?.... ofcourse everywhere in the world they sell third world clothes. All major brands are made in third world countries and are all available in Curacao.

(in the above i have also added info for the OP about Curacao

And now adressing Bermuda Obsessed:

Curacao is a beatiful island(my opinion) but this really depends on what you like.

As opposed to Aruba, Curacao doesn't have a long sandy beach, but rather 37 intimate coves each with a unique swimming and diving experience.

There is a vast diversity in culture.

The main city of Willemstad is divided into two pieces, Punda and Otrobanda. These are connected by the Emma bridge(also know as the Swinging Old Lady) and is the only bridge of the sort left in the world. This bridge was built in 1888 and was recenty restored, it was opened again on the 12'th of May.

Shopping in Punda is ok, it's not the best though. You can find nice jewlry duty free though and there are souvenier, clothing and electronic stores.

Hotels:

I would suggest The Kura Hulanda, Kura Hulanda Lodge or The Curacao Marriott Resort and Emerald Casino.

www.kurahulanda.com

www.marriott.com/curmc

If you are looking for an interesting/cultural experience I would suggest the National Park and the many Museums located throughout the island(1 of them is located at the Kura Hulanda) these are unique experiences and are very educative, truly a different cultural experience.

As i have said before, it is a matter of preference.

And to anwser another question of yours: The reason the prices are so low is most likely because it's the low season.

If you do choose curacao for your next vacation,

Have a nice stay in Curacao!

Kind regards,

Benji

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Dear BermudaObsessed,

I appologize as I didn't see your last question.

No, there are no tarantulas present. Nor are there any poisonous snakes,bugs, plants or anything of the kind.

And yes, there are many reviews of the hotel. These can be found here:

Lodge:

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147277-d567142…

Kura Hulanda:

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147278-d240967…

Kind regards,

Benji

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Hey Benji,

My posts reflect my experiences and my opinions which I do hope are welcome here still? Did you see my recommendations for the Kura Hulanda? The museum? The synagogue? Bistro Le Clochard? Jaanchies? Look at my posts and you will see I try to be as fair as possible when discussing the island's I have seen or lived in...

You are very defensive which suggests you are a true and loyal Antillean and I respect that...read my posts carefully..they share my experiences both positive and negative.

Also have you been to Bermuda? I have 20+ time so when a poster has a nick called BermudaObsessed, I asumme he knows and loves Bermuda and hence,I feel it's really important to compare and contrast the two...wouldn't you..

Based on my experiences, Bermuda is magical, it is clean, it has amazing beaches, it's romantic..it's almost perfect..yes, there is crime and drugs, yes I have walked Court St. in Bermuda..I know all the evils that exist..but I am trying to fairly depict my experiences..and read carefully, I do like CUR...peace

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Thanks to you both, I can understand where you are both coming from..Yes, I think Bermuda will always be my favorite, but my husband and I like to try new places..We like little beaches, and small resorts to....We have also been to Aruba, and going to Jamaica to Ocho Rios next month..I am open to different cultures, and like to experience new things....As long as I have a good room, a beach, good weather, and good food and drinks, I am happy.. and Also, NO TARANTULAS! ..I have avoided some other places due to the fact of reading forums of people running into them even on the resort grounds..Being I have a huge fear, my vacation would be filled with more anxiety worrying about one finding me in my sleep..Thanks for your adivice..The one hotel looks like my cup of tea, but you have to shuttle to the beach..How long is the shuttle? Maybe I will check out the lodge one on the beach...

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BermudaObsessed

I have not been to Curacao, but it will be my next destination. My friend who has very fine taste for living absolutely loved Curacao and went two years in a row. He felt it was the most interesting of the Caribbean Islands with a quaint Dutch atmosphere. He stayed at the Marriott. The others mentioned are also very good, but not on the beach.

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Just a note about tarantulas......I absolutely hate bugs of any kind and especially spiders. We were there recently for 11 days, at the Marriott and then the Royal Sea Aquarium Resort and did not see any insects anywhere, except for some mosquitos and some wasps, and I was looking! We did not even see any of the big roaches or palmetto bugs that we usually see in the tropics. I was amazed that we could sit on our balcony at night with the light on and nothing came to haunt me! I was really amazed. I never saw any spider of any kind anywhere.

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Thanks so much..maybe this will be my next destination...Not as popular as the other islands, but it looks more interesting to me..Glad to hear you didnt have problems w bugs and spiders....I really cant be comfortable with tarantulas around...Actually I d rather be in a tank with a million roaches then have one tarantula on me..Now you can see how bad my fear is...Something Im working on, but its hard...Anyway, what did you think of your resort? Did you pass by the Kulundra lodge at the end of the island? How far is Marriott and hyatt from the Kulundra lodge? How much is a taxi to go to the main town for shopping?

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BermudaObsessed, my husband and I have been to Curacao twice and with each time we explore the island further. The beaches are absolutely breath taking,we was lots of them last month and just sat there starring in awe. We stay at the Hilton which has nices beaches and pools. The Kura Hulanda Lodge is on the west end and not much around, would need a car.We are going back next April,can't wait.

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Cura Kid-98:

Hi:

I respect your reply on this thread. Good for you!!!

I am also interested very much so in Curacao. We will be a party of 4---2 adults and 2 young (17 yr. old) adults. These boys love to eat, swim, snorkel, and participate in water sports. We are thinking of the Breezes as it offers a lot of activities to keep them busy as well as its AI---they can eat whenever.

Any comments on the Breezes??? Unfortunately our travel agent stated we can't access the Marriott AI, or Sunset Waters resort as it is not offered in Canada. We would have to pay for the Marriott AI once we arrived and she said we'd probably pay a he_ _ of a lot of money. As for Sunset Waters we'd have to book flight trough one company and hotel through another---which she states is opportunity for errors. Meaning she has seen where people arrive at the airport and there is trouble with the flight or in the country at the resort the rooms are all screwed up. She has adviced against this---now we have used this agent for about 25 years so I take her word on this. And no we won't book on-line as also we have heard of nightmares this way.

So back to my original question---in your opinion how is Breezes??

thanks for your help,

Taly