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IF YOU GO:

GETTING AROUND: Curacao is well suited to exploring on your own, so rent a car. Road signs are in English, and Curacao drivers are extremely patient and courteous. But stray goat herds may take over the roads at any time, even in populated areas.
A four-day Alamo compact on Curacao cost me US$132 last November. You may pay more in high season. When you are ready for a rugged outing, you can join one of several four-wheel-drive tours that operate here. Most cost less than US$50/person.
CURRENCY: U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere.
STAYING THERE: Travelers who enjoy "collecting" hotels will find great variety here. Hotel Kura Hulanda (877-264-3106; www.kurahulanda.com), in Willemstad's Otrobanda district, is a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World (800-223-6800) and offers unique lodging in the buildings of a restored historic district, from US$240 in high season (I got a standard room for nearly half that in low season). It's within walking distance of all the historic sites of Willemstad. There's a sister property, Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club (same contact info), on the far western tip of the island at Westpunt. Set apart from the rest of Westpunt, it's a rather new, breezy resort with a small beach and rates from US$225 in high season.
You can have your history and a picture-perfect secluded beach at Avila Beach Hotel (800-747-8162; www .avilahotel.com), on the less pedestrian end of Willemstad. Rooms in the historic main building start at US$120 in high season (there's a catch: modern plumbing but no hot water). Completely modern rooms in other parts of the resort start at US$260 in high season.
Landhuis Daniel Country Inn & Restaurant (daniellh@cura.net; www.landhuisdaniel.com) is one of the island's oldest plantation houses. Its eight rooms have private baths and start at US$35 with fan and US$45 with air conditioning. Add US$6/person for breakfast or US$25/person for half-board (breakfast and dinner).
Larger chain hotels include Hilton, Howard Johnson and Marriott. Other small- to midsize properties cater to scuba divers. And there are several B&Bs and vacation rentals.
Expect to pay 19 percent in lodging taxes at most places.
MORE INFORMATION: Curacao Tourism Corporation North America: 800-3CURACAO; www.curacao.com


Updated : 2021-05-07 12:12 GMT+08:00