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The Curaçao Aloe Vera Plantation
Curaçao has a long history of cultivating aloe vera, which is one of the few plants able to thrive in the island’s dry, windy climate. We visited the Curaloe Plantation and Factory, near the Ostrich Farm and St. Joris Bay, to see how the plants are grown, harvested and processed. Or at least, that’s what we were hoping to see… Read More

Feb 06, 2016


Intrepid Explorers Discover Playa Hunku
We carefully made our way along an overgrown path, which, according to my calculations, had last been used by the Arwak Indians sometime in the late 1400s. Our mission was to find the legendary Playa Hunku, a place rumored about in whispered conversations across the island, but which no living man or woman had yet laid eyes upon. Our expedition was fraught with danger (cacti! mosquitoes!) but after a wearying trek of twenty entire minutes, we saw it: the fabled beach of Playa Hunku. And it was ours… all ours!! … Read More

Feb 05, 2016


Driving Around the Christoffelpark
After having hiked to the top of Christoffelberg, we had enough time to continue exploring the park. A driving route recommended by the visitor’s center brought us to a few interesting sights, including a remote beach, a dark cave, and ancient rock paintings made by the Arwak Indians… Read More

Feb 05, 2016


To the Top of Christoffelberg
Curaçao’s most popular hike, and perhaps its only popular hike, is the trek to the summit of Christoffelberg. At a modest 372 meters above sea level, this is the tallest peak on the island, and reaching the top requires an effort of about 90 minutes… Read More

Feb 05, 2016


Santa Martha and the Abandoned Sunset Waters Resort
Just past the Landhuis Santa Martha, near the town of Soto, is a hilly, forested patch of Curaçao which hasn’t yet been developed. More accurately, I should say that it’s no longer developed. We followed the road until reaching its end at Sunset Waters, a former resort which has been abandoned for years… Read More

Feb 04, 2016


Hiking Around the Caracasbaai Peninsula
We had heard about a hike around the small Caracasbaai Peninsula, from Tugboat Beach up to the top of the Kabrietenberg, and then back around the southern side of the peninsula. It would lead past mangrove forests and coral wastelands to Directorsbaai, before passing an abandoned mansion and returning to the starting point. Sounded perfect, and we couldn’t resist checking it out… Read More

Feb 04, 2016


The Cliffs at Hanchi Spelonk
Every once in awhile, Jürgen and I will cross our fingers and embark upon an excursion we know nothing about. Our trip to Hanchi Spelonk was one such adventure. There’s almost nothing on the internet nor in guidebooks about this little park, but we supposed it was worth a shot… if for no other reason than the excuse to say “Hanchi Spelonk” repeatedly throughout the day. Hanchi Spelonk… Read More

Feb 03, 2016


Playa Jeremi
Crystal blue waters, soft white sand, a laid-back atmosphere in a gorgeous natural environment… you know, it feels like I’ve been using this description a lot, doesn’t it? It’s getting boring. Come on, Curaçao! Why don’t you surprise us with ugly, awful beach?! Actually, on second thought, scratch that. Just keep the beauty coming, and we’ll try not to complain. Next up: Playa Jeremi… Read More

Feb 02, 2016


Mi Ta Siña Papiamento!
One of Curaçao’s best traits is its delirious language situation. Curaçaoans speak seemingly anything and everything, often all at once. We’ve had people switch from Dutch to Spanish to English on the turn of a dime, as they try and guess our nationality. But the language we most love to hear from Curaçaoans is Papiamento — a creole mix of West African, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, and even some Arwak… Read More

Feb 01, 2016


The Infamous Isla Refinery of Curaçao
In the early 20th century, oil was discovered off the coast of Venezuela. And Curaçao was the perfect location for Royal Dutch Shell to capitalize on the new black gold, thanks to the Schottegat: a large natural harbor capable of handling massive barges and tankers. After the 1915 opening of the Isla Refinery, life on the island would never be the same… Read More

Jan 31, 2016


Beth Haim Cemetery
While we were at the Mikvè Israel-Emmanuel Synagogue in Punda, we read about Curaçao’s oldest Jewish cemetery, the Beth Haim. It sounds macabre, but we always enjoy visiting cemeteries, and what really caught our eye about the Beth Haim was its location: right on top of the island’s oil refinery. Only employees are allowed onto the grounds of the refinery, so for the rest of us, the Beth Haim is as close it gets… Read More

Jan 31, 2016


Hofi Pastor and the Great Kapok
A small nature preserve near the town of Barber, Hofi Pastor is best known as the home of Curaçao’s oldest tree. We spent an afternoon here, checking out the ancient kapok and exploring a couple short trails that snake through the park… Read More

Jan 30, 2016


The Sea Turtles of Playa Piskado
Playa Piskado’s name translates to “Fisherman’s Beach,” and this is an apt description. Locals keep tiny boats anchored just off-shore, here, and bring their daily catch to the small dock. But it’s not just fishermen that you’re likely to see at Playa Piskado; this is also a favorite haunt for Curaçao’s sea turtles… Read More

Jan 30, 2016

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