A long weekend in Curacao

A long weekend in Curacao

Confession: I sometimes take trips, and the carefully edited and highly curated set of photos that results makes it seem far more beautiful and more relaxing that it ever actually was (see: notes on authenticity). But when it comes to Curacao, the photos don’t even do it justice. It might be hard to believe, but this island in the Dutch Antilles is even more beautiful in person.Kleine Knip in CuracaoBecause in person, you can dig your toes into the soft sand and swim in water that is crystal clear and hear the little black and yellow birds singing. You can watch the iguanas scamper and the sea lions swim, and watch as the brilliant turquoise of the water changes to a deep, dark blue as the sun starts to set. You can walk through the colorful streets of Willemstad, Otrabanda and Pietermaai and be surprised by yet another picturesque and vibrant alleyway of restored buildings. And all of this is just a five-hour direct flight on JetBlue from JFK! Honestly, I’ll be singing the praises of Curacao for a very long time–but until then, a few photos from a long (birthday) weekend for your eyes to enjoy. And if you’re so inclined: a video

Lions Dive Resort in CuracaoIf you’re looking for a place to stay: highly recommend Lions Dive & Beach Resort.  The beach is a great protected cove that’s super easy to swim in.Lions Dive Resort in CuracaoThe hotel itself is simply decorated, and the balconies look right out over the beach. Bonus: really good air conditioning! Mojito at Lions Dive Resort in CuracaoAnd what I loved most is that it was right next to the BLVD, a brand-new strip of shops, restaurants and bars. Even though Hemingway Restaurant on the Lions Dive beach was delicious–the mojito cannot be missed!–it was nice to have some options. I hate going to a fancy resort and not having any choices other than the hotel restaurant! I especially loved Fuoco Chophouse for a fancy surf-and-turf splurge, or an afternoon smoothie at Momocha.View of Willemstad, CuracaoWillemstad itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with incredible beautiful restored Dutch buildings dating back to the 17th century. In interesting surprises: it’s home to the oldest synagogue in the Western Hempishere (!!!) and the only hotel in the world with marine collision insurance. Otrabanda downtown district in CuracaoBase Luxury Resort in CuracaoI spent a day at the Baoase Luxury Resort–they have beach day passes!–and holy moly, it was perfect. The hotel itself is VERY fancy–it’s where most celebrities stay when they visit Curacao–but it really felt like a fun splurge to spend the day in such a beautiful space. Pietermaai Historic District in CuracaoChristine Amorose in CuracaoAnd because a lot of people have asked: swimsuit is by Mara HoffmanLions Dive Resort in Curacao

What’s your favorite photo of Curacao?

  • That is a great swimsuit, and Curacao looks gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed your birthday trip!

  • Oh so gorgeous!! Definitely adding this little island to my list. Loved the video as well! 🙂

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

    Beautiful pics, the aerial shot of you lying in the water is amazing! I want to go here soon, my sis-in-law went in March and she said it was amazing!!

  • I’ve been following along on Instagram, too. That place is just breathtaking. Amazing color from the turquoise water and bright buildings! Question – when you take these solo trips, who takes photos of you floating in the water and posing in a bikini? haha. Just asking for personal advice for my next solo trip!

  • Emily Wenzel

    Curacao remains one of my favorite trips we’ve ever taken, and I’ve been scheming about going back ever since. I’m super happy you loved it, and I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! I’m also a bit jealous that it’s a quick 5 hours away, but I guess we do have Hawaii here on the West Coast. 😉

  • Perfect place to spend a Birthday!

  • I live in NYC as well, and didn’t realize it was so easy to get to Curacao. Your gorgeous photos are definitely making me want to book a trip!

  • Happy belated birthday Christine! Happy to hear that you had a truly relaxing time on a new island. The first photo in this set, with you lying in the water, is so pretty! Do you mount your camera on a tripod to take photos of yourself or trust strangers to do it for you? I’m always so paranoid when I’m travelling by myself but trying to get pictures where I’m in them!

  • That water! Love all your photos! Your post actually got me interested into a possible Curacao trip next year.

  • camorose

    Thank you! It was wonderful!

  • camorose

    Thanks Megan! I’m excited to play around more with video this summer. And Curacao is AMAZING, highly highly highly recommend!

  • camorose

    Yes–it’s seriously so good! Such a perfect getaway from the East Coast–and there’s no “bad weather” season!

  • camorose

    Thanks, Kelsey! It really was amazing. I ask strangers to take photos of me when I’m traveling! I actually asked a waitress at the beach restaurant to take a photo of me in the bikini–even though it’s not exactly as straight as I’d want it, I feel like it’s even more fun and I’ll always have that as a memory now! As for the one in the water, I had my guide take it–I took a photo of a few snorkelers from that vantage point and then was like–I need to be in this! So I set up the shot and then ran down–and he had zoomed in, so I asked him to do it again! No shame, no selfie sticks!

  • camorose

    Yes! Honestly, it was a great solo trip–so much reading!–but I’m already scheming to go back with my boyfriend. It’s such a gorgeous place, I can’t get over it!

  • camorose

    It really was!

  • camorose

    Yes! JetBlue just introduced a direct late last year and it is AMAZING. So fast and so easy!

  • camorose

    Thank you! I trust strangers–I basically set up the shot, asked someone, and then ran down and hopped in the water! It’s just my iPhone–no “real” camera–so people usually know how to do it pretty easily.

  • camorose


  • “No shame, no selfie sticks” — love that confidence! I’d like to ask people more, but I’m always paranoid someone’s going to run off with my phone!

  • Gorgeous photos! I’m not a beach person, but if that ever changes Curacao (which I’d barely even heard of before!) is going on the list.

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  • No shame! I’m working on my building my confidence to ask strangers and friends and not being so embarrassed to have a lot of pictures taken! But isn’t it just THE BEST when you’re with that friend who you know always takes a bunch? Especially a bunch of candid shots!

  • Lovely photographs

  • Jill

    Happy Belated Birthday! I like to travel by myself – I have a road trip planned for fall all by my lonesome – but most of my friends and family think that is unthinkable. Glad to see someone else enjoys it too1

  • Happy birthday! Curacao has made it onto my short list for a long weekend this year, and this post is inching it close to the top! It looks absolutely beautiful, and like you had a great time!

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  • camorose

    Good karma! The more you trust, the more good things happen 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s gorgeous!

  • camorose

    Yes! One of my really good friends is an amazing photographer and I love traveling with her because I know that she’ll take so many amazing photos and I never have to be embarrassed to ask her to take another if I don’t like one. The best!

  • camorose

    Thanks so much!

  • camorose

    Yes! I love not feeling guilty for just reading my book in the sunshine all day 🙂

  • camorose

    YES. Make it happen, it is SO SO SO good. you won’t regret it!

  • Rebecca and the World

    This CAN’T be real!! 🙂

  • camorose

    REAL LIFE! 🙂

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