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Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

cheyenne
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Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

We arrived in Curacao and were met at the airport by Just Drive Curacao. We rented a RAV with a GPS and the deal went smoothly and the vehicle was great to have on the island. The return was easy, just met us at the drop off lane. I highly recommend this company for a rental car, I can’t imagine not having one. We stayed at the Hilton and I have left a review on the Hotels Section for them. The Hilton executive floor has been renovated and is nice. I would recommend a junior suite; it is a nice big room. We had golf clubs and scuba gear, so it was nice to have the extra space. My boys had a standard room on that floor with an island view, but the view from our ocean view room was truly beautiful. The executive floor lounge is nice to have also because of the continental breakfast and in the evening the relaxed happy hour. Kareen is truly fun!

Honestly, we did not do very much in the 9 days on the island! We ate at some good restaurants and I will leave reviews for those. We had one dinner at the Hilton and one lunch. Walk over to Pirate Bay for lunch or dinner, I thought their food was great and the service was really good also. We had lunch one day at the Marriott and it was good, but the service was no better than the Hilton. The Gouverneur in Willemstad was a great place to have dinner. Make reservations for a table outside and you can watch the bridge open for the boats and ships. Our favorite restaurant was Mangos. We ate there twice. Mangos have a great menu, great food, good prices, and very good service. We also ate at Landhuis Misje-good, Perla del Mar, good food and great atmosphere if you request a seat outside! Pirate Bay-good food and close to Hilton, Iguana Café-good food and fun, The Wine Cellar-ok food, boring and expensive. We shopped at Centrum for beer and snacks that we kept in our room. We had packed a collapsible cooler in case we went to other beaches, which we did not, but we used the cooler and spent most of our beach time on Hilton’s other beach. It is in need of some attention, but it is great because it is away from the crowds and there are lots of shady spots. There is a small pool and clean beach bathrooms. You can watch the divers come in off of the boat dives from Caribbean Sea Sports and you can snorkel the rocks around the beach. Great snorkeling.

Husband and son golfed at both Blue Bay and the Old Quarry. They said the Old Quarry was quite far from the Hilton so only golfed there once. The pictures they took show the course is beautiful. My son said it was very hard for him. My husband and son said Blue Bay is very nice, and the prices were much better and they didn’t feel as rushed. It is very close to the Hilton so that is where they golfed. My sons and I scuba and we did 4 boat dives with the Marriott dive shop. The Mushroom Forest was our favorite dive by far! It seemed convenient to use Caribbean Sea Sports because we could also go shore diving right off their beach and they have a great house reef. We also did a night dive with them. If you don’t have much experience with shore diving, this is a great place to get introduced. We shopped in Punda and Otrobanda, walked over the bridge and had lunch in town. We visited Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and thought it interesting and worth the admission price. My boys rented a jet ski from the place next to Pirate Bay restaurant and they seemed to have a lot of fun. We hung out on the beach, read, relaxed and just had fun on Curacao. We didn’t do much, but I would do this all over again! At the airport when leaving there is a Britt store that has small boxes of chocolates filled with Curacao! Great take home gifts! Thanks to everyone for their help in planning this trip.

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1. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

Great report! Next time, try to see some of the other beaches - they are wonderful, too.

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Thanks for the report yaknak, next time really get to those west side beaches, so beautiful. My hubby dives with caribbean sea sports too, he likes the crew there. Mango's is on my list for May. Sounds like my kind of vacation, relaxing on the beach.

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Would anyone happen to know the name of the business that rents jet skis from the place next to Pirate Bay restaurant?

yaknak, by chance do you know the hourly rental rate for the jet ski?

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4. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

What do you mean chocolate filled with Curacao? What's Curacao? (other than the country of course)

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5. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

One of my favorite food groups is chocolate, but chocolate filled with liqueur, that is just perfect. Curacao is a liqueur that has an orangey taste to it and comes in different colors. After reading your question, I ate another chocolate with my morning coffee! The jet ski place was right next to Pirate Bay restaurant, but I don't know the name. My boys rented a double jet ski for 1/2 hour and it was $95. Ralphy57, Mangos was great. Everything about it from the menu, food, and service to the close proximity to the Hilton. The chef came out both times we were there to make sure everything was good. Next time I would like to see the rest of the island, but it was just too easy to dive in the mornings and relax with a Polar by the beach in the afternoons!

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6. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

Nice report. You really have to come back. The beaches you did not go to are amazing

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7. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

yaknak, those little chocolates are wonderful, too easy to eat. Can you walk to Mango's?

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8. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

No, you have to drive to Mangos. It is on the road to the airport, probably 5 min. from Hilton by car.

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9. Re: Trip Report-Christmas Vacation!

Love the liquor filled chocolates!

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