Curacao’s Namesake Liqueur Has a Long History

Blue Curacao cocktail

Curacao is a famous alcoholic beverage that boasts of a rich and interesting history. The drink originates right here on the island of Curacao, and has the charms of both the Old World and New World.

Curacao Island, the source of the name and place of origin of the beverage, was discovered for Europe in 1499 by Spanish colonizers. Upon occupation, they planned for agricultural development of the island. The colonizers brought with them several plants to cultivate and the Valencia oranges were part of the voyage. However, the arid climatic conditions and the sizzling sun did not allow the oranges to grow as expected in the Caribbean island. Instead, the juicy fruit turned to be a bitter and inedible product prompting them to abandon them. Eventually, the oranges turned to be wild.

In the 19th century, some adventurous individuals discovered that the peels of the orange contained significant aromatic oils and a flavorful fragrance once they were completely dried by the sun. One of the island’s oldest families decided to make liqueur using the peels of the Valencia oranges known as larahas to differentiate them from the Spanish relatives. This actually gave birth to the Curacao liqueur.

The drink gained massive popularity and this compelled other different producers to delve into its production while marketing their own versions. However, not all of the new versions were made from the peels of the laraha. Alcohol volume ranges from 15-40% thus giving a wide choice. Despite the widespread production, it is suggested that the best curacao liqueurs come from distillers in Curacao, as this is the authentic home to the beverage, where it is made with precision as the production process and technique is well mastered.

Curacao is made by simply still steeping dried laraha peels with spices and some sugar. A steeping period is given after which it is allowed to settle so as to remove any sediment. Curacao is a clear color when it’s first produced. Producers then add different colors, bringing about the different varieties available; red, orange, green, blue, and yellow. The drink has a pronounced orange flavor and a pinch of bitterness which is tempered by the sugar. Also, it is used in a variety of mixed drinks.

The simplified process lets you produce your own at home easily and quite cheaply. Just steep dried Laraha peels in vodka along with whole cloves, cinnamon sticks sugar and coriander seed. Steeping should be done in a cool dry place for around five weeks. After this, it should be allowed to sit still so that the sediments can settle. The resulting liqueur is then poured out and taken as desired.

The ease of producing the drink has played a major role in enhancing its popularity around the world despite the fact that not many people understand the actual story behind the refreshing beverage. Different flavors are available and these are determined by the different ingredients that are added during the production.

Certainly, Curacao brought an entire revolution to the beverage market offering a quality drink to the entire world.


Get Your Work Done From The Beach


Many people just come to Curacao to relax on Mambo Beach. But for others, there’s a work component to their trip. But that’s a good thing! It’s great to have the location-independence to be able to work from a tropical island paradise like Curacao, and still get paid. But if you’re considering this career path, you need to make sure that you have a good phone.

According to Office Phone Systems, it’s very helpful to set up a phone system that can forward your calls to any phone number in the world. That way, when you come to Curacao, you can just enter your cell phone number and get your work calls coming straight to you. Or if you have your computer with you, you can have your voicemails emailed to you. This makes it much easier to get your work done, and makes you mobile anywhere in the world.

So which of the many office phone systems out there is the best for this purpose? Grasshopper, according to the reviews that we’ve seen on Grasshopper lets you set up your phone system to forward your calls to your personal cell phone, and lets you place calls from that cell phone as though they were coming from your Grasshopper phone number. This is especially useful if you’re out of your home country, in a place like Curacao. Grasshopper is my preferred IP phone for when I’m traveling.

In addition to having a good phone system, you probably also need a good virtual private network (VPN). VPNs are the lifeblood of employees who are often out of their home country. Having a good VPN in place will enable you to access the internet from any public location in a secure location. And to boot, it will be a connection from your home country, so you can avoid any security concerns that might be triggered from websites that think you’re an intruder due to your unusual location.

Once you have a good office phone system and a good virtual private network, you’ll have everything you need to be a truly location-independent worker. You can relax on Mambo Beach and get your work done at the same time.


