5 Reasons Curaçao Deserves To Be Your Next Baecation
By Jasmine Grant, Essence Magazine
THE "C" OF THE ABC ISLANDS HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER BESIDES SUNSHINE AND ITS EPONYMOUS BLUE LIQUEUR. HERE'S WHY YOU AND YOUR LOVER SHOULD BOOK A TRIP TO THIS GORGEOUS DUTCH CARIBBEAN ISLAND ASAP.
Originally Published: February 28, 2020
Yes, Winter is starting to drag and we just know you’ve flirted with the idea of booking an exotic getaway with bae. Perhaps you’ve considered hanging with elephants in Thailand like Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, or letting your hair down in Mexico like Ludacris and Eudoxie. But lately, I’ve been telling every couple who will listen about the absolute gem that is Curaçao, which happens to have all the elements of a perfect baecation.
Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to this Dutch Caribbean island with the Curaçao Tourism Board to see the country’s best-known treasures. I was not disappointed. During a four-day experience, we explored the best hotels, national parks, restaurants, and excursions Curaçao has to offer. I learned that the name “Curaçao” comes from the Portuguese word for heart (coração), which was given because of their reputation as an “island of healing.” After roaming the charming, colorful streets of downtown Willemstad, exchanging smiles with friendly locals, and gazing at some of the most breathtaking sunsets I’ve ever seen…I felt healed in more ways than one.
As with most things, Curaçao is better enjoyed with the one you love. Whether you’re browsing honeymoon destinations or just looking to unplug for a few days, here’s all the reasons Curaçao deserves to be your next baecation getaway.
01 Curaçao’s Beaches Are To Die For
If you're down for an adventure, hitch a boat ride to Klein Curaçao as I did. This secluded, picturesque beach off the island's southeast coast will leave you speechless. Affectionately known as “Little Curaçao,” there are all sorts of water activities for you and bae to dive into here including snorkeling and scuba diving. If you're not down for the voyage and prefer a more local beach, drive on over to Playa Piskado for a SeaBob tour (only the best underwater scooter experience ever) and explore the island's vast marine life.
02 Downtown Willemstad Is An Entire Vibe
Aside from its vibrant candy-colored architecture, there's so much beauty to this bustling part of the island. Lovers can get lost in the capital city's cobblestoned streets and take plenty of photos on the floating Queen Emma Bridge (known as the Swinging Old Lady). You can also grab dinner for two overlooking the Saint Anna Bay in a 1700s fort, pick up some one-of-a-kind antiques in one of the cute shops, or get some of the best daiquiris you've ever at a bar. [Side bar - I highly recommend having a tour guide or local tell you the story of how the colored houses in Willemstad came to be. It's kind of hilarious.] Click here for the rest of the article