Destination, Health & Wellness

Explore Curaçao By Foot, Pedal and Hoof

Surfing, snorkeling, boating, swimming… the possibilities of water play in and around the Caribbean island of Curaçao are endless. Typically the initial draw of Curaçao is the glittering Caribbean Sea, yet it’s the expansive buffet of land activities also, that entices tourists to visit time after time.

Exploring Curaçao by water is spectacular, but there’s also Curaçao by foot, pedal, and hoof to entertain!

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Culture

It’s Time to Be Thankful For… The Rap, R&B and Hip-Hop Artists of Curacao’s Annual, Epic, SummerFall Concert Happening This Thanksgiving

Combine a Caribbean island, some of the best modern rap and R&B music artists in the world, and thousands of people. What do you get? One epic event known as SummerFall Concert.

The best way to describe Curaçao’s annual SummerFall Concert is… mind-blowing. If you’re a fan of rap, R&B and hip-hop, then this is an event you won’t want to miss. The event group, Color Events Curaçao, does a spectacular job and never fails to exceed everyone’s expectations.

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Golf

A Tee Time You’ll Never Forget – 5 Reasons You Need to Play The Old Quarry Golf Course

There’s golfing and then there’s golfing somewhere in paradise.  If you’re the vacationer that goes where the golf is good, then we’ve got a pretty spectacular destination in mind for you.

Even if you don’t live, breathe and dream of golf, Curacao is still a destination you won’t want to miss.

The island of Curaçao is a serene Caribbean retreat merely 40 miles north of South America. Located outside of the hurricane belt and under-the-radar in the Caribbean, Curaçao has a truly unique blend of cultural offerings and landscapes.

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Destination, Health & Wellness

Immerse Yourself in Healthy Living on The Island of Curacao

From world famous marathons to high-profile yoga festivals there’s a never ending supply of physical and mental wellness events and practices to engage with in the U.S.

But, this healthy living movement isn’t just happening in the U.S., it’s all over the world! Having been a coveted place to retreat to for a bit of mind, body and spirit rejuvenation, it’s no surprise that the Caribbean is following (or shall we say, leading) in the health and wellness trends of society.

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Family Travel, Golf, Lifestyle

Find Your Inner Explorer – Discover the Top 3 Land Adventures at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Picture yourself on a white sandy beach, light breeze blowing through your hair as you sip on a tropical cocktail.

Welcome to the Caribbean, where relaxation and picturesque scenery dominates the everyday itinerary for visitors.

Yet, many visitors crave a little more balance in their Caribbean getaways. Of course relaxing and enjoying the warm sea are top items on the vacation agenda, but how about mixing in some sports, or more adrenaline-pumping land activities?

Yes, that can be accomplished without a doubt. Not every Caribbean island is big enough to offer multiple landscapes but the southernly island of Curaçao is.

In fact, Curaçao is almost as well-known for it’s culture, multi-layered history and land adventures as it is for its coastal beauty.

Almost, anyway.

Secluded on its own private section of the island lies Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, the ideal spot for land adventures on Curaçao.

Why would a resort be such an ideal spot for land exploration? Because Santa Barbara sits within a 2,000 acre plantation. A lot can be done with 2,000 acres and we’ve prepared a list of our top 3 favorite land activities for you:

Mountain Biking Caribbean Style

When picturing the Caribbean, mountain biking certainly doesn’t come to mind first, but at Santa Barbara, anything is possible.  Tear up the miles of trails conveniently located at the resort. What’s even better is that these trails aren’t exclusively for experienced mountain bikers. There are trails for every level and skill set, especially beginners. If you’ve never tried mountain biking then this could be an exciting time to try it out! You can’t beat those beautiful island views.

Tie Those Laces Tight – Hiking Adventures Await

Did we mention there are 2,000 acres to explore? For those craving a little foot action, Santa Barbara features an abundance of trails for you to enjoy. Take a leisurely pace or set a goal to see it all, either way you’ll be treated to jaw-droppingly beautiful coastal views. Definitely don’t forget your camera or selfie stick.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortSporting Island Style

There’s golfing, and then there’s golfing with views of the magnificent Caribbean sea. Designed by Pete Dye, the Old Quarry Golf Course at the resort has been voted one of the best in the Caribbean on multiple occasions. The course takes on the shape of the naturally contoured site and overlooks the Caribbean Sea and the sheltered bay known as Spanish Water. Additionally, Santa Barbara boasts the only Hydro-Grid clay tennis court in the Caribbean. Polish your A-game, play for the first time or take lessons. However you want to enjoy it, the Tafelberg Tennis Center is an awesome part of the overall vacation experience.

