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I Went to Curaçao for the Water
by Phil Carta

But it wasn't the Caribbean blue that impressed me: it was the tap water. Derived from the Caribbean by a reverse osmosis process, it was fabulous - probably the best tasting drinking water I've ever had. I'm almost ready to go back just to brush my teeth!

And just that little point of wonderful drinking water set the stage not only for a fantastic week but for several more subsequent visits. For I have found Curaçao to be not only exotic and upscale, but as much fun as can be had on nearly any Caribbean island. Of course, my major purpose, and both avocation and vocation, is scuba diving so I spent many hours roaming around the reefs on the southern side of the island. And although some of the dive sites are just above average, there are several which rival the best of the Caribbean, particularly past the western end of the road.

But the attractions of Curaçao are just as good above water as below. In fact, Curaçao is one of the best destinations in the Caribbean for divers and non-divers alike because there's simply so much to do. The landside attractions, from the Seaquarium to the city of Willemstad to the broad variety of excellent restaurants, make Curaçao a choice destination. Here one will find shopping and dining, museums and beaches, national parks and casinos, fishing, golf and horseback riding and, of course, almost any watersport one can imagine including scuba diving by helicopter!

The Curaçao Seaquarium is part of a moderately large complex consisting of a popular public beach with all of the imaginable watersports, shops and restaurants; a quaint hotel; marina; scuba diving operation; and a health spa/fitness center. The Seaquarium is designed around an open plan and you can wander freely between the "tank" exhibits and the outdoor pens where sharks and sea turtles are kept. What is surprising is the level of detail contained in the descriptions of all the critters. It makes for a fun day to go out and see various fish in the ocean and then come back to read about them.

At the Sea Aquarium you'll find Animal Encounters. This 10 foot deep dive or snorkel is an excellent opportunity for divers and non-divers alike to get up close and personal with the inhabitants of the offshore reefs. There are even a dozen sharks and turtles which can be fed from behind the safety of large Plexiglas panels. The Plexiglas actually disappears in photos, making it look like you are right there with the big boys. A hour of fun is quite worth the $50 cost (one of the best diving values in the Caribbean) and they will video tape or photograph the adventure for but a pittance more.

A few miles away is the capital city of Willemstad, home to the second busiest port in the Americas. Having once been the center of Dutch trading activity in the region, Willemstad has grown to be one of the most exciting duty free shopping areas around. The combination of walking around and shopping and enjoying the colonial Dutch architecture (many buildings are hundreds of years old) is a wonderful way to pass an afternoon or two.

The harbor is the center of activity in Willemstad and it's lots of fun to have a cocktail at the Plaza Hotel on the ramparts of the old fort right at the harbor entrance. (The Plaza actually carries marine collision insurance!)The floating market, where Venezuelan traders bring their produce and wares, is quite unusual to visit. Another fun place is Fort Nassau, perched high on a bluff overlooking the entire harbor.



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Phil Carta is the owner of Phil Carta's New Adventures, a travel firm specializing in tropical islands and destinations around the world. Originally a specialist in scuba diving travel (Phil is a NAUI, TDI and PADI scuba diving instructor) New Adventures provides both tours and vacation packages primarily to places Phil has personally visited. In the Indian Ocean and South Pacific that includes the Seychelles, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Micronesia, the Maldives and Egypt and the Red Sea. In the Caribbean you may see Phil almost anywhere, although his favorites are Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Dominica, Jamaica, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the islands of Belize and Honduras. New Adventures has an excellent and informative web site athttp://www.newadventures.com and Phil can be reached at phil@newadventures.com




 
 

 


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