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Press Release 2012

Greetings from Curacao

Sandy beach and pristine waters make Curacao a top Caribbean destination

Press Release 2012

Curacao (November 1, 2012) - Leaves are falling and the cold winds are blowing which means that now is the perfect time to take that Fall vacation to the culturally rich Southern Caribbean island of Curacao. Abundant with sandy beaches and pristine waters, delicious local food and rich culture, Curacao has something to offer every one. Whether you are in need of a relaxing and calm vacation or are looking for an exciting and exotic adventure, Curacao is the ideal destination.

In this issue of "Bon Bini" (which means, welcome, in Papiamentu - Curacao's local language), you can see for yourself all you can discover on the island. From diving to exploring Meso-American ancestry, to eating at top restaurants and exploring the beaches, this exciting island has a diverse offering of activities to keep you well entertained. Keep reading to find out why the friendly and striking island of Curacao is the place to visit this Fall.

Curacao's Playa Kalki Was Nominated for Travel and Leisure's 'Best Beach for Active Travelers'
Popular for snorkeling and diving, Curacao's Playa Kalki was nominated in Travel + Leisure Magazine's Best Beaches survey 2012 as the Best Beach for Active Travelers!

Located on Curacao's west coast, the beach is considered one of the island's most attractive and ideal for travelers with more than sunbathing in mind. The quiet cove is home to a reef divers have dubbed "Alice in Wonderland" due to its labyrinth quality. Plenty of fish make their home these waters and it's not uncommon to spot stingrays and dolphins in this unique dive spot.

Hundreds voted for Curacao's beautiful Playa Kalki beach to win in its category. Voting closed on October 31. May Curacao's Playa Kalki win Travel + Leisure Magazine's Best Beach for Active Travelers!

The Race Is On In Curacao!
On November 3 cycling fans will flock to Curacao for the islands' 11th Annual Amstel Curacao Race. With a challenging 73.6km (45.7 miles) course encompassing a series of mountain climbs and downhill sprints, the Amstel Curacao Race is the only bike race where amateur cyclists can line up against Tour de France professionals, and is known worldwide as the closing event of the street-cycling season.

Of course in Curacao, the Caribbean island known as much for its candy colored architecture and vibrant nightlife as it is for its picturesque beaches, the race itself comes at the end of five days of celebrations including an evening of water games to the sounds of a live DJ, a Pasta Party at Mambo beach for racers looking to do some carb-loading, a beach tug-of-war contest, Bubbles on the Beach at Zest and of course the infamous closing party at Mambo Beach after the race.

This year the 5 day event will also include an Olympic Party on Friday, November 2, the night before the race which will set the scene as the island welcomes back home-grown athletic superstar Churandy Martina who competed in the finals of the 100m and 200m track events at this year's London Olympics. Martina will officially kick off the race that starts at 11am on Saturday November 3 at the Lions Dive & Beach Resort.

There is still time to register for the race online at www.amstelCuracaorace.com and last minute registrations can also be made onsite at the Lions Dive Resort where rooms are still available between October 30 and November 4.

Dolphin Academy Curacao Launches New Website and Hosts Tour Operators
Dolphin Academy recently launched a new website with an online booking system. The website www.dolphin-academy.com has been redesigned and is now available in 5 languages: English, Dutch, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

Also in September, the Dolphin Academy organized a special afternoon for the local Tour Operators. Not only as a sign of appreciation for the good work they are doing, but also to give new Tour Operators the opportunity to learn about the programs. In collaboration with the Sea Aquarium, Animal Encounters and Pelican Boat Trips, Tour Operators experienced the different programs that the Curacao Sea Aquarium Park offers. The guests could choose from: Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Swim, Sea Lion Encounter and Snorkel Experience where they could feed fish and sharks. At the end of the afternoon the group enjoyed a 'Harbour trip' onboard the Pelican Boat.

Explore the Underwater World with Sublime Diving
If you're looking for a local experience and a secret pristine dive spot, visit Playa Piskado on the West side of the island. Located between Playa Forti and Playa Kalki, Playa Piskado is home to a beautiful dive spot with stunning coral formations and offering divers the opportunity to spot a sea turtle or an eagle ray. Dive with Sublime Diving in this prime location to spot these beautiful sea animals or you can also spot the sea "Neptune" at any time of the day.

Sublime Diving will make sure to give you the "Sublime Dive Experience", whether it's your first introduction to diving, Open Water course, Advanced Open Water course, Rescue Diver course, Dive Master Course, specialties or a guided dive.

The Dive Bus Becomes Curacao's Latest PADI 5 Star Dive Resort!
The Dive Bus Curacao is thrilled to share that they have been awarded the status of a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort. This status is awarded to PADI dive shops that excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness, by providing professional and outstanding service.

The Dive Bus was also recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012 and is currently rated as a top dive operator on TripAdvisor. So come dive with The Dive Bus and get the best dive experience possible. For reservations and more information, please visit www.the-dive-bus.com.

Amazonia Offers Tours to Explore Ancestry
Amazonia gives travelers the ability to go back in time and feel the Mesoamerican energy that flows through L'aldea. The Amazonia Tour is the newest, and best, attraction on the island featuring dozens of handmade Maya, Aztec, Inca and Arawak sculptures that will astonish you with their amazing attention to detail. You can use all five of your senses to witness the presence of our Caribbean, South and Central American ancestors.

