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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2015
Pollution from refinery  (2 Answers)

I read recently some tourists had problems with the polluted air on Curacao due to the oil refinery. Has anyone been there lately and found this to be a problem?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2015
Public Transportation to Floating Market  (1 Answer)

Even though I learned it is only a 15 minute walk from the Megapier to the Floating Market, I could probably walk one way, but not sure able to walk both ways. I understand the bus terminal is right across the street from the pier, so would it be possible to get a bus to the Floating Market, and then I would only have l.2 km. to walk back to the pier. I know there are taxis, but I just enjoy using Public Transportation and being with the people from the area I am visiting and walking the streets where I can go more slowly, and able to stop to look at those things that interest me.. Thanks for any help you can give me.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2015
Floating Market  (1 Answer)

How close is the Floating Market to the pier where the cruise ships come in?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2015
Floating Market  (2 Answers)

How close is the Floating Market to the pier where the cruise ships come in?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2015
rental car  (1 Answer)

Hello everyone, is it worth it to rent a car ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2015
How do we go around Curacao on our own?  (14 Answers)

We're quite hesitant to book a tour through Carnival when I know we can do it on our own. And yes, they're expensive! Our ship is docked from 1 pm-11pm and we would like to know if there's like a hop on hop off tour bus in Curacao? Or how do we navigate this city? What are the sights to see aside from the famous bridge and colorful buildings? Thanks for any help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2015
Driving in Curacao  (4 Answers)

We will be visiting Curacao on a cruise ship in June and would like to avoid the usual tourist traps and rent a car to visit special cultural artefacts. Some questions that I hope the Curacao experts can help with:
1) Is driving really as problematic as mentioned in some of the post
2) Is there a mobile APP that can assist with locating the attractions?
3) Is there a map online or otherwise available for the island?
4) Are there any special venues that you might recommend?
5) Any special dishes that we should try? We like to try local cuisine when we travel.

Thanks for answering any or all of the questions

Jerome


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2015
ocean is it dangerous  (9 Answers)

I heard the ocean is dangerous for swimming, is this true


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2015
Is Curacao similar to Aruba?  (2 Answers)

I visited Aruba last year, and loved it! I am thinking about visiting Curacao, and was wondering if it's similar to Aruba, in terms of windiness, transportation, food, prices, safety, and people.

In Aruba, it was really windy. The bus and taxi system was wonderful. Taxi drivers would give each other business, and the people in general were the friendliest I've ever met. We would have complete strangers offer us rides, and I was hit on by the local girls on several occasions. And we could walk around pretty much anywhere, at any hour of night, and no one would bother us. And there were no hawkers, aggressive vendors, or harassment by locals. And the locals didn't get angry when they saw a camera, in fact, quite the opposite.

What about the airport? We had to get 3 hours early in Aruba, they were very lazy and short staffed, and we had to go through customs and 2 security checkpoints.

Is Curacao the same as Aruba? What are some similarities and differences between the 2 islands?
I heard that Curacao is more "European" than Aruba. Whatever that means.

Anyone who has spent at least a few days on both islands, that can provide some insight?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2015
What see and do in 8 hours in Curacao?  (5 Answers)

I will arrive on a Carnival cruise ship next week and have 8 hours.

I am not interested in water sports but would like some experience of the culture and sights on the island. What can I do "on foot" once I leave the cruiseship. We are a healthy active couple age 50's that loves to walk. Is there a beach close by? Shopping? Any place with Wifi internet I can walk to? Museums/historical sights? Can I get a guided walking tour anywhere? I would rather not pay for a cruise ship excursion and appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2015
Studio rental  (1 Answer)

Worried about scams


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2014
big and tall clothing  (1 Answer)

Where can I find big and tall clothing for men in Curacao?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2014
Bicycle rental  (1 Answer)

I am considering renting a bicycle but it seems very expensive and I had thought of buying a 2nd hand bicycle as an alternative, are there any shops such cash converters (pawn shops) where I could buy a 2nd hand bicycle


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2014
Does Equus still exist?? Grill out on Friday nights??  (5 Answers)

Would you recommend the Ranch or Equus. The Argentinian steak/chicken on skewers (Churrasca). We like local things to do and we tried this place the last time we were there in '07 but so crowded, could not get a table for awhile so we chose to leave. Is it still good. What is another local spot that sells krioyo. Thanks! Which beach to visit that is the prettiest. Porto Marie, Grote Knip, Playa Kalki we have been to. Any others??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2014
curacao freezone  (1 Answer)

