My oh my, this was FUN! It was called Curacao Highlights and included a bus tour, and drop off at Mambo Beach. It was an nice, cushy, air conditioned bus. It was our drivers very first day driving a tour, and he did great. He took us through some very swank neighborhoods and our tour guide narrated. She should be a stand up comedian! We saw a lot of coast line, and of course stopped at the liquor factory. It was a great tour. BUT, the best part was the 2 hours at Mambo Beach. It is a little touristy, and we were told in advance that we would have to pay to rent chairs. There were beach chairs available for $3.50 We chose to rent two loungers with an umbrella right next to the beautiful pool. It included towels, a bucket of ice with a 1 liter bottle of water and glasses, and a fruit plate. For $35 total. Completely worth it. Our attendant was a sweet young lady from the Netherlands and she came around about every 10 minutes asking if we needed anything. We did order a couple of beers ($6 US each). I glanced at the menu for the food that was offered and the prices were very reasonable. There are numerous shops etc at this place including a Starbucks and Subway. We were so happy and comfortable that we did not explore too much. My husband did go down to the beach and swam for awhile and said it was really nice. I would do this tour again.
Island tour and beach. Took us to plant where Curaçao made for tasting and gift shop. Drove around island then commercial beach. Small beach . Had to rent chairs as usual. We just put stuff on beach , bought drinks by credit card and went in water.
The tour of the Island was quite interesting and very well narrated. We were taken to the very wealthy parts of the island as well as to where ordinary folks live and work. This tour dropped us off to Mambo beach, which is an amazing place. We ended up extending our stay at the beach and caught a later bus back to the ship. -:)
We tried something a little different this time as my wife and I have nice digital cameras but never took the time to really use them beyond the dreaded green auto mode button. After a little research I found a professional photographer who once a week will allow herself to be booked for a photo excursion tour of the island but she provides so much more. We had requested Gail to teach us to use our camera's off the auto mode. She used her own car to show us the island's beauty and used the natural scenery as a classroom, slowly walking us through adjusting F stops, framing and lighting techniques and all the buttons on our cameras. By the end of the day we were capturing pictures suitable for a magazine. I can't give Gail enough praise for the 5 hours we spent together. This outing was by far the best excursion we have ever done on any island. You can find Gail if you Google "Gail Johnson Photography Curacao". We saw parts of the island most people never see and captured images we never though we could. Thanks Gail!!!!!
We took the "Beauties of Curacao" shore excursion, but were a bit disappointed since there wasn't much beauty to be seen. We were also in the bus for a very long time with very few opportunities to get off the bus. We did enjoy going to the Jan Kock estate and being able to purchase more of art by Nena Sanchez, but if you aren't a fan of hers you will probably be bored. Our bus driver and tour guide, however, were excellent.
Went to distillery and then dropped off at Mambo beach. Beach was just ok. It was enclosed by a man-made breaker in a self enclosed bay. Good amenities, but very commercialized with a subway and a starbucks. The whole island was more commercialized than I would expect. It was very windy so we didn't want to do a boat tour. Next time I would do a boat tour anyways or head for a less commercialized beach.
Grabbed a $20 two hour tour at pier. Doing it over I would book something in advance. We only stopped at the liquor factory. The reminder of the time we were just riding in the open air bus, as the tour operator pointed out things.
We were unable to book an excursion through the ship as the island tours we already booked so we walked off the ship and found a tour for 20pp. The tour included a coach bus, beer and water, and guide that explained the different parts of the island. We also visited the Curacao Distillery. We also went to a high mountain the see the million dollar view! Towards the end of the tour you also had the option to go to the beach, the aquarium, or simply go back to the cruise ship. We did experience a small mishap with transportation at this point and having enough room for the passengers that wanted to go back to the ship.
Drove around the island. Stopped at the distillery where the famous liqueur is made. Nice. The best thing to do in Curacao, however, is walk around Willemstad. Dutch architecture. Nice plazas. A very European feel to it.
We had toured the eastern side of Curacao before so this 8 hour tour was all new for us. The beaches were great stops, with a nice lunch at the plantation house, and the national park was a nice contrast to the beaches.
We did an all day customized private tour with Gaby Lieuw of Sand & Stilletos.com. She took us to Christoffel National Park, a few beaches and scenic lookouts, one of the flamingo areas, lunch at her favorite fish restaurant, and through a couple of the renovated neighborhoods that are part of the Unesco World Heritage Area. Outstanding tour - I really feel like I have a good appreciation for the island. Gabby was a great tour guide and well worth the $100pp cost.
This island has always been a favourite of mine and this time we took an island tour and all I can say is WOW, the scenery around the coast was breathtaking and to have someone proudly show us their island and the improvements therein was something i was glad to have done
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