When thinking about vacationing in the tropical paradise that is Curacao, the first thing that comes to mind is not likely to be rock hiking. However, the island is so full of beautiful landscapes, it would be a shame not to experience at least some of it on foot.
One of the most popular places to explore is in Christoffel National Park, likely to be easily accessible from your Curacao holiday rental. The west side of the island is where the most rain falls throughout the year, creating a truly lush landscape. There are a number of things to do in the park, some of which can’t be missed.
Hike to the highest point
Seasoned hikers can take the two hour climb to the top of the highest point of the island, Mt. Christoffel, reaching 1,227 feet. The views from the summit are simply stunning, and you may even be able to spot your Curacao accommodation.
Find hidden beaches
When headed for the beach, most people will head to those that are found in the resort towns. Two of the island’s best beaches however are found just outside of the park, and truly are a hidden gem. Knip and Klein Knip, both pristine coves with fine white sands and lush blue waters.
Take a scenic drive
The Mountain Route is one of the most scenic drives on Curacao, as it winds through the green hills and provides you with stunning views of the former plantation estates below. The route is 7.5 miles long, so you could easily bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it from your villa in Curacao.
Learn about the history of the island
A lot of the island’s history can be found within the park in the form of the plantations that still lie within its grounds. By visiting Savonet, Zorgvliet and Zevenbergen you can learn more about the Atlantic slave trade.
What some people may not realise when getting a vacation rental in Barbados, is that the island is big on a range of sports. Surprisingly, the number one sport that the island is known for is its cricket. The island is well known in the Caribbean for its sports tourism, and the locals demonstrate a passion for a range of activities such as polo, water sports, horse riding, track and field, tennis and golf to name just a few others. This passion, as well as an abundance of sporting history, had lead to a number of excellence sporting facilities cropping up over the island, and the locals take part in a number of international competitions.
Organised cricket started to take place in Barbados back in 1892, and today the sport is played all year round. There are a number of cricket grounds, but the most well-known is the Kensington Oval, which is in Bridgetown. For many, cricket is not just a hobby, but a way of life, so no matter what time of year you decide to get a Caribbean villa, Chances are there will be some sort of match taking place in the Oval. Over the years, a number of Barbadian players have become well known for their skill on the pitch.
The south coast of the island is the perfect place to get a vacation home in Barbados if you are looking to find that perfect wave. People come from all over the world to surf the south coast surf, with the most consistent breaks found at South Point and Brandon’s. November to June is the best time for surfing in Barbados, and at low tide, as it is here that the waves come in very quickly.
The island of Barbados is home to 5 PGA Standard golf courses, many which have some lovely Caribbean luxury villas located around them. As well as just playing for fun, visitors are also eligible to take part in a number of competitions during their stay such as the Barbados Open and the Festival of Golf.
The island continues to attract a number of professional and recreational sailors every year, who come to take in the beautiful sights and make use of the number of sailing facilities. The conditions are often labelled ‘champagne sailing’, and due to this a number of World Sailing Championships have been held in Barbados. Sailor or not, there are many sailing festivities to take part in or watch throughout the year.