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The water activities will always be there for your enjoyment, but we thought it might be nice to know that there’s plenty to entertain on the dry-side as well. Who knows – perhaps your favorite memories of your Curaçao getaway will be trying mountain biking for the first time, or learning a winning golf stroke which will make heads roll back home on the course. Whatever it is you desire to do, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort will see to your every want and need!

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Destination, Health & Wellness

Top 3 Ocean Adventures at Curacao’s Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Sparkling shades of turquoise, balmy temperatures year-round and a laid-back attitude combine to create the ideal water-getaway environment in the Caribbean.

For the vacationers craving a water locked paradise, the Caribbean island of Curaçao is ready to meet your getaway needs. Curaçao flies under the typical Caribbean radar due to its southernly position in the region. A mere 40 miles north of South America, Curaçao is a unique blend of cultures and landscapes.

By far and large, though, the most breathtaking landscape the island offers is its coastlines.

Water adventures abound on Curaçao. In fact, you may just have to take more than one trip to experience them all. One crucial detail to consider when planning a water-activity-based getaway to Curaçao, is when and where you’d like to relax. With so much energy exerted in the water, you’ll need time to rest now and again.

It’s entirely possible to have epic water adventures and epic relaxation – at Santa Barbara beach & Golf Resort.

A luxurious beachfront resort boasting 2,000 acres, Santa Barbara has everything you need to have your adventures and relaxation, too.

Without further ado, here are our top 3 favorite water activities at Santa Barbara:

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortThe Adventure Unlike ANY Other – Klein Curacao

Seriously not an overstatement, a trip to Klein Curacao is totally unreal. Picture this – sailing out to sea headed towards a uninhabited island featuring pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. Imagine yourself swimming with sea turtles, exploring a deserted lighthouse and discovering an old shipwreck. We’re not joking when we say it’s an adventure. Oh, and don’t be surprised if your ship encounters rough seas on the voyage over! The best bit – this excursions leaves right from the resort so you can adventure right from home.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortNighttime Swim in The Protected Lagoon

There’s plenty of swimming to be had at the resort. There are a variety of beautiful swimming pools with unique features. Yet the one swimming experience that is unlike anything else, and totally unique to the resort, is the lagoon. The resort borders a crystal-clear and serene swimming lagoon protected from the turbulence of the open sea. This is a beautiful place to enjoy views of passing sailboats and yachts, or to peacefully float in under the Caribbean sun. Without a doubt, the coolest experience is to swim the lagoon at night where, with a little luck, you may get to witness the water light up with its splendid phosphorescence. There’s no better way to describe the experience than magical, and we hope you get a chance to see it for yourselves!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortExplore The Underwater Kingdom

One activity Curacao is famous for worldwide is scuba diving. With an entire underwater world at your disposal, this is an epic opportunity experience not to be missed. Santa Barbara has its very own PADI certified dive center for your convenience. Schedule an intro to diving course or simply hire a guide and take a quick underwater tour. However you like to explore, the center will make it happen for you.

Sailing, diving and swimming – it’s safe to say you’ll sincerely appreciate that rum and coke as you watch the sunset and rest your happily worn-out body. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a top notch retreat for the water-junkie and an incredible place to relax your mind, body and soul!

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Destination, Family Travel

By Land or Sea. At Santa Barbara, Adventure Awaits

Many destinations around the world boast spectacular landscapes or seascapes, yet how many offer both?

Not many…

If you’re looking for the perfect land and sea combo destination, narrow down the search initially by looking at Caribbean islands, many of which offer a nice blend of the two landscapes.

But does that really narrow down the search much? Considering there are hundreds of islands in the region, one’s search is hardly narrowed down.

Let us offer up our little slice of paradise as a consideration for your next getaway – Curaçao. Curaçao itself has a pristine coastline as well as unique and diverse landscapes.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortGetting even more specific, there’s one coastal resort on the island that boasts 2,000 acres of land all to itself.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is truly a destination of its own, perfect for exploring the watery depths of the Caribbean Sea and trekking across the island’s diverse Caribbean landscapes.

