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Papagayo Beach Resort
March 2005
My wife and I along with another couple stayed at the Papagayo Resort from March 12-22, 2005. We arrived on Saturday (3/12) by American Airlines through a connecting flight in Miami on time. Getting through immigrations and customs in Curacao was probably the fastest of any trips we’ve ever been on. We put the women in a taxi to the resort and the guys got a Hertz rental car. There was only one person working the counter and several customers were in line before use. We reserved a Nissan Altima and that’s what we got but the car was several years old, not like the new cars in the States. Navigating in Curacao is really an adventure, street signs are almost nonexistent. Before going to Curacao I purchase a detailed map over the internet, it was a life saver. After several days of driving we were able to get around okay and find our way. If you really want to see the island and get to some of the most beautiful beaches you need a car. Taxis also seemed to be in limited supply.

Papagayo was a beautiful resort. The villas are very nice with the master bedroom with a queen bed and the second room with two twins. There is private bathroom off the master bedroom and another bathroom right across the hall from the other bedroom. The only rooms that are air conditioned are the bedrooms, and the rooms have sensors so the a/c only runs while you’re in the room. Don’t worry they cool off within 10-15 minutes after being gone all day. The main/great room at the villa is a combination kitchen, dinning, living and porch. We spent most of our time on the porch there was almost always a nice breeze. The porch had sliding screen/louver panels that can be locked at night or while gone during the day. We had an ocean view room and it did have a view, not the greatest though. The entire resort had beautiful gardens. We ate twice at their restaurant “Seasons”, both times the food/presentation and service was excellent make sure to save room from there brownie desert. Prices did not seem exceptionally high but we’re used to Boston dining prices. The pool at the resort was small, just okay and didn’t get much use and sometimes it was tuff to get a drink in the afternoon. We only stopped by the pool later in the afternoon after returning from the beach. The beach is another story. Papagayo guests use a public beach Jan Thiel, admission was free but you had to pay a daily rental for a lounge chair. The beach itself looked like it was previously a dock or marina. We only spent one afternoon at Jan Thiel. The resort was a 15-20 minute drive from the down town area.
The dinning in Curacao was the best of any Caribbean island we have ever been to including Aruba, St. Kitts, Turks, BVI and USVI. We went to Fort Nassau on the first evening beautiful views and the food was pretty good. We also went the Wine Cellar twice; it was wonderful, great rack of lamb and duck. Another fine dining location was Astro Lab and we ate a several other locations with outside dinning. As I mentioned above, just like in the States “you only get what you pay for”, we didn’t feel ripped off at any location.
Klien Curacao
We took a boat rip to Klien Curacao. Don’t waste your time; we left about sunrise for a 2 hour ride to an island with basically nothing there. An abandoned lighthouse and a wrecked ship are about all that is there. It real difficult to get into the water due to the coral, you need water shoes. We all were so glad to leave and considered it a wasted day. Cost was $60 per person on the Mermaid.
Don’t waste you time at Jan Thiel, drive to the west end of the island for Casa Abu. Casa Abu is about a 45 minute drive from Papagayo but well worth the dive. A small beach with beautiful white sand and great snorkeling right off the beach. They have a small beach bar/restaurant that severed drinks and lunch. We also went to Port Marie that is about 30 minute drive time was real nice but Casa Abu was better. A close beach to the resort and Punda was the Mombo Beach, was pretty nice but got busy on the weekend and late in the afternoon when the locals got out of work.
We all like to play blackjack and spend several nights at the Marriott casino, the newest. We went one night to the Breezes and it was okay. We walked into the Hilton and turned around and walked out, dirty and old.
We played 3 rounds at Blue Bay. Greens were okay but the rest of the course really needs a lot more water. Fairway and tees were dry and hard, the only benefit was the great rolls. Don’t go to Curacao for a golf vacation. We all felt it was a great change as opposed to spending another entire day at the beach. They have a package deal 3 rounds including cart for $240.
As I mentioned, we few American. We were line at the American counter for over an hour and only had probably a half a dozen people ahead of us. Really poor service by American Airline.

Of the tourist most were Dutch, probably 80% and 20 % American. Most of the natives and waiters spoke enough English so we very few communication problems.

In summary, the dinning was the best of any Caribbean island, the villa at Papagayo was beautiful, and the beaches at the west end of the island were great but ready to spend some time in the rental car.
Papagayo Beach Resort
Davielle Roos 

September 2003
Me and my family visited Curacao, residented on Papayo Beach Resort, It is really is the most beautifull resort on Curacao, because of evrything. The view, the relaxation. It really has evryrhing we needed. THere was a very nice animation program for the kids. A beutifull swimming pool and a lovely beach.

The villa's with two bedroom and bathroom where great. Fully air-conditioned. It was more then luxury, with even a dishwasher. I really recommend it to everyone who needs a rest, relaxation and just to be far away from it all.