Curaçao: What’s New in Q4

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – NOVEMBER 2016 – With year-round 80-degree temperatures and 35 cove-like beaches, travelers are “falling” for sunny Curaçao this season. With a new non-stop flight from New York launching this month and a fully electronic immigration process, it’s easier than ever for travelers to experience the small, yet bustling island in the southern Caribbean. Add new excursions and a series of exciting events to the mix, and it’s easy to see why Curaçao remains an unrivaled escape in the region.

ISLAND NEWS 

  • JetBlue Launching Additional Non-Stop Flight from New York

On November 3rd, JetBlue will launch a new non-stop flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Curaçao. The airline already offers two non-stop routes every Tuesday and Saturday, and the new flight will operate on Thursdays. Currently, JetBlue is the only airline to offer non-stop flights from New York to Curaçao. For more information, visit www.jetblue.com/vacations/curacao-vacations/. 

  • New Travel Requirements to Enter Curaçao

Earlier this year, the Curaçao International Airport introduced six e-gates, allowing travelers to pass through immigration in less than one minute. Now, all foreign visitors are required to complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) Card at least 24 hours prior to their arrival in Curaçao to further expedite the immigration process. Visitors can be complete their ED-card by visiting www.edcardcuracao.com.

  • Curaçao Launches New Branding Campaign

To drive awareness of Curaçao within its core U.S. market, New York, the Curaçao Tourist Board launched a new branding campaign, “Right Now In Curaçao,” that aims to target local New Yorkers. The campaign, which highlights the island’s diverse culture, unique architecture and beautiful beaches, will run through December and kicks off of the tourism board’s five-year plan to attract more North American travelers. For more information on the new branding, visit www.curacao.com.

OPERATOR NEWS

  • New Dolphin Watching Excursion

Dolphin Academy and Pelican Express recently launched a new dolphin-watching tour, which features a 30-minute boat ride and takes guests aboard the double-decker Pelican Express boat along Curaçao’s southern coast to spot the island’s friendly marine creatures. The tour departs every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and concludes with a complimentary drink. For more information, visit www.dolphin-academy.com.

  • New Workshop at Serena’s Art Factory

Curaçao’s signature Chichi® dolls, often spotted around Willemstad sporting brightly colored dresses with island-inspired patterns, are a tribute to Chichi, which translates to ‘big sister’ in the local dialect of Papiamento. Serena Janet, the doll’s creator, recently launched a ‘Chichi VIP Workshop with Bubbles.’ With this new workshop, guests have the opportunity to design and paint their own Chichi, learn special painting techniques, and enjoy a glass of champagne. The two-hour weekly workshop is held every Thursday night in the Punda area of Willemstad. For more information, visit www.chichi-curacao.com.

DINING NEWS

  • Beachfront Rooftop Terrace Opens

Koraal, Curaçao’s exclusive new rooftop terrace, welcomed its first guests this summer and continues to draw locals and visitors alike. Situated right above its sister restaurant, Karakter, which is known for its stunning beachside views, Koraal features a horseshoe-shaped bar with modern décor and cozy lounges. With 270-degree views, Koraal offers diners unique sea views from every seat while they sip on classic handmade cocktails and nosh on bar bites. Designed as a community gathering spot for the Coral Estate development, Koraal features an adjacent infinity pool with with chic chaise chairs for guests to enjoy a cocktail under the Curaçao sun. For more information, visit www.koraalcuracao.com.

  • Scuba Lodge Restaurant Completes Renovations

Scuba Lodge is a boutique hotel perfectly situated in Curaçao’s trendy area of Pietermaai. The property’s casual seaside restaurant recently underwent a renovation, giving a fresh new look to the restaurant’s design with an open floor plan and a larger kitchen. The property also introduced a new menu featuring an expanded selection of unique soups, fresh salads, lite bites, juicy burgers, fresh fish and savory meats. For more information, visit www.scubalodge.com.

EVENTS

  • Curaçao Baseball Week, November 25 – December 2, 2016

Organized by the Blue Bay Curaçao Golf & Beach Resort, this week-long event features five free baseball clinics for kids, designed to teach them the basics, including fielding, batting, catching and throwing. Professional players, such as New York Yankees’ shortstop, Didi Gregorious, teach each of the clinics. The event also includes celebrity meet-and-greets and autograph signings, a homerun derby, and a charity auction dinner with proceeds benefiting the local baseball community. For more information, visit www.curacaobaseballweek.com.

  • Summer Fall Concert, November 25 – 26, 2016

Launching for the first time ever, this two-day music extravaganza features some of America’s most famous hip-hop and R&B artists. The event will kick off with a pre-party on Friday night before the main event on Saturday. This year’s headliners include Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, Jeremiah, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana and more. Tickets start at $47. For more information, visit www.curacaocolorevents.com.

  • KLM Curaçao Marathon, November 27, 2016

This November marks the third annual KLM Curaçao Marathon, an event that includes both a half marathon and a full marathon, and draws runners from all around the world. Participants will run alongside Curaçao’s colorful waterfront, across the iconic Queen Emma swinging pontoon bridge, then over the Queen Juliana Bridge, the highest bridge on the island, standing 185 feet above sea level. Following the race, runners can partake in an awards ceremony and after-party with local Curaçaoan artists. For more information, visit www.klmcuracaomarathon.com.

  • Curaçao Tourist Open, December 10, 2016

While Curaçao may be known for its turquoise blue waters, the island also has plenty of green. This December, golfers will tee off during the Curaçao Tourist Open, an international golf tournament for both locals and travelers alike. Participants will enjoy 18 challenging holes at Curaçao’s Blue Bay Golf Course, which sits alongside the Caribbean Sea. Designed by William ‘Rocky’ Rocquemore, the par-72 course features tropical fairways, height differences and sand pits. For more information, visit www.golf.bluebay-curacao.com.