Bon Bini from Renaissance Curacao

Renaissance Curacao
It’s hard to believe we’ve already been in the Caribbean for more than two weeks and we’re at our last hotel, Renaissance Curacao, of this trip. After extreme relaxation and rest, it’s nice to be in the capital city of Curaçao. The Renaissance Curacao is in the heart of the city yet it can still feel worlds away when you want it to.  Continue reading

Pool Fun at Santa Barbara& Golf Resort

Pool fun at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao

It’s pretty obvious at this point that I love swimming. I’m at home in the ocean, the sea, or a pool. Athena is always happiest in the pool, though, and Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort makes spending an entire day in the pool easy and fun. There’s poolside service, towels, chairs, umbrellas, and an activity center. They even provide the sunscreen. We took advantage of all the amenities at Santa Barbara Resort but we utilized the pool the most.  Continue reading

Santa Barbara Beach Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
As part of our first international trip of 2017, we’re staying in Curacao at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, a nestled beachfront resort along the Caribbean Sea within a 2,000 acre gated plantation. We only arrived yesterday, but it’s been heaven on earth already. Here’s a quick glimpse of our first two days at Santa Barbara.  Continue reading

Top 10 Favorite Travel Photos from 2013 – #1

10 countries and countless cities made it on my 2013 Bucket List. France, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Jordan, Aruba, Curacao, Canada, USA, Mexico, and Fiji were all part of my whirlwind of adventures and new experiences. I never envisioned such an amazing year of opportunity; my life continues to be a dream come true. I am blessed. Some people create a bucket list because they are dying; I created one because I want to live.

Here are my top ten favorite travel photos from 2013.

Number 1 – Curacao

Curacao Beach

Why do you think this photo is my favorite travel photo from 2013? I had thousands of choices but this one was at the top of my list.

Top 10 Favorite Travel Photos from 2013 – #5

10 countries and countless cities made it on my 2013 Bucket List. France, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Jordan, Aruba, Curacao, Canada, USA, Mexico, and Fiji were all part of my whirlwind of adventures and new experiences. I never envisioned such an amazing year of opportunity; my life continues to be a dream come true. I am blessed. Some people create a bucket list because they are dying; I created one because I want to live.

Here are my top ten favorite travel photos from 2013.

Number 5 – Children Jumping from a Pier in Curacao

Children Jumping in Curacao

Imagine an island where hidden coves reveal an emerald-blue sea. Where arcs of golden sand stretch out beneath vibrant, multicolored sunsets. Where a rich historical heritage meets Caribbean vitality. Where the only thing you need to worry about is deciding how to spend your next day in paradise. Where children throw caution to the wind and jump from piers into the refreshing ocean. Imagine Curaçao: the best-kept secret in the Caribbean.

When you travel, do you let your inner-child run free?

5 Family-Friendly Activities in Curacao

Willemsted-Curacao

In Curacao, there is an undeniable temptation to lie back on a beach chair and spend the entire day in a blissful trance, sipping a piña colada and watching the waves crash on the shoreline. I can guarantee, though, that if you have children, they are not going to sit there for long. Since the family possibilities on this tiny island are endless, you can leave the beach chair behind and discover the adventurous, family-friendly side of Curacao. Continue reading

Explore Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

Marriott-Curacao-Pool

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