Exploring Christoffel National Park in Curacao

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.


The Curacao Art Scene

The people of Curacao have always fully embraced their colourful surroundings and rich culture, and this couldn’t be seen any more clearly than in their art scene. The island has inspired a huge number of artists, housing over 30 artists from both Curacao and all over the world. It is hardly surprising therefore, that there are many art galleries dotted around the island, all of which are worth exploring as a day trip or a short visit from your Caribbean vacation rental.

Chichi Curacao Serena’s Art Factory

Located in the vibrant city of Punda, the Art Factory is an explosion of colour. You can see how these incredible sculptures are made by the team free of charge, pick up a souvenir to take back to your holiday rental, or even paint your own sculpture. The sculptures are created by 60 local women, and are beautiful to witness.

Gallery Alma Blou

This is the oldest gallery in Curacao, and also the largest, holding a huge amount of authentic Caribbean art. Even where the gallery is housed is stunning, in a beautiful 18th century mansion. The collection is made up of mostly local artists, inspired by their home’s nature and culture.

Ritz Gallery

The Ritz Gallery is housed in a former ice cream factory, which served the island for 70 long years. On a visit from your Curacao villa, not only can you experience its distinctly village like feel, but also an interesting collection of stone statues from Indonesia, and an exposition of the renovation of the factory.

Jean Girigory Gallery

This gallery is dedicated to displaying the works of Jean Girigory. Jean works in a number of mediums, from paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassworks and more. Although relatively small, there is a lot of talent on show.

Nana Sanchez Gallery

The artist Nana Sanchez draws her inspiration from her surroundings, recreating the bright colours and scenes that draws people to get a Curacao house rental year after year. Not only can her work be seen on the island, but also all across Europe and North and South America.


The Incredible Nightlife of Curacao

The island of Curacao is known for many things, but people flock to get a villa in Curacao in droves in order to make the most of its legendary night life. For such a small island, there are a large number of venues throughout Curacao where you can dance the night away, admire the views with a drink in hand or listen to some live music. It is not surprising that the majority of the nightlife scene comes alive on the weekends, so here is where to head when on your Caribbean vacation:


Thursday

 

On Thursday, there are plenty of entertainment options, especially in the Pietermaai District. This area of the island is seriously trendy, with a huge number of old historic homes being renovated and transformed into a range of unique bars and restaurants. Expect live jazz and blues music, with a spectacular sunset backdrop.

 

Friday

 

If dancing is more your thing, then Friday night is your night to go out. The evening is known as Drink, Dine and Dance, and you can enjoy endless salsa dancing between the 100 year old walls of the Rif Fort. If you are not brave enough to take to the dance floor yourself, you could simply spend the night enjoying a dinner if cocktail and watching the dancers before you head back to your vacation rental in Curacao.

 

Saturday and Sunday

 

On Saturday and Sunday evening, the most popular spots for nightlife really come alive. The four best nightlife bars are arguably Hemingway, Madero Ocean Club, Cabana Beach and Wet & Wild. After starting with the live music at Hemingway, move with the crowds over to the other clubs where DJs set up on the beach, dancers flock to the sand and there are some excellent drink deals. Make sure you get a Caribbean villa nearby, so you don’t have far to travel home!

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