Curaçao is such a hidden gem! I mean, I didn’t really know about it until I started searching Hilton’s website to see where I could go fo’ free with my reward points and literally no one knew where Curaçao was when I told them I was going or had never heard of it.
Curaçao is an i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the Dutch) and part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) off the top coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean.
You’ve probably heard of Aruba, right? I’m not sure why no one knows about Curaçao but here are 10 reasons to go!
1. The (hella blue) water
This speaks for itself, really.
2. The weather
The weather in Curaçao is mostly sunny and steady 80’s, aka the dream. The Caribbean sun is strong, y’all! Cake on that SPF. Rain clouds come and go but don’t usually last longer than in 5-10 minutes!
3. Pocket beaches
Most of the beaches around the island are little pocket beaches, basically secluded coves in between rocky cliffs. Cliff jumping, anyone?!
These beaches are small and intimate, but they fill up quick! Make sure to rent a car, bring a couple bucks for entry fees (certain beaches) and get out there early!
4. White sand
Need more be said?
The beaches may be white and sandy but getting in the water usually means you’ll be walking through some pebbles/shells. PRO TIP: do whatever you gotta do for the gram and then forget fashion… get yourself a pair of water shoes!
Crystal blue water is usually in the recipe for good snorkeling, so Curaçao is off to a good start. Add in the reef that’s there and you’ll be busy checking out colorful fish and sea turtles for hours!
This island is surprisingly diverse and mountainous. There are plenty of opportunities to hike, Mt. Christoffel being #1 on the list!
7. The colors (EVERYTHING is colorful)
This island legit LOVES its colors! Everything from houses to tombstones are painted in pretty pastels.
8. Klein Curaçao
A small, uninhabited island with amazingly blue water and Curaçao’s most pristine beach that you can only get to by boat. If you’re up for an adventure (and don’t get seasick), take the catamaran ride out with Bounty Adventures!
9. The culture
Curaçao was originally invaded by the Spaniards. Then the Dutch.
I think the French were up in there at some point, or at least tried to be. Then Venezuela. Then the Dutch again… you get the point! The locals all speak 3 different languages (Papiamento, Dutch, English) and the island draws a diverse group of visitors from all around the world!
10. Laid-back vibes
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a Caribbean island that isn’t laid back and just plain-old-HAPPY but it oughta be on the list!
Are you booking your trip yet?!