The Amazonia Tour consists of rainforest, temple ruins, ponds, caves, pyramids and more than 130 types of live exotic animals. A guided tour of approximately one hour will take you back to the past and teach you all there is to know about the animals, the sculptures and the buildings of our ancestors in Mesoamerica. The tour will take you back to the Maya, Inca, Aztec and Arawak way of life, culture and habitat.

Get the Party Started in Curacao this December
Electronic music fans won't want to miss the ParadiseWorld Destination Music Festival, an elaborate electronic dance music fest set for December 15, 2012.

ParadiseWorld is the beginning of a new cultural movement. Featuring some of today's hottest international DJ's and producers, ParadiseWorld 2012 is an elaborate electronic dance music production of global appeal hosted in a unique Caribbean destination.

Rediscover Curacao and Stay For Breakfast at the Renaissance Curacao
Guests are invited to experience Curacao for the holidays at the Renaissance Curacao with the Pure Magic Stay for Breakfast package.

For the ultimate opportunity to Rediscover & Return to the island with Renaissance Curacao, book by October 31 for stays through December 21 to receive 20% off rates and receive a $100 Renaissance Savings coupon for a return stay at any Renaissance property worldwide. To top it off, guests receive complimentary Renaissance Signature Drinks for two at BLUE.

Saint Tropez hosts Miami Spice every Saturday
Saint Tropez, the chic restaurant in Curacao presents Miami Spice every Saturday with a dash of Rose Pink from October 6 until December 8. Every week holds a different theme and the restaurant introduced a Rose Bar that includes pink drinks. Saint Tropez Oceanclub is a place for everyone to visit, whether you are a tourist, student or a local client; everyone is welcome.

My Dreams Apartments Invites You to Stay with Them by the Sea
My Dream Apartments, located on the beautiful Lagun Coast of Willemstad, Curacao, offers guests fully equipped apartments with amazing views of the ocean or breathtaking views of the mountains.

Each apartment has a capacity for four persons and if parties are larger, adjoining apartments are available with connecting doors.

My Dream Apartments is located directly beside the sea, giving guests the opportunity to dive or snorkel without having to leave the premises. Rates start at $85.00 per night and My Dream Apartments offers FREE Wi-Fi, fully equipped apartments, ample parking space, FREE use of the BBQ, Cable TV and more.

Spotted! Curacao Comes to Toronto to Celebrate Year-Round Non-Stop Flights!
For vacationers departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport this month they can get a sense of the Caribbean prior to taking off by catching the specially designed Sunquest coach featuring a colorful image of the Caribbean's hottest destination - Curacao!

The coach will run from downtown Toronto to the airport to celebrate year-round, non-stop flights from Toronto to the island. Featuring Curacao's scenic "Handelskade" in downtown Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage City, the express coach will give vacationers a visual of just one of the many stunning, iconic sites they can expect to see on a vacation to Curacao and, with temperatures dropping, provide some inspiration for a winter escape to the sun.

The specially designed coach has been made possible through the Curacao Tourist Board's close partnership with Thomas Cook / Sunquest Canada. The nonstop service to Curacao starts October 28, 2012 with weekly service every Sunday between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Curacao International Airport with a flight time of just five hours. Sample air/all-inclusive packages include a seven-night stay at the Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino starting at $999 plus applicable taxes for departure dates of November 25, December 2 and December 9.

Hotel News
The Baoase Beach Restaurant Invites You to Enjoy Delicious Food under the Sun or Stars
At the Baoase Luxury Resort Curacao, dine in a Balinese atmosphere on a stunning beach under a sky full of stars at the hotels' BeachRestaurant. Surrounded by romantic torches, palm trees and relaxing music, guests will be more than amazed by the Baoase's five-star top chef, Rene Klop. Rene and his professional team will create the unexpected in design, texture and taste.

During the day we serve a luxurious cooked to order - breakfast and la carte lunch. The Beach bar serves exotic cocktails from Mojito's to Margarita's and offers a large variety of special international wines and Champagnes.

The Emerald Casino at the Curacao Marriott Resort Is Serious About Gaming
The Emerald Casino, at the Curacao Marriott Resort, offers an elegant and intimate ambiance for casino-lovers. For travelers who are serious about poker, the Emerald Casino is the only hotel that has a private poker room. The casino also offers incredible food and beverage options from 7PM-3AM daily. Try your luck at the best player's choice, the Emerald Casino.

Did You Know
There is an uninhabited island eight miles off the southeast coast of Curacao named "Little Curacao," or Klein Curacao. Home to Curacao's longest and whitest beach, Klein Curacao's shore is covered in soft white sand and is surrounded by crystal clear water, but there is little shade.

Dive operators and charter boats take passengers out to the oversized volcanic rock for beach parties, cookouts, and fantastic diving.

The northeastern side of this miniature island is known for having calm water with gentle waves. If you want to go, check with dive operators or sailboat charters offering trips featuring snorkeling, refreshments and usually a picnic or barbecue lunch.

Bounty Adventures Curacao offers wonderful boat trips to Klein Curacao and they are the only catamaran charters on the island. Bounty Adventures offers trips daily to Klein (little) Curacao, romantic Sunset Sails or half day Sail and Snorkel adventures!

Their fleet consists of two custom built 54ft 'State of the art' sailing catamarans, the Jonalisa and the Jonalisa To plus a 48ft luxurious motor yacht. Our heavy duty high speed catamaran (up to25 knots under sail or power) takes you fast and comfortably to Klein Curacao.

This beautiful Island offers you an Adventure that you cannot miss!


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