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!

Destination, Inspiration

Caribbean Sunsets Are Worthy of Epic Pics: 8 Sunset Photo Taking Tips

What’s better than vacationing on an idyllic Caribbean island?

Having professional looking, insta-worthy sunset pics to show off your Caribbean vacation.

This day in age, if you have a phone, you have a more than capable camera. With technology always improving phone camera’s have come quite a long way and are capable of taking clear and beautiful pictures.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortMore surprising than the capabilities of phone cameras – what can be done to enhance the quality of a sunset pic with a few easy tips and tricks.

Having a rad sunset photo isn’t the only reason to vacation in the Caribbean, but having beautiful memories to share with loved ones sure is gratifying. 

To help you along in your picture-perfect vacay, here are a few simple photography tips we hope you can utilize!

The Rule of Thirds is Key

Ever heard of the rule of thirds? This is a general photography principle that enhances almost any photo. Imagine your image as being divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal and vertical lines. The important parts of your photo should be places along the lines and their intersections. Basically, you don’t want the focal point of your photo to be right in the center, rather off to the side, etc.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortForeground First

Some of the most striking sunset photos are so striking because of the foreground and the sunset. Maybe there’s a pretty beach landscape beneath the sunset, or perhaps a pier nearby. Try to add in some of the foreground to add beauty and depth to your photo.


Look for Objects Reflecting the Sunset Colors

The brilliance of a sunset penetrates every surface it touches, and this is a great opportunity for you to get a beautiful foreground, or even an entirely separate picture.

After Rain Sunsets Are the Best

If it happens to rain during your Caribbean vacay, plan on snapping some pics as soon as the clouds begin to clear for the most epic sunset photos!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortLinger Longer

After the sun sets, there is that lingering gorgeous multi-colored sky to look forward to. Wherever you are sit back, relax, and wait for round two – usually about 20-25 minutes after the sun has set.

Scope Out Your Location Ahead of Time

If you’re really feeling serious about scoring some stellar pics, then planning ahead is a great idea. As you explore the island keep in mind the places that will show off the sunset beautifully. If your phones’ weather app doesn’t tell you the time o the sunset, download an app that specializes in listing sunset times! Don’t forget – you want the sunset location to be facing west. Otherwise you may not actually get that sunset picture. Beaches and other locations facing east are best for sunrise photos instead.

Play Around With Unusual Angles

Get down low, find somewhere up high, play around with the angles! You may just be surprised at what you can achieve with a good squat.

Find Some Stability

Last but not least, try to keep the phone as stable as possible. Maybe prop the phone on a flat surface, or even consider getting a tripod for it. In low light especially, the camera on the phone slows the shutter speed to allow more light to come in, making it easier to get a blurry picture. If you just have your body to work with, hold the camera with both hands and let your upper arms rest against your torso to keep the camera still.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortNow you can take impressive sunset photos anywhere in the world, but we are firm believers that the Caribbean is by far one of the best destinations. Within the Caribbean, we also happen to think Curaçao is among the best islands to visit. To further guide you in your future vacation planning, we recommend staying at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort when you do decide to visit Curaçao.

For any other suggestions, questions or inquiries, chat with our team at Santa Barbara and we’ll be sure to help guide you as best we can!

Culture, Destination

Get Ready For One of The Best Music Festivals in the Caribbean – Curaçao’s North Sea Jazz Festival

Pull out the suitcase, pack your favorite island inspired wear, and book your ticket to the small slice of island paradise, known as Curaçao.

Why the rush?

Because the biggest island event of the year is going down in less than one month!

The Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, happening September 1st – 3rd, is one of the most incredible Caribbean musical festivals around.

Three music filled days in a row, on the island, will leave you inspired and thoroughly satisfied.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortBefore we get into more details, we highly recommend marking the date on your calendar and planning your trip ASAP as the entire island starts getting booked up!

Alright, now for the details:

Who: This is the biggest question everyone has – who will be playing?! There is a killer lineup this year, somehow the festival seems to keep getting bigger and better each year.

  • Thursday September 1st Headliners – Juan Luis Guerra
  • Friday September 2nd Headliner – Chris Brown
  • Saturday September 3rd Headliners – Lenny Kravitz
  • Other artists include: Michael Bolton, Tom Jones, Charlie Wilson, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Anthony Hamilton, Melody Gardot, Jamie Cullum, Level 42, The Cuban Affair, Snarky Puppy, J Balvin, Burt Bacharach, and many more!

