Don't Go To Curacao

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Dec 15th, 2008, 03:15 PM
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First & only time posting, enough said...
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Dec 16th, 2008, 07:05 AM
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Everyone's entitled to their opinions, and in my opinion, I also would not return to Curacao.

I visited the island on three different occasions, (each time, giving it another chance), and each time staying at a different place, and consistently, it was (again, in my opinion), horrible.

I found the majority of the people I encountered to be rude and cold, and for me, that is not what I expect when visiting an island that depends so much on tourism.

It's not my mission in life to destroy the reputation of this island, but if someone asks, I'll let them know how 'my' experience was.

Anyone travelling to a destination should do their own investigation, and I honestly hope others enjoy their stay, however, there won't be another one for me.
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Dec 16th, 2008, 12:46 PM
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I loved my trip to Curacao and look forward to a second visit in the near future. The people were charming and it has one of the best towns for the Caribbean.
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Dec 16th, 2008, 11:55 PM
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Scott - you crack me up a good sense of humor is a wonderful thing.

I'd like to visit Curacao, we enjoyed the low rise area of Aruba (hated the high rise area, would never stay there) and think the Curacao is a good fit for us.

Perhaps when the old house we bought is livable we might have enough money for a vacation.

I feel the need to go back to Negril
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Dec 17th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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Eileen -- I'm curious as to how you flew to Curacao from Philly. We've been dying to go there but have not considered it ever since USAir ended their nonstops to Aruba. What airline(s) you use?
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May 4th, 2009, 10:12 PM
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Hey guys. I have been to Curacao 3 times and I'm going again in 24 days. If you want a 5 star Hotel it may not be your place. But if you want uncrowded wonderfull beaches, the best scuba/snorkel on the planet then its the place to be. Keep in mind there are many resonable apts. for rent as well as good resorts and dive resorts.
KeyGal you might look at American Airlines out of Miami. I go Lax to Mia to Curacao.
One more tip. It is rude for your waitress to give you your check prior to you asking for it. You will NEVER get it without asking!
This aint LA! take a chill pill and have a great time!
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May 5th, 2009, 03:40 AM
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I know this post is a year old, but just wanted to add we are finally going to Curacao. We leave in 4 days and can't wait.

Regarding flight info, we fly Houston to Aruba and then Insel air to Curacao. Otherwise, American is about the only other airline that will get you there and they route through Miami.
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May 9th, 2009, 07:16 AM
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Take it from a real local!
When I read the entry NOT TO GO TO CURACAO by some disappointed Curacao visitors I could not resist sending a reply:
As a real islander girl (born & raised on Curacao, speak 4 languages fluently, educated in Holland and graduated from a reputable University in NYC where I also worked and volunteered in numerous soup kitchens for the homeless for 5 years!) I know that most of our American visitors have the wrong perception of Curacao. They think our island should have the “typical” Caribbean Island things like: -must have long sandy stretched beach (we are very proud of our 37 small natural beaches), must have the friendliest & best service 24/7 etc, etc. But do not forget that we are also hard working human beings who are doing our utmost best to improve our product Curacao. Most Americans do not realize that our tourism industry has never been the island’s first source of income (refinery & financial services), meaning that the tourism sector is pretty “new” to us, and saying that “we’re not there yet!” This however should not be an excuse for our people to be rude or give lousy service, but please consider our background before judging us. Please help us by giving us positive criticism and have some patience. Try speaking some “Papiamentu” words like: “Bon Dia” (good morning) or “Dushi” (sweetheart) and I can guarantee you that our locals will love it and that you will see that our people are beautiful inside & out. In the mean time I suggest that all Americans should come to Curacao and experience our REAL DIFFERENT Dushi Curacao at least once in their lifetime!

Ayo! (good-bye!)
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May 5th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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It's been 3 years since the original hater post, I dont even know how I ended up on this post here, but as an island girl I just HAD to create an account and comment, cause I just hate to see people judge my island like this.

Like my islandergirl there said; Tourism wasn't our priority like other caribbean islands until the last few years, that's the reason why we dont have numerous big hotel chains and fast food restaurants here, which is exactly what makes us unique, and I seriously hope it stays like this! That's why we may appear underdeveloped...

