A good friend of our moved last year to the island of Curacao in the Southern Caribbean Sea, enough reason for us to plan a trip for a nice winterbreak in the sun.
KLM offers direct flights from Amsterdam to Willemstad – the capital of Curacao . Perfect when traveling with an 18-month-year-old. They have special spots in the plane available for babies (by the pantries with babybeds (for babies up to max 11 kg). A. is already well over 11 kg’s but these seats have extra legspace which allows her to stand and walk – and she cannot kick the seat in front of her! The have babyfood on board but if you prefer more solid food (A. is not interested anymore in babyhood) you have to make a special request as the kids meals are reserved for children over the age of 2.
Our friend lives in an area called Jan Thiel. An area known for it’s Dutch population & resorts. We stayed at Papagayo Beach Resort in Jan Thiel. We weren’t very charmed with the beach at Jan Thiel (all artificial), but loved being close to our friend so we could catch up every night on the porch while A. was sound asleep in our villa. The villa’s at Papagayo Beach are perfect when traveling with young children. They have a fully equipped kitchen, Stokke Tripp Trapp chairs, a babysit service, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a large living area with folding doors that open to an even nicer porch. Perfect for chilling on those warm Caribbean nights. In the morning we were joined for breakfast by a large variety of tropical birds. A. loved it. Back in Amsterdam she’s still flapping her arms enthusiastically when she sees a bird. Usually we prefer to have breakfast served on holidays, but these settings were so nice we loved having breakfast (dinner, drinks, etc) on the porch. Be sure however to book a renovated seaview villa! The unrenovated gardenview vila’s are very less attractive.
We weren’t very charmed with the Jan Thiel beach, so we rented a car to explore the island. We discovered some fabulous beaches! All located on the northwestern coast of the island. Below our top 3!
Grote Knip – The beach is freely accessible for the public and can get really crowded in the weekend with locals enjoying the beach. It has very few facilities however, but what a view!
Another favorite is Cas Abou – enjoy the clearblue water, white sand, and waving palm trees. As it is not a public beach (you pay a small entrance fee 10 Nafl per car) it offers various facilities such as a restaurant, bar, dive store, beach chairs for rent (5 Nafl), etc.
Playa PortoMari is also very much worth the visit. Very child friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and facilities available (restaurant, chair rental, bathrooms)
Overall a very relaxing holiday!