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Want to do beach excursion on Exploror ....Aruba or Curacao


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I don't know what specific beach activities you are looking for, but Aruba is much "beachier" than Curacao. You can also just hop in a cab and go to the beach in Aruba - Not even sure that's a possibility in Curacao and even if it is, it's not gonna be a big sandy beach like Eagle or Palm Beach in Aruba.

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We went to Palm Beach in Aruba and parked ourselves at Moomba Beach Bar, great drink and food and lots of water sports nearby. Highly recommend it. In Curacao we went to Cas Abo beach its a bit far out (35 minutes from Port) and very limited food and drink. Of our four stops, Curacao was our least favorite (very dry and poor) but the snorkeling was the best of our four stops, Aruba, St. Kitts and St. Thomas were our other stops. I would opt for an organized excursion in Curacao if we visit again.

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Take a cab to the Palm Coast and the beaches are free. Walk thru the Hyatt Hotel and see the many salamanders, fish, colorful parrots and other tropical animals on their premises. You can have lunch or drinks there. Bring towels. Be careful of natives trying to rent you rusty lounge chairs. Nearby, you can rend sky-doos, banana rides or sky paragliders.

 

Some years ago, we cabbed to one of Curacao's beach (?) and found it to be quite windy.

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haven't been to Curacoa (it's on our next cruise) but can vote for Aruba's beaches both for sunning and snorkeling - we liked the snorkeling at the north end the best by far. Beaches are also nice and quiet out there although not as beachy as Palm and Eagle beaches. We spent two weeks at the Hyatt there last October. Talk to the parrots! That was my favorite thing to do every morning.

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We enjoy taking a cab up to the Radisson on Palm Beach in Aruba. Day passes are available. Nice hotel with big beach area, big pool, casino etc.

 

 

As of last year, day passes have been discontinued at the Radisson. Too bad, as we loved the place.

 

 

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Take a cab to the Palm Coast and the beaches are free. Walk thru the Hyatt Hotel and see the many salamanders, fish, colorful parrots and other tropical animals on their premises. You can have lunch or drinks there. Bring towels. Be careful of natives trying to rent you rusty lounge chairs. Nearby, you can rend sky-doos, banana rides or sky paragliders.

 

Some years ago, we cabbed to one of Curacao's beach (?) and found it to be quite windy.

 

I think you may mean Palm Beach in Aruba - all Aruba beaches are free to the public - however you may not use the hotels lounge chairs or Palapas - they are owned by the hotels. If you go thru the Hyatt - that is fine - however you will either be renting a chair from an outside vendor or sitting on the sand on your towel. This is enforced by all the hotels.

 

As mentioned previously, if you go up to Moomba Beach/Restaurant - I believe next door to Marriott - as long as you buy drink/food - they have lounge chairs on the beach for your use.

 

You can also take a bus up to Palm Beach.The bus terminal is across the street from the docks,I believe the price is $2 round trip and it is not that far

 

Believe this rate has been raised to 2.35 - 2.50 each way - so depends on how many people are traveling - a cab to Palm Beach - Eagle Beach will cost you approx. $10 each way plus Tip

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If I can only choose one beach excursion to go on do i pick Aruba or Curacao?

 

Aruba for sure, awesome day for beaches! But imo very average if Palm Beach is your only destination. There are several car rental agencies right at the port as you get off the gangway. Rented a convertable jeep 4x4 right at the port, drove through the dirt roads of the north island from the California Lighthouse to the Natural Bridge right onto the beach & sand! Got to visit several beaches and my photos/views were spectacular. The island is small and easy to get around with a vehicle.

 

Whatever you choose, have an awesome cruise!!:D

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Definitely Aruba for the beach.

Curacao's Capital, Willemstad, is right near the ship. You can walk around and view the beautiful architecture or shop. Also be sure to see or go on the famous swinging bridge. We've toured the entire island in the past and always stay near the ship now, because we didn't find anything appealing outside of that area.

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I did love the beached in Aruba... they are lovely but we went to Mambo Beach in Curacao and it was wonderful! They had a place to eat, chairs for rent, a few shops and a little market. It was close to the ship and we plan to go back there this time around.

I loved Aruba, it had the nicest beach I've seen in a long time, soft sand, not to crowded, and warm wonderful ocean water.

But Mambo beach was a lot of fun too, and we found it to be relaxing and we are looking forward to stopping again when we go in Feb.

Chass

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I have to agree with those who cast their vote for the beaches (Eagle and Palm) in Aruba. In Curaçao, the best beach we found is a bit of a distance from Willemstadt but still easily reachable by taxi. It is Blue Baie beach and worth a visit. There is a bar and a food snack (try the fabulous french fries), a sandy beach, palapas, lounge chairs, a pool and clean restrooms. While there is a nominal admission charge, at times no one seems interested in collecting the fee and you can enjoy the beach and its facilities without a charge.:)

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