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Curacao trip report

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We just got back from Curacao last week and had a wonderful time. The wheather was gorgeous(in the 80's and sunny).

We stayed at the Marriott, which is a beautiful resort. It doesn't feel like a huge mega resort. The pool and beach are close together, so it isn't a hike everytine you want to go to the beach. The pool was a perfect temperature, and the beach was great for snorkeling. I have snorkeled in the great Barrier Reef, so I can't compare it to that, but overall we all enjoyed the ease of snorkeling off the beach whenver we wanted to. We all brought our own snorkel gear from home, but I'm sure they rent it there too.
The food at the Marriott we found to be average. The menus never changed, so it is easy to get sick of things. The Italian restaurant was fair, but the room was pretty. We enjoyed the barbecue on the beach. They do a theme night on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The rooms were pretty typical Marriott type rooms. We were not happy that we had requested a higher level non-smoking room, but were given a ground level smoking room. The resort was sold out so we could not change. However, the room turned out to be fine, and it was close to the pool which we liked.
The hotel had some problems the week we were there. The boat was broken!! That meant no water skiing, no tubing, no banana boating. My kids were disappointed. Also, the actities board posted activities that never happened. Jewelry making was posted for 5 days, and when we inquired about it, we were told that the woman who does it had been sick. Also, Volleyball was posted, but never happened. We were told that the ball was broken! There was no bingo, or any other activities for the kids. There was a kids club that people said was good, but our kids were too old for it. The kids still had a nice time because they all swam, and snorkeled and played cards at the pool.
Also, the staff was extremely nice. Everyone was apologetic for the problems.
I forgot to mention that the sea breeze bar has excellent drinks. Happy hour is from 4:30-6:00.

Other restaurants we ate at were: Hook's Hut,(average food, with a limited menu, pretty atmosphere on the beach), Sjallote (excellent food, service, and atmosphere), and Mambo Beach. We ate at Mambo beach on Friday night they have a fishmarket. We really enjoyed that dinner. I recommend all the restaurants except Hook's Hut. We had read from other posters and were excited to go there, but we were really disappointed.

We went into the city once. We took the Marriott shuttle there, but a cab home since we wanted to stay longer. The synagogue was very interesting. The buildings are beautiful, but the shopping isn't great. We did find an awesome hand made jewelry store. It was called "Beads" and something. I forgot the whole name. The prices were very reasonable. We ate at the Governor and watched the boats go by. We enjoyed our lunch there too.

Overall, We loved the island of Curacao. It didn't feel touristy, the people were very friendly, the wheather was perfect, and the snorkeling was fun. I recommend staying at the Marriott, but I would make sure that they fixed some things first. I think it may be a better adult type of trip, or with young kids who would enjoy the kids club. My husband and I liked Curacao more than Aruba, but our kids liked Aruba better.

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