First of all we stayed at the Marriott about 15 minutes away from Willemstad, it was $15 taxi to and from, so we ended up not going out to dinner a lot because it added $40 to our total. We did not know this, wish we would have stayed closer to Willemstad. Food is kind of bleak. Everywhere we went was too touristy and too average. So during the day, I would love to have had a car to drive around more and find great places to eat. I did research restaurants before I left so I knew they existed.
Book everything before your trip, because cruise ships arrive and book out all the cars and tours!
Fishalicious- If you want a decent glass of wine or cocktail, most places have terrible, sugary, sweet bullshit cocktails served in plastic cups.. the kind that make you sick if you drink too much.
Walking to Fishalicious, you see the best part of town. There’s beachfront bars and restaurants along the way, gorgeous, dilapidated houses gated off. Across the street from Fishalicious was Serafina, it looked really cool too.
We ate at Ginger (Asian/Indian fusion) one night, that was really good, if you have four people, they will pick you up from your hotel. I know it sounds weird, not sure if they bring you back to your hotel.
Even walking by http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g147278-d1151556-Reviews-Mundo_Bizarro-Willemstad_Curacao.html this cute little bar, I thought they would have good cocktails, no sugar, sugar, sugar.
We rented a car one day and drove around the whole island, which was amazing and made the whole trip. If you book ahead of time, you probably can get a car for every day for $30 that would save you money, to and from the airport and instead of taking tours, you could have your own car. Then stay near Willemstad . I would have liked to stay at the http://www.marriott.com/hotel-search/willemstad.hotels.curacao.renaissance.travel/
Driving around, notice where the gas stations are, because you have to fill up before you leave so plan accordingly.
My favorite stop driving around the island was Sint Willibrordus. Otherwise known as Williwood, complete with a Hollywood style sign! There’s a little bar across the street from the sign, where you can stop and have breakfast, snack or beer for some local color and don’t forget to stop at the Flamingo Lake before entering Williwood!
There’s two large grocery stores, I would go in just to look around, because there’s cool stuff to get for inexpensive gifts, they had the best wine selection if you want wine in your room. Centrum Supermarket Piscadera Weg naar Bullenbaai, Willemstad, Curaçao
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g147277-Activities-Curacao.html what to do around Curacao
The most beautiful beach was Grote Knip on the map it’s called Kenepa Beach here on TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147278-d3916500-Reviews-Kenepa_Beach-Willemstad_Curacao.html#photos
The Ostrich Farm was a fun outing http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147277-d147992-Reviews-Curacao_Ostrich_Farm-Curacao.html
There are a few places they tell you to be careful around the island, I would read on forums.