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JAN-FEB 2018

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64 slmag.net Upscale beachgoers congregate at Jan iel Beach, which offers four beachfront restaurants, beach tennis, scuba outfitters, shopping, and a lively nightlife scene (janthielbeach.com). Further afoot on the undeveloped western windward coast are the picturesque Grote Knip and smaller Klein Knip public beaches. Popular with locals, children often line the rocky cliffs that protect the coves, goading one another to take the plunge into the azure waters. ere are scores of other beaches dotting the island, varying in terrain, size and available facilities, allowing you to spend a day scouting out your favorite. Also located on the island's western side (about 40 minutes from Willemstad) is Christoffel Park, Curaçao's largest national park (christoffelpark.org). Created by the government's purchase of three former plantations, the site is home to wild orchids and other plant and animal species (such as the endangered Curaçao white- tailed deer) rarely seen elsewhere on the island. There are eight hiking trails, including one that leads to the summit of Christoffel Mountain. Topping out at 1,230 feet, it is the island's highest point (allow a minimum of two hours and bring plenty of water). Adjoining Christoffel Park, Shete Boka National Park (shetebokapark.org) is named for the dramatic coves sculpted in the limestone by the pounding surf along this six-mile stretch of rugged coastline. Hiking along the trail that follows the cliff line from Boka Tabla to Boka Pistol, the rocky landscape feels almost lunar, with the exception of powerful waves that make a thundering sound as they continue their work. ere are various access points to explore caves and quiet inlets, the latter serving as sea-turtle nesting grounds. After you've worked up an appetite, Karakter Restaurant in the Coral Estates neighborhood (karaktercuracao.com), Landhuis Daniel, located in one of the oldest plantation houses of Curaçao (landhuisdaniel.com), and Jaanchies Restaurant (in operation for 60 years and the best place to try iguana), are all worthwhile stops for lunch or dinner. My stay on Curaçao was unlike any other island sojourn in recent memory. From the polished perfection of a private toes-in- the-sand dinner at Baoase, to sharing the sea and sand with locals at primitive Jeremi beach, our dedication to leaving no shell unturned allowed us to experience much of what the island has to offer. sl Beach butler at Baoase Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant Shete Boka National Park

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