The Caribbean dream awaits at holiday homes in Curacao
Life on the island of Curacao is as sweet as its famous liquor. This historic Dutch colony mixes European influences with the turquoise water and white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Curacao is a place where you can jump off your party boat and dive down to encounter submarine life among tropical coral reefs. Beach resorts on Curacao are just as vibrant, supplying both bumping parties and languid luxury. Culture vultures and foodies will appreciate the fascinating Dutch influences on the food and architecture.
Holiday homes in Curacao
This small Caribbean island is the perfect location for a holiday home. Curacao stuns with access to paradisical beaches alongside laid-back towns, and a holiday rental anywhere on the island is the perfect way to discover it all – and feel like a local whilst doing so. Beach front properties with balconies overlook the Caribbean Sea, all of which provide the ultimate vacation in the dream-like ABC Islands. Staying in holiday apartments in Curacao with TUI Villas also situate you minutes from inland activities so every attraction of the island is easily accessible.
Curacao's best beaches
Staying in holiday homes in Curacao is all about dreamlike Caribbean beaches with crystalline white sand and luminous, turquoise water teeming with exotic sea creatures. Sink into a sunny deck lounger on Santa Barbara Beach and enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Watch as the white sails of boats pass across the glittering lagoon, or dive into watersports. Playa Kalki is a pretty cove popular with snorkellers and swimmers, while Playa Kenepa's beaches are some of the prettiest on the Curacao coast. Playa Grandi is a snorkelling Mecca, while Playa Chiki is smaller and more intimate. Clear waters lap the two beaches, which are bisected by a lookout point that offers some of the region's most picturesque views.
Further Beaches to Explore in Curacao
The superbly named Daaibooi Baii is a miniature, deep blue bay on the outskirts of the town. Superb snorkelling awaits visitors, while shady spots and a snack bar complete the picture of paradise. The remote Klein Curacao is located two hours off the coast and is an idyllic island boasting the country's longest and most pristine beach. The clear water that laps its shore is bathtub temperature throughout the season and typical activities enjoyed by visitors to holiday apartments in Curacao include snorkelling trips, sailing and beach barbecues.
Where to enjoy watersports and outdoor adventures
Sea anemones wave their fronds in the bright coral gardens that line Curacao's coast. Discover the undersea world on diving trips departing from Porto Marie and Blauwbaai. Vast star coral formations populate the Mushroom Forest, while the nearby Blue Room cave is a turquoise world. Diving tours are offered by a plenitude of companies, including The Dive Bus, GO WEST Diving and Ocean Encounters. Snorkel at Porto Marie, or follow the mountain bike paths from the nearby trailhead. And why not charter a boat and cruise outside Mambo Beach to play sand volleyball and cool off in the sparkling water?
No stay in a holiday home in Curacao would be complete without sampling some of the country's traditional cuisine. Fusion flavours characterise many a dish, combining Caribbean classics with Indonesian and Dutch colonial influences. Refuel after splashing about in the sapphire sea with a plate of moreish bitterballen, a classic Dutch croquette normally dipped in mustard. Alternatively slather your patat (french fries) in mayonnaise, chopped onion and peanut sauce.
Fresh herring and kibbeling are also served with mayonnaise in many a Curacao establishment. Try Ayaka, a meat tamale served in banana leaves, or kabritu (stewed goat). Adults can quench their thirst with the island's famous export, Curacao, a blend of spices with Valencian orange Lahara peel and the perfect accompaniment to lounging beneath the orange-like sun.
Culture in Curacao
Built in 1888 and sometimes known as the Swinging Old Lady, sit back and watch the famous Queen Emma Bridge open and close to allow ships to enter and exit the harbour in Willemstad. Explore the floating market to the north of town, where papayas, tomatoes and other soft fruits are heaped high.
Delve into the darker side of Curacao's colonial history at the fascinating Kura Hulanda Museum. Exhibits illuminate the trans-Atlantic slave trade in harrowing detail, so you may want to avoid the museum if travelling with small children. Little ones are more likely to appreciate the Flamingo Sanctuary in Salina Sint Marie, one of the major attractions of holiday homes in Curacao. Majestic pink flocks of these unlikely waterfowl wade on the salt flats.
Popular destinations near holiday homes in Curacao
Holiday homes in Curacao position you amid countless beautiful beaches and points of interest. One of the most popular destinations is the hip and happening Jan Thiel. This beach resort town is a mecca for watersport fans and boasts some of the best street food on the island. Explore the Caribbean streets of capital Willemstad and the surrounding area. Colonial heritage has never been prettier than the Handelskade harbourfront where Gem-coloured buildings float over the waters of St. Anna Bay beneath soaring blue skies.
Another hotspot to discover during your stay is the charming seaside town of Westpunt. Come sunbathe on the glistening pebble beaches that line the island's westernmost shore. Scuba enthusiasts throng in this spectacular part of the island, diving on a submerged airplane wreck and bright reefs.
Getting to holiday homes in Curacao
Several international airlines serve Curacao's airport, which is situated ten kilometres from the island's capital of Willemstad, to the north of the island. Shuttle buses and taxis connect you efficiently with the island's hubs. Though public buses are plentiful, vehicle rental offers you complete autonomy.
When to visit holiday homes in Curacao
During the low season, between May and November, visitor numbers are lower on the island, with the majority of visitors arriving between December and April. Curacao is blissfully unaffected by the hurricanes that trouble other Caribbean islands and is reliably sunny throughout the year.
General travel advice for visiting Curacao
Curacao's currency is the Guilder, which you can withdraw with most credit cards at many ATMs throughout the island. Tipping between ten and 20 percent is expected in most places and bathing suits are acceptable around the pool but it's polite to wear a little more elsewhere. Though English is widely spoken, try greetings "Bon dia" (good day) and "Bon nochi" (good evening).
Blue Bay Village, South of Curaçao
Holiday apartment for max. 4 personsfrom USD 1,048for 1 weekApprox. 131 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, cable TV, Complete WLAN coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 250 m, sea/lake view, communal swimming pool, Country estate
Jan Thiel, Willemstad and the surrounding area
Holiday home for max. 6 adults + 1 childfrom USD 1,124for 1 weekApprox. 125 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, cable TV, Complete WLAN coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 2 km, pool
Jan Thiel, Willemstad and the surrounding area
Holiday apartment for max. 6 personsfrom USD 1,342for 1 weekApprox. 140 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, cable TV, Complete WLAN coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 100 m, communal swimming pool, Infinity pool
Willemstad, Willemstad and the surrounding area
Holiday home for max. 6 adults + 1 childfrom USD 959for 1 weekApprox. 146 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, cable TV, Complete WLAN coverage, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, beach approx. 5 km, pool
With TUI Villas, you’ll find a large selection of holiday homes and apartments throughout Europe and beyond. We are the operator of all the properties tagged with the TUI Smile and you will benefit from many advantages:
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In addition to our own holiday homes and apartments, we also offer to mediate accommodation on behalf of third-party providers. These consist of reliable private hosts, local agencies, specialists, and renowned tour operators. You will see who the provider of the accommodation is in each property description.
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