Dare to Go Bare Winter 2011 – Curacao, Caribbean
Curacao is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. The island has a culture of hospitality and a diverse population from around the world who will greet you with Bon Bini (“welcome”) wherever you go. This former Dutch territory has a distinctly European vibe mixed with island color and striking colonial architecture.
There are so many reasons to visit Curacao – the scuba diving is among the world’s best, and long sandy beaches await – you choose from secluded or inhabited. Curacao also has a vibrant art scene. Carnival is a lively time of year when the entertainment includes parades, dancing, music and food.
For outdoor adventures, take a boat to a nearby island called Klein Curacao, go snorkeling or diving at Banda Bou’s finest beaches, swim with the dolphins at the Sea Aquarium, or try banana boating, kayaking or other watersports. With 65 dive sites, most on the shore, you won’t want to surface from this underwater wonderland. But the beach clubs and bars that entertain night and day will beckon you with live music, sexy patrons and irresistible rum cocktails.
Places to Eat
Bistro Le Clochard has stunning ocean views from the historic setting of Baron Krayenhoff’s rugged fortress; Belle Terrace is known for island cooking served in an open-air 200-year old mansion with sea views; the Boathouse has great views and delicious food; and Emerald Lounge – Seafood Beat serves fresh-caught seafood accompanied by Cuban salsa, DJs and island funk and soul. Beach clubs are more popular than most nightclubs. On Friday nights visit Bermuda Club, an outdoor club; Saturday nights are best at the Mambo Beach Club; and try Wet ‘n Wild Beach Club on Sunday for happy hour.
Boase Luxury Resort offers luxury accommodations in a suite or villa. The resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and azure water. Experience spa treatments and chef-prepared meals in your villa for the ultimate pampering. Request a romantic picnic on the private beach with your own waiter serving sushi or tapas by torchlight while you lounge on sumptuous cushions and enjoy another evening in paradise. It’s no wonder they were awarded a spot on the Top-10 Hot List in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveler.