(Closed) Aruba, Barbados, or Curacao?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
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Bumble bee

barbados bcz its where im from 🙂

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Buzzing bee

I’ve heard that the Boaryard is fun!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@babypearls:  woohoo! We may need to talk, lol. I’m getting married there (as FH and I met there!)

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would say that while I enjoyed Curacao, it is very small and VERY expensive. I studied there and ran out of things to do in exactly 4.5 days, lol. For a romantic vacay it might be different because you’ll be so into each other. Also, if you’re looking for an excuse to laze around in the room and not feel guilty that you’re missing all the sites/sights, that may be a decent option. Note that as a desert island, you won’t get that nice, powdery sand you may be used to in other parts of the Caribbean. Very gravelly/rocky and there are many sudden drop-offs in the continental shelf. Also, the language barrier can be somewhat of a hassle. The creole there (papiamento) is not similar enough to any of its component languages (I speak Portuguese and my FH speaks a little dutch and we STILL couldn’t manage it) to get by in local situations. Spend all your time on a resort, you may not have that problem as much.  I also noticed that they primarily cater to European tourists, not Americans. I noticed a disdain for myself and my colleagues and I was NOT imagining it (admittedly it could have been our race. Black or mixed people in Curacao are assumed to be locals and therefore do not get the fawning attention that European-looking tourists receive).  

I love Barbados. LOVE it. It too, though, can very expensive as its economy depends so heavily on tourism. I’ve been there at least 5 times, and I’d say each time I discovered something new and wonderful (my last trip focused on touring the rum factories and I even picked up a handsome fiance out of the deal!). There is a different sector of the country for what ails you. If you fancy instant access to nightlife…try the southcoast. If you want a big city feel, you can stay in Bridgetown proper. If you want more of a sophisticated suburban chic, there’s St. James. Of course, the island is small enough that you can easily explore it in its entirety. I don’t recommend all inclusives on Barbados because you do not want to feel pressured to stay on the resort. In Barbados, even fairly high end hotels are very big on self-catering. Full kitchen, in-room laundry facilities, etc. I understand you want a nice fancy room to relax and celebrate, but I say do just that. You want to try all the lovely bars, restaurants and other sites to enrich your trip, not eat the same flying fish casserole in the hotel every night.

Hope some of that helps!

 

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