While most people have heard of Aruba or Bonaire, located about 70 miles away is Curacao, another beautiful island in the Caribbean perfect for a honeymoon. In 2022, Sandals Curacao opened and flights were added from the US bringing more attention to the island from the American market and increasing its popularity as a honeymoon destination.
In Curaçao, you’ll find turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, a beautiful capital city full of history, and unique culture with Dutch influence that makes it a place you should definitely check out when planning your romantic trip. In this article, we’ll give you a full Curacao honeymoon review.
We visited Curacao in March of 2023 and really enjoyed our time there. We loved being in the Caribbean while also feeling the European influences and having people from all over Europe and South America.
Honeymoon in Curacao Quick Takes
- When to Visit: The best time is between May and September.
- Travel Options: Flights from the U.S. average about $350. Flights from Europe can average between $600 and $850.
- Best Curacao Resorts for Honeymoon: Sandals Royal Curacao and Baoase Luxury Resort
Curacao Honeymoon Resorts: Where to Stay in Curacao
Curaçao has a wide variety of resorts and hotels for every type of traveler to make the most of your honeymoon. Depending on your interests and budget, you can find exactly what you’re looking for in Curacao.
Here are some of the top honeymoon resorts in the area.
Sandals Royal Curacao
Sandals Royal Curacao is where we stayed during our time in Curacao. The luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resort in Curacao has recently been completely remodeled and is perfect for a honeymoon. The resort is set on the southernmost tip of Curacao, on 44 acres nestled into the exclusive 3,000-acre private preserve of Santa Barbara estate.
This setting gives guests incredible opportunities to explore the natural wonders surrounding Sandals Curacao, including the mountainous range behind the resort. Guests will also enjoy the white-sand beach, which stretches for 1500 feet along a calm, protected lagoon.
We loved our swim-up suite which allowed us to get away from the main pool area for a more relaxed and quiet vibe. But speaking of the main pool area, it has a double-level infinity pool, unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Of all the Sandals Resorts that we visited, this one had the best food with 11 restaurants. Each had its own theme.A Curacao honeymoon package here starts at $341 per person per night and includes extras like a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, a special turndown service with flower petals on your bed the first evening of your honeymoon, and fresh flowers and a decadent breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.
Baoase Luxury Resort
While we were in Curacao, several people told us the best resort for a honeymoon would be Baoase Luxury Resort. The resort is a small boutique resort with only 23 private villas and suites. You can expect luxury accommodations and amazing food during your stay as well as personalized service.
Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Dive & Wellness Resort
Located 30 minutes from Willemstad, 12 miles from Christoffel National Park, and steps away from the sea, this 4-star resort features a private beach area, a big garden, a restaurant, and a bar, along with a spa and wellness center.
Each unit comes with a patio, TV, kitchenette, and sea views. Rooms start at $200, and you can get a bungalow for $240. Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Dive & Wellness Resort offers discounts for booking in advance so being organized can help you save some money.
Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort
Located on what used to be a plantation, this 4-star resort offers spacious suites, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, and a private beach.
Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort has two pool areas, 3 restaurants, a beach bar, and 1, 2, and 3-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, TV, and ocean views. There’s also a tour desk that organizes activities. A night in this resort will set you back at least $170.
Kontiki Beach Resort
This resort is located on Seaquarium Beach, 20 minutes from the airport and steps away from the beach. It features two beach clubs, a tropical garden, and five saltwater pools. All rooms come with a TV, air conditioning, a fridge, and a private veranda.
Kontiki Beach Resort also offers diving trips, car rentals, massages, and a complete wellness area. If you want to spend your holidays at this resort, expect to pay around $250 per night.
Honeymooning in Curaçao
Is Curacao romantic? Absolutely! This charming country has amazing beaches, beautiful weather, lovely weather, stunning blue water, a variety of diving spots, a rich history and culture, excellent food, and beautiful colonial architecture. People here are friendly and welcoming, there is less of a tourist crowd, and it’s a safe island to visit.
Where is Curacao Located?
Curaçao is the least known of the cluster of islands that form the ABC Islands. It’s located nearly 50 miles off the north coast of Venezuela, 70 miles east of Aruba, and 40 miles west of Bonaire in the south of the Caribbean Sea.
Fortunately, these three islands are outside the so-called Caribbean hurricane zone and heavy tropical storms are rare.
Curacao Honeymoon: When to Visit
Located in the Caribbean Sea between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, Curaçao has a fantastic location. With temperatures that range from 75ºF to 90ºF, it enjoys warm weather year-round so it can be visited any time. However, to make the most of your Curacao honeymoon you should consider crowds, rain, and prices.
Most tourists arrive in Curaçao between the second half of December and April, when hotel rates and airfare are at their highest. From October to December, it’s considered the rainy season and even though the weather isn’t terrible, it’s the wettest period of the year and the one with the highest number of mosquitoes.
