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05 April 2012
Curaçao After Dark; Selected as favourite travel Destination
Dancing to live ritmo kombina music in Club Façade in Curaçao
Meridith Kohut for The New York Times
By BAZ DREISINGER
New York Times
ON one of many late nights inCuraçao, I found myself in a musical tower of Babel. The setting: a sleek iron-and-glass nightclub, Tu Tu Tango, near Willemstad, the Caribbean island’s capital.
The crowd: well-heeled local men in their 30s, high-heeled ladies in skintight get-ups, Dutch women in sundresses, 20-somethings wearing gold chains and Yankees caps.
The soundtrack: a mix of English, Spanish, hip-hop argot, Jamaican patois, Portuguese — or was that Papiamentu, Curaçao’s native Creole? Beats evoked Puerto Rico, Holland, Brazil, the Jersey Shore. Just when I felt primed to classify, the rhythm morphed and the language veered off to another continent.
Curacao Selected as Favorite Caribbean Destination in About.com’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards
“Curacao has its many fans to thank for this outpouring of love and support for our unique and fascinating Dutch-Caribbean island,” says Curacao Tourist Board Marketing Manager, André Rojer. “We couldn’t have done it without all of you! Whether readers loved Curacao’s enriching culture, pristine beaches, marine-rich diving or other attractions the most, we are proud to receive recognition from About.com and its readers.”
Now in its fifth year, the About.com Readers' Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.
"This year's Readers' Choice Awards program had a record number of nominations submitted across dozens of categories and featured hundreds of finalists," said Margot Weiss, managing editor, About.com. "We are thankful to all our readers for their participation and congratulate the island of Curacao on its success."
It’s the perfect time to book a trip to About.com’s Favorite Caribbean Destination this spring through the “Curacao NOW” promotion, with the booking window now extended through April 15, 2012! Travelers can book a trip for themselves plus a guest, and get a $200 instant credit on the booking, as well as a fifth night free plus a host of additional freebies and discounts, with extended travel windows through December, 31 2012! Click here to book: Curacao.com/now.
To learn more about the island of Curacao or request a FREE Curacao information package, please visit Curacao.com or call 1.800.328.7222.
Selected as a ‘Top Destination 2012’ by Frommer’s, one of the ‘Top 21 Places We’re Going in 2011’ by Fodor’s, one of the ‘Hottest Destinations for 2011’ by AOL Travel and one of the ‘Destinations to Watch in 2011’ by SmarterTravel, Curacao is a unique Caribbean island paradise, boasting 35 uncrowded beaches, and an eclectic mix of history and culture. Explore the vibrant, culturally diverse capital city of Willemstad -- a UNESCO World Heritage site -- with its distinctive architecture, museums, monuments and world-class shopping. Indulge in Curacao’s vast selection of flavorful restaurants, with a mix of sophisticated international and tasty local cuisines. Discover Curacao’s abundant natural beauty, pristine dive sites and spectacular snorkeling at secluded beaches -- including Cas Abao Beach, selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Beach Destinations for 2011’ by SmarterTravel. Curacao offers idyllic weather, situated outside of the Hurricane Belt. To learn more about the island of Curacao visit Curacao.com.
SOURCE: Curacao Tourism Board
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Mar 30, 2012 The readers have spoken! Curacao has been selected as travelers’ Favorite Caribbean Destination in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards and the island has its fans and friends to thank for the support! For the full results, click here!
Curacao won the title after the month-long voting closed on March 21, beating fellow finalists Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and the Cayman Islands. The island was the biggest vote-getter in the entire contest, receiving 5,288 total votes from its fans! Readers recognized Curacao for its iconic Dutch flavor, alluring history, charming beaches, dramatic cliffs and much more.