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My partner and I just returned from a Curacao vacation and would like to provide feedback.

We stayed there the first 12 days of September. While the weather report for the island before we left showed rain every day, it didn't rain once, at least on our part of this island. So, don't look at the weather reports!

We had a wonderful stay at the Marriott. We highly recommend this hotel after doing lots of research. The Hilton next door does not seem to compare. I believe Breezes might be an option if you have children, but we didn't check that one out.

The Marriott is absolutely beautiful, with excellent service, nice rooms, very nice beach. We lucked out and got an Ocean Front room, but I think even the Ocean View or Resort View rooms were probably o.k. For us, we were not in our rooms that much, but I guess being on the balcony at night and in the morning with the Ocean Front might make the extra cost worth it. We would recommend staying on the WEST end of the hotel because the EAST end is close to the public beach and it seemed to get a bit noisy.

We ate at the Sea Breezes Bar and found the food very good. While the menu doesn't change much, they do have special theme nights (fish, local food, etc.). The deli at the hotel is excellent...you must try the Chicken Carribean wrap. We got sandwiches there and pizza several times and it is pretty reasonable. The Marriott's fancier restaurant is Portifinos but we didn't eat there because of the cost and many said the food was not that great. We stopped at grocery stores a couple of times to get snacks, drinks for the room. Each room has a refrig. Someone on here said they found a grocery store close to the Marriott...we did not find one. There is really not that much around the Marriott and the city is a mile or two away. But again, we found that we didn't need to, or didn't want to, leave the Marriott that much!

The Marriott also has another nice bar and a casino. The casino is "o.k.", but not much compared to Vegas standards....drinks in the casino were only $1 but they were hard to come by.

The Marriott also has a very nice fitness center, a gift shop, and a salon.

BTW...do not exchange your money...we found that every place we went took US money and I think the exchange was fair.

Unless you plan to spend a lot of time at other beaches, I would NOT rent a car except for perhaps a day or two. While we loved our stay in Curacao, especially at the Marriott, there really is not that much more on this island. You can easily take a taxi to town (about $15) and a day is about all you need there, perhaps two. Don't miss the Slave Museum (actual name is something else)...it is EXCELLENT. We drove around the island (doesn't take long) and inspected a few other beaches, but were a bit disappointed that they charge at each one. The charge is not much, but it adds up if all you want to do is look. The entire island is pretty much desert, no lush parts like Hawaii.

We really didn't try out too many other restaurants. We did eat at Hook's Hut which was a short walk from the Marriott...some recommended it on here and others say it was not much. We fall in the "not much" category. There is a restaurant right next to the post office (sorry can't remember the name)...the food was very good for lunch and there were lots of locals there. There are several indivual booths where they cook food...we recommend the one closest to the door. For dinner downtown, it seems that BLUES in the Avila Hotel (?) is highly recommended. Unfortunately we did not make it there.

We are not that much for shopping, but Williamsted seemed to have mostly junk stores. The city itself is o.k. and the architecture, but there is really not that much there. I guess they do have an aquarium and the Amstel brewry, but we didn't go there. Again, the Slave Museum is a must!

The oil refinery is very near the downtown and it really pollutes the air. You will even see the smoke from the Marriott, but we really couldn't smell it because of the wind direction.

When we made our reservations, we emailed two women in at the reservations desk. I think we got "special" rooms by dealing with them directly. Let me know if you want their emails.

We hope this helps someone, let us know if you have specific questions.

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