I really think it's funny that tourists choose a tropical destination and find it weird when a mosquito bites them? I mean seriously, its about 80-90 degrees all year long, what do u expect? It's like going to the beach and getting mad at the sand for getting stuck in between your toes, like seriously!? And I promise, Curacao is NOT the only island that has a roach or two.

So let me just say, if your looking for luxery and 5star pampering, then Curacao may not the experience for you. So, if you're looking for a different experience (hence: Curacao's slogan: 'The Curacao Difference'; and a favorite word to describe us is: "Authenticity")then you should really visit.

I'm not going to go about all the reasons why you sould visit, but I'll suggest taking a few photo tours or doing your own research, this is a just few things on top of my head that we have to offer:

Google them:
Curacao Tugboat, Mushroom Forrest, Blue Room, Hato Caves, Ostrich Farm, Dolphin Academy (here you get to meet our dolphins in the OPEN SEA - not your regular aquarium), 7 boka park, HandelsKade (Curacao Trademark), The Christoffel Park, and I could go on but won't..



Other things to think about:

*Substation Curaçao is the world's first deep water submarine, specially designed for tourists and researchers, capable of descending to an extraordinary depth of 1000 feet = YES! we GOT it!

*SXC will found the first spaceport in the Caribbean (and South America) on Curaçao, YES! we are getting this one as well!

So really, we are not "just" another island in the Caribbean!
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May 14th, 2011, 11:14 AM
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I have been to your lovely island twice! I love it.

There are always cranky inexperienced travlers - I never heed their warnings or advice.

We just went 2 months ago!

I liked your old little airport though - the new one is like every other airport aroudn the world!

Wonderful people!!!
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May 14th, 2011, 04:29 PM
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Islangirl: thanks for listing many of the attractions. With the new Hyatt and several other 4 and 5 star hotels and many 4 star and 2-3 5 star dining establishments plus almost consistent good weather to say nothing of the good to very good snorkeling on the WEST END why would someone not want to go. I have had some less than average dinners on Grand Cayman and St. Martin for instance and paid $50++/person.That's not to say that there are not "dog" restaurants with overpriced menus everywhere especially in NYC.
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May 15th, 2011, 03:57 AM
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OP is a first timer grudge poster who did not do research

now blaming the island fodors everyone but himself.

Aruba is wonderful warm waters out of the storm belt my fav

aruba.hyatt.com my favPalm Eagle Beach outstanding

cntraveler.com GREAT recent article on the wonder of the

"Blue Sky" ABC isles...
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May 15th, 2011, 08:23 PM
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qwo - did you notice the OP left their considered (snicker ) opinion in '08 and never came back?

I still would love to visit even if Curacao is now becoming over run with tourists

Unfortunately we're still working on the old house which is a serious Money Pit
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Jun 2nd, 2011, 10:28 PM
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We went to Curacao the 1st week of April 2008 and it was fabulous. Stayed at Breezes all-inclusive resort, but spent much of our time exploring the entire island. We loved it and will return. The fact they aren't overly "touristy" is so refreshing. We felt completely safe and the natives were very friendly. The best day we spent was when we rented a car for a day and drove a complete loop of the entire island. One day was just barely enough to stop and see so many things--two days would have been better though. Be sure to ask for an island map highlighting all these unique places. One side of the island, where Breezes resort is, has very calm waters and the other side where Boka Pistol is has rocky shores and wild waves. Talk about the best of both worlds! Best places we visited were:

Christoffel Park & Boka Pistol (Most amazing thing I ever saw! A keyhole like rock formation that the waves came rolling into and with a crash they hit and the air exploded like a pistol and sprayed water everywhere. Beautiful at sunset. We didn't see anyone there the 2-3 hours we visited it.

Aloe Vera Farm: Be sure to buy a bottle of aloe vera drink. Tasted like sprite in a way, but not sugary-sweet and really energized us for the day. Wished I could buy it in the states. Aloe vera plants are HUGE there. Very cool.

