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The Cliffs and Caves of Hato Plains
The deserted section of coastline to the northwest of Curaçao’s Hato International Airport is known as Hato Plains. There are no paved roads here, but if you have a jeep, this wide expanse of dry red earth trapped between the violent ocean and a set of inland cliffs is a fascinating area to explore… Read More

Feb 08, 2016


Curaçao Carnival’s Grand Parade
Events related to Curaçao’s Carnival, such as the Tumba and the Horse Parade, had been taking place throughout the months of January and February. And they were all leading up to this. The Grand Parade, a long procession of music, costumes, drinking and dancing, is a celebration of pure joy… Read More

Feb 08, 2016


Sunday Happy Hour at Mambo Beach
Mambo Beach is the exactly kind of place which Jürgen and I normally avoid. Not only is it over-developed, crowded and intensely commercial, it’s also attached to a shopping complex. But Mambo Beach isn’t necessarily just for tourists; Curaçaoans come here in droves, especially on Sunday when there are a couple good happy hour specials at the bars… Read More

Feb 07, 2016


The Historic Neighborhood of Punda
Punda was the first area in Willemstad to be colonized by the Dutch, and today has become famous for the superb condition of its colorful, 18th-century buildings. Although we live in Otrobanda, we cross the bay almost daily to spend time in Punda, whether to eat, shop, or just enjoy the neighborhood’s lively atmosphere… Read More

Feb 06, 2016


The Curaçao Aloe Vera Plantation
Curaçao has a long history of cultivating aloe vera, which is one of the few plants able to thrive in the island’s dry, windy climate. We visited the Curaloe Plantation and Factory, near the Ostrich Farm and St. Joris Bay, to see how the plants are grown, harvested and processed. Or at least, that’s what we were hoping to see… Read More

Feb 06, 2016


Intrepid Explorers Discover Playa Hunku
We carefully made our way along an overgrown path, which, according to my calculations, had last been used by the Arwak Indians sometime in the late 1400s. Our mission was to find the legendary Playa Hunku, a place rumored about in whispered conversations across the island, but which no living man or woman had yet laid eyes upon. Our expedition was fraught with danger (cacti! mosquitoes!) but after a wearying trek of twenty entire minutes, we saw it: the fabled beach of Playa Hunku. And it was ours… all ours!! … Read More

Feb 05, 2016


Driving Around the Christoffelpark
After having hiked to the top of Christoffelberg, we had enough time to continue exploring the park. A driving route recommended by the visitor’s center brought us to a few interesting sights, including a remote beach, a dark cave, and ancient rock paintings made by the Arwak Indians… Read More

Feb 05, 2016


To the Top of Christoffelberg
Curaçao’s most popular hike, and perhaps its only popular hike, is the trek to the summit of Christoffelberg. At a modest 372 meters above sea level, this is the tallest peak on the island, and reaching the top requires an effort of about 90 minutes… Read More

Feb 05, 2016


Santa Martha and the Abandoned Sunset Waters Resort
Just past the Landhuis Santa Martha, near the town of Soto, is a hilly, forested patch of Curaçao which hasn’t yet been developed. More accurately, I should say that it’s no longer developed. We followed the road until reaching its end at Sunset Waters, a former resort which has been abandoned for years… Read More

Feb 04, 2016


Hiking Around the Caracasbaai Peninsula
We had heard about a hike around the small Caracasbaai Peninsula, from Tugboat Beach up to the top of the Kabrietenberg, and then back around the southern side of the peninsula. It would lead past mangrove forests and coral wastelands to Directorsbaai, before passing an abandoned mansion and returning to the starting point. Sounded perfect, and we couldn’t resist checking it out… Read More

Feb 04, 2016


The Cliffs at Hanchi Spelonk
Every once in awhile, Jürgen and I will cross our fingers and embark upon an excursion we know nothing about. Our trip to Hanchi Spelonk was one such adventure. There’s almost nothing on the internet nor in guidebooks about this little park, but we supposed it was worth a shot… if for no other reason than the excuse to say “Hanchi Spelonk” repeatedly throughout the day. Hanchi Spelonk… Read More

Feb 03, 2016


Playa Jeremi
Crystal blue waters, soft white sand, a laid-back atmosphere in a gorgeous natural environment… you know, it feels like I’ve been using this description a lot, doesn’t it? It’s getting boring. Come on, Curaçao! Why don’t you surprise us with ugly, awful beach?! Actually, on second thought, scratch that. Just keep the beauty coming, and we’ll try not to complain. Next up: Playa Jeremi… Read More

Feb 02, 2016


Mi Ta Siña Papiamento!
One of Curaçao’s best traits is its delirious language situation. Curaçaoans speak seemingly anything and everything, often all at once. We’ve had people switch from Dutch to Spanish to English on the turn of a dime, as they try and guess our nationality. But the language we most love to hear from Curaçaoans is Papiamento — a creole mix of West African, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, and even some Arwak… Read More

Feb 01, 2016

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