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Dreams Curacao Resort Spa And Casino

Dreams Curacao Resort Spa And Casino

Curacao, Curacao
Air Canada Vacations
Air Canada Vacations
Vacation package departing from Toronto to Curacao
Check-in date : February 14, 2022
Check-out date : February 21, 2022
Room type : Deal of the day room
Type of meal : All inclusive
Type of occupation : Double occupancy
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Flight itinerary

Toronto (YYZ) - Curacao (CUR)

Flight :AC1864
Depart :February 14, 2022 - 08:20
Arrival :February 14, 2022 - 14:25
Class :Y

Curacao (CUR) - Toronto (YYZ)

Flight :AC1865
Depart :February 21, 2022 - 15:25
Arrival :February 21, 2022 - 19:45
Class :Y

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Package - Adult(s)

Price : $1787.00
Taxes : $452.00
Total : $2239.00
Quantity : x 2
Total : $4478.00 CAD

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Location


Dreams Curacao Resort Spa And Casino

John F Kennedy Blvd, Willemstad, Curacao
Curacao, Curacao

Nearby activities / points of interest

  1. 2.58km - Blue Bay Golf Course
  2. 2.59km - Curacao Museum
  3. 3.91km - Museum Kura Hulanda
  4. 3.96km - Queen Emma Bridge (The Swinging Old Lady)
  5. 4.06km - University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA)
  6. 4.09km - Queen Juliana Bridge
  7. 4.17km - Governors Palace
  8. 4.17km - Fort Amsterdam (Willemstad)
  9. 4.20km - Postal Museum
  10. 4.23km - Downtown Willemstad
  11. 4.24km - Curacao Maritime Museum
  12. 4.30km - Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
  13. 4.30km - Jewish Cultural Historical Museum
  14. 4.48km - Downtown Julianadorp
  15. 4.55km - Fort Nassau
  16. 6.68km - Hato Caves
  17. 7.15km - Willemstad Hato Intl. Airport (CUR)
  18. 8.51km - Seaquarium Beach
  19. 8.83km - Dolphin Academy
  20. 8.83km - Curacao Sea Aquarium
  21. 10.70km - Jan Theil Beach
  22. 12.79km - Fort Beekenburg
  23. 15.08km - Curacao Ostrich Farm

Travel guide


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Introduction

Willemstad is a charming Dutch colonial style town with enormous historical importance and a gorgeous harbour. As matter of fact, the capital was recently declared a cultural heritage site of the world by UNESCO. It offers lovely alleys and parks to stroll, historical monuments to ponder and a slew of museums to educate and fascinate. The wonderful architecture is best known through the pastel coloured gable houses.

And visitors searching for fun and relaxation in the sun are sure to find it at one of Curaçao's 35 plus beaches, from rocky coves surrounded by massive cliffs to long sandy beaches. The south western coast is favoured by swimmers because of the calmer waters. The many international and local restaurants promise delightful meals. Evenings can be filled with excitement at the many casinos or discotheques.

Beaches

Playa Kenepa and Playa Abou are among the island's most popular beaches. There is a lookout point halfway between the two beaches.

Kas Abou Beach is set in a country setting with all beach services. The snorkelling and diving are great and you will also find a diving platform.

Vaarsenbaai leaves to be desired in appearance but experienced swimmers, snorkellers and divers enjoy its challenging waters. There is a diving platform here and a pier.

Other good snorkelling or diving spots can be found at several beaches, like Caracasbaai, Daaibooi, Playa Lagun and Playa Kalki. The water can be a bit choppy at times though.

Picturesque coves and beaches such as Boka Sami, Jeremi, Playa Forti, Playa Piskado and Playa Grandi, offer great photo opportunities. A common sight in these small fishing villages is the many colourful fishing boats with their nets.

Santa Cruz Beach has a more unique look and is excellent for bird watching.

Climate

Curaçao's annual average temperature is of 27° C and its warm waters hover around 26° C. A refreshing trade wind keeps the humidity in check. The rainy season, lasting from October through February, is mostly defined by short nightly showers.

