Curacao

Historians still contend over which European adventurer first spied the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles. Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today's travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds. Lying some 40 miles off Venezuela, Curaçao boasts a landscape that is dramatic, stark, and volcanic. In contrast, Willemstad, the capital, seems a cozy Dutch haven with its neat row houses. And while those gabled and tiled roofs illustrate the island's heritage, the bright, pastel houses speak pure Caribbean. Islanders themselves reflect this same colorful contrast: over 50 different nationalities have come to call Curaçao their home.

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Points of Interest

  • Willemstad
  • Fort Amsterdam
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
  • National Park
  • Hato Caves
  • Ostrich Farm
  • Snorkeling
  • Beaches
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  • Willemstad

    This charming capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting a rich and diverse history and culture, its traditional Dutch architecture has been infused with the color and spirit of the Caribbean.

  • Fort Amsterdam

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important of the island's eight forts, it is now home to the Governor's Palace, a 1769 Dutch Reformed Church, and a cannonball forever embedded in the southwest wall.

  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

    Constructed in 1888, and nicknamed the "Swinging Old Lady," this bridge swings open to allow ships to access the bay. Recently restored, it connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts.

  • National Park

    Curaçao's parks are unforgettable, from the diverse flora and fauna of Christoffel National Park, to the caverns and majestic sea cliffs of Boka Tabla.

  • Hato Caves

    Once a hiding place for escaped slaves, these historic caves formed out of limestone cliffs are still evolving. Tour the underground caverns and view massive stalactites and ancient cave drawings.

  • Ostrich Farm

    Experience a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these fascinating birds. A safari truck takes you through the corrals where you can touch and feed these feathered friends.

  • Snorkeling

    Descend into the tranquil Caribbean waters of Caracas Bay where the nearly 50-year-old Sunken Tugboat, a popular underwater treasure, and a variety of unusual crustaceans and colorful fish await.

  • Beaches

    Visit one of the many local beaches.

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Scenic Drive, Distillery & Aloe Vera Farm

2.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-270
  • Willemstad

Make the most of your time in Curacao with a delightful 2.5-hour tour that takes in the best scenic highlights and includes visits to three iconic venues. Enjoy a panoramic drive through Willemstad then tour the island's Blue Curacao liqueur distillery, an aloe vera plantation and Chichi's Workshop for artisan crafts.

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Sea Aquarium Beach Break

5 hours | Curacao | CUR-280
  • Willemstad

Grab your bathing suit and get ready for fun in the sun on one of Curaçao's premier beaches. You're right next door to the Sea Aquarium, so if you'd like, visit this ocean-themed venue independently.

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Willemstad Trolley Train Historic Tour

1.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-150
  • Willemstad
  • Fort Amsterdam
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

All aboard! The trolley train meanders through colorful Willemstad, passing the cultural and historic highlights that make Willemstad one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean.

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Willemstad by Night & Folkloric Performance

2.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-120
  • Willemstad

The colorful Caribbean nightlife awaits when you're whisked off on a panoramic evening tour of Willemstad's highlights followed by free time at the lively Mambo Beach Boulevard where the sand meets shopping, restaurants and bars. Enjoy a heritage dance performance that will have you joining in the fun.

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Made in Curacao

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-275
  • Willemstad

Curacao's most unique homegrown products await your discovery on a three-hour adventure. Explore the iconic Blue Curacao distillery and sample the signature liqueur, then stop at an aloe vera plantation to uncover the healing properties of this centuries-old plant.

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Hato Caves & Willemstad Walking Tour

2.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-370
  • Fort Amsterdam
  • Willemstad
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
  • Hato Caves

First, explore the underground depths of Hato Caves, then travel to Curaçao's lively downtown center for a guided city walk that features the floating market, Fort Amsterdam and the Queen Emma Bridge.

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Sunset Harbor Tour

2 hours | Curacao | CUR-690

On the Sunset Harbor Tour there is something for every taste and every age: culturally valuable information, unique views, open bar, a delicious cheese platter and a variation of snacks.

