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n.y.
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Compare to Aruba

We go to Aruba every year for 2 weeks , how would we like Curacao instead , we like the beach , good food ,the casinos and a little sight seeing . Also is it as safe as Aruba for sight seeing and wandering the island . Thank You

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1. Re: Compare to Aruba

Aruba is Miami beach while Curacao is Key West LOL

Not a great walking beach like Eagle or Palm on Curacao, it is mostly smallish coves.

Food is comparable. Both equally safe.

Snorkeling is far superior on Curacao.

We prefer Curacao since the snorkeling from shore is so good and it is less built up.

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I would give Curacao a try! Curacao is completely different from Aruba. We live on Aruba since half a year, and have lived on Curacao the previous 5 years.

Curacao is a much bigger and more diverse island than Aruba; it is much more hilly and gets a little more rain during the night, and therefore is greener than Aruba. Curacao has many more historic buildings, forts, plantation houses. There is a lot more sight seeing to do on Curacao than Aruba.

If you like international food, Curacao has much more to offer than Aruba at a much lower price. Going out for dinner on Aruba is very expensive!

Like Aruba, there are many casino's on Curacao.

In general I feel more safe on Aruba than on Curacao. There are certain areas on Curacao, where you stay alert when walking there during the night, there are no such areas on Aruba. Safety on Curacao is not an issue during the day, though.

Like Dotneko said, if you like to go for long walks along the beach go to Aruba, there are only small beaches in bays at Curacao. Snorkling on Curacao is extremely good compared to Aruba!

Again, give it a try :)!

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I would guess that renting a car would be a good idea , is parking a problem ? I am thinking of doing a week on each Island . How is the airport searches leaving Curacao for the U S , is it the same ordeal as in Aruba ? Thanks

Cary, North Carolina
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4. Re: Compare to Aruba

Yes, renting a car on Curacao really expands your flexibility to see the many interesting sights of the island and the many beaches. Also, you will want to go to town for dining out...much better than hotel restaurants.

Parking in Willemstad is plentiful and you can park for free at the Renaissance garage on the Otrabanda side or a very large public lot on the Punda side, or find street parking. Meters are free in the evening and on weekends.

When leaving Curacao for the US you do not go through US Customs and Immigration, like is done in Aruba. You have to do the entry stuff when arriving in Miami.

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5. Re: Compare to Aruba

We have been to both islands. Since you've been to Aruba, you know what it's like. I agree with everything said about Curacao. Given the choice between the 2, I'd go back to Curacao in a heartbeat. Snorkeling is much better. Rent a car & drive around the island. We stayed in West Punt because we wanted away from "town". Rented a house so we could have the place to ourselves & eat breakfast & lunch in then go out for dinner each night. We didn't have any concerns about safety. We spent 1 day in Willemstad but other than that, we stayed on the other end of the island. Hope you have a great trip wherever you decide to go.

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