WHY VISIT CURACAO? – keep fit, keep active article
Visit Curacao for an active Caribbean vacation
Written by Travel Writer Linda Jackson
Things to know before you visit Curacao
Although the island of Curacao is only around 38 miles long by 7 miles wide, we discover there are lots of things to do on the island – adventures and activities for all the family.
What is Curacao like? Well… there are some awesome landscapes in the lesser known parts of the island. The terrain is hilly and the island is dry so cacti and acacia are thriving here. In the southeast we find sheltered bays, and in the northwest a rugged coastline.
Most hotels and accommodation in Curacao are located at the southern end of the west coast (only about 15 minutes away from Willemstad) and Piscadera Bay. There are lots of restaurants on the island offering a range of different cuisine and nightlife is lively. Boutique shops and duty free shopping zones seem to be thriving.
Visit Curacao for plenty of things to do for all the family
Diving in Curacao is first rate – there are 40 different Scuba diving areas (which include 65 individual dive sites). There are also excellent hiking opportunities as well as guided history walks and architectural tours of Willemstad. We find there are colourful Dutch colonial-style buildings in the picturesque towns and small unusual museums.
Being nature lovers, the Christoffel National Park is one of our ‘must visits’ on the island and there are hiking and biking trails in the park too.
We understand that there are also stalagmites and stalactites to see in the Hato Caves, an adventure we haven’t taken as yet. We also hear there are full moon walks as well as sunrise safaris. They sound fun! We’ll add that to our growing list of Curacao things to do.
Keeping fit when you visit Curacao
The fitness and wellness facilities in Curacao are fab – they include modern fitness centres and also a CrossFit 5 Triple facility… we can see that these will be a big pull for fitness fanatics. There are guided stand up paddleboarding (SUP) tours through the mangroves too, and even SUP fitness experiences.
Adrenalin junkies can go rock climbing, mountain biking and rappelling or rent an off-road vehicle for some rugged fun. As for watersports fanatics, there is also kiteboarding, wakeboarding, sea kayaking, windsurfing and even flyboarding adventures which looks quite a challenge.
Less energetic is a trip in an observatory boat which has windows in the hull from which we can view the island’s reefs. Then there’s birdwatching – we are told that around 168 bird species have been recorded in Curacao. As it’s easy to get up early in the Caribbean (because we’re greeted just about every day at the crack of dawn with the sun bursting through the windows), and we’re golf and tennis fans, those leisure sports are quickly added to the agenda – it’s a good idea to book tee and court times early so as to miss the hot mid-day sun (golf will have to be speedy though… maybe 9 holes in the morning, 9 late afternoon would work better – worth a thought).
Curacao adventures for kids
There are, we discover, quite a few things for kids to do in Curacao… they can go to feed ostriches, take a ride on a trolley open-sided train, and visit the sea aquarium or butterfly farm. Kids just love the dolphin shows we hear, as well as the dolphin and sea lion ‘encounters’.
For older kids, as well as all the watersports available, we discover that there are drag racing events to watch, they can go bowling and mountain biking, or have a heck of a lot of fun signing up for a paintball session.
There’s just so much to do on the island, so many Curacao adventures to choose from it’s a real problem actually deciding what things to do on our Caribbean vacation. But what a great problem to have!
Explore Curacao… ♥ the Caribbean
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