On hearing Curaçao, everyone automatically thinks of the Caribbean way of life and the liqueur. And when you look more closely, you discover that Curaçao’s size is exactly 444km², a pleasingly symmetrical number. What a coincidence! Blue Curaçao is definitely THE export hit of the island, but Curaçao has a lot more to offer than just liqueur and a pleasant Caribbean feeling. Some say, Curaçao is the Wild West of the Caribbean, and with its rough cliffs and wild cactus landscapes the island does differentiate itself markedly from the other Caribbean islands which are prized mainly for their beaches and palm trees. There are many reasons for a vacation on Curaçao, first of all the lovely people of Curaçao. But what is there to do on Curaçao? Chill at the beach and let the sunshine warm you tummy? Yes, that too! But there are a few more things which are not to be missed.
Curaçao is most of all known for giving divers their money’s worth. The main reason for this is that at many places you can simply enter the water and “start diving”. I went diving at Prison Bay with Kurt from the Twin Divers and we even saw a whale shark there!
Buy Magical Water
Naturally, as far as culture goes Curaçao has a lot to offer. My favorite? The magical waters. These waters are available almost everywhere and depending on what you are looking for, you will probably be able to find something suitable for your needs. You can get them as a shower gel, or also as a cleaning agent for the home. And supposedly they can work miracles.
The capital Willemstad, is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is definitely worth a visit, not least because its colorful houses and the hustle and bustle of the market. My tip: Go to the market, get lost in the alleyways, and then go for something to eat in the Marche Biew. You will find large portions of yummy local food; you can watch the cooks prepare it and sit at the table with locals.
As you would expect from the Caribbean, there are also fantastic beaches on Curaçao, however, the most beautiful of these is hidden on Little Curaçao, a small, uninhabited island about 8 sea miles off the coast of Curaçao. It is a classical day trip destination, but you can also stay the night if you want to. Unfortunately we didn’t do that, however, I can image that staying on the island is incredibly beautiful, when all day trippers are gone, when the sun slowly sinks into the ocean, and you and your friends are sitting around the camp fire and you are able to let your imagination run free.
Visit Dinah Veeris
The former teacher is known all over the world today as the herb witch of Curaçao. In her botanical garden you will find all sorts of herbs, which are supposed to help with any problem you might have. Whether it’s a stomach upset or lovesickness: Dinah Veeris has a herb for it. And if you are lucky enough to be shown through the herb garden by her in person, you will not only receive many words of wisdom in addition to the tour, but also gain some insight into Curaçao’s fascinated history. She is a woman full of drive and love of life, who dedicated her life to herbs over 20 years ago.
By the way, I’m always very happy to have my Canon 700D with me when traveling, because at just under 600g (without lens) it is very light to carry. Especially if you want to enjoy your vacation on the one hand, but on the other hand also want to take high-quality photos, the weight of the camera is not to be underestimated. After all, who wants to lug around heavy equipment the whole day if you can make it easier (and lighter) on yourself? A tip: suitable bags for this are available at Manfrotto.
Yvonne Zagermann is a travel blogger and award-winning German TV editor. Her travel blog JUST travelous is not only one of the best German travel blogs, but it is also counted among the Top 100 travel blogs worldwide. She writes bilingually (German/English) about unique experiences, adventure travel and flashpacking.