Fabulous Christmas Family Vacation
Posted 31-Dec-2016 on HomeAway
Wow! We have been coming to the Caribbean for about 40 years at Christmastime, have stayed about "all over" the islands, and found nothing better than what we had here on Curacao, The villa, with the separate fourth bedroom and bath, was a delight. Two "living room" spaces, so plenty of room for all or our 8 family members - three generations, ages from 4 to 79. Right on the ocean coral cliff, with the surf gently washing its base. I got into the water from the house. Need the sea to be relatively quiet, but using the locked path (keys come with the villa rental - the path is next to the yellow wall next door), going down to the water (about 50 feet or so) is quite safe. Getting in and out is not hard if the surf is not running. Most of the time getting in and out is ok. I'm the 79 year old. Carefully check the current.
The house was well equipped - kitchen completely furnished, and beach towels were in abundance. About everything worked, though the house is older, and not everything is perfect. But the a/c units were splendid, the ceiling fans worked well, the stove is fine, as is the fridge and the microwave. The outdoor gas grill worked too. The clothes washer and dryer worked well, and the blender got a workout making smoothies.
Dirk and Inge were here when we arrived to show us the details, and were always "on hand" at their house nearby to either fix or explain. They keep the villa spotless.
The kids scuba dived every day twice from the car at sites nearby. About the best dive site they visited was the one right out in front, using the red gate next to the yellow walled house next door. The three beaches off San Juan were the best dives. There is a 8 NAF fee (for the car and everyone inside it, not individually) to use the beaches each day. The reefs are alive and beautiful - green morays (huge), spotted eagle rays and lots of lionfish, some huge too.
The villa is remote from built up areas, in a dead end cut de sac of about 15 houses, most of which were not being used while we were here. What's left of a hotel is about a quarter mile away (you pass through it coming and going to the house). Abandoned several years ago. There's a protected beach there with no chairs, but safe shallow swimming in the ocean.
The road to the villa from the main road (Soto) is bumpy, but quite manageable, with several "sleeping policemen" to slow down for.
All in all just a delightful Christmas for our family. We're coming back next Christmastime.