It can be enjoyable to rent a car, map the route and research the adventures and journeys ahead. But, often times with the busy pace of everyday life, it’s nice to retreat somewhere where everything you’d like to do and see is conveniently located nearby. That’s exactly the experience you’ll have at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.

If that sounds magnificent, just wait until you get a quick synopsis of everything visitors can see and do on the resort grounds.

Wetter is Better

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuraçao loves its water activities, and Santa Barbara offers them all. The expansive beachfront resort has the ocean, bay and pool(s) to satisfy your every watery need. You can expect to participate in any of the following:

  • Sailing Adventures
  • Scuba training or individual excursions
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Lounging beachside, bayside or poolside
  • Swimming in your choice of pool, ocean or bay

For When You’d Rather be Dry

There’s much more to the Caribbean than beautiful coast lines! Santa Barbara used to be a plantation back in the day, and as such the resort sits on the original 2,000 acres of beautiful land. Explore on your own or ask for a guided tour from a friendly staff member. With 2,000 acres at your disposal it’s unlikely you’ll run out of places to venture to. We suggest trying:

  • Mountain bike tours, rentals and trails
  • The only hydro-grid clay tennis court in the Caribbean
  • Pete Dye’s Old Quarry golf course – one of the best in the Caribbean
  • Historic Well Tour -discover the island’s first freshwater well

We could say it’s non-stop adventure at Santa Barbara but that wouldn’t be altogether accurate.

The truth is, Santa Barbara offers the option for non-stop adventure, but there’s also the option for complete and utter relaxation. You don’t have to do it all or see it all each day, or even in a single visit. Find peace of mind knowing that every desired activity is within easy reach, but so is the option to do absolutely nothing other than bask in the peaceful serenity of the island.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog when we will feature our top 3 favorite land and sea activities!

Feel free to contact us at any time for questions, inquiries or a mutual love for Curaçao!

To ensure your experience at Santa Barbara is top notch, we’ve compiled a variety of vacation packages to meet your every need! Find out which one fits you best right here.

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Destination

Destination or Resort? 9 Reasons Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a Destination of its Own

Destination. One word that can mean so many different things.

What do you think of when you think the word destination?

A tropical island somewhere exotic? Yeah, us too.

Actually, when we think of a destination we think of our very own Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.

And how is it that a resort can be a destination of its own?

Of course, Curacao is a destination in and of itself, but Santa Barbara is its very own destination and here are 9 Reasons why:

 

  1. You never need to leave – This is may be the top reason. For those who retreat to the Caribbean to get away from it all and truly relax, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort literally has all of the necessary ingredients for that – luxury accommodations, private beach, fine dining, serene spa, dive shop, water sports, miles of trails and more!
  2. Authentic cuisine from a Local Chef – Incredibly talented Chef de Cuisine, Heinrich Hortencia, was born and raised locally on Curacao, and brings the destination’s inspiration to the cuisine at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, SHORE. Heinrich loves to experiment and blend classic international cuisine with local flavors and ingredients.
  3. Explore More than 2,000 Acres – You never have to leave the resort to have an adventure or go on an exploration. The resort sits within a 2,000 acre plantation with miles of trails to hike and bike. The expansive plantation features breathtaking rock formations, beautiful caves and caverns, historic sites, stunning views and a diverse variety of flora and fauna.
  4. Spa Treatments Based On Ancient Island Rituals – A visit to the Atabei Spa is not only relaxing, it’s a cultural activity as well, since many of the treatments and spa philosophies are based on the Arawak people, the original inhabitants of the island.  Best part, Atabei is an organic spa, using primarily locally sourced ingredients in its treatments and therapies.
  5. We Have Plenty of Iguanas – Undoubtedly, the Iguana, or Yuana, is the reigning king of Curacao’s reptiles. Quite famous for once being a common culinary treat on the island, Iguanas are an island institution, and can be found all over the resort.
  6. Watersports, Diving  and more – No need to leave the resort to get out on the water! We have our very own watersports and dive facility offering a wide variety of Curacao watersports including both kayak and stand-up paddleboarding rentals and tours. Snorkel equipment is also available for rent to explore Santa Barbara’s crystal-clear swimming lagoon.  Want to dive, take an Explore Diving Course and explore Curacao’s world-renowned dive sites with our PADI Certifed dive operator.
  7. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortSanta Barbara Beach & Golf ResortRelax On Our Private Beach – Enjoy the natural beauty of Curacao as you unwind in the shining warmth and glow of the Caribbean sun. Our pristine white-sand beach stretches 1,500 ft. Swim in the warm, glassy blue protected swimming lagoon, enjoy a refreshing cocktail or delicious lunch with beachside service from our restaurant, Splash.
  8. Stay Fit Easily, and With Options – Plenty of vacationers do not wish to take a vacation from physical exercise, which is why we offer plenty of options. The Tafelberg Tennis Center at the resort is one of the best facilities in the region and features the only Hydrogrid clay courts in the Caribbean. Additionally, the resort offers yoga, pilates and aqua aerobics classes each week!  And, of course the resort features a state-of-the-art fitness center, open to guests 24-hours a day.
  9. One of the best golf courses in the Caribbean – It’s a game that never ceases to provide a challenge, and at Santa Barbara, it never ceases to provide breathtaking views.  A very challenging course, Pete Dye’s, Old Quarry is rated one among the Best Courses in the Caribbean & Mexico. Whether you golf or just ride along in the cart, you’ll be amazed at every turn as the course meanders between the Caribbean Sea, Tafelberg Mountain and Spanish Water Bay.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortTo be honest, we could continue listing reasons why Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a destination of its own, but we’ll stop there… for now. 

