How to spend 36 hours in Curaçao, with Sea Traditions at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort as your base camp.
5 P.M. | HURRY TO EQUUS
Don’t expect a menu or cutlery at this horse-stable-turned-restaurant in Jan Theil. Just the best chicken and beef kebabs on the island, grilled on three-foot-long skewers and then hung in the rafters above the communal tables for patrons to help themselves. And don’t expect daily hours either; Equus is open on Friday nights only. Get there early to beat the line.
9 A.M. | EXPLORE HATO CAVES
There’s no special gear or spelunking required to visit these 200,000-year-old caves, located just a few minutes from the island’s airport – just easy walking through various lit chambers lined with petroglyphs from ancient inhabitants and limestone stalactites and stalagmites that form dramatic shapes. Tours depart every hour starting at 9 a.m.
11:30 P.M | WALABOUT WILLEMSTAD
Curaçao’s capital city is divided into two main sections: Punda and Otrobanda. Start in Otrobanda to explore Kura Hulanda, a restored eighteenth-century village home to Dutch Colonial architecture and a comprehensive museum that documents the transatlantic slave trade (of which Curaçao played a central role). Then, cross the famous swinging Queen Emma Bridge to Punda, the main shopping area in the city (think European clothing, Irish crystal, French perfumes) with scenic pedestrian-only streets and lots of local color.
5 P.M. | PRIVATE SUNSET SAIL
A luxury yacht with an open bar and stunning sunset views are all yours when you book a private two-hour evening excursion with Adrenaline Tours Curaçao in Jan Theil, 20 minutes north of your resort. This coastal cruise departs from Caracas Bay and heads to the Spanish Water lined by luxurious homes and resorts, then into the super blue waters of undeveloped Fuik Bay.
8 P.M. | DINNER AT ZANZIBAR
P.izza and the beach – that’s what this open-air restaurant on Jan Thiel beach is known for. While the menu features African and Caribbean cuisine, the pizza is cooked in a traditional stone oven, which gives it a smoky flavor and crispy crust. Try their “Zanzibar Fruits De Mer,” a seafood pie that boasts a smorgasbord of local shellfish.
9 A.M. | LOUNGE ON THE BEACH
One of Curaçao’s largest beaches is located right outside your guest room: Santa Barbara Beach. This 1,500-foot white-sand stretch with ample lounge chairs and shaded spaces is set on one of the island’s calmest, glassy blue lagoons, where you can float with a mimosa – served from the resort’s Splash bar – in hand.