Where to Stay
Aside from its ideal location—just 20 minutes from bustling Willemstad—the Hilton Curaçao has two private, sandy beaches, on-site watersport rentals, four restaurants, a series of infinity pools, a spa and a casino, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing beach vacation with just the right amount of action. —S.S.
Scuba Lodge Boutique Hotel & Ocean Suites is located in the hip Pietermaai district, home to some of the island’s best nightlife including Cuban-inspired Mundo Bizarro bar, lively Miles Jazz Cafe and club 27. —L.A.B.
Where to Eat
Make a reservation at Restaurant & Café Gouverneur de Rouville to try one of Curaçao’s most famous regional specialties, Keshi Yena—chicken filled with cheese, prunes and pickled onion. The 18th-century building has a patio out front with sweeping ocean views, and an elegant courtyard in the back. —S.S.
The island’s food truck scene kicks into gear at night, with many rolling out at 9 p.m. and staying open late. Order a mix platter (chicken, ribs, chorizo, pork chop and steak) with fries smothered in churi churi sauce from popular BBQ Express. —L.A.B.
What to Do
Visit the Museum Kurá Hulanda to learn about Curaçao and the sad, yet significant role slavery played in the island’s history. This museum also houses the largest collection of African art in the Caribbean. —S.S.
Operators offer night dives to Curaçao’s incredible reefs and wrecks. Ocean Encounters’ fluorescent night dive incorporates UV lights that make the coral and some marine creatures glow in the dark. —L.A.B.
Curaçao Carnival (Feb. 16 to 25, 2020) is the country’s biggest cultural event, with parades of costumed dancers, elaborate floats, vibrant live bands and plenty of parties. —L.A.B.