Family Travel, Golf, Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Almost, anyway.

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

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

Mountain Biking Caribbean Style

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

Tie Those Laces Tight – Hiking Adventures Await

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

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortSporting Island Style

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

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

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!