Two of the questions we get asked most often is "Where have you been?" and "Where are you going to next?" It doesn't matter if I see someone at a grocery store or when I am walking into the gym someone is there and asking one of those questions. Don't get me wrong we love those questions because travel is our passion and we love encouraging others to explore this amazing planet we call home. Usually after I answer someplace like Romania, BVI's or Turks I get a nod of approval and a story about how one of their friends went there and loved it.
However recently when we decided to go hang out in Curacao for a while we didn't get a story or a nod but a bunch of more questions. "Curacao? Where is that?" "Why don't you go to Aruba?" and of course "Why Curaçao?" The answers to us seemed simple. "Curacao is near Venezuela part of the ABC islands aka Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao" "Because we wanted something a little less developed" and "Because we can."
We actually kicked around the idea of going to Curacao a couple of times over the years but ended up going to a different destination due to flights, hotel points or just a last minute change of mind. But we decided this was the year we were finally going.
Once we made the decision and made all of our travel arrangements (look for those at a later post) we started to look for things to do. We are both water people and personally I get cranky if I go to long without swimming in the ocean so the first thing I always look for when visiting any place near the water is water activities. Sailing, surfing, diving (which Curacao is known for and will go into more detail in a later post) or kite surfing. I noticed that surfing came up for Curacao which is unusual for the Caribbean. There are surf spots partially Rincon in Puerto Rico, a couple of breaks in the Bahamas, and some even in the BVI's (one in particular in the BVI's is so secret they don't even print the location in surf magazines) but the Caribbean with its bath like calm waters makes finding a break pretty rare.
So of course we had to check out the surfing. We ended up calling Charly and Chanty at Curacao Surf for boards and a couple of lessons (even if you are good, going out with a local can get you places you normally wouldn't know about or if you did you might get some serious stink eye from the locals).
We headed out about 5am to meet up with them. It took us about an hour and a half to drive across the island (about 37 miles) to the first spot. A lot of people who visit Curacao complain about the roads but I personally loved them. It was fun seeing the small towns and having to slow down due to the road conditions. The first thing I noticed when we pulled up was they had a gaggle of island dogs around them which I have found out they help feed. Anyone who loves animals is awesome in my book! The first spot wasn't pumping that day so we ended up going to a second location on a private property.
The second location was amazing, it was an ocean inlet. It took super long to paddle out to the break but once you caught the wave you could ride it for what seemed like an eternity. While you were waiting for the next wave you could watch the local turtles as they swam around you! The wave was a bit steep so Charly helped us out with some takeoff pointers. Chanty even let me borrow her surf cap as the sun was pretty intense that day. We ended up spending most of the day with them and loving every minute. I highly recommend if Curacao is in your future to give them a call for an unforgettable day!