It must have been two years ago. M. was having a birthday and we had decided to go to Curacao to celebrate with some scuba diving and general relaxation. That was a long time before we even started thinking about blogging so we had not yet begun to do silly things like making notes of small details or photographing our lunch. As a result, the specific memories are a little blurry, but we did end up with some good photographs.
I was looking through some of these photographs recently with the idea of posting a few on Instagram in observance of World Oceans Day. The pictures brought back so many good memories that I decided to put together a whole blog post about it. Needless to say, the post is a little sketchy on details, but I hope you will enjoy seeing the photographs as much as I did looking through them.
We stayed at the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino because it was right on the beach and we have generally had very good luck staying in Marriott hotels. The stay there was no exception. The staff was friendly and the grounds were kept meticulously tidy and beautiful. They really made some points when they surprised us by bringing a slice of birthday cheesecake to the room on M’s birthday!
My only serious complaint involved the hotel dining. The food was all quite good, but the prices seemed rather steep. Perhaps this was the way they maintained relatively modest room rates.
Another big advantage of the Marriott: it was conveniently located only steps away from the Caribbean Sea Sports dive shop. The Marriott Beach Resort is currently closed for renovation (through 2017), but the Hilton Curacao is also quite close to the dive shop.
All the pictures above were taken by myself except the background photograph in the title picture. That one was taken by a professional underwater photographer that we hired to accompany us on our final dive. Hiring him let us relax and enjoy our last dive while the photographer made a set of souvenir pictures for us to take home.
Update: The three photographs below (and the background image for the cover picture) were taken by Arne from Turtle and Ray Productions in Curaçao. I recommend you contact them if you would like a good photographic souvenir of your dive trip. Their website is turtleandray.com. They have also posted some terrific photos on their Instagram page: @turtleandray. Their phone number is 005 999510 2701. (Thanks to M. for finding this info!)