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Beaches in Curacao

Kontiki Beach

Kontiki beach is a full service beach in Curacao that offers waters ports, dive operations, shopping and has a beach bar & restaurants.Kontiki beach is a very relaxing beach the water is calm and safe for children to swim. An ideal place to just let the day unwind and pass you by.

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Seaquarium Beach

Seaquarium Beach are in Curacoa is a complete facility beach that has many services in the area. The beach has many palm trees that provide shaded areas and is a perfect beach to take the family swimming while you are in Curacoa on a cruise. There are many restaurants and bars as well as restroom facilities and it is also close to the Sea Aquarium which dolphin swimming and other aquatic activities. This beach offers sunbathers a topless environment.

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Jan Thiel Beach

Jan Thiel beach in Carucao is located in a new upscale neighborhood with luxury homes and condominiums.Jan Thiel beach is a great beach for shore dive snorkeling. there is not much sand there and has some rocks.

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Blue Bay Beach

Blue Bay Beach in Curacoa is a very big beach with lots of trees and shaded areas. It is located on the western side of the island near Willemstad. There are many facilities on the beach including restaurants and bars as well as restroom facilities. This is a great beach for families as the water is calm and shallow. there are water sport activities available for rent.

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Mambo beach

Mambo Beach in Curacao is a great place to spend the day with Family or friends when visiting the Island of Curacao on a cruise ship. it is only 15 minutes away and you can easily get into a taxi to get there. it cost about $10 each way. Mambo Beach has lots of shopping and restaurants. wifi is available all over the place. great spot in Curacao

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mambo beach is by far the best place to hand out in Curacao. they have just about everything you can ask for. it cost about $10 each way by taxi and is well worth it. leave the ship early and head there for a great day at Mambo beach

Jan 04, 2017

Try the Curacao buggy adventure tour. The take you to the Ostridge Farm, and Indian cave and a little off rod fun. We did it last year on the Carnival Freedom and it was great. We bought the tour outside form one of the local vendors we found on this site cruise port connection. thank you

Apr 22, 2014

I have been to Curacao many times but have never gone to the beach. Every time i have been it has been a night stop so im always going out to dinner and shopping. I have heard the beaches are beautiful though. You have to take a taxi to the beach in Curacao because there are no beaches near the ship.

Jun 23, 2013

Great Beach! Had lots of fun

Apr 29, 2012
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Info on Curacao

Location:
Curaçao is located in the southwestern Caribbean. The largest of the Netherlands Antilles, it is 38 miles long and from 2 to 7.5 miles wide. It is located just 35 miles north of Venezuela, 42 miles east of Aruba and only 2 1/2 hours by air from Miami. Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt, making it a sure holiday destination for good weather. See also "About Curacao" and "Map of Curacao & the Caribbean".

Population:
The population of 150,000 is made up of 55 nationalities. Willemstad is the island's capital and only city.
See also our page "Curacao's Culture"

Language:

Dutch is the official language, but multi-racial Curaçaoans also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamento. See also our page "Curacao's Culture"

Cruise Lines:
Air Tours/Sun Cruise, Deutsche Sectouristik, Carnaval Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Royal Cruise Line.

Electricity:
Electricity is 110 - 130 volts/50 cycles, similar but not identical to the US standard. Most 60 cycle electrical appliances from the United States will function properly, although appliances that have internal time mechanisms will not keep the correct time and hairdryers and curling irons may overheat if used for too long. Dual voltage appliances from Europe and South America will need an adapter plug, readily available on the island. Although electrical current is generally reliable, consider using a surge regulator for sensitive electronic devices and computers. It's a good idea to charge underwater strobes and videos on the regulated systems at dive shops and photo centers.

Money Matters:

U.S. currency is accepted everywhere, as are Travelers Checks and most major Credit Cards. Debit Cards are accepted at large shops and supermarkets. Prices are quoted in the national currency, the Netherlands Antillean guilder (also called the florin), abbreviated NAFl. or ANG. It is pegged to the US dollar at a stable rate of US$ 1 = NAFl. 1.77 for cash, 1.78 for traveler's checks. Exchange rates may vary slightly at stores and hotels. Bills of US$50 and US$100 can be hard to cash. The larger denominations of guilder bills (100 and 250) are hard to cash for small purchases. There are currently two versions of guilder coins in circulation. The old square nickel and the newer square fifty cent piece are among the few square coins in the world; along with the 21/2 guilder coin they are popular souvenirs, particularly for children. There is no black market and there are no restrictions on how much money you can bring into the country.

