Adventurist, 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!

Adventurist, 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.

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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!

Adventurist, 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!

Flavor Of

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!

Adventurist, 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!  

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Exploring Curaçao Up Close and Personal – Kayak Adventures Abound

What’s the best way to explore a destination?

On foot, by car, on a horse, from a helicopter, or on the water?

The question, by default, is somewhat subjective, but it’s safe to say that it all depends on the location.

When it comes to an island, especially an island with unique and interesting coasts, then perhaps on/in the water is one of the best ways.

Way down South in the Caribbean, just North of Venezuela, lies a laid-back, colorful, and exciting little island called Curaçao.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuraçao is nicely settled beneath the hurricane belt, and as such, offers beautifully in tact coral reefs, tepid waters, and calm weather patterns, typically. The ideal conditions for a little fun in the sea.

Granted, there are a variety of watersports and activities that enable visitors to explore the coastline, but today we will be focusing on exploring Curaçao via kayaks.

Seriously, you can see so many fascinating and magnificent parts of Curaçao’s coast from a kayak! Because we want you to fall in love with Curaçao just as much as we have, here are a few of our favorite kayak experiences on Curaçao:

Caracas Bay

  • This beautiful bay is a spectacular kayaking spot, mostly because you can also snorkel here! This spot used to be an anchorage for ships, which means it provides just enough shelter for a variety of fish and marine life. This is a popular snorkel spot because there’s a sunken tugboat underwater. It’s easy enough to bring snorkel gear – just pack it with you in the kayak! You can also enjoy a picturesque view of an old manorial estate and Fort Beekenburg, a nicely preserved fort, originally built in 1703.

Spanish Water Lagoon

  • The largest lagoon in Curaçao, Spanish Water Lagoon is perfect for kayaking. As you make your way around the lagoon, you’ll see beautiful mangrove forests, some of which are home to birds such as “Bubi tres Kolo” and “Garza Blanku.” You’ll also pass by some of the villas of the Spanish Waters, anchored sailboats, and other water sport go-ers.

Kayak Through the Mangroves

  • Mangroves, which are a critical part of the coastal saltwater ecosystem, serve as a buffer between the sea and the land. They offer protection against erosion, manage the damage of hurricanes and tropical storms, and are home to many creatures – especially birds and fish. So, it’s truly incredible to get to see them up close, to catch glimpses of the mini-world inside the trees. There are many kayak operators that will expertly take you around the mangroves.

Kayak AND Power Snorkel

  • If you’ve never tried power snorkeling, you’re in for a real treat. The tranquil, crystal clear waters of the South Coast of the island is where many of these tours are held. You’ll be outfitted with your own “state of the art” power scooter and snorkel equipment from your instructor. Once you’re set, your guide will take you the incredible views lying just below the water’s surface. The scooter enables you to glide along as you see sea fans, coral, and a plethora of marine life.

Kayak Fishing Adventure

  • This adventure departs directly from the luxurious and tranquil Santa Barbara Resort. The guides will pack and provide all supplies – including lunch! You’ll be paddling away the day in the Spanish Waters, trying your hand at fishing. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a big barracuda, or even a tarpon. Kayaking and fishing, what more could a person want?

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortThese are just a few of our favorite excursions, but there are plenty more to be had! Each piece of Curaçao’s coast is slightly different, and kayaking is an excellent way to explore them in-depth.

For the most luxurious home base during your stay, seek out Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. Experts in all things Curaçao, the friendly team at Santa Barbara will guide you to the best tour operators and experiences possible! Feel free to contact the team with any questions about your vacation! Happy planning!

Flavor Of, Like A Local

An Island, a Liqueur, and a Whole Lotta Questions

Which came first – Curaçao island or Curaçao liqueur? Trick question of course, but then again, Curaçao is a mysterious liqueur.

When it comes down to it the real deal is to be able to drink a Curaçao cocktail while relaxing on the magnificent Caribbean island of Curaçao.

Yes, that is the life.

Ok, back to business, let’s clear up some of the general confusion surrounding the enigmatic liqueur.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortFact – Curaçao came from a failed attempt of the Spanish to cultivate Valencia oranges on the island.

Fact – Curaçao is naturally colorless.

Fact – Most people associate Curaçao with the color blue.

Fact – Curaçao is made from the oil of dried orange peels, and is then mixed with secret ingredients such as certain local herbs. The oranges are peeled with wooden knives, and then the peels are left to dry.

It all started in the beginning of the 16th century, shortly after the Spanish discovered a little slice of paradise just 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast.

Eventually those industrious Spaniards decided to develop Curaçao agriculturally, and being from Spain, they began to plant Valencia oranges.

Valencia’s may grow abundantly in Spain, but they sure didn’t thrive under the sizzling sun and arid climate of Curaçao.

After no success was found, the Spanish abandoned the project, and the Valencias were left alone to grow wild and free. Apparently not even the infamous Curaçaoan goats would touch the things.

Quite some time later, it was discovered that the peels of the orange, once dried by the sun, contain etheric oils that make them fragrant.

No longer the Valencia Orange, as it had a bit of time to evolve and transform, this new orange was dubbed the “Citrus Aurantium Currassuviensis.”

Since that’s a mouth full, the locals named it “Laraha.”

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortSo, Why is it Blue?

Great question. Humans love to make things colorful, and once dye was invented, Curaçao got dyed blue somewhere down the line, and it just stuck!

