Published On: Sat, Jan 26th, 2013

Curaçao and Bonaire in German ‘Elle’ magazine

WILLEMSTAD – The German edition of ‘Elle’ magazine recently wrote an extensive article on Curaçao and Bonaire. The column ‘lifestyle’ recommends a trip to Curaçao and Bonaire for the ‘reliable sun’ and the sea whereby the underwater nature is not the only thing that ‘is unique’.“When arriving in Willemstad people wonder if they’ve gotten off at the wrong stop with the colorfully painted small houses, entirely in Amsterdam-style, white beaches with turquoise blue water make one wonder if this is some kind of Dutch Caribbean. Yes, it is! We are on Curaçao, which thanks its world fame to a bright blue liquor. Colors apparently play an important role here. This is probably because the Caribbean sun brightens them up so beautifully. This island is a unique mix of colors”, according to the article.

The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) considers the German market as second market in Europe (after the Netherlands). With the direct flights from Air Berlin, the island has registered an increase of German stay over tourists of approx. 91 percent (interim figures from CTB). The country has approx. 82 million residents and remains attractive for the CTB for further development through focused marketing activities.

The report from Elle describes the first impressions on the island as follows: “Bon Bini (warm welcome) is seen everywhere – and this is actually meant. Many Dutch people live in this autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom. This isn’t surprising because it’s the most Caribbean part of the Netherlands…”, according to the article. A brief explanation is given on the mix of languages that makes the Papiamentu language even richer, on the colonial past and the former political structure the Netherlands Antilles.

An average day on the beach quickly yields a spectacle where one enters the sea with diving goggles to see the most colorful fish, and because the water is warm one can look at them for hours. Beautiful, natural and intact beaches can be found in the south-western part of the island. There are also very stylish swimming areas such as the infinity-pool at Papagayo Beach Club for which an admission is charged.” According to the magazine, one of the best diving spots can be found on Westpunt, where ‘Go West Diving’ is located. “It’s quite possible you’ll see dolphins at sea but if you want to be sure a visit to the Dolphin Academy is recommended. Although these dolphins live in saltwater basins where the access to the sea is opened regularly, the animals always return.”

The article recommends a ‘beautiful excursion’ to Klein Curaçao with the catamaran (Jonalisa). “Visitors immediately get the Robinson Crusoe feeling on this desert island. While swimming one will undoubtedly see turtles.” Elle also offers tips for places to eat on the island. The following hotels/resorts and restaurants are mentioned: “Hyatt Regency Curaçao (now Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curaçao), Kura Hulanda, Bistro le Clochard and the romantic beach restaurants of Renaissance Hotel.

“Sister Island Bonaire is not even a 30-minute flight from Curaçao. Visitors will soon notice the differences between the two islands. Despite the exterior similarities the islands are fundamentally different. Curaçao is busier, larger, versatile and more ambitious. Bonaire on the other hand gives an impression of ‘relaxed small sister’ that mainly concentrates on the surrounding waters, namely the glistening endless sea”, according to article that can be read under link

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