Where: The entire festival will be held at the World Trade Center at Piscadera Bay

When: As mentioned before, the dates this year are Thursday, September 1st, Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd.

Why: For those who don’t know, Curaçao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Each summer in the Netherlands there is the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. In 2010 island folks decided it was time they had the same festival, but with a tropical twist!

How: As for how, let’s talk about how you can make this trip happen!

  • Step One – Purchase a Ticket – about $195. To purchase visit here.
  • Step Two – Book Flight. For information on airlines that fly to Curacao, visit here.
  • Step Three – Secure your room reservations at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.
  • Step Four – Pack, prep, and make sure you don’t miss your flight!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortIn all seriousness, this is the biggest international festival of the year on Curaçao, and it’s an experience you will never forget! Each year there is an impressive array of jazz artists, and a heavy emphasis on featuring different jazz genres. Truly there performances for all tastes and preferences. A little insider tip – plan to arrive a few days before the festival, and stay a few days after.

The days before will help you get acquainted with the island which will make the festival even more enjoyable. After partying, dancing and celebrating for three days, you’ll crave some calm, relaxing, island time. Few places on the island are quite as relaxing as our expansive resort, but no matter where you are, you can find relaxation because hey – you’re in the Caribbean!

Destination, Luxury Travel

An Extraordinary Caribbean Getaway Awaits You at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

Naturally when one travels all the way to the Caribbean island of Curacao, one plans to explore the island and experience the culture firsthand.

Not a problem, Curacao is rich in history, culture, and adventures.

Yet, we’ve found that plenty of visitors also appreciate having time to simply relax and enjoy each moment without the hustle and bustle of planning or following itineraries.

It’s quite possible to spend ample amount of time on our beautiful island relaxing. You can call us biased but we believe our resort – Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort – is the best place on the island to relax.

Here’s why:

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortNo Matter Where You Eat, You Can Have an Ocean View

Seriously, every dining establishment on our property has views of the gorgeous surrounding waters. Few things are better than eating, but dining with a view is a top-notch experience.

Dining Options Aplenty

No one likes to be limited when the taste buds are involved. No need to wander block after block trying to decide on the place everyone wants to eat. Instead wander a few steps from one of our restaurants to the other, as you decide which menu and ambiance suits you best in the moment. You don’t even have to wander at all, all of the menus can be found in the guest rooms. Local flavors, international cuisine, freshly prepared sushi, there are so many mouthwatering dishes the challenge lies in deciding what to order.

lawn chair ad, talent: Buzzy, Nikita, on the 3rd tee

Golf With A View, or Rather – Many Views

A favorite pastime of many is to spend a few hours out on the greens of a golf course. If you’re staying at Santa Barbara, it’s simple, convenient and breathtaking to play to golf. Designed by Pete Dye, the Old Quarry Golf Course takes on the shape of the naturally contoured site which overlooks the Caribbean Sea and the sheltered bay known as Spanish water. Whether you wake up full of energy or more low-key, the golf course is only a hop, skip and a jump away from your room. Just kidding, no jumping is required, jump at your leisure.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortBe Pampered in a Beautiful Place

There’s the spa, and then there’s our Atabei Spa. No one can argue that going to the spa, any spa, is a phenomenal way to spend the day. But imagine getting massaged while feeling the ocean breeze sweep in through the open window. Get your nails done while gazing out onto the gorgeous Caribbean landscape. Seriously this is real life, this is our Atabei Spa. From entire spa journeys, to couples suites, to special kids and teen treatments, the Atabei Spa truly has something for everyone, and without a doubt you’ll leave floating on a cloud of peaceful bliss. Spa menu here.

Do It All (Conveniently) or Do Nothing at All

Here’s the thing, we have every activity you’re likely going to want. But our resort is also surrounded by immense natural beauty and offers a serene ambiance, making it just as satisfying to do nothing.

 

For the “Doers” We Suggest:

  • Kayaking
  • Stand up Paddling
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Water Sport Rentals
  • Tennis
  • Hiking around our expansive 2,000 acres
  • Mountain Biking

 

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortFor the “Do Nothingers” We Suggest:

  • Lay out by the pool (aka nap)
  • Any treatment at the spa
  • Relaxing in your luxurious room
  • Drinking tropical cocktails while watching the sunset

“The island itself offers countless adventures, fascinating history, colorful culture to explore and much, much more,” exclaims Evan Crawford, Regional Marketing Director.“Yet we often find that our guests crave at least a few days of well deserved R&R, which is why we’ve striven to offer anything and everything right here on property. The idea is that you don’t have to leave to get the relaxation, or even adventures, that you desire unless you want to! We want your vacation to be carefree and fun, ensuring you return from your trip truly feeling refreshed.”