That’s why if you want to enjoy good weather, cheaper prices, and fewer crowds, the best time to visit Curaçao for your honeymoon is between May and September.
All in all, Curaçao is a great destination for your honeymoon. If you have at least 8 days, an excellent option would be to combine it with Aruba, a more typical yet amazing island. You could spend 4-5 days in Curaçao and then another 4-5 days in Aruba enjoying the amazing beaches, visiting the Arikok National Park, and taking a 4×4, dune buggy, or quad biking tour.
If you decide to do a combined trip, keep in mind that even though they’re only 70 miles apart, there is no ferry between islands yet (there was a project to run it but it was delayed) so you’ll have to fly. The good news is that flights are very frequent and relatively cheap, usually costing between $100 and $150.
However, it’s important to note that you have to pay between $20 and $35 in taxes at Curaçao and Aruba airports when leaving so add them to your budget when planning your honeymoon.
Curacao Honeymoon: Travel Options
Citizens from the European Union, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and most Western countries can enter Curaçao visa-free for 30 to 60 days.
Most tourists will arrive landing at the Hato International Airport next to the capital city Willemstad, or on a cruise. American Airlines, Iberia, Finnair, and other airlines offer direct flights from Miami for $350. Most of the flights from New York will set you back around $350 and have one stop but it’s also possible to get a return ticket with JetBlue for the same price.
Getting to Curaçao from Europe is a bit more expensive. KLM offers direct flights from Amsterdam for $600, while if you fly from London, Paris or another major European capital you can expect to pay between $750 and $850 for a return ticket. Another option to visit Curaçao is to come on one of the cruises that sail around the Caribbean.
Romantic Things to Do in Curacao
Even though it’s a very small island, there’s a lot to do and see in Curaçao. From stunning white sand beaches to great diving and snorkeling spots to a beautiful capital city with a UNESCO World Heritage historic center with a rich history, to national parks, this country offers a wide variety of options that will keep you busy for several days.
Go on a Private Sunset Cruise
Our favorite experience during our trip was the private sunset cruise with Maxie Sailing. They picked us up from our resort and took us to their sailboat. We relaxed as we headed to a nearby area where the water was calm and allowed for some snorkeling.
We also enjoyed some tapas food and drinks and calm music before heading back to the marina, enjoying the sunset on our way back. The owners were very laid back and accommodating to what you are looking for so don’t hesitate to reach out to them.
Book here using code ‘Curacao-Honeymoon-always’. for a discount.
Dinner at a Romantic Restaurant
There are many romantic restaurants in Curacao with beautiful views of the sea. Some popular options include The Pen Restaurant at Avila Beach Hotel, Fort Nassau, and The Wine Cellar.
If you are staying at Sandals there are several options, but for the best sense views we recommend AOLOS.
We also went to Kome during our stay which is a modern American eatery inspired by global cuisines, local ingredients, and memories of home.
KOME brings a unique concept to Curacao with wood-fired meats, a professionally relaxed service style, and a commitment to green practices.
Pack a romantic picnic and head to one of the secluded beaches on the island. You can rent a beach umbrella and chairs on some of the beaches or simply bring a blanket and enjoy the sun and sand.
Hiking at Christoffel National Park
Take a romantic hike through the Christoffel National Park, the largest national park in Curacao. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the island and its unique flora and fauna.
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
Curacao is known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, making it an excellent destination for scuba diving or snorkeling. You can explore the colorful reefs and sea creatures together and create unforgettable memories.
Visit the Floating Market
Take a stroll along the Floating Market and sample the fresh fruits and vegetables sold by the vendors. This is a great way to experience the local culture and spend quality time together.
Visit the Blue Curacao Distillery
Learn about the history and production of the famous Blue Curacao liqueur at the Blue Curacao Distillery. You can enjoy a tasting and even create your own bottle to take home as a souvenir.
Take a Sunset Walk
Walk hand-in-hand along the beaches of Curacao, enjoying the colorful sunset and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. It’s a great way to end the day and create romantic memories.
Go Swiming With Sea Turtles
It’s not hard to find a place to go swimming with sea turtles. Playa Grandi is also a popular spot for snorkeling with turtles or you can take an excursion if you don’t want to bring your own equipment along.
Curaçao’s capital has unique colonial Dutch architecture and its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage. The city has two main areas, Otrobanda and Punda, which are united by the famous Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. Additionally, it’s home to one of the oldest surviving synagogues in the Americas.
Curacao is a great option if you’re looking for a Caribbean honeymoon. Not only is it safe and friendly, but it offers romantic activities and beautiful, luxury resorts to enjoy. Even better, you’ll get to enjoy everything this island has to offer with fewer tourists. It’s a win-win.