Curacao with kids: the do’s and don’ts

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If you are looking for a holiday destination for the family then DO consider Curacao with kids.  We visited the Dutch island with our baby daughter and found it very child friendly. The island also has a lot to offer if you are like us and prefer independent exploration rather than staying 24/7 in an all-inclusive resort.

10 DO’s

  • Get a car for a couple of days to explore the places off the beaten track
  • Take your kids to Willemstad: they will love to colorful houses and many food trucks.
  • Drink the tap water: it is potable. It is even available in bottles as Claro water, “the purest Caribbean water”.
  • Visit Kura Hulanda, the best museum on the island. It displays African art and information about slavery and specifically the role the Dutch played in it.
  • Take your snorkel
  • Go for a dive. Because diving is possible very close to the coast you can let one parent watch after the kids while the other is away for just 2 hours to do some excellent diving.
  • Visit at least one of the national parks. Our top pick with kids would be the Shete Boka National park
  • Make the kids happy with a visit to the Sea Aquarium or Parke Tropikal
  • Get you own apartment if you are looking to save money. Self catering is the best way to save money.
  • Enjoy the friendly vibe of the island.

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5 DON’TS

  • Take too much baby stuff. The supermarkets on the island offer all the same amenities as their counterparts in the Netherlands, from diapers to formula.
  • Forget to take a baby car seat. We found them hard to get from local rental companies
  • Stay at your hotel pool the whole time, there are some great family friendly beaches to discover. Read our top 5 family friendly beaches on Curacao.
  • Forget the sunscreen or mosquito spray. The sun is relentless and around sunset the mosquitoes are looking for a feast.
  • Drive on the roads near Willemstad on workdays in the morning or at night. We promise you will get stuck in traffic!

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This website Gezin op Reis (dutch for travelling family) is mostly in dutch but we have made a selection of our adventures and tips available in English here.

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