Day 1 Travel Day – Curacao Travel
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.
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.
After a little navigation snafu we found ourselves at The Limestone Holiday Resort and met the
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.
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.
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:
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.
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