WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- To coincide with the celebration of
Afro-Caribbean Heritage Month in August, the Curacao Tourist Board
created three-night packages.
The plans, with departures on Thursdays, include roundtrip air on
American Airlines, accommodations at the Princess Beach Resort
& Casino, hotel tax and service charges, transfers and heritage
and cultural tours. Other components include a Discover Curacao Now
card and a $50 food-and-beverage credit.
Rates start at $729 per person, double, from Miami; $769 from
New York (Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark); $810 from Baltimore, and
$814 from Philadelphia and Atlanta. Packages are available from
other U.S. gateways and can be booked through Alken Tours at (800)
221-6686 or Black Diamond Summit Tours at (800) 551-1213.
Curacao's celebration includes a two-day excursion that
highlights the island's African heritage. On Fridays, the tour
explores the eastern side of the island, and on Saturdays, it
explores the western portion. Travelers will head to Tula Monument
at Rif, which commemorates the leader of the slave rebellion of
1795; Hofi Pachi, which re-creates the former living and working
conditions of slaves on plantations, and Hato Carves, where slaves
fled to escape their mas-ters.
Other sites include plantation homes and Museum Kura Hulanda,
which is on the site of a former slave yard. An evening will be
spent at Den Paradera Herb and Botanical Garden for storytelling,
folkloric music and dance presentations.
The tour also can be purchased separately on the island for $70
per adult. The price is $35 for children age 12 and younger. The
price includes transportation, the services of a guide, entrance
fees, a welcome drink and a meal featuring Creole cuisine.
Curacao Tourist Board
Phone: (212) 683-7660