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.
Always held on the first Sunday of the New Year, this is an event known to attract partiers from all corners of the Earth, not to mention the occasional world-famous DJ… Martin Garrix anyone? (circa Fuikdag 2014) This is an occasion to let loose, live life to the fullest and find the most creative floatation device you can imagine.
Intrigued? Here are the answers to the most important questions surrounding the mysteriously amazing party:
What Does Fuikdag Mean?
Great question. Curaçao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which means one of the languages spoken is Dutch. Fuikdag is a dutch word, and it simply means Fuik Day. So then what the Fuik does Fuik mean, right? Fuik is the name of the bay the party is held in.
Where is Fuikdag Held?
In Fuik Bay, which is technically part of Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort’s property.
Do I need a Boat?
Sort of. You can’t actually get to Fuik Bay without a boat, so you at least need to secure a boat ride to the bay. After arriving at the bay, you don’t need a boat, as long as you have your floating device. Curaçaoans are well known for their hospitable attitudes, so chances are, if you arrive at the island a few days prior to the big day, you’ll make friends with someone and find yourself invited onto a boat. This is the best plan if you don’t have a boat – make fast friends with someone who does! But of course, you can float on whatever you like, and you don’t need a boat to do that! Renting a boat is a great idea, but keep in mind every boat on the island will likely be rented out before the day of the party… so plan ahead and reserve your boat early.
What Should I Use to Float On?
This is entirely up to you! It’s best to test out any sketchy devices ahead of time, as you won’t want to arrive and promptly sink. But trust us when we say – people will float on absolutely anything they can find (that floats of course). Floating flamingos have been all the rage as of late. If you can find a floating unicorn, even better. Thankfully we live in the age of the World Wide Web, where anything can be found.
How Much Does it Cost?
Nada! Zilch! You can be a part of the biggest floating dance party in the Caribbean, listening to top-notch DJs, dancing alongside the happiest people on Earth… for absolutely free! Now, where else in the world can you do that?! Of course, if you don’t already live on Curaçao, the main expenses will be everything else – flight, accommodations, food, transport, etc. If you start booking all of those things NOW, we suspect you can still find some great deals. If you stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, you’ll literally be as close as possible to Fuik Bay itself.
What Kind of Music Will Be Played?
EDM, baby! Don’t expect to find a lineup anywhere… this event is famous for legendary DJs to just show up and start spinning. Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and DJ Chuckie have shown up in the past, it’ll be exciting to see who makes it this year.
This is the type of event you’ll want to recover from. Curaçao being a Caribbean island and all, makes it an ideal place to relax and recover. Meaning, plan your trip so that Fuikdag is at the beginning, with plenty of time for you to relax and chill afterward. It is a good idea to arrive at least two days before the event, though, so you can prepare, shop for supplies and even ask the locals any questions you may have. This is also around the time tourism really picks up in the region, so again – plan and book ahead of time. Besides the mere fact that Fuik Bay is on its property, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a luxury resort with plenty of amenities to ensure you relax and enjoy your time in Curaçao to the fullest.
Book your stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, and get ready to have the experience of a lifetime. Time to get the Fuik out of the cold weather and work life, and get your party on Caribbean style!