Hotel to close proximity to Curacao harbor freezone


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2014
curacao freezone

I want to try shoping at the freezone area. Do they ship items purchased to another country upon request or is it just at their airport or hotel?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2014
Entrance sign at Hato Caves  (3 Answers)

What is meant by Kueba di Hato on the entrance sign to Hato Caves in Willemsted Curacao


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2014
Flower Shops  (3 Answers)

Can anyone please tell me where I can purchase flowers for a wedding close to the cruise ship docks? Thanks in advance!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2014
Is the Floating market still in operation?  (2 Answers)

In light of the challenges in Venezuela; do the Venezuelans still come
to Curacao and operate the floating market?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2014
Looking for a braclet!  (3 Answers)

Does anyone know the girl who makes and sells shell jewelry at the pier dock (where carnival freedom docks) Name or website?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2014
Day Trip From Aruba

I will be visiting Aruba for a week in April, and we were looking at taking a daytrip to Curacao. I understand there is no ferry service, so does anyone know any cheap flights?
I found some companies, but the cheapest one in $203, tax included. We were looking for something around $100.
I heard sometimes on the island, they have special charter flights that don't show up online, and you can get a really cheap deal.
Is it better to book a flight there, or from home?

How much is taxi from Airport to Punda district, or can you take a bus?

Willemsted is in my top 10, list of cities I want to visit. And IDK when I'll be in ABC islands again. I will kick myself for being so close and not going, but if the price isn't right, the price isn't right.

Any ideas?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2014
wholesale shopping

how can i buy wholesale clothing and get it ship to the bahamas


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2013
Curacao, Playa Porto Marie  (4 Answers)

Going to Curacao soon via cruise ship. Want to know how much cab fare (round trip) is to Playa Porto Marie?
Also would like to know if there are closer (walking distance) to a beach for snorkeling from cruise ship pier.
Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2013
tourist market Curacao  (5 Answers)

Is there also a tourist market near the cruise ship docks with souvenirs and so on?? How do I find information about this market at the internet?
Thanks
S


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2013
Do you recommend we rent a vehicle or go with a guide?  (7 Answers)

My husband and I (good health) will be arriving in Curacao via cruise ship for our first time Thursday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. What do you recommend we do? We would like to see as much of Curacao as we can. Thanks! Connie K.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 08, 2013
Day trips to Venezuela?  (1 Answer)

are there safe day trips from Curacao to the closest point in Venezuela?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2013
Budget travel lodging in Curacao?  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know of any cheap places to crash in Curacao. All i am looking for is a cheap place to crash and chill out. Nothing luxurious or anything. I am planning to go sometime mid March of next year. I got in touch with a possible host on Couchsurfing.com but in case i decide to go the bnb or hostel route or last minute plans change, Ill have something to fall back on. Thanks all :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2013
Villa on Curacao  (2 Answers)

Do any of you have any experience in staying at a villa on
Curaçao .? Concerned about possible safety issues, etc


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2013
Hot sauce @ The Van Den Tweel Market  (4 Answers)

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Curacao. During my stay, I bought locally made hot sauce that came in 4 varieites, mild, spicy, special, and papaya. The name on the jar said Mario's or something like that. It is the most amazing hot sauce and I really wish I bought more!!! Does anyone have more information on this specific hot sauce or even better, can someone give me a recipe? When I google "pika", it gives me a recipe for sliced onions and peppers in vinegar. However, the hot sauce that I bought is finally chopped and more like a relish. Thank you in advance!!! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2013
Beach close to Pietermaai Smal Apartments  (2 Answers)

I have pre-bookes a room at Pietermaai Smal Apartments located on the street Pietermaai in central Willemstad around this years Christmas and New Year.

I have done a some googeling, read a lot on TripAdvisor and the hotels homepage as well the Curasao tips here on VT, but I can not find any good information regarding the beaches close to Pietermaai. Is it a beach near the hotel? How is it? From what I understand the mose beautiful beach close to Willemstad is the one close to the Sea Aquarium. Is that right? From Google Maps I can see the distanse from Pietermaai to the Sea Aquariumis about 4 km; too far for walking. How much by taxi? Or will we find a bus?

Thanks.



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