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charlieh Friday, May 13th, 2011 11:50 AM

A vs C
Wondering how Curacao compares to Aruba as a vacation destination. In particular beaches, places to stay and restaurants/bars.

From the web I see that it is about double the size of Aruba.

Eagle-Beach Boy Friday, May 13th, 2011 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by charlieh (Post 106806)
Wondering how Curacao compares to Aruba as a vacation destination. In particular beaches, places to stay and restaurants/bars.

From the web I see that it is about double the size of Aruba.

In my opinion.

There not very many public beaches. The good ones are owned by hotels.

The people are not as friendly.

As to restaurants and bars. They are mainly at the hotel you are staying at. Especially at night.

Manzanita Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 04:43 PM

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Eagle Beach Boy....thnx for your review. I agree, sometimes the the more primitive trip sites aren't as accommodating to visitors as established/visitor friendly destinations.

Dogwriter Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 06:20 AM

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Spent a week at Breezes Curacao a few years ago. Curacao has a different vibe, for sure. More Euro-feeling, higher crime rate with risky areas and it is not wise to be walking around at night. Shopping is better but beaches are not as nice. Curacao has a great Museum of Slavery and a SeaQuarium. Better diving as well, (I hear.)
Not as tourist-friendy by far. Casinos were more basic than Aruba. Swing Bridge is cool and there are several new hotels. Weather is the same and Papiemento is spoken.
I would return, but haven't. Aruba and the Riviera Maya offer more for us.

charlieh Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 10:46 AM

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Thanks for the input. Obviously the ABC islands are well known, and I saw a program on House Hunters International about Curacao that looked interesting and piqued my interest.

Merel Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 01:56 PM

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Hi Charlie,

I visited Aruba and Curacao and in my option they are very different.

For me Aruba is the perfect island to visit. The people are very friendly, Aruba has beautiful beaches (Eagle beach is named the third best beach in the world by tripadvisor users) and they are all public, Aruba has a wide variety of restaurants, nightlife, shopping, land activities and water activities.

Best way to find out the difference is to visit both islands :wink_smil

charlescroes Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 12:55 PM

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It all has to do with the attitude you go there with. Aruba is wide open to relaxation and fun. Here, you are catered to and much attention is paid to how it is our tourists feel while here.

Curacao has had tourism on the back-burner for many years and has just been there to offer herself for what it is. that said, things are changing. Curacao is now looking at tourism differently and will dedicate an entirely new different approach than she has been. This has happened because of the success they have seen with Aruba.

Neighbors can easily "Want to be like the Joneses' - especially when the vision is a good one.

be well

seashelldiver Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 08:11 AM

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I've been to Curacao 4 times and like it alot. The vibe is more European/Caribbean as mentioned above. Whereas Aruba has become very Americanized, Curacao has not. Their is far more existing historical buildings in Curacao and I enjoyed visting alot of them. The oldest synagogue is the Western Hemisphere is there complete with beautiful work work and original sand floors, very stunning. The historical museum is great. Went on a few tours of Landhuis's (plantation homes) and those very very interesting. The swing bridge (Queen Emma Bridge) separating the 2 halves of downtown (Otrabanda & Punda) is interesting to see swing open to let the large boats and cruise ships come into the harbor. Shopping is very good there. Christoffel National Park has ALOT of natue and wildlife in it. There are 6 or 7 really good art galleries with original works to buy, most notably Kas Di Alma Blou (House of the Blue Heart).

Restaurants, very European and good. Not as good as Aruba, but as Charles mentioned that is changing with their new attention to tourism.

Scuba diving and snorkeling is very good there and we found tons of secluded beaches to spend the day on all over the island.

I saw go at least once, but if your not adventoureous or don't like places like "home" then you might not like it. Personally I like it's vibe very much !

seashelldiver Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 08:24 AM

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I'm my post above I meant if you do not like places that are not like "home" or are not like things are back "home" then this might not be for you. Personally when I travel I enjoy places unlike anything here in the states. And althought Aruba will always be dear in my heart (as I lived there from 1993-2000) it has changed and become far too congested for my tastes. I wish it had stayed the small and tranquil island I discovered in 1992.

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