Destination, Health & Wellness

Get Out on The Water. Explore Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort’s Top 3 Ocean Adventures

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 ancient 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!

Destination, Family Travel

By Land or Sea. At Santa Barbara, Adventure Awaits

Many destinations around the world boast spectacular land-scapes 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 one-stop-shop for exploring the watery depths of the Caribbean sea and trekking over Caribbean soil in one convenient location.

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
  • Lounging beachside, bayside or poolside
  • Swimming in your choice of pool, ocean or bay
  • Jacuzzi soak

For When You’d Rather be Dry

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortThere’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 for the history buffs

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.

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!

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.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

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!