6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2016 9:32 AM by Papoo RSS

Curacao

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Curacao is the world's best kept secret.  We just came back from spending an amazing week on an island that is so relaxed and chilled.  The Marriott is as expected; beautiful, comfortable and right on the ocean.  The weather is always perfect and offers amazing swimming, snorkeling or just plain taking it easy.  If you have specific questions, i would love to help answer them.

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Location Brand Hotel
Curacao, Curacao Marriott Hotels & Resorts Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
  • Re: Curacao
    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    Hi Papoo,

     

    Good to read you enjoyed your time on Curacao as we had tentative reservations there at the Marriott in January, but opted for the easier travel times/route and the new Cabo Resorts - Hotels | JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa

    I do have a few questions for you if you don't mind:

     

    • Where did you travel from and routing to arrive in Curacao?
    • Did you use points or pay for the trip and what type of room did you reserve and end up getting?
    • How far from off property restaurants/bars and does the resort provide a shuttle service?
    • Did you rent a car and/or is a vehicle a good option?
    • What activities did you take in other than chillin' and relaxin'?

     

    Thank you in advance for your help and please share any pictures you might think we would all enjoy.

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    • Re: Curacao
      Papoo Platinum
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      We travelled from Toronto, Canada.  WestJet has direct flights.

      I used almost all my points that I have accumulated over years just for this.  30th anniversary.

      I reserved an ocean view suite but ended up getting a beach front suite...about 40 feet from the ocean!

      The Marriott has great restaurants for all meals right on site.  I am unaware of any shuttle service but there could be one.  We rented a car which is a great option for getting around on your own.  Make sure you have a good navigation app or GPS.

      I did a mountain bike tour with a company called Wannbike.  It was awesome but you need to be into cycling.  Our guides took us off road biking while stopping to point out various historical landmarks that you would otherwise not see on your own.  Our guides were Frank and Ceasar.  They were great.IMG-20160211-WA0012.jpg

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      • Re: Curacao
        iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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        Thank you for the information....WestJet does fly to my home town, but unfortunately only northbound back toward Canada not to the south and Caribbean.  It seems from my looking around either Insel which I read is not good or a few stops with connections to get to CUR. Yet is sure seems like a great spot so could be worth the effort.

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      • Re: Curacao
        clebert Platinum 21 Reviews
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        Papoo, looks like a desert terrain like Aruba?  Also supposed to be a world-class scuba diving location, from what I've heard.  Is it less populated/commercial than Aruba?  Is it windy like Aruba? Do they speak English and/or take US currency?

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        • Re: Curacao
          Papoo Platinum
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          I have never been to Aruba but have heard it is way more commercialized.

          The terrain is desert like and parts are fairly run down while other parts such as downtown Willemstad are old Dutch architecture and beautiful.

          There is always a breeze (blowing towards Aruba) but that's why it is so comfortable.

          The people are very friendly and US currency is accepted.  Most all hotel and retail staff speak English.  The locals really get tickled by the tourists who learn a few words in their dialect so it would be worthwhile to learn a few basic words.

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    • Re: Curacao
      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      I have been to Aruba couple of times and enjoyed the direct route from a few places in US. I look forward to hearing about the air travel to the island

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