Curacao is one beautiful property after another. You could, however, put a tiny, run-down shack near any of Curacao’s magnificent beaches and it would start to look good. Step onto the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino property, though, with a grand entrance of fountains, plants, and flowers, an open-air front desk area that overlooks a massive free-form pool, Olympus-like pillars in every direction, and an imposing red roof above, and the beach isn’t even the first thing that you notice. Continue reading
Curacao’s capital, Willemstad is undeniably one of the gems of the Caribbean. Actually, it was even inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. A magnificent row of a dozen or so pastel shaded buildings line the St. Anna Bay which divides Willemstad into two main communities: Punda and Otrobanda. These buildings create a rainbow that is beautiful both day and night. Do you prefer the day shots or the night shots? Continue reading
From relaxing in calm waters to jumping from piers and cliffs, Curacao offers so many opportunities to enjoy the picturesque beaches, or playas as they are called in the local Papiamentu language, that dot the island. My grandest water experiences were at Playa Kenepa, Cas Abao, and Pirate Bay, but no matter where you go in Curacao, you can easily “sea” your way to a beach. Continue reading
As I was walking along the beach today at the Marriott in Curacao, I saw something that reminded me of how truly blessed I am. I don’t work in an office; and I don’t have a boss, except for Athena. I chose a life of travel, adventure, and new experience and this is my board room!
Lunch at Pirate Bay, Curacao today was similar to most of my dining experiences here. We relaxed on the beach and listened to the waves gently crash on the shore and the birds sing their playful tune as we enjoyed a casual dining experience. I looked out on the ocean and saw three girls playing at the end of the dock. It made a great photo opportunity so I made my way toward them to see if I could grab a cute photo. They jumped at the chance to be in a picture. (I asked their mom of course.) Although their first language wasn’t English, we easily communicated through laughter, smiles, and hand gestures. Their innocence and playful nature stayed with me all day. Continue reading
Would you believe me if I told you that I found a place to quench my adventurous side yet it’s so family-friendly that even Athena, at 15 months old, can participate? At the Dolphin Academy Curacao, the Dolphin Encounter is accessible for all ages. Today, we were both able to touch, hug, and kiss a dolphin while learning all about them. Rather than claiming to be family-friendly but then having high age restrictions, the Dolphin Academy in Curacao is an actual adventure for the entire family.