Curacao is one of those amazing destinations with paradise-like beaches that make any tourist dream for an entire year ahead about the great vacation coming-up. The Caribbean setting and breathtaking sights will surely make you seriously consider opening the first booking website to check out any available dates.

However, as is the case with almost any place we might end up vacationing in, there are some things to keep in mind before venturing in everything it has to offer. After all, it’s very important to enjoy any trip or vacation you take, and avoid any potential not-so-happy memories that might cloud the entire experience.

Of course, sometimes these cannot be avoided, but as long as you do everything in your power to be informed beforehand, you will surely dodge certain situations that might not play out that well otherwise. Now, let’s take a look at what these might be in Curacao.

 

Coral reefs

We know that these can be dreamy, but it’s good to remember that they are also home to a wide range of animals and fish, so disturbing their habitat is not a very good idea, neither safe for that matter. When you go swimming, make sure to follow the sandy areas and to avoid corals if possible.

Be aware that the animals living in them might be potentially dangerous if disturbed, and that the water can also be tricky and there’s always a risk associated to swimming, especially in areas where the bottom of the sea is not uniform.

Oil refineries

Although this might seem odd for a dreamy paradise-like island, the inhabitants need to live and have an industry as well. For this reason, you might want to double check where your hotel is located in relation to the oil refineries to avoid any potential odors that might make your trip less than pleasant.

The best idea, in this case, is to look at maps and read hotel reviews before actually booking a room. This way, you can get a better idea about your surroundings once you get there and make sure that your vacation will not be disturbed by any element out of your control, such as an oil refinery.

 

Shete Boka

Shete Boka is a national park that has many breathtaking sights to offer, so you might be tempted to add it to your list. However, unfortunately for tourists, many reviews of Curacao mention this place and its parking lot as highly tempting for thieves.

In this situation it is best to not leave anything valuable in the car and to try to remain as close to groups of people as possible. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go around and visit, but it’s better to take all of the precautionary measures to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.  

Dark areas at night

Although the island is a rather safe destination to go to and most visits there are trouble-free, street crime and petty theft are still a concern, so you might want to avoid wandering around small and dark streets, especially alone.

The recommended approach would be to stick to the main streets after dark. Some areas such as the back streets of Punda are especially sketchy once the sun sets. Of course, you should also avoid looking like you have no idea where you’re going or, even worse, pulling out a map, as this can make you a target for scam artists.

Since choosing your next vacation is as important as getting the right hunting backpack is for those passionate about adventures in the wild, make sure to read all the necessary information related to your destination in order to keep everything as safe and pleasant as possible.