Spring break comes around once a year, but being prepared in advance isn’t always easy. Life moves quickly, and before we know it we have vacation time without a plan! When we’re young and unattached not having a plan is part of the excitement of being alive. Transitioning into the stage of life where a partner and kids are involved, though, is a whole other story!
It sparkles in the sun, changes hues throughout the day, and is comfortingly warm. What might these descriptors be for? Why the Caribbean Sea of course! The Caribbean dazzles all who are fortunate enough to live alongside it, visit it, or even just lay eyes upon it from afar. There are many tropical seas around the world beckoning vacationers, but the Caribbean Sea is by far one of the most magnificent.
With more vacation destinations, resorts, and options in general, than ever before, how on Earth does one choose? In this era of abundant transportation options and endless travel photography and blogging, there are far fewer places one can’t go than can!
By the time November rolls around, most of us have been working for months on end without a vacation. November brings the promise of Thanksgiving and some time off, yes! Then there comes that inevitable inner discourse of whether to travel or not to travel.
Traveling in the BC years (before children) and traveling in the WC years (with children) are extraordinarily different traveling styles. Planning wasn’t necessarily a priority and “winging-it” might have been your go-to. Hah, not anymore!
Something wonderful has happened since those BC years – you grew your family! Having children is the most precious time in one’s life, but it can also be the most overwhelming time!
Congratulations! You’ve booked your stay at one of the most spectacular and luxurious resorts in the Caribbean. We can’t wait to meet you and help you go into full-on vacation mode! Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers an immense amount of things to do, and not do, but you probably already knew that!
To ensure you get the most out of your stay with us, we’ve designed an example itinerary of how to spend four days at our resort. Of course, you can do everything on the itinerary, a few things, or none at all – completely up to you! But if you love to plan, then this guide might help you determine which activities you want to when! You might also discover activities that you didn’t realize were offered at the resort. Without further ado, check out our 4-day vacation bliss at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort:
These four example days are full days, not the days of travel and departure.
Though it may seem like a holiday year round on Curaçao, the magic of the holiday season makes this time of year more thrilling and wonderful than any other time.
On Curaçao, you can trade in snow for sand, and grey skies for a soft warm breeze and sunny skies. Looking for holiday festivities and cheer? We’ve got it on tap around here.
At Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, the weather is delightful year-round, especially during the holidays, allowing our guests to be festive in mind, body, and spirit. If you’re wondering just how we celebrate the season on our idyllic, sunny, and blissfully warm island, just take a peek at some of our magical holiday happenings!
Picture yourself on a white sandy beach, light breeze blowing through your hair as you sip on a tropical cocktail.
Welcome to the Caribbean, where relaxation and picturesque scenery dominates the everyday itinerary for visitors.
Yet, many visitors crave a little more balance in their Caribbean getaways. Of course relaxing and enjoying the warm sea are top items on the vacation agenda, but how about mixing in some sports, or more adrenaline-pumping land activities?
Yes, that can be accomplished without a doubt. Not every Caribbean island is big enough to offer multiple landscapes but the southernly island of Curaçao is.
In fact, Curaçao is almost as well-known for it’s culture, multi-layered history and land adventures as it is for its coastal beauty.
Secluded on its own private section of the island lies Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, the ideal spot for land adventures on Curaçao.
Why would a resort be such an ideal spot for land exploration? Because Santa Barbara sits within a 2,000 acre plantation. A lot can be done with 2,000 acres and we’ve prepared a list of our top 3 favorite land activities for you:
When picturing the Caribbean, mountain biking certainly doesn’t come to mind first, but at Santa Barbara, anything is possible. Tear up the miles of trails conveniently located at the resort. What’s even better is that these trails aren’t exclusively for experienced mountain bikers. There are trails for every level and skill set, especially beginners. If you’ve never tried mountain biking then this could be an exciting time to try it out! You can’t beat those beautiful island views.
Tie Those Laces Tight – Hiking Adventures Await
Did we mention there are 2,000 acres to explore? For those craving a little foot action, Santa Barbara features an abundance of trails for you to enjoy. Take a leisurely pace or set a goal to see it all, either way you’ll be treated to jaw-droppingly beautiful coastal views. Definitely don’t forget your camera or selfie stick.
Sporting Island Style
There’s golfing, and then there’s golfing with views of the magnificent Caribbean sea. Designed by Pete Dye, the Old Quarry Golf Course at the resort has been voted one of the best in the Caribbean on multiple occasions. The course takes on the shape of the naturally contoured site and overlooks the Caribbean Sea and the sheltered bay known as Spanish Water. Additionally, Santa Barbara boasts the only Hydro-Grid clay tennis court in the Caribbean. Polish your A-game, play for the first time or take lessons. However you want to enjoy it, the Tafelberg Tennis Center is an awesome part of the overall vacation experience.
The water activities will always be there for your enjoyment, but we thought it might be nice to know that there’s plenty to entertain on the dry-side as well. Who knows – perhaps your favorite memories of your Curaçao getaway will be trying mountain biking for the first time, or learning a winning golf stroke which will make heads roll back home on the course. Whatever it is you desire to do, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort will see to your every want and need!
Many destinations around the world boast spectacular landscapes or seascapes, yet how many offer both?
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.
Getting even more specific, there’s one coastal resort on the island that boasts 2,000 acres of land all to itself.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is truly a destination of its own, perfect for exploring the watery depths of the Caribbean Sea and trekking across the island’s diverse Caribbean landscapes.
It can be enjoyable to rent a car, map the route and research the adventures and journeys ahead. But, often times with the busy pace of everyday life, it’s nice to retreat somewhere where everything you’d like to do and see is conveniently located nearby. That’s exactly the experience you’ll have at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort.
If that sounds magnificent, just wait until you get a quick synopsis of everything visitors can see and do on the resort grounds.
Wetter is Better
Curaçao 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
- Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding
- Lounging beachside, bayside or poolside
- Swimming in your choice of pool, ocean or bay
For When You’d Rather be Dry
There’s much more to the Caribbean than beautiful coast lines! Santa Barbara used to be a plantation back in the day, and as such the resort sits on the original 2,000 acres of beautiful land. Explore on your own or ask for a guided tour from a friendly staff member. With 2,000 acres at your disposal it’s unlikely you’ll run out of places to venture to. We suggest trying:
- Mountain bike tours, rentals and trails
- The only hydro-grid clay tennis court in the Caribbean
- Pete Dye’s Old Quarry golf course – one of the best in the Caribbean
- Historic Well Tour -discover the island’s first freshwater well
We could say it’s non-stop adventure at Santa Barbara but that wouldn’t be altogether accurate.
The truth is, Santa Barbara offers the option for non-stop adventure, but there’s also the option for complete and utter relaxation. You don’t have to do it all or see it all each day, or even in a single visit. Find peace of mind knowing that every desired activity is within easy reach, but so is the option to do absolutely nothing other than bask in the peaceful serenity of the island.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog when we will feature our top 3 favorite land and sea activities!
Feel free to contact us at any time for questions, inquiries or a mutual love for Curaçao!
To ensure your experience at Santa Barbara is top notch, we’ve compiled a variety of vacation packages to meet your every need! Find out which one fits you best right here.
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.