Curaçao & Aruba

A sunset in the Caribbean.
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I just got back from an amazing week in the Caribbean! It was full of relaxation and adventure. I got to explore Curaçao and Aruba, and I didn’t want to leave.
 
The Curaçao boutique hotel I stayed at was straight out of a dream. My beachfront suite was at the corner of the property and had incredible views of the sunset and the sea. I spent a lot of time alternating between lounging on my private beach and wading in my plunge pool. I even took a couple of baths in my oversized outdoor tub while gazing out at the water. 
 
The resort’s magic did not end in the room but continued throughout the property. The entire staff was friendly and provided top-notch service. They were wonderful at anticipating needs. Additionally, the food was divine. Every meal was carefully thought out to provide a unique culinary experience. One of my favorite meals was the Culinary Barbecue, which is only for 20 guests and occurs once a week.
 
I was able to explore the island quite a bit. I took a tour that showed me the city and the west side; it was so interesting to learn about the history of Curaçao! I snorkeled in clear blue water and got to see schools of fish and watch a beautiful sea turtle navigating the water right off a local beach. Finally, I went on two different boat trips, which gave me wonderful views of the island.
 
After saying goodbye to an amazing island, I took a quick 23-minute flight to Aruba. While the property I stayed in there is large, the service did not suffer. There were many dining options, a casino, pools, and more. I did not spend much time at the hotel because I was only on the island for one full day, but I really enjoyed the aspects of the hotel that I did experience. 
 
While Aruba is more touristy than Curaçao, I had a great time exploring. I visited the Aruba Aloe Factory and learned about their processes and products. I went to an ostrich farm and fed baby ostriches. The Aruba Natural Bridge was a wonder to see, and the Bushiribana Ruins (an old gold mine) were fascinating. I also took an off-road safari to get to a natural pool. The safari ride was extremely rough and bumpy (I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with back problems!), but the natural pool was completely worth the effort. 
 
Overall, my Caribbean experience was one for the books. I cannot recommend it enough! Reach out to a TravelStore travel expert to get your Caribbean trip started!