We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Curacao Itinerary

Which Willemstad hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Washington, Illinois
Level Contributor
25 posts
8 reviews
Save Topic
Curacao Itinerary

Hello,

at the end of this month, my fiance and I will be visiting Curacao for a week. We are staying at the Marriott Resort. Neither of us have ever been to the Caribbean before so we are very excited! The reason we chose Curacao was for the opportunity to both relax on a beach and experience a unique culture. For us personally, Curacao seemed more interesting than some of the neighboring islands. While we will probably spend a few days lounging, could anyone give us tips on day trips and excursions. What are the 'must-see' areas of the island? Which beaches are prettiest?

Our interests include:

-exploring different beaches

-exploring Willemstad

-snorkeling

-visiting Klein Curacao

We are not planning to rent a car, which I've heard is very helpful here, but can anyone suggest buses or transportation for getting around the island to these different destinations? Also, I'd love to hear about any experiences with Klein Curacao.

Thanks in advance :)

Morgan

Willington...
Destination Expert
for Curacao
Level Contributor
5,129 posts
139 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Curacao Itinerary

To see the most beautiful beaches you will benefit from renting a car. You need to go western side. Out there is also Shete Boca, which is a must see IMO,and Mt Christofel, nice drive around with scenic vistas.Snorkling is great at Cas Abou and Porto Mari beaches.The Marriott is said to have a twice a day shuttle to town. Many good restaurants in Willemstad also. We are here to help you plan a wonderful trip.

Cary, North Carolina
Destination Expert
for Curacao
Level Contributor
1,015 posts
112 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Curacao Itinerary

Morgan,

I think you'll love the Caribbean, and especially Curacao. The Marriott is in a great central location, with great staff, and a decent beach and great pool for that lounging time. You will find that some aqua socks and snorkel gear will be well worth packing.

Marriott has an in-house tour desk where you can select from a myriad of day trips, and most all will pick you up right at the hotel. I always suggest that new visitors start out with a full island guided tour the first or second day. The tour desk can book this for you as a private or small group (4-6 in a van) at a very reasonable cost. That way you get the big picture, and you can always plan to revisit the places that interest you most. We've done the Insulinde sunset sailing trip, snorkeling trips, Klein Curacao tour and the Yellow Jeep tour through them too. If you do decide to get a car, there's a National office right there too. Also, do plan a day to explore Willemstad, and hit a couple of the outstanding restaurants in town. TA restaurant reviews can help you pick what you like.

If you've not yet discovered it www.curaçao.com is a good one stop shop for all there is to see and do. Feel free to raise any questions you might have here on the forum, and you will get some good answers and opinions from those who know Curaçao well.

Edited: 02 May 2014, 03:05
14 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Curacao Itinerary

Planning a trip next March to eitherSXM, Aruba, possibly Curaçao. We love the beach, casinos, and being able to shop a bit. We would like to stay somewhere close to everything as we don't plan to rent a car the entire stay. Is Curaçao safe as Aruba is to be out at night? Are most places very casual as we want to be comfortable and hubby would love to be in nice shorts and shirt at night if possible. Any suggestions as to where a good location would be to stay? We don't want to have to be on the beach at 6am to reserve lounges and umbrellas- not an enjoyable start to the day.

Thanks

Cary, North Carolina
Destination Expert
for Curacao
Level Contributor
1,015 posts
112 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Curacao Itinerary

Beach gal,

The Marriott would be a good choice for you. Meets your requirements for a beach, casino, and dress is always smart casual in the evenings. Several nice restaurants nearby you can walk to, and only a 5-10 minute ride to town.

Jeff

Cary, North Carolina
Destination Expert
for Curacao
Level Contributor
1,015 posts
112 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Curacao Itinerary

The early placing of stuff in the palapas and on the shady beach beds has always been a pet peeve of mine. I suggested numerous times to Management that they ought to have a strictly enforced rule. If you leave stuff to hog a spot for over an hour, with no sort of activity at the spot, then the beach attendants should remove it, and the offenders have to undergo the inconvenience of going to lost and found to retrieve it. Would p-off the guilty, but sure make a lot of others much happier. Never anything done about it though.

Washington, Illinois
Level Contributor
25 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Curacao Itinerary

Thank you everyone for your advice!!

Willemstad, Curacao
Level Contributor
1,960 posts
125 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Curacao Itinerary

You might want to rethink about not hiring a car. Driving in Curacao is quiet easy to get to the west side is just one straight road. However you will also be able to book a tour.

Klein Curacao is a nice trip, Go to the western side and visit Knip Beach, Portomari, Cas Abou, Boca Sheta, Plantation house Savonet, Eat local at Dokterstuin, Watch the flamingos at Jan Kok or near Vearsenbaai. Visit historical Willemstad, visit the Kura Hulanda museum. Check out the beach area near Seaquarium (Cabana beach, Wet and Wild and Mambo). On sunday evening go to Mambo beach from 5-7 Happy hour where there is a big party on the beach!

8. Re: Curacao Itinerary

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 10 May 2015, 05:16
Get answers to your questions about Willemstad