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Curacao Island and Flavors

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Curacao Island and Flavors

Vivid, sherbet-colored buildings showcase Dutch colonial architecture not to be found anywhere else outside of the Netherlands. Your tour of Curacao, rich with culture and natural beauty, begins with a scenic drive through the Otrabanda residential area of Willemstad, the capital. The area's impressive history has earned it designation as a UNESCO World Heritage City. You will view St. Anna Bay, an inlet that bisects the capital city, dividing it into two notable regions. At the west entrance of the bay stands the Riffort, which was built to protect the city in 1828 and is now filled with restaurants and shops. Pass by the Queen Emma Bridge, a floating pontoon bridge known for its beauty and function as a moveable bridge that allows vessels to enter the bay. Cross the Queen Juliana Bridge, which offers a colorful view of Willemstad's unique pastel colored buildings.

Your first stop is the plantation house Chobolobo, where you can see how authentic Blue Curacao Liquor is made while enjoying some tasty samples. This is the home of the authentic Curacao Liqueur named Curacao of Curacao to differentiate it from other brands of the Curacao Liqueur that are not original.

Next, the tour takes you to the east side of the island through the Spanish water area, where views of the cliffs along Caracas Bay will take your breath away. Caracas Bay provides superb anchorage for large and small boats with at the back the picturesque Table Mountain and Spanish water. It is headquarters for water sports, boating, sailing, fishing and the Curacao yacht club. This is where the Spaniards discovered Curacao in 1499.

Make your way to Mambo Beach now that you have worked up an appetite. Enjoy this beautiful beach and the water as you experience a local culinary lunch. The cuisine of Curacao is a flavorful blend of Dutch and Indonesian, with hints of other international fare mixed in. Relax and savor the true taste of the island with a choice between stewed beef or chicken, white rice, Spanish rice, beans and fries. Your meal will also include a house salad, plantains and the freshest seasonal vegetables.

Discover Mambo Beach Boulevard, a unique concept for the island that combines shopping, dining, entertainment and the best beach Curacao offers. Have approximately one hour to stroll this area after your lunch concludes.

The tour concludes with a pass through the Scharloo area, a historic Jewish neighborhood with colorful architecture marked with unique elegance. For those looking to discover a true taste of the island, this tour is exactly what your senses long for.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Cuisine
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch is included.
Recommended Dress
Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 12 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsCuraçao Island and FlavorsOctober 13, 2019

Reviewer: Judy John
My husband, daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the island and had a wonderful sense of humor. We were impressed with the beautiful architecture and colors of the buildings in Curaçao. The samples at the factory were delicious and it was interesting to hear how the liqueur was made. Lunch at the restaurant at Mambo beach was very good. We would definitely recommend this excursion!

5 StarsGreat value!May 02, 2019

Reviewer: Walter Deskins
We were very happy with this excursion. Our guide was fun and informative. We went to the Curacao factory and we actually saw how it was made instead of seeing a video. (Nice gift shop,too). The best was lunch at Mambo beach. Food was excellent and it was the Island flavors! The restaurant overlooked a beautiful beach with many great shops in the area. Exceeded expectations!

4 StarsBeautiful April 23, 2019

Reviewer: Sherri F.
I enjoyed the tour and driver was nice and helpful. I would recommend this tour.

4 StarsFun day!April 22, 2019

Reviewer: Sandra Robison
Such a fun day exploring Curacao. Our guide was very entertaining and so knowledgeable about the island. Since we were there on a Sunday we were not able to get into the Curacao liquor plant. Our guide provided us with samples at another stop we made. The lunch provided on the beach was delicious. The time we were left to fill after eating was a bit long although we enjoyed walking around the area.

5 StarsGood tour with delicious lunchApril 04, 2019

Reviewer: Margaret Duff
The tour was interesting, with a stop at the Curacao distillery which included time for tasting. We saw some of the beauty of the island, and dropped off some people for a beach stop. We went to a nearby restaurant for an authentic island meal, which was good. We didn't quite understand that the included beverage was non-alcoholic - but that was OK. We sampled some Curacao-based cocktails anyway! The guide was professional and informative; we enjoyed our visit to the island.

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