Banking Hours:
Banks are open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The airport bank is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Selected banks branches have ATMs that disburse US dollars.
US dollars are accepted almost everywhere, traveler's checks less so. Bills of US$ 50 and 100 can be hard to cash. International credit cards are accepted at most major commercial establishments. Debit Cards are accepted at large shops and supermarkets. The larger denominations of guilder bills (100 and 250) are hard to cash for small purchases. There are currently two versions of guilder coins in circulation.

Departure Tax:
An airport tax of U.S.$ 22.00 per person for international (including Aruba) flights and flights to Curacao, or U.S. $10.00 per personal for inter-island flights is payable when leaving the island.

Taxi hints:
Taxi's are easy to recognize by their signs and the TX on their registration plates. The prices are based for 1-4 people from 6 am-11pm. A fifth person costs 25% more. After 11pm there is 25% surcharge. Passengers should agree a price for the journey with the driver first. There are taxi stands at the airport, hotels and Sha Caprileskade in punda. Taxi Company: Main Office: tel: 869-0747 Complaints: 869-0747

Religions:

Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims all have their own houses of worship and practice their religions freely. Over 80% of the population is Catholic, largely people of African descent. Curaçao has a well earned reputation for religious and ethnic harmony. Adventists, Anglican/Episcopal, Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Methodists are all represented and practice their religions freely.
See also our page: "Curacao's Churches"

Time:

Curaçao is on Atlantic Standard Time: one hour later than US Eastern Standard Time (the same time as Eastern Daylight Savings Time) and four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.

What to Wear:

Since temperatures are warm throughout the year, light, casual tropical wear is in order. Outside, protect yourself from the sun. Most indoor establishments are air conditioned; you may need a lightweight jacket or long sleeves. Locals dress fashionably, particularly for indoor evening events; dress for outdoor festivals is decidedly casual. The strong trade winds may make wraparound and billowing skirts a problem. Some restaurants prohibit shorts or sandals; some casinos also require jackets for men. Overly revealing clothes and bathing suits are not appropriate, except on the beach. If you plan to walk in the countryside, wear sturdy shoes and long pants to protect your legs from the cacti.

Tipping:
It is customary to tip porters NAFl. 1 per bag, and taxi drivers 10% of the fare. Restaurants usually add a 10% service charge to the bill; you can leave a couple more guilders change if you like. Most hotels add a 12% service charge to the bill. All this beside the 5% Government sales tax.

What to Bring:
Film and video cassettes, batteries, sunscreen, disposable diapers, sporting goods and books are all generally more expensive in Curaçao. Local stores carry a good selection of most items. It is advisable to bring mosquito repellent as this is often in short supply, especially during the rainy season.

Health:
Take sensible precautions against the tropical sun, especially between 10 AM and 3 PM. Sun screen, sunglasses and a hat are recommended, as well as a light beach cover-up. Neither the trade winds nor clouds will protect you from sunburn. In case of serious sunburn, drink plenty of fluids, take cool baths, use a body lotion containing Aloe Vera, and take it easy for a day or two. Sunstroke can be dangerous, especially for children, people who are overweight and the elderly; watch for dizziness, fever, headaches and nausea. Although Curaçao is less humid than many Caribbean islands, mosquitoes can occasionally be a problem in the rainy season and at night. Repellent can be purchased at pharmacies and supermarkets. Curaçao has no malaria or similar tropical diseases, and no vaccinations are needed to visit. Due to the high level of overall hygiene and cleanliness, gastro-intestinal complaints ("travelers' tummy") are very uncommon. Eat and drink freely. For minor ailments, standard US and European over-the-counter medicines are available at the local pharmacies, called "Botica's". There are a number of medical of medical centers on the island. the St. Elisabeth Hospital is the most modern and well equipped in the region.

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