Convinced? Then go ahead and book your stay! We’ve got an entire team of helpful individuals who are happy to answer any questions and help with any aspect of your planning, just give us a shout. Bon Voyage!

Culture, Destination

Looking For an Epic Beach Party? Head to the Caribbean Island of Curaçao For an Unforgettable Full Moon Party

What comes to mind when you think of the full moon?

Yoga, late night adventures, eclipses, Thailand… perhaps it’s different for everyone.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortOn the Caribbean island of Curaçao though, the full moon means something very important to most everyone.

Full moon’s on Curaçao are cause for the most epic monthly parties in the Caribbean.

Curaçao may not be the only place on the globe that offers full moon parties, we’re looking at you Thailand, but without a doubt Curaçao’s are completely unforgettable.

You may be wondering what a full moon party is, and we’re about to give you all the deets:

What:

An enormous, epic, and exciting party on the beach under the full moon. Literally more than 3,000 people gather each month to welcome the full moon, celebrate life, and have an incredible night (that you may or may not remember, depending on your personal choices).

Starting around 10 PM party-goers begin to arrive, and from that point forward – partake in dancing, laughing and drinking. Fireworks, special acts and international DJ’s can all be expected at the Full Moon Party, but don’t expect anything specific because the party is always changing and always full of surprises.

Where:

The one and only Kokomo Beach is located at Vaersenbaai on Curaçao. It’s a lovely natural bay on the road towards Bullenbaai. Featuring a surfers look with a classy touch, Kokomo opened in 2011 and shortly thereafter became famous for its incredible beach parties. Not only fun in the evenings, Kokomo beach is also an excellent place to relax during the day. Delicious food, yummy cocktails and crystal clear water make it a top choice for a lazy beach day. For the adventure seekers, Kokomo also features a professional dive center.

When:

Typically speaking there is a full moon party every single month! So plenty of opportunities to partake, just make sure you plan to be in Curaçao during a full moon and you won’t have to miss out. For more details regarding the specific dates and times, visit here.

Other Details:

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortTickets don’t need to be purchased in advance. In fact, tickets can only be purchased at the entrance the night of.

The party goes from 10 PM until 5 AM.

The parties are always for ages 18 and up.

Full Moon Parties are definitely an island tradition, and if you enjoy partying all night, then it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

For your accommodation needs before and after the epic party we recommend Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Trust us, when you’re done partying you will want the most luxurious and comfortable place possible to recover, and Santa Barbara is a little slice of Curaçao paradise.

Destination, Family Travel

You Want to Get to Curaçao. Here’s How.

Curaçao.

A familiar word to many, images of delicious tropical tasting cocktails may come to mind. Some are familiar with the geography of the Caribbean and recognize the word as the name of an island.

Still, it’s safe to say that in many circles Curaçao flies under the radar

As far as Caribbean getaways go, you’ll really be getting far away by visiting Curaçao, depending on where you live.

Culture, Destination

How to Say “Hello” and Other Important Phrases to Use While Visiting the Island of Curacao

If you’ve grown up in a the U.S. or a country like it, you’ll be more or less accustomed to needing to know only one language in your day to day life.

Whether you’re at work, the DMV, the grocery store, shopping mall, in a taxi, etc. etc. you can be confident that your English language will enable you to execute your transactions and any communication with relative success.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortYet, knowing just one language isn’t the order of the day in many other countries. It’s common in many places to know the official language of the country, as well as other commonly used languages.

The idyllic Caribbean island of Curacao is one such place.

The official language is Dutch, the most commonly used language is Papiamentu, and most locals also speak English and Spanish.

Woah that’s a lot of languages to know! And it’s all because Curacao has such a colorful and multi-cultural history and heritage.

Papiamentu is a multifaceted Creole language which is based on Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and a few African dialects. It’s been spoken for over 300 years and is widely considered the original language of Curacao. Because it was originally meant to be a spoken communication and not a written one you’ll frequently see different spellings for the exact same words.

So where exactly does that leave the average Curacao visitor? What language should you start practicing in anticipation of your trip?

Not that it’s necessary to learn an entire language for the purpose of a single vacation, but if you wanted to brush up on some of the most commonly used phrases and words in Curacao, we are here to help!

