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Oh Wow! Curaçao!



“Oh Wow! Curaçao! That’s where, exactly?” That was the general reaction I got when I mentioned I’d be going there. The Caribbean island, off the north western coast of Venezuela has been largely overshadowed by its two more popular sisters Aruba and Bonaire, and has gone mostly unnoticed by Americans except those on cruises. 

But recently, it’s been featured in a number of travel and dive publications, so we thought, why not?

We were going to scuba dive, but apart from one or two well publicized dive sites, we had no idea what to expect. Since we were going specifically to dive, our planning was centered on that, but there are non-diving activities on the island, including, laying on the beach, snorkeling, visiting the National Christoffel Park and shopping. So “take the plunge” and head to Curacao! Oh, and by the way, the super cool underwater photos were kindly provided by Turtle & Ray so be sure to check them out on Facebook by clicking here!

The Flights
From the east coast there are nonstop flights out of Miami, Charlotte and New York. If you have connecting flights, it can be a loooong day. We connected in Miami and were delayed due to Hurricane Matthew, but we made it out eventually.

The Stay
We were going to scuba dive so that drove our choice of accommodations. It wasn’t our typical stay. While we don’t generally stay in a grass hut, we also don’t usually don’t splurge on a resort, but Lions Dive & Beach Resort was reasonably priced and a 3-minute walk to the dive shop, so we went for it (but many of the guests seemed to be non-divers). We had a beautiful condo, overlooking the ocean, a short stroll down the beach to Ocean Encounters dive shop.

The Food
Lions Dive had a number of restaurants, including Hemingway, where we ate lunch twice since (1) it was delicious and (2) it was next to the dive shop. There was also an outdoor shopping area along a promenade just a short walk from the resort that had a variety of restaurants (think shops on the beach not mall). So there was no shortage of places to eat.

Read the rest of this article, originally published on December 11, 2016, on Traveleidoscope.