Bon dia, ladies and gentlemen, bon bini a Curaçao. For those of you who are already clueless: good day, ladies and gents, and welcome to Curaçao! Sorry, just got back from this pretty little island in the Dutch Antilles and their local language, Papiamento, is still on my mind. I was there for about five days, which means … (drum roll) … I’ll be offering you a #curaçaoblogweek (crowd goes wild).

So, Curaçao, what, where, when, who, why? Good questions, ladies and gentlemen, and I will try to answer all of them in good time. First off: for those of you who have never heard of Curaçao before, it’s a paradise like island in the Caribbean Sea, just off the Venezuelan shore. It’s the biggest and probably most interesting island of the Dutch Antilles, about sixty kilometers long and 11 to 20 wide. Temperature is about 27 degrees all year long, with a rainy season from October till February. Like on many tropical destinations, it luckily doesn’t rain all day in this rainy season, most of the time it’s just a heavy shower during the night. The island is not situated in the caribbean hurricane zone, which I found a pleasant thought. Also pleasant is the fact that almost all locals speak Dutch, as well as English, Spanish and of course Papiamento. Probably the only downside is the shitload of Dutch people who travel with either Arkefly (like I did) or KLM, directly from Amsterdam (flight time is about 10 and a half hours, back in about nine).

Anyway, the wonderful people from the Curaçao Tourism Bureau offered me a room – it was actually a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment – in the famous Lions Dive & Beach Resort. I could tell you how beautiful it is, but just take a look at the pictures. Stunning, no?

Next to the resort you can find the Curaçao Sea Aquarium and Dolphin Academy. Do you want to know what I did here? Really? Well, I swam with dolphins. I shit you not. The.ego.tripper swam with dolphins. Never did that before… And it was pretty awesome, especially holding on to their back fin and getting dragged around the water.

After getting two dolphins totally exhausted and gasping for oxygen I spotted some other wildlife in the area: pelicans, flamingoes, iguanas, sharks, birds (don’t ask me what kind of birds, probably the Caribbean kind). Anyway, I’ll stop talking now and let you enjoy the pictures. Please come back tomorrow for part two of this Curaçao Blog Week!

the.ego.tripper loves family resorts, bingo, kids peeing in the pool, breakfast buffets, hotel animation, tourist traps and group day tours.

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