Curacaoans are extremely friendly and polite, and will be thrilled to hear you attempting to communicate, even if with just a word, in their language(s). Many of the following terms and words are very colloquial and fun – so no stress here just have fun with it!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortBon Bini – Welcome

Bon Dia – Goodmorning

Bon Tardi – Good Afternoon

Bon Nochi – Good Evening/Good Night

Kon ta bai?/Kombai? – How is it? How are things going with you? What’s up basically…

Mi ta bon, danki – I am fine, thank you

Kon bo yama? – What’s your name?

Mi yama… – My name is…

Mi ta bini di – I am from…

Masha Bon – Very Good

Bon – Good

Mi ta buskando un bano – I’m looking for a bathroom

Mener/ Senor – Mister/Sir

Jufrouw / Senora – Miss/Madam

Te otro biaha – See you later

Ajo (ah-yo) – Goodbye

Danki – Thank You

Muchanan – Children

Masha Danki – Thank you very much

Di Nada – You’re Welcome

Diskulpami/Sori – Excuse me/Sorry

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortNope, you don’t have to know every language spoken on the island, but the above list will definitely be helpful while you visit! Don’t sweat it if you forget a few, you can always ask the friendly hotel team members, tour guides or even random locals you pass by. Everyone is friendly and willing to help on Curacao.

Now this brings us to the last word you’ll want to know. A word that has many meanings and is used, and seen, often…

Dushi

Dushi is an expression that essentially means sweet, nice or good when describing items. When using it towards a person it’s basically like calling someone sweetheart, babe or even “sexy.” So it’s essential you understand the meaning, because you might just find yourself being called “Dushi” or even calling someone else “Dushi!” YOu just never know, anything is possible on Curacao.

Any trip to Curacao is destined to be incredible, and knowing a few common words and phrases will only enhance the trip even more.

For your luxury accommodation needs (and terminology advisors) seek out Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Curacao’s premier resort, Santa Barbara offers an array of resort activities as well as opportunities to see the island through various tours and experiences.

Book your stay today! We hope you have a lovely trip!

Destination, Health & Wellness

Get a Taste of the World’s Fastest Growing Water Sport on the Idyllic Island of Curacao

Wind, sea, and surfboards… a combination that has resulted in one of the fastest growing watersports in the world.

If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking Kitesurfing.

What exactly is kitesurfing anyway?

Essentially, it’s an extreme water sport combining aspects of paragliding, surfing, and wakeboarding,

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortThe kite-boarders (or surfers, the terms are used interchangeably) propel themselves across, and through, water on a surface resembling a wakeboard, using the power of large kites, similar to a paraglide, which are attached to the boards by a few lines.

It’s truly an extraordinarily thrilling sport, and offers the chance to feel connected to the elements in a way few other activities allow.

Initially new kitesurfers are learning how to balance and skim the top of the water, but as practitioners progress there are many spectacular movements that can be learned.

Even if you have no intentions of trying the sport yourselves, it’s mesmerizing to watch.

Kitesurfers will jump, fly and flip through the air looking as light as a feather as the wind supports their activities.

Unlike surfing, kitesurfing requires no waves, only wind, making it greatly accessible in many parts of the world.

One of the absolute best destinations for kitesurfing is none other that the idyllic Caribbean island of Curacao.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuracao, 40 miles north of Venezuela and conveniently situated beneath the hurricane belt, is the “C” is the ABC islands and is part of the Netherland Antilles.

Due to Curacao’s steady 16-20 knot trade winds, relatively flat shallow open waters, and warm balmy temperatures year round, it’s an ideal destination for the sport.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have been kitesurfing for a while, Curacao has the perfect spot to get a healthy dose of kitesurfing in.

Beginners Venture to…

St. Joris Bay. Calm waters and steady breeze define St. Joris Bay as an excellent spot to practice kitesurfing. It’s easy to spot the bay, especially on the weekends, since the telltale kites can be seen in the sky before the water even comes into view. The bay is pretty big, and is protected from the waves of the East side of the island, keep the water calm but the wind fierce. You can visit this site to check out the details on kitesurfing lessons.

Beginners and Intermediate Practitioners Venture to…

St. Willibrordus. Located on the West coast of the island, St. Willibrordus is another by protected from the waves. The water is flat, and has plenty of wind chop for good kitesurfing. Located behind the flamingo sanctuary.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortAdvanced Practitioners Venture to…

Klein Curacao. A small island 15 miles off the coast of Curacao, Klein Curacao (meaning little Curacao) is an incredible kitesurfing spot, but should be reserved for advanced surfers. Because the island is further out to sea, it has off shore winds which are fiercer than the trade winds that blow through the bays. There will also be other swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and boats roaming about. If you’re an advanced surfer, this will be a non-issue, but beginners are advised to avoid this spot.

