A place in the Caribbean that I would highly recommend escaping to would be Curacao. Curacao is filled with an abundance of color and has breath taking beautiful Dutch architecture. I personally visited Curacao in February of 2004 and fell in love with the beauty of this island and her waters. I still have plans to return someday to this island filled with spectacular color and wonderful hospitality. Curacao is an island that takes pride in their rich multicultural heritage. For those celebrating their love, they'll find pristine beaches and secluded romantic coves. For those that enjoy the world below, Curacao is home to some of the best diving and snorkeling around with rare corals and marine life in water as clear as the air. There are marvelous hotels, exciting nightlife, casinos, international cuisine and fantastic duty-free shopping to suite every style of traveler. Even the history buffs can enjoy a tour through the historic countryside mansions, called "landhuizen".
Many ships port in Curacao creating a perfect lazy day pastime while enjoy watching them all sail in and out of port. Curacao lies outside the hurricane belt and has virtually no rainy days, with an annual average temperature of 82°F. The island provides a variety of different resorts for your stay. You have the choice between European, Boutique or All-Inclusive properties. The Hilton Caribe is featured in the photo. There truly is a bit of something for everyone’s taste.
While I was in Curacao, I stayed in a family friendly all-inclusive resort, while there I par took in some snorkeling which I highly recommend you try. The waters were so clear and blue. I enjoyed going into town to do some site seeing and shopping. I must say this is a must! The locals were so friendly, and there were such a variety of places to shop from outlets, to collector’s shops to specialty boutiques to explore. My favorite part of my time in Curacao, all the fabulous colors around you. No matter where you look, with every turn, the buildings, the landscape, the waters from sunrise and sunset are brilliant. I would encourage you to add Curacao to your bucket list. For me, I can’t think of a better place to escape
Fun Fact: Curaçao is a true multicultural mixture of 55 different nationalities. The majority of it's residents speak at least four different languages - English, Spanish, Dutch and their own Papiamento.
Andrea Ward is an independent travel consultant of Boomerang Escapes, located in WI. She has been planning vacation escapes for the company since 2013 and specializes in Caribbean Destinations. Her main focus is on the all-inclusive vacation experience for adult or family getaways for individuals and small groups. Sandals and AMResorts are among the specialist certificates she holds.
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.