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Black Travel Vibes: Get into the Vibrant Island of Curaçao

Danielle Pointdujour for Essence


Essence's exclusive guide on how to see, taste and experience the hottest destinations in black travel.

All Caribbean islands are not created equal. Seeing one doesn’t exempt you from seeing the 27 others. Every island has its own vibe and distinct flavor, which is why the Caribbean circuit is so popular amongst Black travelers.

While it may not be as popular as some of its Caribbean Sea cousins, the Dutch ruled country of Curaçao is an island that Black travelers should not sleep on. From colorful streets filled with friendly locals to picturesque views and delicious cuisine, if a visit to Curaçao isn’t already on your list, it should be.

Curaçao native Jeandra (@curioustides) can’t get enough of showing off the beauty of her beloved homeland, and with each photo she posts on her Instagram feed, she makes us fall deeper in love with Curaçao.

1. Welcome to Curaçao

Part of the Netherlands Antilles (also known as the ABC-Islands) which includes Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao is an island in the southwestern Caribbean and serves as a cultural melting pot with over 65 nationalities living within its borders. If you want to save a few coins, try visiting during off-peak season (May - November) when prices are low and flights are affordable.

2. Home Away From Home

There are plenty of great vacation home rentals and resorts to choose from in Curaçao. From the Renaissance and Santa Barbara Beach hotels to romantic all-inclusives like Baoase, you'll have no trouble finding a picturesque home away from home for your getaway - and at a reasonable price!

Read the full article, originally published on May 28, 2019, on Essence.