Those are the three best spots for kitesurfing on Curacao island. Each spot is breathtakingly beautiful, and offers a unique experience. Curacao as a whole has a limitless supply of adventure, entertainment and relaxation, adding value to any kitesurfing trip. Whether you intend to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll surely fall in love with the welcoming island.

When planning your getaway, be sure to book your stay at the luxurious Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. More than just a resort, Santa Barbara is an island sanctuary, a haven you can return to between the excitement and adventure of kitesurfing.

We hope you have smooth planning and happy travels!

Food

For Authentic Yet Diverse Caribbean Cuisine, Look no Further Than Curaçao

Beyond seeing the sights, exploring the nature, and learning the history of a given destination, the truest way to understand its culture is through its cuisine.

Each bite of local fare is like taking a step closer to the truth – to the essence of a place.

Cuisine holds the cultures history, drama, secrets of the landscape, and the hardships and happinesses of its people.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortWhen traveling, tasting local and authentic food is one of the most exciting and delicious activities to partake in!

Certain countries and regions are home to more than one type or style of cuisine, and the idyllic Caribbean island of Curaçao is one such place.

Curaçao has an immense amount of historical chapters, and has played host to a plethora of cultures over the past few decades. As such, the cuisine is varied as they come, with plenty of delightful treats and fascinating dishes to explore.

There’s much to learn and experience when it comes to Curaçao cuisine, and we’ll try and give you a breakdown of what to try and where it might have come from originally.

Much of The Cuisine Hails From African Origins

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortThe bulk of the island cuisine is comprised of African-turned-Caribbean style. This is due to the large percentage of African-descended islanders, whose ancestors arrived on the island anywhere from the 1600s to today. This style of food is what you will find most commonly, and it’s absolutely delicious! We suggest trying…

  • Kabritu – Stewed goat doused in a semi-sweet brown sauce.
  • Stoba – The word for stew, there are many stews, all of which are worth tasting.
  • Karko – Thin slices of Conch, typically prepared in a generous amount of garlic and butter.
  • Funchi – The Curaçaoan version of polenta, made out of cornmeal, seasoned with butter and salt.
  • Tutu – Similar to Funchi, but also includes mashed black-eyed peas.

The Dutch Influence

Being a member of the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao is heavily influenced by the Dutch in many ways, including: architecture, culture, and cuisine. Some of the Dutch inspired dishes are…

  • Bitterbal – Sausage meat molded into balls, coated with breadcrumbs, and then fried.
  • Keshi Yena – Essentially a stuffed cheese casserole. Definitely one of the most popular dishes, Keshi Yena is typically made out of Gouda, and then stuffed with spiced chicken, onions, olives, capers, and tomatoes. Now to be clear – Keshi Yena is what the African’s on Curaçao created from the leftover parts of the wheels of cheese the Dutch loved to eat. So it’s a combination of Dutch and African influence.

Check Out the South American Influence

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuraçao’s cuisine is has been greatly influenced by South America over the years due to its close proximity to Venezuela – Curaçao is a mere 40 miles north. Much of the island’s produce and other goods are imported from Venezuela. Definitely check out the…

  • Floating Market – This is the place to make your freshly caught seafood purchases. Merchants from Venezuela and Colombia arrive by boat to the island where they sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Technically the stalls are on land, but the boats filled with goods are right behind the stall, giving it the look of a floating market.
  • Red Snapper – This is one of the most common fish, and though how it’s prepared may vary, much of the actual fish comes from Venezuelan fisherman who journey to Curaçao to sell their catch.

The Best Place to Try it All…

You can spend your Curaçao vacation hopping from one fancy restaurant to the next, but to really try authentic cuisine, it’s all about the simple, local run, joints.

  • Plasa Bieu – The Old Market, Plasa Bieu is the place to try it all. You can find any of the aforementioned dishes, plus many more. Yvonne’s is definitely the place to try if you have to choose. Keep in mind this market is only open for lunch, and can get very crowded! So get there early, and plan to stay a while, we promise you’ll enjoy yourselves.