Temperature in Celsius J F M A M J J A S O N D
Maximum 28 29 30 30 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 29
Minimum 20 20 22 23 24 23 24 24 23 23 22 21
Rainfall (mm) 50 20 10 20 20 20 30 40 40 80 90 90

Geography

The city is located on the south central shore of the island and bathes in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Sint Annabaai canal divides the older part of the city. The Punda side has the Old World Dutch ambience and the best shopping, whereas the Otrabanda side has more contemporary charm. The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, joining the two sections, is reserved for pedestrian. With a population of 43600, the capital has become a huge commercial and industrial center.

History

First baptized Santa Ana by the Spanish, it was later renamed Willemstad by the Dutch traders who were attracted by the fine harbour during the 17th century. It was chosen as the capital of Curaçao and it also became the seat of government for the Netherlands Antilles. During the early part of the 20th century, Willemstad was a center for oil refining by the Royal Dutch Shell Company. Folowing a 10 year restoration period, the historic center of Willemstad and the island's natural harbour were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Nature

The Christoffel National Park, in Savonet, has 32 km of one-way trail-like roads and various walking trails surrounded by cactus, rare orchids and bromeliads. Donkeys, wild goats, iguanas, the Curaçao deer, and many species of birds thrive in this preserve.

The National Park Shete Boka is a turtle sanctuary. You will also find the Boca Tabla underground cave, where huge and unpredictable waves can sometimes strike down.

The Curaçao Underwater Marine Park, established in 1983 with the financial aid of the World Wildlife Fund, is a 20 km strip of untouched coral reefs.

Unique to Here

The Curaçao Liqueur was discovered purely by accident. The Spaniards tried to grow Valencia oranges in Curaçao, but they became bitter tasting. The plants were abandoned and left to grow wild until someone tried to use the aromatic oils in the peels while making a liqueur. Exotic spices and herbs were added to give it an aromatic bouquet.

Today one can visit the Curaçao Liqueur Distillery at the Landhuis Chobolobo, a converted 17th century plantation house located just outside of Willemstad.
  • Airport : Hato International Airport
  • Airport Tax : The departure tax of around US $22, per person, is payable at the airport when leaving the island.
  • Distance from Airport : Between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Tourist Office : Pietermaai 19, tel: 5999-434-8200
  • Tourist Season : December through March

Festivals & Events

January - Curaçao International Sailing Regatta

February/March - Curaçao Carnival (Monday before Lent)
This is the main parade featuring hordes of fantastic floats, costumes, and characters.

May - Curaçao Jazz Festival

Transportation

Every taxi has a taxi meter with fixed rates for your journey. Taxi stands are situated at the airport, hotels, in Punda and in Otrobanda. The public bus system and the collective cars or vans called "bus", are an inexpensive and reliable way to travel between the districts.

Car rental are available at the airport or at major hotels. Motorcycles and bicycles can be rented in town.

Activities & Sports

Active travellers can choose from many activities to fill their days, like horseback riding, hiking, cycling, mountain biking or tennis. And one is sure find all the water sports facilities right at their finger tips, whether it be swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing or any other water activity.

Golfers will rejoice at the Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort, an 18-hole championship golf course and at the Curaçao Golf & Squash Club, a 9-hole course.

Curaçao's underwater world is famous worldwide amongst diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, with its 40 different dive areas swarming with many species of coral and fish. Popuplar sites include: the Airplane Wreck, which identifies the site of the remains of an airplane; Basora, with its elegant Chinese pagoda shapes perched on the wall as you dive into the depths; Black Rock / Piedra Pretu is a spectacular wall dive with a lush shallow terrace and a steep, deep wall, which drops to about 37 m.; Double Reef & Superior Producer Wreck, one of the finest wrecks in the Caribbean since it is positioned upright, with her wheelhouse at 24m; and the Oswaldo's Drop Off and Car Pile is the most unique traffic jam you are ever likely to see with cars and trucks dating back to the 1940s piled on the wall.

Archaeology

Christoffel National Park: You may spot a few Arawak paintings if you go for a walk along the coral cliff, near the cave of Boca Tabla.

The Hato Caves has incredible stalagmites and stalactites, some mirrored in an underground lake. Also on display are ancient Indian petroglyph. Many rooms can be found in this cave system, the largest being called "La Ventana".

The National Archaeological Anthropological Museum exhibits archaeological artefacts, as well as ethnographic objects from the late 19th century to the present.

