Curacao creates plans for Afro-Caribbean Heritage Month

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- To coincide with the celebration of Afro-Caribbean Heritage Month in August, the Curacao Tourist Board created three-night packages.

A view of Willemstad, capital of Curacao. 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

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