City, Caves and Beach
Your tour will begin with a drive to the salt plains and flamingo park with a chance to see the beautiful pink flamingos.
Continue to the Hato caves for a guided tour inside. These caves had a utilitarian purpose during the early days of the slave trade in Curacao; escaped slaves used them as hiding places, and lived in them for months at a time. Even before the arrival of Europeans and slaves, the Amerindian Arawaks used them for shelter, and left behind cave drawings, or petroglyphs, estimated at 1,500 years old. Guides will take you through the caves. They'll point out the apocryphal and fanciful stories behind some of the stalactites and stalagmites; in the eerie lighting, some take on shapes and are called the Pirate's Head, the Sea Tortoise, and the Giant of Jack and the Beanstalk fame.
After your time in the caves you will have approximately 3 hours for swimming and relaxing at a gorgeous beach highly recommended for snorkeling and diving. Almost all Curacao beaches are scattered along the sheltered and calm southwestern coast, where the waters are smooth and crystal clear.
Upon returning back to the pier area you will be provided a city tour in the shopping area of Punda. The World Heritage City of Willemstad - Punda, was established in the mid-1600s. Willemstad's covey of structures recall the quaint designs of Amsterdam, with exquisite 17th and 18th century Dutch colonial buildings not to be found anywhere else outside of the Netherlands.
Reviewer: Cynthia Busch
The tour guide and driver were friendly, knowledgeable and made our visit to their beautiful city fun and relaxing. Loved seeing the pelicans and the beach was wonderful. The caves were impressive and better than I had imagined. I would use this tour group again.
Reviewer: Clare Schmidt
This was an excellent excursion! We boarded a spacious, air conditioned coach and our guide giving interesting information along the way. Then we reached the Hato Caves and took a slow journey up to the cave entrance. There we were met by a guide for the caves. We were given a guided tour of the Water Chamber, Cathedral Chamber, Fantasy Chamber, Green Chamber and the Dark Chamber of the cave. Very interesting! Our guide was very accommodating in taking group photos which was appreciated. Next, we boarded the coach and were taken to Mambo Beach which was a lovely beach with tiki umbrella, food areas, beach bars for tropical cocktails and a fabulous swim area. What was especially nice was that there was a break wall before the swim area so it was nice and calm to walk in the water and see all the fish and sea life. After the beach time, we went back to Fort Rif to disembark and walk along the water and shop the vendors.
Reviewer: John Mcphee
The bus was comfortable with air conditioning and the guide alejandra was the best the caves were different and cool my teen boys enjoyed the bats and stalemites Then there was mambo beach you can rent different types of chairs and cabanas right on the water you can get food and drinks brought right to you the lagoon is full of fish and other friends then we got to stop at the curacao liquor distillery though out the tour you get to see the islands different sights and the salt flats flamingos gotta say you definately dont want to miss tour its been a great excursion
Wonderful intimate tour of all Curacao has to offer. Taxi 131 driven by a great guide who knows all the background, places and history to make a very engaging tour - strongly recommended.
Reviewer: Kimberly Stathakos
This was a wonderful full day. The caves although difficult to access for anyone with leg, knee or hip problems, were amazing. You could opt out of going into the caves. The Beach, Mambo beach was wonderful. You could rent chairs, and order food and drinks, right on the beach. Our tour guide was one of the best we have ever had.