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Curacao Highlights & Beach Break

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-105
  • Willemstad

Discover the culture and history of the Dutch Caribbean on a comprehensive driving tour that winds through the old city of Curacao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at the Blue Curacao Liqueur Factory, then continue to the island's east side to enjoy several hours on a top-rated beach.

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National Park, Museum & Scenic Country Drive

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-110
  • Willemstad
  • National Park

Celebrate Curaçao's natural beauty on a guided tour through its volcanic west coast. Visit an old labor house and museum, Boka Tabla National Park, Knip Beach, and the salt flats, home to pink flamingos.

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Seaworld Explorer Semi-Sub & Scenic Drive

2.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-655
  • Willemstad

Experience Curaçao by land and sea! Take a semi-submarine cruise for up-close views of the Caribbean Sea. Then, enjoy a highlights driving tour, including a tasting at the famed Blue Curaçao distillery.

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Ostrich Farm, Art Workshop & Scenic Drive

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-230
  • Willemstad
  • Ostrich Farm

Experience a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the unique and amazing ostrich. A safari truck takes you through the corrals where you can touch and feed these giant birds.

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Curacao Beach Tropical Express

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-285
  • Snorkeling

Arrive at the beach in style, when you ride the colorful, hand-painted tropical bus to the pristine west coast of the island. Relax on a white-sand beach under the cooling shade of a lush palm, swim in the crystalline waters and discover the Technicolor marine life over a coral reef.

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Hato Caves, Willemstad & Curacao Museum

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-100
  • Willemstad
  • Hato Caves

A comprehensive tour of Curaçao takes you from city sights to countryside landscapes. Visit the Curaçao Museum, Hato Caves and Chobolobo, where the original Curaçao liqueur is distilled.

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Historical City, Hato Cave & Beach

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-135
  • Willemstad
  • Hato Caves
  • Beaches

Take off on an adventure that offers a little bit of everything you're looking for on vacation-a sightseeing tour through historical Willemstad, a walk inside the magnificent Caves of Hato and free time to make a splash in the waters off one of Curacao's most beautiful and natural beaches.

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Curacao by Night Cocktail Tour

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-265
  • Willemstad

Enjoy a night on the town as you explore Curacao amid its lively and colorful sights and sounds. Your friendly host will take you to three unique local bars for a signature drink, two cocktails and a glass of beer or wine.

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Sunken Tugboat & Underwater Marine Park Snorkel

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-820
  • Willemstad
  • Snorkeling

Take a dive and go snorkeling at the Sunken Tugboat. Encrusted with corals and surrounded by an abundance of fish, it's the best-known dive site on the island. Later, take a narrated scenic boat ride along Curaçao's Gold Coast.

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Hato Caves, Willemstad, Museum & Ship Lunch Break

7.25 hours | Curacao | CUR-115
  • Willemstad
  • Fort Amsterdam
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
  • Hato Caves

This ultimate tour of Curaçao takes you to a multitude of cultural, historic and scenic highlights, including the Hato Caves, colorful Willemstad and Fort Amsterdam. Lunch back on the ship.

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Ultimate Island, Beach & Turtle Snorkel with Lunch

6 hours | Curacao | CUR-825
  • Snorkeling

Explore Curacao by land and sea with an exciting excursion that combines sightseeing, a leisurely hike, photo stops and the chance to snorkel with the wild sea turtles in Fisherman's Bay. You'll travel past historical plantation houses, beaches, national parks and stop at the salt flats to see wild flamingos.

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Dolphin Encounter

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-705
  • Willemstad

Shake "fins" with a dolphin at the Curaçao Dolphin Academy. A trainer will introduce you to these friendly mammals; then, you'll interact with your playful new friends. No swimming required.

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Mini-4x4 Adventure & Beach Break

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-525
  • Beaches

Explore the wild side of Curaçao on a caravan style off-road adventure. Traverse the island's untamed landscapes on an automatic buggy ride. Stop for photographs and see the blowhole at Watamula, located at the edge of the sea. Refresh at the end of the day with a refreshing dip at Cabana Beach.

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Dolphin Swim

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-710
  • Willemstad

At this unforgettable opportunity to swim with dolphins in a natural lagoon, you'll experience an up-close-and-personal dolphin encounter when you get in the water with these fine "flippered" friends.

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