Posted January 9th, 2012, 11:02 PM
......We did the Discover Curacao's Beautiful Beaches excursion....The narrator explained a few things along the way......The scenery is pretty typical of these islands, lots of goats, some chickens, dogs, iguanas, pretty foliage.
We arrived at the first beach Cas Abou Beach. We were told to report back to the bus in one hour which would bring us to 2:30p. The beach has very gently rolling waves, but lots and lots of coral instead of nice beach sand. We had on our Land's End water socks which really saved our feet. The water was clear and warm, very refreshing. The sand on the beach floor was perfectly smooth.
Rich did do some snorkeling, but they did not provide any equipment that we saw. Rich said the snorkeling was fair, no strong currents.
There is a snack shack and restrooms on the beach.
We all had chosen some lounges that were stacked up. We did not notice the sign on the tree that said lounges were $3 each. This is not a big deal to us, but it would have been nice if we were told of the charge, again, not a big deal. I paid the guy and noticed that others did not pay because they were in the water or snorkeling. Just was not consistent, but really not a big deal at all.
....Seeing there were two buses on this tour, some of us decided we would rather get back to the ship instead of seeing the second beach because of time constraints. We would have gotten back after 5p and that did not suit some of us. Others had chosen to go back by taxi.......We had a choice in this, but Rich and I decided to go back to the ship......
That was the tour we had signed up for, but it was canceled due to the heavy rains the day before. Glad to hear about what you saw and what the beach was like in case we are ever there again.
We had planned to ride the tour bus to Cas Abou and leave to group there, had clear this with the ship beforehand. We wanted to snorkel/shore dive then just take a taxi back to the ship early and see a bit of town since we had never been to the island.
We wound up just walking off on our own, as the ship's tours we were interested in were full. We explored the town and then took a bus in town for $15 a piece that followed one of the Regent tours around.
Sorry your tour was such a mess. We encountered a few rude people on our tours also. Hope it doesn't happen to you again.