Attractions & Sights

The capital city of Willemstad was recently added to the UNESCO world heritage list. It is truly a beautiful city with tones of historical sites. The best way to see first is by taking the 1 1/4-hour trolley tour, which will introduces you to its highlights. Here is a brief description of some of the most visited places:

You will find eight different forts that once served to protect the city. Two examples are the Fort Amsterdam and the Fort Nassau.

Early Jewish settlers founded the Mikvé Israel-Synagogue, the oldest still operating synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Here lies also the oldest Jewish burial ground in the Americas, the Beit Hayim cemetery, and the fascinating Jewish Cultural Historical Museum is housed in two buildings dating from 1728. They were originally the rabbi's residence and the bathhouse.

The Curaçao Museum was originally a military quarantine hospital. The restored building now house paintings, art and furniture crafted in the 19th century by local cabinetmakers.

The Maritime Museum has more than 40 permanent displays that trace the story of Curaçao. Antique miniatures, 17th-century ship models and a collection of maps can also be admired.

The Kurá Hulanda Museum is devoted to the history and culture of Africa. It is one of the best museums of this kind in the world. It is filled with interesting exhibits and a life-size reconstruction of a slave ship that once sailed from the Ivory Coast.

The Curaçao Sea Aquarium is best known for its Sea lion training session but you can also see more than 400 species of fish, crabs, anemones, sponges, and coral on display in a natural environment.

Nightlife

The casinos are alive with action in the evenings. Popular ones are the Emerald Casino, the Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino, the Plaza Hotel and Casino, and Breezes Curaçao Resort Casino.

The neighbourhood of Salinja is home to the best discotheques and bars on the island. Among the best of them are Blues, Club Façade and Ole! Ole!

For a different experience spend an evening on the pontoon boat, Mi Dushi. This floating club has a dance floor, three bars and a full barbecue.

Side Trips

Take a Kunuku Tour. Hundreds of wooden and stone-built former slave houses can be visited with a local guide. Step inside historical buildings where you will meet the local inhabitants and experience their culture and way of life.

There are still close to a hundred landhuizen, or plantation houses, standing on the island. Prime examples are the Landhuis Davelaar, Landhuis Ascencion, Landhuis Zeelandia, Landhuis Brakkeput. Some are open for visitations.

A Jeep Safari is great way to discover the beautiful and rugged Curaçao countryside. You will be taken along narrow tracks past grand estates, mansions, caves, flamingos and huge fields of cactus.

The Curaçao Ostrich and Game Farm is one of the biggest farms outside Africa of its kind. See how an ostrich develops from an egg to the biggest bird in the world.

Accommodations

A large variety of accommodations are available, whether you prefer large resorts, small hotels, bungalows, apartments or charming guest houses. Park & Camping Imaan has camping facilities as well. Most luxury resorts have full service spas offering relaxing massages and other treats.

Curaçao is becoming a very popular destination for international meetings and conventions. The state-of-the-art International Trade Center complex can meet all need, as well as several larger hotels.

Eating Out

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to the island's many restaurants. From international fare to local treats, you are sure to find something to delight you palate and budget. Places specializing in Curaçaoan dishes include De Kleine Wereld, La Bahia, and Seaside Terrace. If you would like to try the Iguana stew then head to Jaanchi's Restaurant.

But the most authentic experience you can have food wise is to go to the Marshe Bieuw (the Old Market) for lunch. Consisting of independently operated stand, this food court offers excellent food in generous portions, and prices can't be beat. Seating is strictly first come, first served, at a few small tables or long counters.

Shopping

The island has two main shopping areas located in the capital city: the Punda and the Otrobanda. The Heerenstraat and Madurostraat streets are pedestrian areas. Exceptional rebates can be found, due to low import duties, on items like perfumes, Dutch Delft blue souvenirs, electronics, jewellery, linens, silks, lace work and leather goods.

Head to the New Market for a fun shopping experience, where local produce and handicraft are sold here. The Floating Market is a peculiar set up where Venezuelan merchants sell their fresh produce from small authentic fishing boats which double as living quarters.

Tasty souvenirs include Gouda and Edam cheeses, local rum, and of course the famous blue Curaçao liqueur.
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