Cool Culture in Curacao: Fun For the Whole Family
Cool Culture in Curacao: Fun For the Whole Family

Cool Culture in Curacao: Fun For the Whole Family

Curacao is a Caribbean island not far from Venezuela. It is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, blending Caribbean and Dutch culture in perfect proportion.

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Taking the Kids — and snorkeling for our dinner
The staff of Cayo Encanto greets us on arrival by skiff from San Pedro, Belize

Taking the Kids — and snorkeling for our dinner

I wasn’t planning to swim while my husband fished for our supper, but I couldn’t resist the entreaties from Carlos Cordova, our 22-year-old guide, who urged us to join in on the conch and lobster hunt

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To Antigua, spared from the 2017 hurricanes
Surf beach view of Curtain Bluff in Antigua

To Antigua, spared from the 2017 hurricanes

Curtain Bluff welcomes kids with a breezy, open-air kids’ club and an adjacent playground tucked in the shade. The activities, says Ainsley Smith, a former teacher and daycare provider who oversees the kids’ program, are designed to teach kids about Antigua

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Snorkeling on Belize’s great barrier reef – sharks, rays, eels and lots of fish!
Schools of snapper at Hol-Chan Marine Preserve in Belize

Snorkeling on Belize’s great barrier reef – sharks, rays, eels and lots of fish!

We are in the Hol-Chan Marine Preserve just inside a huge barrier reef and just a few miles from San Pedro, Belize on the island of Ambergris Caye. This is some of the most spectacular snorkeling I’ve enjoyed in many years

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Tour combines history and culture – and of course food – In San Pedro, Belize
Sara Rodriguez serves up El Salvadoran Pupusas on the Belize Food Tour in San Pedro

Tour combines history and culture – and of course food – In San Pedro, Belize

Food tours, I think, are a great introduction to any community wherever you are in the world and this one doesn’t disappoint, not only showing us local spots we wouldn’t have found on our own but giving us a little history along the way.

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On the hunt for conch, spiny lobsters and snapper on Belize’s barrier reef
Carlos Cardova produces two nice-sized conch from Belize's barrier reef

On the hunt for conch, spiny lobsters and snapper on Belize’s barrier reef

I wasn’t planning to swim, just relax and read a book while my husband fished for snapper. But here we are, looking for conch with our 22-year-old guide Carlos Cordova

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No need to dress for dinner – on a private island in Belize
The staff of Cayo Encanto greets us on arrival by skiff from San Pedro, Belize

No need to dress for dinner – on a private island in Belize

When we arrive at the private island Caya Encanto, just two and a half miles from the resort town of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay, Belize’s largest island, the smiling staff is lined up to meet us

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A Private Caribbean Island at the Renaissance Aruba Resort
I LOve Aruba sign in the town

A Private Caribbean Island at the Renaissance Aruba Resort

Tourism is a big part of Aruba’s economic picture and locals aim to keep visitors satisfied. The people we encountered were overwhelmingly welcoming. The country’s slogan, “One Happy Island”, couldn’t be more appropriate.

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