After all the delicious cuisine, you just might find yourself in need of some quality R&R. Thankfully Curaçao is a Caribbean island offering plenty of luxurious resorts and spectacular beaches to experience. For your luxury accommodation needs, seek out Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curaçao’s premier resort. Our team at the resort will also be happy to point you in the direction of the most authentic cuisine around, and offer any other advice or local insight needed! We hope you have a fabulous getaway. Bon Voyage!

Destination, Family Travel

Get a Look at the Adventurous Side of Curaçao

When we think of “Curaçao” likely two images come to mind: a delicious blue liqueur and/or a slice of Caribbean paradise.

Curacao is the namesake of the blue liqueur and the original birthplace of it. Curaçao is also an idyllic Caribbean island surrounded by sparkling turquoise water.

Yet, unlike many other Caribbean islands, Curaçao has much to be discovered on land. That’s right, not just a pretty plot of land famous for its beaches, rather Curaçao is a pretty plot of land with incredible beaches, culture, landscape, history, and adventure.  

In fact, Curaçao doesn’t just have a few land adventures, it has tons of them.


Tour the Island
a la ATV

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortNothing beats getting down and dirty on an ATV or buggy ride. You can ride alone or with a pal. Your guide will be sure to give you the basics of ATV driving if you’ve never tried it before. Typically there will be an array of tour options, ranging from half day to full day. Also the tours are usually split up into “East” and “West” allowing you to choose which parts of the island you want to see most. Depending on which tour you choose you’ll have different stops along the way to places such as the Aloe Vera plantation, caves, incredible views, etc. This is definitely an epic way to experience the island!

Two Incredible National Parks

Every destination should have at least one national park, and for an island as small as Curaçao, it’s amazing that it has two!

  • Christoffel Park – The island’s largest national park, Christoffel features Mt. Christoffel which is the island’s tallest peak. There are a plethora of hiking trails, plants, and animals to enjoy. This is also a favorite place for bird watching,
  • Shete Boka Park – This is for explorers who prefer to be off the beaten track, so to speak. You can explore the rocky wave-exposed north coast of the island, also where three species of turtles lay their eggs. The beginning of the park is at the breathtaking Boka Tabla, a place where enormous waves crash into an underground cavern. A favorite hike here is along the limestone bluffs above the cavern, which offers excellent views of the coastline.

Amazonia – The Lost Cultures

One of the newer attractions on the island, The Amazonia Tour is quite the experience. At this attraction you will see dozens of Mayan, Aztec, and Incan sculptures, carvings, and murals. You’ll be guided on a tour that will take you across 45,000 square feet of rainforest, temple ruins, ponds and pyramids. Basically you can feel like Indiana Jones as you get a glimpse at what the cultures of South and Central America and the Caribbean might have felt like, way back when. This is certainly not your typical Caribbean island experience, which makes it that much more fascinating and fun.

Visit an Actual Ostrich Farm

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortThis is a real thing. Basically you go to the farm and get to play with Ostriches all day long. You can take a safari tour, a quad tour, and feel like you’re in a South African Caribbean dreamland.

 

Biking Adventure on Santa Barbara Plantation

As soon as you arrive at Santa Barbara Plantation, you’ll immediately understand why there is so much to explore.  The expansive 2,000 acre plantation features breathtaking rock formations, beautiful caves and caverns, stunning views, and a diverse variety of flora and fauna. Rent a bike and explore the property on your own. Or, go for our morning jog using our miles of trails. Take a guided morning hike to learn about the plantation, Curaçao, and the island’s unique eco-system.

Explore the Hato Caves

What were once used as hiding places, shelter, and art galleries, are now part of Curaçao’s right history. The Hato Caves are north of the capital – Willemstad – and are open to the public to take tours through. A really neat experience!  

Experience Curacao’s Colorful History

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuraçao has had quite the eventful history, and a great many cultural influences over the past few centuries. Because of that, there are ample museums to enjoy, and really neat walking tours. You can take a self-guided tour through Willemstad, Otrabanda, and Punda to get a taste of urban life and history on the island. For details on the museums and architecture of the island, visit here.

Next time you’re in Curaçao, whether it’s the first time or not, we hope you take a bit of time to explore some of these land activities!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, nestled beachfront within 2,000 acre plantation, is the ideal destination for adventure seekers.  The resort offers guided hiking and mountain biking tours, and miles of mountain trails for guests to explore on their own.  For those who want to venture out to sea, the resort offers an on-site dive and watersports center, offering Discover SCUBA courses, boat and shore diving, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and more. Our friendly team will be happy to help answer any questions, book any tours, and make your planning process smooth sailing!