My husband, myself and my two teenage children had an enjoyable week in Curacao. I'll try to write a brief trip report but it's going to be hard to condense 7 days into one short report!
Accommodations: We did a vacation rental by owner at the Ocean Resort directly across from the Seaquarium. It was clean, updated and had plenty of room for the four of us. Had a ground floor terrace, pool and small, private beach, complete with good snorkeling and hermit crabs. We rented a car at the airport which I highly recommend so that you can do some exploring and get to the grocery store if you're not at an all-inclusive type place.
Beaches: Lions Dive/Mambo Beach - Convenient, so-so snorkeling, pricey at $9 a person but you did have good mojitos right there at Hemingways.
Playa Forti - I had read that you could do some cliff jumping there so we packed lunches (take a soft sided cooler along for day trips) and headed west to this beach. Used the map that came with the rental. Pretty isolated location. The restaurant looked closed. My 17 year old jumped but no one else had the nerve -it's pretty high. Found lots of colorful sea glass. Free.
Playa Lagun - My favorite beach that we visited. $5 per person, small "restaurant" with really cold, cheap beer. We saw sea turtles here and great variety of fish. Beautiful place.
Caracasbaai - Close to our location, restaurant with really good seafood soup, okay snorkeling, no fees, interesting hundreds of years old fort to explore.
Porto Marie - Very popular, a little crowded for my taste, great snorkeling. We saw big, scary-looking eels here and lots of fish. Also, cute iguanas climbing the cliff on the beach. $7 per person, busy restaurant
Restaurants: Hemingways- OK to Good food but super slow service.
Seaside Terrace - Too greasy, everything being fried. Fish soup was good though. Pricey for what you get.
Surf and Turf - A lot like it's neighbor Seaside Terrace, also expensive but we liked the conch. Both served traditional food.
Rysttafel - good Indonesian and Thai food but expensive $25-30 per person
Fish Market at Mambo beach - The best meal we had! Fresh, perfectly grilled fish, good salads and potato wedges. Pricey but worth it!
Seaquarium: My son did the Animal Encounter Dive. Liked feeding the sharks and rays. My daughter swam with the dolphins and refuses to remove her wrist band she loved it so much.
Overall: We've been to several Caribbean destinations. This was one of our favorite. This island was hotter and drier than we've had before. Nice people.Everyone could speak enough English that we could get by easily. We would return!