A Personal Island Tour takes me to Daaibooi Beach, Curacao

Daaibooi Beach on the island of Curacao

The ms Zuiderdam docked in Willemstad, Curacao and I disembarked the cruise ship with no official excursion plans. I planned to meet my friend. Ichieron and I worked together in Mexico City and now I was visiting his native island. He told me he’d be waiting by the ship; he was.

my friend Ichieron from Curacao

always smiling

After a morning beer and some conversation in the port city, I entered his car to see as much of the island as time allowed. Although with cruise vacations you can see multiple ports, it was impossible to visit the entire island of Curacao before I needed to return and head back to sea. But I loved what I did see.

sign for Daaibooi Beach in CuracaoOn my personal tour we passed historical sites, stopped at pristine beach clubs with loads of Dutch eye candy (Curacao is/was part of the Netherlands Antilles) and even drove by the site of his future home (a place he used to talk about when working in Mexico).

the secluded Daaibooi Beach

One of my favorite stops was Daaibooi Beach. Sure, I love the “scene,” but sometimes I enjoy what I consider some “true beach time.” Time to relax, time to unwind, time to just chill. And I like to spend that time in a place like Daaibooi Beach.  Take a look.

Daaibooi Beach on the island of Curacao

my first view of the sand and sea at Daaibooi Beach

the view at Daaibooi Beach in Curacao

Daaibooi Beach on the island of Curacao

I often wonder who owns these boats

Stay adventurous, Craig

A special thanks to my friend Ichieron for taking me around his island, I hope to return and visit again soon my friend. .Also, thanks to Holland America for providing passage and Doug from Cruise Radio for his invitation to co-host a show and join him at sea.



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  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    Wow! Curacao was always on my list, but with this beach, I may have to visit it sooner than I had planned.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Great destination… very colorful and plenty of beaches to love. Stay Curacao, Craig

  • adrian

    went there years ago when local friend recommended it—early morning with lots of roosters roaming the beach–so quieta nd lovely

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It really was a special place, glad you know it and thanks for commenting. stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    we want to go to there.

  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    Curacao with a local? It doesn’t get much better than that. But a cruise ship? Hmmm…you know how I feel about those. :-)

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Yes, my personal tour was quite special… and yes I know how you feel about Cruise Vacations… I’ll admit I had my reservations too, but it was my first in 20 years since my teenage days with my parents. Much has changed.

      stay adventurous, Craig