Curacao or Cura-Wow? 3 Secret Caribbean Beaches Revealed (Photos)

You’ve heard of “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya – Bermuda, Bahama – come on pretty mama?” But what the Beach Boys didn’t tell you about was the sweet, dushi Dutch colony off the coast of Venezuela:

Curacao: Caribbean Beach Paradise

Dushi means “sweet” in Papiamento– one of four languages that everyone on the island speaks including English, Spanish… and Dutch.

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While people have been flying direct from the Netherlands and Germany to mingle with Afro- Caribbean cultures of Curacao, Americans have been missing out on live music, deserted beaches, and the type of club on the beach that has dance floors mid-ocean (reachable only by a swim).

You’ve gotta see this.

Living proof of 50 Shades of Traveler (my take on romantic racial integration), Curacao’s unique architecture directly reflects the socio- economic history of the island. The buildings are as colorful as the native fruits used to make a batido (tropical fruit smoothies). A glance at the designs a la Amsterdam meets Cuba shows towns painted as vibrantly as the island’s sunsets.

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If the cultural melange and vivid dwellings weren’t enough to spark your interest, Curacao also boasts some uniquely Caribbean beaches.

Check these out, and correct me if I’m wrong.

 

1. The Light House Beach – Klein, Curacao

An uninhabited island off of an island, we sailed with Bounty Adventures  to trot through shipwrecks, snorkel and beach bathing.

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Pictured: Travel Writer, Justin “Rocket” Silverman @JustinRocket

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Because what’s the point of having a private island if you can’t jump off the boat 🙂

Photo collab with travel writer Francesca @CruzTheMuse

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2. The Party/ Shopping/ Tourists Mingle with Locals Beach – Seaquarium Beach, Curacao

Also known as Mamo Beach and The Boulevard, the strip’s Wet & Wild Beach Club, Cabana Beach Club, and Hemingway’s attract both Dutch travelers and expats as well as local natives by foot or boat. With happy hours that go into the early morning, it’s no surprise it’s pinned as the hottest beach in the Caribbean.

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3. Shete Boca Park, Curacao

With waves and limestone, Mother Nature sculpted the back drop to your next Instagram post. Enough said.

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Alternatively, Stay on the Beach

The Renaissance Hotel, Curacao

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Photo collaborations with writer Francesca Cruz @CruzTheMuse


 

Or Eat at the Beach

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Best Restaurants in Curacao

 

Shore Restaurant at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort (pictured – luxury)

De Gouverneur Restaurant (luxury)

Jaanchies (mom and pop style/ local)

Mundo Bizarro (trendy, also great for drinks)

Fort Nassau (yes, a restaurant on a real fort)

Grille King Restaurant (mom and pop style/ local)

 

Where to Stay in Curacao:

For a hotel on the beach, the Renaissance Curacao pictured above.

For a colonial experience, Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village

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Need a hostel or AirBNB? Stay at the Dutch-owned Poppy Hostel

 

Best Night Life in Curacao:

An up and coming area gentrified within the last few years. Great cafes, bars, and street art.
Seaquarium Beach (discussed above): Mambo Beach, Cabana Beach, Wet&Wild beach club, Hemingway. There is also a new development called the Boulevard (or BLVD) with restaurants and tourist shopping.
Jan Thiel Beach: Jan Thiel Beach – Willemstad – Reviews of Jan Thiel Beach – TripAdvisor It’s mainly Dutch and unless you’re staying in the area you’ll need transportation to get there. Popular on Saturdays.
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Curacao Parties and Events:

Full Moon Parties @ Kokomo Beach
Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (bringing the likes of people like John Legend and Bruno Mars)
New Years Firework Extravaganza

Useful sites on Curacao:


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A few to thank.

I regularly host meet-ups and encourage #TravelBreak readers to show me their city.  One of my readers, a tour guide active in Curacao tourism, actually reached out to Curacao’s Board of Tourism to recommend me! It’s been incredibly rewarding to learn about this fascinating culture. Of course, all opinions are my own. Thanks for reading.

 

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