Of course, we understand that you’ll most likely want to leave the resort from time to time to check out the attractions and culture of Curacao, which we highly encourage!

But, just know that we can and will meet all of your needs right here on our 2,000 acres of Caribbean paradise.

We’ve always got an exceptional package or two ready for you, you can view them all right here. We hope to see you soon!

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Culture, Food

6 Curaçao Restaurants You Must Try, Recommended by a Local & World-Class Chef

There are nearly endless reasons visiting the Caribbean is a magnificent experience. Pristine beaches, sparkling blue waters and rum punch for days are a few that stand out.

Often overlooked, but equally spectacular, is the cuisine. Nothing beats ending a snorkeling adventure with a bliss inducing lunch. Or, treating your taste buds to their own indulgence after a relaxing spa treatment.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortFew islands in the Caribbean are as diverse and rich in culture as Curaçao, one of the ABC islands in the Southern Caribbean, a mere 40 miles north of Venezuela.

Here at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, we are grateful to have Curacao born, European trained and immensely talented, Chef Heinrich Hortencia, as our Chef de Cuisine at Shore, our oceanfront fine-dining restaurant.

Chances are when you visit Curaçao, you’ll want to explore the culinary scene as thoroughly as possible, so we’ve asked Heinrich to let us in on some of his favorite dining establishments.

So, aside Santa Barbara’s wide variety of dining options, here are Chef Hortencia’s recommendations for delectable cuisine to enjoy throughout your trip. Enjoy!

1) Restaurant & Cafe Gouverneur de Rouville: Beautiful historic building, with awesome scenery of St. Anna Bay harbor and the Unesco World Heritage site  – Capital Willemstad.  They feature a diverse menu and offer excellent service. Heinrich’s wife suggests trying the Cuban style banana soup.

2) Zest Mediterranean at Jan Thiel: An incredible beach lounge vibe will really put you in the Caribbean mood. The chef has a very unique style and they have fantastic food.

3) Restaurant Komedor Krioyo at Landhuis Dokterstuin: Great, authentic local food. Very basic, but also very delicious!

4) Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant: This is an excellent luxury restaurant. Heinrich says this is, “his style of food.” Features very well thought-out food. Expensive, but well worth it.

5) Restaurant Kome: Just great food, and will make a great night out.

6) Landhouse Klein St. Martha: Absolutely enchanting view. Fantastic service. Uncomplicated and delicious food. All around excellent experience.

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Hopefully you enjoy your experience at these restaurants just as much as Heinrich and his wife do!

For further suggestions and insight for your Curaçao trip don’t hesitate to reach out to the Santa Barbara team! We are more than happy to guide you through the ins and outs of our beautiful island!

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