Sunday 9 December, 2018

Budget travel with Loop to: Curacao

Travel can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Many people think of travelling as a distant activity, something that other people do, or can only be done if you either come into a lot of money or save for months on end.

Travel experiences don't always have to be limited to just listening to Steve in Finance talk about his recent trip to Spain. With enough research, patience and the discipline to save a little every month, travel can become just as much a part of your life as it is with Steve. 

We know that sometimes trying to plan a trip on a budget can be tricky. Since we're always on the hunt for great travel deals, especially around the Caribbean, we've decided to launch Budget Travel with Loop, a new weekly series that focuses on a Caribbean destination and suggests the best time to fly*, as well as features affordable accommodation and things to do while there. 

This week, let's check out the tiny Dutch island of Curacao.

 

Fly to: Curaçao

From:  Sunday, September 23 to Sunday, September 27

For:  US$:272 

 

Stay:

Option 1: Studio Apartment in Jan Kok for US$35 per night 

 

Nestled along the waters of the salt ponds of Jan Kok is this quaint apartment of the Oleana family. The salt pond sanctuary is home to flamingos, water birds, and mangroves. This is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, and trail hikers. Beach lovers can indulge in four of the best natural beaches nearby. On your way back from the beach you may want to stop at Williwood for a delicious ultra-juicy goat burger.

 

Option 2: Cosy apartment with sea view and pool for $US32 per night 

The air-conditioned apartment is situated on a hill with sea view and fully equipped for two people. Take a dip in your own pool, BBQ in the garden, enjoy the sea view and explore the island from a super strategic location. The apartment is within walking distance (15-20 minutes) from the famous Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge and the RIF Fort (downtown) and only a 5-minute car drive to the intimate beach of Piscadera/Pirate’s Bay and The Harbour Club with diving school, jet ski rental, restaurant and cocktail bar.

 

Option 3: Studio apartment for two persons for US$48 per night 

Located in a beautiful, quiet and safe neighbourhood, the new studio comes with a kitchenette, separate bathroom with hot water, and spacious terrace, pool and a private entrance and parking. The private terrace has a seating area with umbrella and a BBQ. 

 

Option 4: Spacious and cozy studio for US$39 per night 

 

 

Eat:

La Boheme Curacao : Considered an atypical bistro, La Boheme Curacao is run by a Chilean family with a multicultural staff. They boast of mixing flavours from all over South America and the Caribbean to create a very unique mosaic in their decor as well as in their food. Food and drinks range between US$5 and US$10. 

 

Plasa BieuThis is a great place to get a real taste of Curacao. It's a big market with food stall where vendors cook for you on the spot. Try some stoba di kabritu (goatmeat), fresh fish soup, funchi, numerous fish dishes and more. 

 

 

Restaurant & Café Gouverner de RouvilleRestaurant Gouverneur de Rouville, or simply "De Gouverneur' is located in Otrobanda, Willemstad with a magnificent view. It's very popular restaurant amongst locals and tourists alike; sit down, enjoy a lunch or dinner while watching large ships passing by in the harbor of Willemstad. The menu consists of international and local cuisine with a Caribbean twist and upon arrival, guests are welcomed by the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and other legends at their Motown Soul Bar. Food and drinks range between US$8 and US$28.

 

Do:

Snorkel and Beach Jeep Safari Tour for US$89 

Enjoy this Jeep safari tour across Curacao that will include beach time and snorkeling. A driver/guide, mask, snorkel, fins, snorkel vest and beach entrance are all included. You can visit Shete Boca National Park, where you will see how beaches on Curacao evolved and then will visit Playa Piskado where you can possibly snorkel with sea turtles.

 

Guided Tasting Tour of Curacao Liqueur Distillery US$12.50

Learn the ins and outs of the famous Blue Curacao liqueur distilling process on this guided tour of the Curacao Liqueur Distillery. Sip samples of blue curacao, including the Senior Liqueurs, produced in the same way since 1896. You can also enjoy a cocktail of your choice, accompanied by gelato in the distillery's courtyard. 

 

Visit the Ostrich Farm for US$17

Yes, Curacao has an ostrich farm! If you want to experience something out of the ordinary during your holiday, take a Safari tour and learn all there is to know about ostriches, including its life cycle from egg to baby ostrich to adult. At the end of the tour, you can feed the ostriches before you leave. Be sure to stop off at Zambezi where you can enjoy African-inspired cuisine. 

 

 

*Airfare and accommodation prices quoted are listed at the time of publication. Due to fluctuating rates, prices are subject to change. 

 

 

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