Curaçao is a Dutch Caribbean island off the coast of South America and is the “C” in the ABC islands, including sister islands Aruba and Bonaire. It is one of the most affordable Caribbean destinations and a best hidden gem to explore.
Similar to its sister islands, Curaçao is known for its stunning beaches and waters — making it a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and other water sports. There are almost 40 beaches to explore on this 10-mile island. Some beaches require a small fee for admission, and/or a beach chair — usually around $3. Some of the best beaches include Blauwbaai, Playa Lagun and Knip Bay. Spend the day bathing or rent some snorkeling gear nearby to explore the turquoise waters, especially active with sea turtles at Playa Lagun
Once you’re tired from the sun and water, spend the day getting a little culture in historic downtown Willemstad. The UNESCO World Heritage site was established in 1634 and is littered with candy-colored Dutch colonial buildings filled with rich history and culture. Wander through the streets and traverse the open Technicolor floating market, where fruit venders from Venezuela sell mangoes, plantains and papayas from boats and stalls.
Downtown is also home to Museum Kura Hulanda, where you can explore Curaçao’s central role in the history of slavery in the Caribbean. Admission is $10.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure, Shete Boka and Chistoffel national parks are perfect places for a hike. There are plenty of options, trails and tours including a safari, bird watching or history tour. These can range $20–40.
Lastly, Curaçao is home to a rich culinary scene based on its Caribbean, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese influences. Experience some of the best of it all at Primas, located in a restored plantation mansion and serving traditional dishes at affordable prices.
Travelers looking for the world’s biggest parties tend to flock to the tiny Spanish island of Ibiza where world-renowned DJs play electronic music until the wee hours of the morning. But the island off the coast of Valencia and Barcelona has a lot more to offer than rousing parties and crazy nights followed by hazy mornings. If partying isn’t on your agenda, here are a few other ways to enjoy Ibiza.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Borgo Egnazia is more a small village than a hotel. The gorgeous fortified walls of the complex sit amid a picturesque backdrop of rolling hills and blue sea, and feels like something out of a fairytale. With its stunning views, luxurious accommodations and perfect placement near the seaside town of Savelletri, it’s no wonder the place is popular among celebrities.
Viking is setting a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous passenger cruise. Last month, guests on Viking Sun embarked on the new Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, which stops at 111 ports across 51 countries and six continents over 245 days. The cruise lasts through May 2020. When Viking Sun returns to London next year, a Guinness World Record adjudicator will confirm if the world record was set.