Family vacations in the Caribbean usually mean a trip to Jamaica, Bahamas, or Aruba. However, there are plenty of other islands that are worthy of the memories you will be making. Curacao is one of those tropical islands. This island isn’t as crowded as some of the other islands in the Caribbean. During a vacation in Curacao, you can make memories with your family in numerous areas around the island. Plus, Curacao is full of history, culture, and delicious cuisine. Today, I am sharing a sample itinerary for Curacao. This is to give you an idea of what is possible during a family vacation in Curacao. Your itinerary may look quite different for your visit and that’s completely okay. I will be more than happy to personalize your Curacao family vacation itinerary, so it meets your travel needs.
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On the first day of your amazing family vacation in Curacao, you will fly into Willemstad. After collecting your luggage, you will check into your hotel.
The rest of the day is yours to do as you wish. I recommend taking advantage of the pool and other amenities at your hotel. Or head to the beach to get some relaxing done under the shining sun.
Basically, choose whatever will get your family vacation started in the right direction!
Today’s family adventure will be a walking tour of Willemstad. Start at the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. Other stops during your walk will include the Penha house, Rift Fort, Renaissance Mall, and Gouverneur’s Bar.
Don’t skip the Curacao National History Museum. It’s a great place to learn more about this island.
In the middle of your walking tour, you will want to stop at the Old Market in the Punda District. Plasa Bieu is an excellent place for dining on authentic Curacaoan cuisine. Especially if you choose fresh seafood.
If you are near the Old Market earlier in the day, no worries. There are plenty of street vendors all around this city. You can always stop at one of those when your family is hungry during your vacation in Curacao.
After a long day of walking, your family will be more than happy for a beach day! Mambo Beach is one of the best beaches in Curacao. It is also the largest. So, while Mambo Beach is crowded, there is always an empty space.
The best part about spending the day at this beach is you can easily pop into a nearby restaurant for food.
Oh, and once dinner time hits, many of the beach bars offer live entertainment. Find one of these bars, so your day at the beach doesn’t need to end before the sun goes down.
Getting the wiggles out may be necessary after a long day of relaxing on the beach. Thankfully, Mount Christoffel is waiting for your family to hike to its summit.
You must begin this family adventure early. No one is allowed to begin the hike after ten in the morning. This is due to the heat that is present during the afternoon.
This is an easy hike that everyone in your family can do. It will take about an hour to reach the summit and then another hour to get back to the bottom. Add in a little time at the top for pictures, snacks, and family fun.
After your hike, consider heading over to the salt flats of Jan Kok to see the flamingos. Or enjoy a little downtime at the Savonet Museum.
If you are tired of the heat, the Hato Caves are the perfect option. This underground world is full of stalactites, stalagmites, and cooler temperatures.
Today will be another water day, as your family heads to Playa Grandi to make some memories. Only, your memories on this day will include lots of sea turtles.
Grab your snorkel gear and head out into the water to an area that isn’t full of tourists. That will give you the best views of the turtles, while allowing them to have a little extra space too.
I recommend taking a waterproof camera, so you can capture a few pictures of your family with the sea turtles.
Head out early on day six of your family vacation in Curacao. This way you can arrive at Santa Martha Bay View Lookout before too many other people get there.
Drive directly to the lookout and spend a little time enjoying the views.
When you get tired of the views, or when the kids get antsy, head to St. Willibrordus to see the flamingos. Don’t forget to stop at the Church of St. Willibrordus in between visits with the flamingos.
This afternoon you will go from flamingos to pigs. Those pigs spend their time at Playa Porto Mari. Although, there are days when the pigs do not come out of their hiding places to spend time on the sand.
Hopefully, you will be lucky enough to have the pigs close by during your visit. If not, you will be able to enjoy the sun, sand, and water one final time before heading home.
On your last day of vacation in Curacao, you will wake up one last time at your hotel. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have time to do one or two more things in this city before heading to the airport to fly home.
This is the perfect time to grab those last family photos and souvenirs. You may start to reminisce about everything you did during this vacation, while also starting to plan your next family trip.
I would love to help you make all those memories with your family, as you explore Curacao or another destination. I personalize the itineraries for all my clients, so everyone gets to see and do what they want while on vacation. So, you definitely won’t get the same vacation as your neighbor, friend, or work colleague. And that is a good thing!
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