Adventurist, Family Travel

Bask in the Spirit of The Season This December at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

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!

Inspiration

You Can Add a Little Sweetness to Your Suitcase This Holiday Season, by Packing For a Purpose

Packing, the infamous word that makes many of us groan with displeasure. Having to fit all of the necessary, or if we’re being truthful, not so necessary at times, items into one suitcase. Worrying about the weight limits, size limits, items that aren’t allowed for security purposes.

Yet, for most of us, the packing struggle is for our own cause – to have all of our favorite items while on vacation somewhere beautiful, new, or exotic.

This holiday season, at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort on Curacao Island, guests have the chance to add another layer to their packing, they can Pack For a Purpose.

Adventurist, Like A Local

A Party So “Fuiking” Insane, You Have to Experience it to Believe it

Boats. Floats. Beats. Internationally famous DJs. Lots of bikinis.

There are parties, and then there is Fuikdag.

Hailed as one of the biggest and wildest parties you’ve never heard of, Fuikdag is Curaçao‘s annual boat and dance party to ring in the New Year.

There are no tickets, dress code or limitations of any kind… for the most part. What began as a three boat gathering has since transformed into a massive float party extending the length of just one day, once a year.

Adventurist, Health & Wellness

Explore Curaçao By Foot, Pedal and Hoof

Surfing, snorkeling, boating, swimming… the possibilities of water play in and around the Caribbean island of Curaçao are endless. Typically the initial draw of Curaçao is the glittering Caribbean Sea, yet it’s the expansive buffet of land activities also, that entices tourists to visit time after time.

Exploring Curaçao by water is spectacular, but there’s also Curaçao by foot, pedal, and hoof to entertain!

Like A Local

It’s Time to Be Thankful For… The Rap, R&B and Hip-Hop Artists of Curacao’s Annual, Epic, SummerFall Concert Happening This Thanksgiving

Combine a Caribbean island, some of the best modern rap and R&B music artists in the world, and thousands of people. What do you get? One epic event known as SummerFall Concert.

The best way to describe Curaçao’s annual SummerFall Concert is… mind-blowing. If you’re a fan of rap, R&B and hip-hop, then this is an event you won’t want to miss. The event group, Color Events Curaçao, does a spectacular job and never fails to exceed everyone’s expectations.

Golf

A Tee Time You’ll Never Forget – 5 Reasons You Need to Play The Old Quarry Golf Course

There’s golfing and then there’s golfing somewhere in paradise.  If you’re the vacationer that goes where the golf is good, then we’ve got a pretty spectacular destination in mind for you.

Even if you don’t live, breathe and dream of golf, Curacao is still a destination you won’t want to miss.

The island of Curaçao is a serene Caribbean retreat merely 40 miles north of South America. Located outside of the hurricane belt and under-the-radar in the Caribbean, Curaçao has a truly unique blend of cultural offerings and landscapes.

Adventurist, Health & Wellness

Immerse Yourself in Healthy Living on The Island of Curacao

From world famous marathons to high-profile yoga festivals there’s a never ending supply of physical and mental wellness events and practices to engage with in the U.S.

But, this healthy living movement isn’t just happening in the U.S., it’s all over the world! Having been a coveted place to retreat to for a bit of mind, body and spirit rejuvenation, it’s no surprise that the Caribbean is following (or shall we say, leading) in the health and wellness trends of society.

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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, Health & Wellness

Top 3 Ocean Adventures at Curacao’s Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

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 old 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!