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“A good way to see Curacao”
Review of Curacao Actief

Curacao Actief
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Curacao was our next port of call after Aruba and, like I had done on Aruba, I researched on the net for a tour company. I wanted something that would let the four of us, all seniors, see a lot of the island.

I ended up contacting Curacao Active initially about their 4-hour excursion and heard back quite promptly from Jeffrey Berend, the General Manager. After describing who we were (four, quite pale, senior Canadians!) and what we were interested in, he suggested hiring a guide for the day. He mentioned that the tour we had first thought of was in an open-air, Toyota Land Cruiser-style vehicle with passengers sitting sideways in the back. (I would have been fine with that but my other family members might have found things a bit too hot, bumpy etc.) So, we ended up with a small Nissan-style van with AC and a seven-hour tour for, I guess, about $60 more in the total cost!

I was glad that we did that. We were now free to see some points of interest that were not on the four-hour tour. Mr. Berend was very quick to respond to me about any questions I had. Payment was through credit card and I received a receipt. The next email gave me detailed information about how to meet the driver - in our case, Alan Vinck - and even a photo of him plus contact numbers.

Alan turned out to be a retired businessman who does 3 or 4 tours weekly. He had, as one would expect, an intimate knowledge of the island. Starting off, he showed us the older areas of Willemstad before heading off to the coastal regions. He helped plan our route based on several points of interest that we had including the Hato caves.

I'll digress for a moment to say that we all enjoyed the caves. Other than a fairly longish stone stairway up to the entrance, the Caves are very accessible: well-marked and lit pathways with an accompanying and knowledgable guide. For those who might feel a bit timid about the caves, I can assure you there is nothing scary, no tight spaces etc.

We went next to the west end of the island - a drive of about 45 minutes - to Christoffel Park. Beautiful scenery and right on the water.

Throughout the trip, Alan carried on a steady - but not intrusive - dialogue about what we were looking at, the history of the island etc. Happy to answer questions, he gave us a good insight into the people and the culture of Curacao.

We stopped for a late lunch out in the south-west end and then headed back to the ship terminal nearly seven hours later, a bit tired but definitely not bored. All agreed that this had been an enjoyable tour.

I don't really have any negatives. One thing, though: if you get to Curacao on a Sunday as we did, there are not a lot of places open, stores are generally closed.

Full marks to Jeffrey for quick, business-like responses to questions. And, as I have mentioned, we were very happy with our guide, Alan.

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Bettina C, Front Office Manager at Curacao Actief, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback with us.

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed Alan as your guide and the tour with him. We are also happy that you were satisfied with Jeffrey's service.

Sunday is a rather quiet day on the island. Most shops are closed, in town you can find a few souvenirs vendor that may be open (for the cruise ships) but other than that it is calm.

Thanks again for your feedback. It would be our pleasure welcoming you back again to Curacao.

Regards,
Bettina

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the East to West tour and it was amazing. We visited so many places and really got a feel for the island. When in Curacao you must stop at the distillery for a tasting. So much fun. Can't wait to return. Highly recommend Curacao Actief for your tours.

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Bettina C, Front Office Manager at Curacao Actief, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi,

Thank you very much for your feedback on your tour with us and for the recommendation. We appreciate it very much!

Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back to Curacao some time again.

Thanks again
Bettina

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have just spent a great day with passionate and funny Howard, our guide for the Full-Day Shete Boca et Snorkel Jeep Tour. We loved every bit of it! Beautiful spots, great insights from Howard about the island, its culture and the beautiful landmarks. The tone was very light, joyful and Howard’s main motto was to have fun! What more to expect from such a tour? Should we happen to return to Curaçao, no doubt we would ask Curaçao Actief to show us around one more time!
Thanks a lot for everything Howard!

Joanie & Andy

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Bettina C, Front Office Manager at Curacao Actief, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Joanie and Andy,

Thank you very much for your great feedback on your tour with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Howard as your guide and the sights.

We are pleased to hear that you would be touring with us again, should you return to Curacao.

Thanks again
Bettina

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