Went to distillery and then dropped off at Mambo beach. Beach was just ok. It was enclosed by a man-made breaker in a self enclosed bay. Good amenities, but very commercialized with a subway and a starbucks. The whole island was more commercialized than I would expect. It was very windy so we didn't want to do a boat tour. Next time I would do a boat tour anyways or head for a less commercialized beach.
Grabbed a $20 two hour tour at pier. Doing it over I would book something in advance. We only stopped at the liquor factory. The reminder of the time we were just riding in the open air bus, as the tour operator pointed out things.
We were unable to book an excursion through the ship as the island tours we already booked so we walked off the ship and found a tour for 20pp. The tour included a coach bus, beer and water, and guide that explained the different parts of the island. We also visited the Curacao Distillery. We also went to a high mountain the see the million dollar view! Towards the end of the tour you also had the option to go to the beach, the aquarium, or simply go back to the cruise ship. We did experience a small mishap with transportation at this point and having enough room for the passengers that wanted to go back to the ship.
Drove around the island. Stopped at the distillery where the famous liqueur is made. Nice. The best thing to do in Curacao, however, is walk around Willemstad. Dutch architecture. Nice plazas. A very European feel to it.
We had toured the eastern side of Curacao before so this 8 hour tour was all new for us. The beaches were great stops, with a nice lunch at the plantation house, and the national park was a nice contrast to the beaches.
We did an all day customized private tour with Gaby Lieuw of Sand & Stilletos.com. She took us to Christoffel National Park, a few beaches and scenic lookouts, one of the flamingo areas, lunch at her favorite fish restaurant, and through a couple of the renovated neighborhoods that are part of the Unesco World Heritage Area. Outstanding tour - I really feel like I have a good appreciation for the island. Gabby was a great tour guide and well worth the $100pp cost.
This island has always been a favourite of mine and this time we took an island tour and all I can say is WOW, the scenery around the coast was breathtaking and to have someone proudly show us their island and the improvements therein was something i was glad to have done
We did Beauties of Curacao, which went to the salt flats and pink flamingoes, the Jan Kok estate house with paintings by a local artist (I enjoyed this a lot -- there was not enough time there), and Knip Beach (too much time for just taking pictures but not enough time to go in the water). There were also a couple photo stops and then a visit to Boca Tabla NP, which was great and a good amount of time to watch the waves crashing.
Bob was a great tour guide. He actually gave us more than the tour was supposed to include. We were in an open bus and it suddenly rained, cutting the tour a bit short. No worries though. We expected to visit the beach so all aboard were wearing bathing suits anyway. Bob even found so e flamingoes to photograph.
Went on a air conditioned bus tour around the island of Curacao. Went to the liquor factory did some tasting and then went to the beach to hang out. The water was spectacular and swam till my heart was almost content, then we had to leave
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