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October 28th 2012
Published: September 30th 2017
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Playa Kenepa Grandi ...Playa Kenepa Grandi ...Playa Kenepa Grandi ...

... one of the busiest beaches in Curacao.
Geo: 12.3705, -69.1541

Really, this trip came down to making a choice - would you rather have beautiful Caribbean beaches and tropical drinks, or Elvis impersonators and gorging yourself at all-you-can-eat buffets? Originally, we weren't supposed to be in Curacao - but somehow a short getaway to Vegas morphed into a few days in the Caribbean. Really, our feelings on Vegas are fairly neutral, but it does seem to be a fairly standard getaway - not that far away, and cheap. Or so you might think ... surprisingly, coming to Curacao ended being all about the value.

Truthfully, the idea of Vegas being a value destination is a bit of a myth - sure, the cost of a flight from Calgary is relatively cheap, but a flight to Curacao isn't exactly bad value when you consider how much farther the flight is, and if you happen to travel there in the low season. Adding up flight and accommodations, the cost of five nights in Curacao wasn't that much more than Vegas. Granted, the Las Vegas accommodation would've been a fancy hotel with a big swimming pool and a spa, instead of the simple, but clean and modern, hotel we had in Curacao.

In that
Playa Jeremi ...Playa Jeremi ...Playa Jeremi ...

... a very small patch of sand, and definitely far from Curacao's prettiest - but it's also one of Curacao's quietest, for those looking for some seclusion.
regard, Vegas does offer excellent value when you consider the class of hotel available for a relatively low price point, but the price of a trip here quickly escalates. Want to catch a show? Anywhere from $100 to $200 per person. A fancy multi-course dinner for two, complete with a bottle of wine? $200, easily. How about a spa treatment? Some gambling? Shopping? A few drinks? Cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching! In the end, I figured that five nights in Curacao was less than five in Vegas, making it an easy choice.

Of course, our particular trip to Curacao wasn't quite the same type of getaway that Vegas would've been - lacking in luxury, preparing our own breakfasts, packing lunches, and not doing too many tours. Sure, you could find some luxury here in Curacao, but overall, it simply can't compare to the blinged-out World of Vegas, and finding such luxury here likely would've ended up costing more than Vegas. But there's something to be said for a place that is more natural, and without any fake famous World monuments.

And after a few lazy days relaxing on the many fine beaches in Curacao, sipping on some cold, slushy tropical drinks, I think
Playa Lagun ...Playa Lagun ...Playa Lagun ...

... similar to Playa Jeremi, but a little prettier and a little busier. I really digged the populated area atop the cliff - definitely would've been a great place to stay, or at least have a drink.
we'd both take "roughing it" in Curacao over Elvis impersonators any day!



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Oddball Breakfast on the Beach ...Oddball Breakfast on the Beach ...
Oddball Breakfast on the Beach ...

... watermelon, papaya, yogurt, and ... a beer????
A Familiar Friend ...A Familiar Friend ...
A Familiar Friend ...

... gelato, at Gelati Bella Italia!!!! We ended up sampling some guava, coconut, and pina colada - though all were good, they simply couldn't compare with the brilliance we encountered in Southern Italy and Sicily this summer. The one exception was the rich, delicious chocolate, which would not have been out of place at any Italian gelateria.
Looks Disgusting ...Looks Disgusting ...
Looks Disgusting ...

... it looks like the gelato shop found a way to extrude it into spaghetti-like strands. I'm sorry, but this doesn't look appetizing on any level, and is complete and utter sacrilege to the gelato gods. Shame on you!
Disapointment ...Disapointment ...
Disapointment ...

... it would've been difficult to top last night's excellent dinner at Fishalicious, but because of the reviews, we figured that Sjalotte would've at least come close - wrong! There was no a la carte menu available tonight, so we had no choice but to have the barbecue buffet. The salads and side dishes were pretty terrible - the texture of the corn was like the skin of a person that had soaked in a bath tub for about 30 hours, completely soggy, mushy, and wrinkly! This was essentially a plate of crap, with the exception of the buns.
Good Grilled Meats ...Good Grilled Meats ...
Good Grilled Meats ...

... the only decent things served at the buffet tonight included steak, chicken, and some really good pork ribs. The pork tenderloin was pretty dry, but was palatable after drowning it in some excellent homemade peanut sauce.


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