Curacao for the whole family
If you are on holiday in Curacao with the family, then you won't need to fret about those little ones getting bored at any point in the trip. Even when they have had their fill of sandcastles and swimming on those luscious beaches, and their lilos have long deflated in the hotel pool, there is still plenty for the whole family to get stuck into - here are a few of your best options.
We know that historical sites can often bore the kids to tears, but then there are those that bring out their active imaginations - and Fort Amsterdam certainly is one of them. Standing majestically in Willemstad, this much-altered fort may now be home to governmental officials, but exploring here will make your little ones feel like they have become conquerors.
As they run about, mum and dad can appreciate the rich colours of the surrounding Dutch colonial architecture, dating back to the 18th century. The large courtyard is particularly impressive.
Curacao Sea Aquarium
Situated south-east of Willemstad on a man-made island, this fantastic attraction is a perfect way to spend the day with the children. Home to over 600 marine species, such as sea lions, sharks and stingrays, this aquarium is guaranteed to make your kids' eyes light up, while the development is also home to various artificial beaches and bars if all of that tires you out. The aquarium is open daily and tickets cost $21 for adults and $11 for children.
For those feeling adventurous, the aquarium also offers snorkelling opportunities so you can swim with stingrays, tropical fish and grouper, and experience sea turtles and sharks in the water behind a glass screen. You will be briefed on all manner of health and safety, and you can even help to feed the animals.
This educational and interactive experience not only allows you close access to the biggest birds on the planet, but you can even feed them too with your bare hands. Farmers will be on hand to talk about their development from birth to adulthood, the differences between those that are black and the grey ones, what the reddish flame on their beak means and how fast they can actually run.
To top all of this off, the kids will be able to hand-feed an ostrich and then even get the chance to ride one. Days out have never been more wild!
Located on the northern side of the isle, these caves are rumoured to be home to pirate treasure, something your kids are sure to be thrilled to hear. And if you're unlucky in sourcing gold, trust us when we say that the caves themselves are very impressive. The spectacular limestone formations were created over 200,000 years ago when the caves emerged from the ocean, while wildlife fanatics will appreciate the iguanas and long-nose bats that call this place home.
A lot of these excursions can be organised via Curacao hotels so everything will be sorted for you - travelling with kids can often be hard work enough let alone planning what you're going to be doing once you're actually there. What more could you really ask for?
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The ideal retreat for everyone in the family, where an unforgettable experience is guaranteed for young and old.
- The location couldn't be more perfect, facing a gorgeous stretch of sun-drenched beach within close proximity to Downtown Willemstad
- A superb onsite scuba diving centre offering daily boat trips to the National Underwater Park, this is a number one retreat for diving enthusiasts and snorkelers
- Look forward to a pampering spa offering luxuriating treatments, a 24-hour fitness centre and an adults-only Jacuzzi
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