In fact, Curaçao sans coloring doesn’t have too much color to it, but the coloring doesn’t affect the taste, so typically distillers give it a little color!

Blue, green, red, orange, and clear are the typical colors Curaçao is found to have. The sweet taste and pretty colors are usually why the liqueur is used in fruity tropical cocktails.

Where to Try

Of course, Curaçao can be purchased at grocery stores, or you can taste it in cocktails at any given bar or restaurant (usually), but the best place of all to taste is, of course, Curaçao island!

We recommend heading to Curacao Liqueur Factory, which is run by the family Senior & Co., and produces the ancient liqueur in the famous Landhuis Chobolobo – essentially an old plantation surrounded by the natural beauty of the island. The factory offers free tours at Landhuis which includes a complimentary tasting of the fine liqueur!

Naturally you don’t have to travel all the way to Curaçao to taste Curaçao liqueur, but we highly recommend doing so as a gift to yourself! For the utmost in luxury and convenience, book your stay at the beautiful Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. The friendly team at Santa Barbara can help you arrange your tour at the Factory, along with provide recommendations for anything and everything else you desire to see or do throughout your stay!

Bon Voyage and Cheers!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

 

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Sing the Blues in Caribbean Paradise at BlueSeas Festival 2016

Tumba, Reggae, Calypso, Compás, Salsa, Bachata, Punta, Zouk, and too many more to name, are all incredible Caribbean music genres.

Blues though? Would anyone guess that Blues is becoming one of the most popular genres in and around the Caribbean?!

It’s true, and one island in particular is celebrating the genre BIG TIME in a few weeks, for the 2nd year in a row, and trust us, this is not an event to miss.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuraçao, the “C” of the ABC islands in the southwest Caribbean, is hosting a two-day, completely free, blues music festival.

The 2nd Annual Curacao International BlueSeas Festival is going to be bigger and better than last year, if that’s even possible, and yes, is seriously free.

Imagine a vacation on a Caribbean island – white sandy beaches, tepid warm ocean water, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking to panoramic views, eating, drinking and general merryness. Sounds like a dream right?

It is. Add listening to world-famous blues artists, for free, to the mix and now you’ve got an unparalleled experience waiting for you.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortFrom Friday May 6 through Saturday May 7, six stages will be built in the historical area of Pietermaai where the musicians will be performing. The genres we can expect to hear are blues, blues-rock, bluegrass, soul, and even gospel.  

Talent includes emerging artists such as the British Laurence Jones and American Samantha Fish, to well-known established artists such as Robert Randolph and The Family band and Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Headlining is none other than American music legend, singer/pianist Leon Russell, one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians to date. Russell has been in the industry for 50 years, and has worked with the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John.

So what can you expect to be doing, eating, and experiencing over the course of this two-day festival you might ask?

Well, let us illuminate the answers for you!

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortDoing:

Naturally if you venture to Curaçao for this incredible festival, you’ll be listening to some stellar blues.

  • You may also be lounging on one or more of these beaches (for a little R&R in between sets).
  • Or checking out the beautiful buildings and unique architecture in and around the festival in the historic neighborhood of Pietermaai, which is known for being a cultural, raw, edgy, but also in parts luxurious neighborhood. A bit of historical Curaçao meets modern hip Curaçao.

Eating:

One of the most delicious and exciting ways to experience a new culture is through its food! Because Curaçao is a serious melting pot of cultures – think Spanish, French, British, Dutch, African, and more, the local food has influences from across the globe.

  • Keshi Yena, a local dish of cheese stuffed with meat. Often times the cheese is gouda, and is commonly stuffed with spiced chicken, onion, olives, capers, and tomatoes.
  • Okra Soup, this yummy soup is made with the green okra vegetable, which is boiled and then mixed with fish and salted meat. Similar to American gumbo.
  • Pastechi, a delicious pastry stuffed with chicken, cheese, tuna, or minced meat, and typically eaten for breakfast.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortExperiencing:

Well that’s simple – the sights, sounds, and activities of everyday life in Curaçao! Plus a plethora of Blues artists! For your time before and/or after the festival, here are a few fan-favorite Curaçao activities:

  • Scuba Diving, whether you’re a seasoned diver, or a beginner, Curaçao boats some of the most spectacular diving spots in the Caribbean.
  • Ostrich Farm, this is a real thing. Not sure how this ended up on the island, but regardless everyone is guaranteed a good, and hilarious, time.
  • Hiking, one of the best ways to get a solid feel for the island, not to mention ahh-mazing views, there’s a variety of hikes in size and scope you can try out, visit here for more information.

Do your inner blues afficionado a favor and find your way by plane, boat, private jet, yacht, or any other way you can discover, to Curaçao for the epic 2nd Annual Curacao International BlueSeas Festival. Two days might not seem long enough for some fun in the sun, which is why we always recommend arriving before, or staying after, to continue enjoying the delights our beautiful island has to offer.

For your accommodation needs, book your stay at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort – a perfect blend of luxury and culture, while being secluded yet centrally located to all the islands attractions. Happy festing!

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A Holiday Dressed in Orange, Fit for Kings, and Filled With Bargains: Koningsdag 2016

Koningsdag, also known as “King’s Day” is not your average holiday. Not that there’s anything remotely average about the colorful Dutch island of Curaçao.

For those new to the culture of Curaçao, King’s Day is not simply just a day to honor the King of the Netherlands birthday, oh no, it’s a day to swim in a sea of orange, find the best bargain on anything and everything, and party your heart out.