Curacao Island Tour Excursion Reviews
We took an island excursion via a bus. It was $20 per person; kids are free. We were promised to stay at Mambo beach for at least 2 to 3 hours. The bus toured around the town, showed the bridge, cemetery and church. The guy who gave the tour spoke in English then Spanish. We headed where they made Curacao liqueur. We were told told that we'll stay there for 10 minutes but it turned out to be an hour. We were able to sample different flavors of the famous liqueur: chocolate, coffee, orange and rum raisin. We then stopped to see an overview of their Spanish Waters. We then headed to Mambo beach and were told that the bus will be back to pick us up after 45 minutes! When we saw the beach, we were required to pay $3.50 per person (kids are not free) only to be dismayed to see a shitty beach: rocky, full of cigarette butts ... but the water is shallow and calm as it is actually a cove. The water is kind of cold but body temperature settles once you are in the water. The chairs and umbrellas are available for rent and not part of the beach entrance fee.
Heading back to the port, we paid $20 (flat rate for 1 to 4 people) for taxi. Expensive.
Curacao was our least favorite island.
In Curacao we booked a private tour. The driver, Natasja was knowledgeable enough to give you the required local information. On the tour we got to see the floating market in Willemstad, the Curacao Liquor plant, Shete National park (Boka Tabla) and stopped for a swim at Kenape Beach (Grot Knip). Natasja also took us for a Batidos, basically the best smoothie on a warm day. The only need is to update to a newer vehicle. Tour cost $50US per person (4 persons or more) for 5 to 5.5 hours.
An amazing, in depth tour of the island where we were able to pick and choose the sights that we wanted to visit based on our personal interests. We are nature buffs who enjoy photography so were were able to customize our trip to see some of the more off the beaten path sights that a tour bus could not navigate. We also were able to learn more about the island, since the ship only provided a shopping talk about Curacao, and we enjoyed delicious local cuisine at a patio restaurant, overlooking the ocean at sunset. I would highly recommend our guide whose reviews are on Trip Advisor and he is rated #1.