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Curaçao, laidback and dushi

By: Lahoma Scarlett, The Miami Times

When I told friends and family my boyfriend and I would be visiting Curaçao during the Memorial Day holiday, the first question I got was "where is that?"
Curaçao may be a little-known gem of the Caribbean compared to countries such as Jamaica and Bahamas, but what a great secret to uncover. With a population of about 160,000, this is one of the most unique countries in the Caribbean or the world for that matter, I’ve ever visited.

It is outside the hurricane zone, so no worries of an impending storm to ruin your travel plans. The terrain of the country is amazing, one of the first things I noticed after we landed was there were a lot of cacti. I've never been to an island with cacti, so that was unique, and made for great pics.

So, here’s our adventure to Curaçao from the beginning, with how we got there, where we stayed, and some of the fun activities to do while there.

When searching for flights, it was more economical to leave from Miami, as opposed to Fort Lauderdale. It's about a three-hour direct flight from Miami to Curaçao, and we saved a few hundred dollars.

We stayed at the Sunscape Curaçao Resort and Spa, which is an all-inclusive property, located about 15 minutes from downtown Willemstad, which is the island's capital. We upgraded our stay to the Sun Club, which included more guest privileges and specialized services. The staff at Sunscape were warm and welcoming. We were greeted by Sheila, who was our special host for our stay. She provided us with a weekly planner from which we told her the type of activities we wanted to do, and she made the reservations for us. She also shared tips about the country and what was happening during our week-long stay.

Since this was our first time visiting the island, I didn't want us to worry about what to eat. With Sunscape, I would say the food was average, cafeteria-style food. We tried all the dining options on the property, Bluewater Grill, Da Mario, Himitsu, Oceana Restaurant and Bar and World Cafe. The best meal we had was at Himitsu, a hibachi style restaurant. The World Cafe is the only restaurant on the property that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Coco Cafe, open 24 hours, serves coffees, teas, pastries and hot and cold snacks. Our best dinner was off the property grounds. We ventured to Fuoco Prime Steak and Seafood; the food was excellent. It is located at Mambo Beach Boulevard, a cute shopping, dining and entertainment area, about a (CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE)