Kenny and I got married in August. So when planning the ideal honeymoon, we had to take into consideration that the majority of the Caribbean would be in the path of hurricanes at the time of our wedding. August is the month before the height of hurricane season. When I found out that there were 3 islands considered to be beneath the “hurricane belt” I knew that one of them would be our pick.
They are known as the ABC islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
I didn’t know anything about these islands. Although the one I had heard the most about was Curacao, but only because there was a time I followed the Atlanta Braves and one of their star players in the late 90s was Andrew Jones, a Curacaoan. Ultimately, Curacao was the top choice, but only because the price was right.
We stayed at Breezes Curacao, an all inclusive resort. There was nothing particularly special about this resort other than it was affordable and it looked to be a decent place to unwind after our beautiful wedding.
Once we arrived at our resort we were more than ready to unwind, unpack and get down to some honeymoon business.
We unpacked our bags and settled in.
We decided that the first thing we would do was not go check out the beach or explore the property. We had some “newlywed activities” to tend to. I remember walking by the door and casually engaging the security latch. I had never done it before in any other hotel, but for some strange reason I felt the need to slide that latch. Little did I know, that latch would save us from some serious embarrassment.
Let’s face it, we were both naked. Let’s just get that out of the way. Phew! Anyway…all of a sudden the door busted open, but only opened a little before the security latch caught the door from opening further. There were people yelling and pounding on the door. I was near the door when this happened and I immediately slammed it shut. And then again, the pounding on the door continued and the door opened AGAIN. At this point Kenny was involved (and dressed) and went to the door to find out what the hell was going on. I stayed barricaded in the bathroom…naked. Come to find out, our room had been double booked and these were the other people assigned to this room. Kenny immediately got on the phone and called the front desk. “Yes, this is Ken from room 309. You double booked our room and we almost had a very embarrassing honeymoon moment.” After this conversation they told us to come to the front desk with our bags and we’d be assigned a new room. So instead of our garden view room, we were upgraded to an oceanfront suite.
Needless to say, the mood was ruined. So we decided to just put on our swimsuits and hit the beach. The beach was empty and we were excited to have it all to ourselves. We started to walk into the water and then all of a sudden a hotel employee came running towards us. “You cannot go in the water. There has been an oil spill off the coast.” Are you f’in kidding me? Days later we were woken up by the sound of bulldozers cleaning up the beach as the oil had made its way to shore. Is this for real? More like a nightmare than a honeymoon.
But here’s the thing about us. We can truly have a good time no matter what the situation. So what…we got busted in on before bumpin’ some uglies. So what…the view from our oceanfront suite was that of bulldozer scooping up sludge. You move on and make the most of it.
Curacao’s capital city is Willemstad. The city center, with its unique architecture and harbor entry, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other top activities in Curacao include:
- Snorkeling & Diving
- Beaches (especially Cas Abao, which has the brightest blue water in Curaçao, a treat for swimmers, snorkelers, and sunbathers alike)
- Christoffel National Park
- Curacao Sea Aquarium
Despite a rocky and oil-filled start, we managed to explore the beautiful island of Curacao and had a great time doing so. This is an excellent choice if you want a taste of the Caribbean in the summer months, as the hurricanes usually steer clear of this southern Caribbean island.
But more than anything, just remember…always close the security latch! Always!