Restaurants in the area.
During your vacation, it is of course great to be able to eat out as well.
In Boca Sami are 2 nice restaurants and also next to each other.
We have Di Verse Sauzen and The Niffo Huts.
Di Verse Sauzen is a cozy little restaurant with fresh fish, delicious meat dishes and vegetarian options. In addition, they have a breathtaking view during sunset. You can go here for lunch and dinner!
Reservations are not required. But is convenient. You can make reservations by calling: +599 9 869 4555
The Niffo Huts has the best burgers in Sint Michiel! And besides, they also have plenty of fish and meat dishes. You can reserve a table through their website: https://www.niffohuts.com/
The most beautiful beaches nearby.
Snake Bay: in front of Waterside
Snake Bay is literally next door to Waterside Apartments. A beautiful little beach where you still often have the chance to have it all to yourself. The water here is beautifully blue and clear and you can get into the sea fairly easily. It is, of course, free entry.
Kokomo Beach: 8 minute drive.
Kokomo Beach is a lovely beach with a beautiful view. There is a diving school, a restaurant for a good lunch oand also beach beds for rent. You don’t have to pay an entrance fee for the beach. You can also go here for a wonderful massage. And every Sunday night it’s happy hour here with a live band!
Blue Bay: 9 minute drive
Bluebay beach is located at Bluebay village. It is a somewhat busier beach with many facilities including a diving school, restaurant and service at your beach bed. You pay an entrance fee for this beach.
Five things you need to know about Curaçao
What time is it in Curaçao?
Curaçao falls in time zone UTC -4. This means that during our summer time it is 6 hours earlier on Curaçao and during our winter time, 5 hours earlier. It is important to take this into account when flying to this sunny vacation destination. Throughout the year it gets dark quite early on the island. Between approximately 18:30 and 19:00. At noon, the sun is at its peak, which means that at that time you should be well protected in the sun. Fortunately, it does stay nice and warm in the evenings, despite the sun setting early.
Do you need a car in Curaçao?
Yes! The roads are not all great, so biking or a scooter is actually not common here. To really get the most out of your vacation and explore the beautiful island, we definitely recommend a car. We also offer rental cars at Waterside. Feel free to email for availability.
What is the currency of Curaçao?
The currency in Curaçao is the Antillean guilder (ANG), U.S. dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Pin cards are accepted everywhere and there are plenty of ATMs. You can use the Dutch debit card almost everywhere, but it is important here that you turn on the “world mode” function. It is best to withdraw as much money as you can per transaction, as there are charges per transaction.
Are there many mosquitoes in Curacao?
Yes, there definitely are. Fortunately, you can buy about Buzz Off in the supermarkets here. This helps tremendously! On Curacao they also sell several soothing products with Aloe Vera (there is an Aloe Vera plantation on the island), this works very well against itching!
What language do they speak in Curacao?
The original language of Curacao is Papiamentu.
Almost everywhere on the island you can get by with Dutch. Do not expect the fluent Dutch as we speak here, but despite the Curaçao accent, the inhabitants of Curacao are easy to understand. By the way, in Jan Thiel Area you will find mainly Dutch people (also working in the hospitality industry) so language is not an issue there anyway. In Willemstad you will also find many Venezuelans, who speak no Dutch and often poor English. If you can speak Spanish, it is perfect, almost everyone on Curaçao speaks Spanish fluently. If you can speak Papiamentu, you’ll be fine, as all Curaçaoans speak it.
5 tips to do on Curaçao
Christoffelberg is 375 meters high and a lot of fun to climb. It is perceived as strenuous though. So make sure you start early in the morning, when temperatures are still a bit more pleasant. Also bring plenty of water and possibly some food. Once you get to the top, you will forget about the tough anyway because of the breathtaking views!
Do you love to dance? Or would you like to have a drink in the perfect atmosphere? Then you need to be at Mundo Bizarro on Thursday nights. Every Thursday night from 9 pm there is a live salsa band. In addition, you can also have a nice dinner and a drink here.
The underwater world from Curaçao
Curacao is a wonderful place to dive. You will find almost at every beach a diving school where you can either schedule a dive or rent diving equipment. Curacao’s underwater world is still beautiful, so we definitely recommend it. Do you still find diving exciting? Then go snorkeling!
Explore the colorful Willemstad!
Willemstad is the capital of Curaçao and it is inevitable that you will spend an afternoon walking around here. You will find many buildings with the typical Dutch architecture but with a cheerful color. The best of both worlds come together here. Wander through the colorful districts of Otrobanda and Pietermaai to look for the famous hotspots and photo locations. Head to the Handelskade via the Queen Emma Bridge better known as the Pontjesbrug.
De Visserij is a very well-known restaurant in Curaçao. It is located in Piscadera on the waterfront. Fresh fish is caught every day and prepared right away! The best fish on the island! You cannot make reservations here and they are only open Friday through Monday. You can go there for lunch and dinner.
If you have rented a car from Waterside Apartments we will pick you up and drop you off to and from the airport. We always send the instructions below to our guests:
When we pick you up from the airport, we ask you to send us a WhatsApp message to +5999 696 7850 when you have received your luggage (there is free WiFi at Hato airport). Then we meet each other at the pick-up/drop off lane at restaurant Wendy’s (50 meters to the left after exiting the arrivals hall).