Old Plantations: Many old plantations and they are beautiful. We hit up quite a few on the loop that day. Love the wonderful pastel colors. We also found some old lighthouses and military bunkers to explore. They were cool.

Cemeteries: For those who have never experienced above the ground cemeteries it was rather interesting to view the cemeteries. They are also pastel colors. Not a grim place at all. A few of the small towns were cool. Stopped for ice cream and watched the locals fishing in boats in a cove.

Flamingos: We found some flamingos (prime flamingo area is on map) and some private beaches to eat lunch and enjoy each other's company .

Diving: Husband dove nearly every day and found the diving exceptional. Dive shop is within walking distance of Breezes and were great.

Snorkeling: We both snorkeled at Breezes and other secluded beaches and coves.

Marine/Aquarium: Was interesting. Loved the turtles and close up views of the flamingos there. Not a very big place, but worth the visit. It was the only place we paid to visit during our stay there.

Willemstad: I ventured out on my own to shop for the day. Easy & cheap to take "taxi" van. Willemstad is short drive from Breezes Resort. Prices were fine. Ate lunch. Bought a HUGE hammock ($20.00US), which we still enjoy & a few trinkets. They have the coolest bridge to get between the two halves of Willemstad (East/West I think?). AWESOME architecture, history and culture. Study up on it before you go and learn why they painted everything in pastel colors. Found street vendors very friendly. Wonderful memories. Outdoor vegetable market was great as well.

Weather was gorgeous--not too cool, hot or humid. A couple showers at night or early AM, but burned right off. Warm wind on your face all the time (trade winds). No hurricane worries as you are out of the belt. Felt very safe and secure in or out of the resort. Passed through only one area that looked it might not be good to get out at--we didn't. Few places where old cars or junk is piled up, but overall very pleasant.

It is very apparent the natives are kind, hard working people who don't have many of the luxuries Americans do, but they are happy and friendly. Was able to speak to just about anyone because most knew several languages very well. No language barriers. English, Dutch, French, Spanish and a mix of those is spoken fluently by everyone we met--VERY IMPRESSED WITH THAT!

Breezes Resort was great. Nice, clean and spacious rooms. Great maid service and security. Food was buffet or you could make reservations at some of the other restaurants there, grab lunch and beverages/alcohol at the beach and pool side shacks. White sandy beaches and lots of water sports. EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED, except spa, gift shop/duty free items, scuba dive certification and a couple other sports. You can even get the midnight munchies and grab sandwiches, etc. at the front desk. Food was very good. No problems at all. They also had several different types of entertainment most evenings that was very well done.

I really can't say enough about the resort. It wasn't overcrowded, always plenty of room to play or relax.

Only one word of advice: When you refill the fuel in the rental car--if you can't read the language on the fuel pumps be sure to ask. We put diesel in a gas engine rental car. In the US diesel pumps are green and won't fit in an unleaded gas tank--but not in Curacao! Luckily their mechanic labor is cheap & we were only charged 50 bucks to fix.

I am probably the most overprotective mama bear there is, but would feel fine letting my teenage children roam on their own at the resort and in most areas of Curacao as well. That's saying a lot!!

Visit Curacao and you won't be disappointed. It really is a treasure. The warm, aqua blue waters, sunsets and general atmosphere made for the most romantic vacation we have ever taken.
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Jun 5th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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islandergirl... If you want to help touristm to Curacao, it would be better to start a new post and give your information with a positive spin.

By adding it on to this old post (from 2008) it only brings the negative title up to the top of the forum again. best, suze
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Dec 5th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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I really do not know where exactly you guys are from. But it is totally ridiculous to give negative travel advice towards Curacao like that. I had multiple bad experiences in Miami with either bad hotels and disgusting restaurants. In Amsterdam i had multiple bad experiences with hotels. But still I am not giving bad advice like that for these places. I think negative people like you wouldn't be able to have a good time anywhere. You are to negative!!
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Dec 5th, 2011, 09:29 PM
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Giancarlo - Please read Suze's post above yours.

You are actually adding to the negativity by resurrecting a post that's over 3 years old

Try starting a new post about how wonderful Curacao is.
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