Diving in Curacao

Help Us Find These People and Return Their Camera

Help Us Find These People and Return Their Camera

 

Our son spotted really nice underwater camera while snorkeling here in Curacao.  It was about 25-30 feet depth and after a few attempts Dave was able to retrieve it from the ocean floor.

We need your help finding the owners.  We believe they are possibly from Holland.

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We will ask a few identifying questions about the camera and pictures to ensure we have found the right people!

Thanks – we appreciate your help!

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Sea Turtles in Curacao

Feeding the Fish and Sea Turtle at the Caracasbaai Pier Curacao

The Caracasbaai Pier

Sea Turtles in CuracaoAfter spending Thanksgiving day lounging around The Limestone Holiday, we headed to the dive shop, Curious 2 Dive, to pick up our diving dad. They are just a 5 minute drive from The Limestone Holiday, located at the roundabout at end of the main road Caracasbaaiweg.  Dave (aka dad) had gone on a full day dive in the West End of Curacao shore diving from both Playa Lagun and Playa Jeremi.

 

Curious 2 Dive Curacao

Even if you are a non-diver, the Caracasbaai Pier is a fun place for a quick visit. There is a restaurant directly in front of the dive shop and the waters around the dock are like a mini-aquarium. You’ll see lots of sea life; sea turtles, lobsters, barracuda, grouper and other fish. The owner of Curious2Dive, Hans, let the boys feed the fish and sea turtle while we were waiting the divers to finish cleaning their gear.

 

 

Fish at Caracasbaai Pier

FEED ME!

 

Dave enjoyed his dive with Curious2Dive.  They dive in small groups, usually of 4-5 divers, which gives you a more personal experience.  We’ll be posting diving videos soon. Make sure to “Like” our Youtube channel!

 

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While dad enjoyed a full day of Scuba Diving, the boys and I spent the day at The Limestone Holiday Resort. Most of the guests were out exploring so we had the beach and pool to ourselves.

The water at the beach is calm and nice for young kids. The boys both practiced snorkeling in Practicing Diving underwater with our Snorkel!preparation for our Animal Encounter, at the Curacao Sea Aquarium Park, with Ocean Encounters later in the week. I felt comfortable enough to let them remove their vests and practice diving under the water with their snorkel.

 

 

 

After a few hours of relaxing by the beach and lounging in the hammocks, we headed to the

Hammocks near the beach

Hammocks near the beach

pool. If you are a family like us, with both divers and non-divers, The Limestone Holiday offers plenty to do while you wait for your diver(s) to return. In addition to the small beach and pool,

they have free kayaks for guests to use, a motorized boat available for rental, and a massage therapist on site. Of course, they are near several popular public beaches and local attractions if you want to adventure out nearby. TIP: On the weekends they allow people to purchase a “day pass” so the weekdays are less busy in the common areas.

Vacation Tips Curacao

Sunrise from the Pool

TIP: Most dive operators will pick up/drop off divers from their location. A nice touch for those without car rental or sharing a rental.

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are staying in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on the 2nd floor. Each bedroom is air conditioned with both a double bed and a single bed. We have a water view of the marina, small beach below, and lovely palm trees from the balcony. There is a small living and European style kitchen area that includes Satellite TV and a stove, refrigerator, and coffee maker.  We spend most of our vacations out exploring, (not a lot of time inside), so the size was perfect for us. The dining area is on the covered balcony, making for a beautiful dinner time setting.

 

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For dinner we opted for a local Wood Fired Oven Pizza and Italian Carry out.  A non traditional yet relaxing Thanksgiving dinner.  When you’re are a family that is always “on the go” during holiday, it is nice to take a day to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

 

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Our travel routine is to take the first full day at a new destination to explore and learn our way around the area. Yesterday we spent the day exploring Curacao. We set out with our map headed to the West End of the Island to check out some of the beaches. Because we didn’t rent the GPS on our arrival day, we got lost for a short time, but sometimes that can make the day more exciting!

We stopped by a little bakery in the West end province of Phlip, to ask for directions and to sample their baked goods.  The Exploring Curacaoowner spoke only Spanish, and between our broken high school “Spanglish”, (and google translator), we were able to figure out where we were on the map, as well as purchase a few egg free treats for the kiddos. “La alergia a los huevos”  – A reminder that as a family, we need to work on being fluent in a second language. Sometimes getting lost in a new area allows you to experience small local places that you might not find otherwise. We enjoyed a guava filled pastry and peanut treat that was similar to peanut brittle, while the kids had a cookie made of sugar and milk.

Exploring Curacao Tip: Start early – Curacao is a long Island and has spots of congested traffic on the main roads.

 

PLAYA LAGUN BEACH CURACAO

We found our way to the North West side of Curacao to explore some of the beaches along the coast, and quickly realized we should have packed lunch.  A couple of the beaches we would have loved to enjoy did not have food or drink nearby.   We ended up at Playa Lagun Beach where there was nice dive shop and restaurant. We had really good lunch of the local catch of the day and a homemade fish burger.  I had a major “mom fail” and forgot beach towels (an integral item for little kiddos who freak out when they get their “eyes wet”).  Luckily, the Dive shop had “Curacao map” towels that have become the souvenir purchase for this trip.

 

Beach Tips:

  • Pack water and lunch to enjoy a full day at beaches without a restaurant or drink service.
  • The beaches are beautiful but several are a bit rocky – take water shoes.
  • Some beaches have chair rentals for as little as $5 and others have a minimal entry fee.
  • Most of the beaches have some shade via trees, thatched umbrellas, or tiki style huts.
  • Shore diving is available through local guides from almost every beach.
  • Apply sunscreen generously throughout the day.

