Creating Really Awesome Free Trips is back, and it will happen most Thursday’s from now until the end of August. Hopefully, you will find a few fun, free family friendly things to do in a city near you! Or use these lists to plan an unforgettable road trip the whole fam can enjoy!
Today is an extra special day in the world of Creating Really Awesome Free Trips because it is the very first interntaional destination! It’s also an extra fun day, beacuse I actually know Karah and her awesome blog, the space between, in real life… she’s super fun, has a cool blog, and lives in Curacao… what a lucky duck, right? Thankfully, she’s here today to help us plan our next vay-cay! #6 gets me pretty excited!
Well, hello C.R.A.F.T.ers! How goes it?
I’m Karah from the space between and I am wicked excited to be here today.
Well, maybe not as excited as I was in that picture … but still very, very excited.
I had the sincere pleasure of meeting Jamie in person at the recent Haven conference and had so much fun getting to know her. I’m happy to say, she is just as adorable, fun and friendly as we all imagine her to be. 🙂
We actually got to talking about this awesome series of hers, and since I live in a place that maybe none of you have visited (2 points if you have and 5 points if you live here, too … let’s get
wine coffee!) I thought it would be fun to add Curacao to the list of destinations where we’re Creating Really Awesome Free Trips!
1. Downtown Willemstad – You have probably seen pictures of our beautiful architecture and colorful buildings that line the water in town. Believe you me, they are more spectacular in person … day or night.
3. Blue Room – As with most Caribbean islands we have a plethora of water activities at your disposal, one of our favorites is called the Blue Room. You can pay someone to take you by boat, but if you know the way, it is only a 30 minute walk to a spot of crystal clear water and a small opening along the shore where you can swim into a cave where it is all … you guessed it … blue.
5. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving – Now, I’m not a diver, so all of the diving purists will probably shun me for combining the two. But, I hear one of the best things about Curacao is the amount of shore dives we have … for snorkelers like me, that means that there are just as many spots for us to just head into the water to explore.
6. Sint Joris Baai – This is one of the places on the north shore of the island that you can drive out to and experience the coast. This is a popular wind surfing, kite surfing and hang out area because of all of the wind. And it is also where I find a lot of the driftwood that I’ve used in my trees and shelves … as well as where I found the bottles on my summer mantel. But shhhh, don’t tell anyone! 🙂
7. Westernmost Point – Here you can see first hand just how much of an impact that the powerful sea and wind has had at corroding away the island rock. The weathering has created caves in spots and it is said that you can ‘hear the island breathe’. It’s pretty cool. Oh, and there’s a rock painted like the Curacao flag and a cute husband, if you’re lucky. 😉
8. Shete Boka – This is actually the only item on my list that costs any money. But, at Nafl 3 per person (less than $2) I thought it was a fair addition. This is a National Park where you can visit 7 different areas where the powerful water has created caves, caverns, and even a water spout. There is a high likelihood that you will see sea turtles, as well.
9. Beaches – Now, I really could have made a list of my top 10 favorite free beaches for this list and called it a day. But, now that you’ve explored the island and seen some of the off-the-beaten-path spots above, it’s time to relax at the beach. The island has about 40 beaches total and many of them are free. Which means that they usually don’t have any amenities like restaurants, etc … but that’s what coolers are for, right!?!?
I actually have a series on my blog called foto friday where I post pictures of everyday life and randomness on this island and I just recently posted about Curacao beaches as well as my #10…
And, if you’re interested, you can see more pictures from around the island here with some links to additional resources for information.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our little island world. Hopefully I’ll meet you down here someday. Until then, it’d be great if you have a chance to visit my blog, the space between … where I share unique DIY projects made from my island finds and try to show you a little bit about life on an island.
And a HUGE Thank you! to Jamie for letting me join in the fun over here! It’s been great!