Willemstad, Curaçao

Curaçao, the Gem of the Caribbean

I never really paid much attention to this small historically Dutch island. But Curaçao is one of the ABC islands, that's Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. Many travelers visit Aruba and forget about this magical country. Home to "The Most Colorful City", flamingos, perfect trade winds and 35 beaches Curaçao should be added to everyone's bucket list.

I hopped on a very inexpensive Jet Blue flight to Curaçao with my favorite travel buddy, my mom. She totally blindsided me by asking what my seat number was on this solo trip and suddenly I had a pint-sized travel friend. We landed after a four hour flight from JFK in one of the most colorful places I have ever seen.

Curaçao during the month of May was very quiet with the tourism season just ending/ beginning, we pretty much were among the few tourists on the island. The first thing I noticed was the many different languages that were spoken by the locals. There was Spanish, Dutch, Papiamentu, and Charades, I mean English.  English is definitely not the first language of this tiny island. But there are those who speak it. For your own sanity download, Google Translate with a few offline languages.

Curaçao is home to 35 beaches. Although this island only takes an hour and a half to drive from tip to tip, it has more beaches than towns, which is perfect because you are on vacation, anyway. There are very different types of beaches, however, there are the rocky coral reef beaches as well as sandy man-made beaches. Many of the beaches are free but a chair and umbrella rental can be costly.

Car Rental
Renting a car on this island was not a difficult task. With driving on the right side of the road, most Americans will feel right at home. Driving in this small country was very easy with street signs and clear directions. They do have roundabouts, which are something New Jersey is trying to phase out.

The food of Curaçao was also plentiful, as just about every culturally influenced cuisine was available. There are plenty of tour guides and books willing to point you in the direction of their friend's kitchen, so just ask around.

By Kandice