It's been a while since I have been to these two islands, but, I loved Aruba, and thought Curacao, was very interesting.
Aruba is easy to get around. Check out the ships excursions first, to see what they have for excursions. You could take a jeep tour around the island, visit Charlies Bar....a local spot, which has been on tv travel shows. The natural bridge which for years was the fabulous picture spot of the area, sadly fell into the ocean.... Visit the hotel area, where they have great shopping and casinos. Downtown has great shopping too. And the restaurant El gaucho, is known for their fabulous steaks..
In Curacao, you dock near the floating bridge, with a bit of a walk to the pastel shopping area. I felt this was not anywhere up to shopping on Aruba, maybe things have changed..we just did a walking tour. Walked but the Caribbeans oldest synagogue, did some rum tastings and went back to the ship....
Check out both islands tourism websites to see waht all they these beautiful places have to offer the visitor.
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My husband and I absolutely loved Curacao. The island was clean, the shopping was unharrassed and we felt very secure and safe walking around the port town. The many pastel colors of the buildings was just so nice to look at and take pictures.
Aruba was also nice. We took a tour that traveled most of the island. It passed the hotel area, to a small church in the middle of nowhere, the Holland windmill and to the lighthouse. It was a very arid island. We also did a little shopping here, but was not as fun as Curacao was.
Been to both many times. Curacao has been a shopping mecca for years and not much for beaches. I think the old Queen Emma bridge is still used to cross the river by foot (it swings open to let ships pass through). Playa Porto Mari is probably the best beach on the island. In Aruba, yes the natural bridge is gone, but there is Palm Beach and Baby Beach and they do a good catamaran sunset cruise. Last time there was some rumbles because of the Natalie Holloway incident, but that has seemed to fade for now. Be advised both island's beaches adhere to "Euro sunning" (topless).
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We went on this cruise last year the first week of March.We went on a Harley-Davidson tour of the island.We booked this through the cruise line and found it was relatively expensive.During the tour we went to the local Harley dealer and found that you could rent a bike for less than half the cruise line's price.If you have a motorcycle license it would be worth renting a bike
The Harley Davidson store is within walking distance of the ship in Aruba. We visit there everytime we are in Aruba. If you exit the ship and walk out to the main street, take a left and it is down approximately 2 blocks on the right side of the street. You can't miss it.
For those of you who have been to Aruba before and might be looking to do something different, this year we took a taxi to an all inclusive hotel and spent the day there. The cost was $70. but it included all you could eat, breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the non motorized water sports and all drinks, alcoholic and not. The hotel was right on the beach and had a nice swim up bar. I believe it was the Occidental.