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Photos that will inspire you to visit Curaçao

Are you thinking about visiting a new tropical destination this winter? If so, have you considered the island of Curaçao? 

Located in the Southern Caribbean, about 100 kilometers north of Venezuela, Curaçao is the largest of the Netherland Antilles. It’s the ‘C’ in the trio of ABC islands.

The colourful European-style buildings in the above photo are found along the waterfront in the Old Town of Willemstad, the capital city and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Curaçao is known for its smooth sandy beaches and world class scuba diving. Given its close proximity to Bonaire and Aruba, you can easily include multiple islands to your beach vacation.

Here are few photos from our trip to Curaçao.

blue Curaçao sign

Good timing! I happened to catch a class of uniformed students on a field trip.

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The water is so clear and blue in the beach cove near the Curacao Sea Aquarium.

Pull up a chair! Look at that silky smooth sand.

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Funky beach bar at Mambo Beach. Happy hour is always better on the beach.

Willemstad buildings Curaçao Caribbean

Related: The Charming Old Town of Willemstad

lions beach resort Curacao

We stayed at the Lions Dive and Beach Resort (more info here).

This is the beach in front of the Lions Dive and Beach Resort.

The beach has a protective barrier of rocks, making the water super calm.

Colourful buildings along St Anna Bay in Willemstad.

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flamingo Curaçao Sea Aquarium

Pink flamingo at the Curacao Sea Aquarium.

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Architecture in the Old Town of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sharks swimming in the natural habitat at the Curacao Sea Aquarium.

Freshly caught fish on display at the Willemstad floating market.

 This beautiful iguana loved hanging out at the hotel restaurant.

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Sunset swims at Mambo Beach. Highly recommended.

Related: Our experience at the Lions Dive & Beach Resort

Lots of family fun, shopping and eating at Mambo Beach.

beach sunset Curaçao Caribbean island

Gotta love those Caribbean sunsets!

Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad, Curaçao

The iconic Queen Emma Bridge in Willemstad, Curaçao.

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Curaçao sea aquarium dolphin show

Dolphin show at the Curacao Sea Aquarium. These guys got serious air!

Fact – lunch is always better with your toes in the sand.

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The beach in front of Lions Dive and Beach Resort. Hotel info here.

Willemstad buildings Curaçao Caribbean

Where to stay in Curaçao?

We stayed at the Lions Dive and Beach Resort and would recommend it. It’s not cheap, but it’s a nice hotel and the property is well maintained. 

The hotel is located directly on the beach and within a walking distance to Mambo Beach, Curacao Sea Aquarium and Jan Thiel Lagoon. It’s about 5 km from Zuikertuin Mall and the Curacao Maritime Museum.

The resort offers free shuttle service to Willemstad. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the Lions Dive and Beach Resort to the old town center of Willemstad.

Hotel info here.

Have you visited the island of Curaçao?

If not, is Curaçao on your travel wish list?

25 Photos that will inspire you to visit Curaçao this winter is a post from: Traveling Canucks