We had a great time snorkeling at Playa Lagun Beach. There were tons of beautiful fish within about 50 yards from the shore along cliff line.  Tip: On a clear day at Playa Lagun you might find sea horses hanging out on the right side of the cliff.  It was fun to watch the divers swimming out underneath us too!

Diving in Curacao

Watching the Divers swim out from the shore.

 

 

Limestone Holiday Rentals CuracaoOn the way back to The Limestone Holiday, we found a few grocery stores. We stopped by the Cost-U-Less, but found they had a bigger selection of toys and gift items than food items. Great for locals, bad for us. We ended up at the grocery store, Vruegdenhil, recommended by Roel here at The Limestone. This was a nice store with a great selection of organic fruits and vegetables and lots of European and American brands.  Compared to other Islands we have visited, the food prices in Curacao are very reasonable.  All prices are displayed in Dutch Guilders, however you can use U.S. dollars or a credit card and they will charge you in US Dollars.  Tip:  If paying with U.S. dollars, you will receive your change in Dutch Guilders.  However, some places charge a surcharge of 5% when using credit cards.

 

We enjoyed the rest of our evening in the pool at The Limestone. It was very peaceful, only the sounds of the breeze, a few boats entering the Marina, and a dog or two barking in the distance.   It was the perfect ending to a fabulous day of exploring Curacao.

Swimming in Curacao

 

As I write this it is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. I am thankful to have such an adventurous family. A family who is ready to go on the next adventure at the drop of hat. A family who tries new things, new foods (sometimes with a little coaxing), and truly enjoys being together. I am also thankful to have opportunities to work with great locations through this blog, like The Limestone Holiday. We are having a great time here in Curacao and look forward to spending our Thanksgiving Day enjoying the pool and beach here at Limestone.

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Thankful for these crazy boys!

 

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 We left our house at 3am for a long day of travel. Although we only got about 4 hours of sleep we were running on adrenaline from the excitement of our first trip to Curacao.

Family Travel Day

Our 3am Travel Look!

 

GETTING TO CURACAO

Coming from the Midwest most flights to the Caribbean include a layover. We had a very nice flight to Miami with a quick layover, and then on to Curacao. The flight to Curacao from Miami is a little over 2 hours.

Of the several airlines flying to Curacao from the USA, American Airlines seems to offer the most flights via Miami. Jet Blue offers direct flights from New York, and InselAir offers flights from both Charlotte NC, and Miami FL.

 

ARRIVING IN CURACAO

Getting through Curacao Immigration and Customs was smooth and all the agents were helpful. The airport is a little larger than the other Caribbean airports we have flown to previously. Tip: Car Rental is suggested for easy exploring of Curacao. All of the major car rental agencies have kiosks at the airport. However, we like to utilize local businesses whenever possible so we rented our car through D & D rentals. The owner picked us up at the car rental shuttle area just outside of the airport, took us to their lot where they had a car ready for us. Renting through them is easily set up through email. We were provided with a booster seat for our youngest son free of charge and the owner gave us a “throw away” phone with $5 worth of minutes for emergencies. We refused the $5 a day GPS rental and quickly realized we should have taken it as the streets signs are not always visible and driving can be confusing for first timers.

Car Rental Tips: Be careful when pumping gas, both the diesel and regular gas nozzles will fit the gas tank. Diesel is colored black and regular is YELLOW. Double check to prevent filling your car with the wrong gas. Get the GPS. As with all tourist destinations, do not leave anything visible in your car when you leave the car.

Another thing we noticed immediately when exiting the terminal; the sun is beautiful but it is really intense in Curacao. Make sure to pack sunscreen.

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After a little navigation snafu we found ourselves at The Limestone Holiday Resort and met the

Table Mountain Curacao

Our View of Table Mountain

owners Roel and Sylvia in person. It was nice to finally put a face behind the calls and emails. We are in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment that over looks Spanish Water Bay and Table Mountain, a large limestone mountain that is the namesake for their rentals.   The small, well kept beach on the grounds is made of limestone from this mountain. Although the bedrooms have air-conditioning for sleeping we noticed there is a constant breeze off the bay keeping the main kitchen and living area cool. Their apartments are set up very similar to a VRBO style rental. There is a small, full kitchen with all the cooking utensils needed to make your own meals.

The Moon over Spanish Bay Curacao

Moonlight over Spanish Bay

TIP: Most grocery stores on the east side of the Island close early. When arriving late, stop and pick up a few essentials (bottle water, milk etc.) on your way to your destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brakkeput Mei Mei

Enjoying a glass of wine & harpist at Brakkeput Mei Mei

We were tired and hungry after a long travel day and Sylvia recommended the local restaurant Brakkeput Mei Mei, a Latin steak house. It was a wonderful end to our day. This is a family friendly restaurant with a nice menu, daily specials, and an 18 hole mini put put course and playground for kids outside.   We happened upon their “live music” night which was a solo harpist. I’ve never heard a harp with a Caribbean flare. It was wonderfully relaxing.

 

 

 

Summary of our Travel Day from our 8 year old’s Travel Diary:

Best Curacao Family Vacation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I sit here writing this blog post, watching the sun rise over Table Mountain here at the Limestone Holiday, I realize I don’t have a care in the world. It is so peaceful here. Time to finish the coffee and see what today brings.

Sunrise over Spanish Bay Curacao

Sunrise over Spanish Water Bay

 

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