Stay Safe in the Sun

BestWhiteningCreamThinking about heading to Mambo Beach in Curacao to work on your tan? Be careful while you’re out. Curacao is a great place to enjoy the sun, but unsafe tanning can lead to skin cancer, premature aging, and all sorts of other nasty side effects that you don’t want. Fortunately, there are ways to stay relatively safe.

Let’s start with something that many people don’t realize: there’s no such thing as a safe tan. Granted, some methods of tanning are worse than others, but the increased melanin in your skin from tanning is itself a sign of skin damage. The best way to stay safe is to not tan at all. If you don’t have naturally dark skin, don’t worry. Many people actually want to know how to lighten skin. Meladerm reviews indicate that Meladerm actually removes melanin from the skin, so clearly there are lots of people who prefer a more pale look. You can click here for more information about whitening creams such as Meladerm.

If you must tan while you’re on the beach in Curacao, you want to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays as much as possible. Make sure that you’re wearing sunscreen. Some people complain that sunscreen interferes with their tanning, but it’s absolutely necessary or you could get a sunburn. You can use sunscreen instead of sunblock, so that some, but not all, of the UV rays can reach your skin. Make sure that you choose at least an SPF 30 brand, for the best protection of your skin.

According to Allure, a popular website which calls itself “The Beauty Expert,” the best sunscreen on the market is the Anthelios 50 Mineral, from La Roche-Posay. It’s an SPF 50, and it’s sure to protect your skin. Use a brand like this to minimize the risk while you’re soaking up UV rays to get more melanin in your skin.

Another way to minimize skin damage while you’re on the beach is to avoid the peak hours. The sun’s UV rays shine most directly between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, and this is especially true in locations near the Equator, such as Curacao. If you can, it’s better to go to the beach early in the morning or to wait until evening. You’ll still be able to soak up enough rays to help with your tan, but you’ll be less at risk for skin damage.

Mambo Beach is a great place to visit, and you can have a lot of fun here. But make sure that you stay safe. You don’t want to come back from your vacation with skin damage. In order to make sure that you have good memories of your trip to Curacao, make sure that you protect yourself from UV rays.


(Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and this is just intended as a friendly tip, not medical advice.)

Enjoy a Good Night’s Sleep in Curacao

It’s something we all worry too much about: Where do we stay on our vacation? Many newcomers to Curacao realize how many hotels, motels, and hostels there are to choose from, and become worried that they will pick the “wrong” one. But there is no single answer that’s best for everyone. Most travelers to Curacao can be happy at many different hotels, and nearly everyone can find something within their budget range.

Just because Curacao is a resort island doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money for your sleeping accommodation if you don’t want to. Remember, this is your vacation. You shouldn’t stress out about picking the perfect place to stay. In this article, I’m going to tell you my favorite places to stay for every price point.


I remember my first trip to Curacao, over winter break when I was a college student in the United States. At the time, I had almost no money, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from enjoying my first trip to the Caribbean. Many people don’t realize how cheaply they can actually stay in Curacao, if they are willing to do without some of the luxury amenities that are common to the more upscale resorts. Depending on the time of year and which hostel you pick, you can stay in Curacao for as little as $20-40 per night per person. Personally, I’m of the mindset that it doesn’t matter where I sleep, as long as it’s safe and clean. The important thing is how I spend my waking hours when I’m on vacation.

If you share that mindset or if you just don’t have a lot of money to spend, I highly recommend looking into a hostel. There are hostel search engines such as where you just need to enter Curacao as your destination, and it will show you what’s available. Hostels are a highly underrated option, that most travelers just completely ignore or don’t even know about.

Generally speaking, the hostels in Curacao clean them every day, so you need not worry too much about getting a dirty room (but be sure to read the reviews to make sure before you book your stay.) If you are worried about the security of your belongings, you should know that most hostels provide a locker that’s big enough for you to store a suitcase. If you are worried about personal safety, know that each room has a key so that only authorized guests can enter. Additionally, many hostels offer all-female or all-male dorm rooms.

Hostels generally offer barracks-style or dorm-style accommodations. It’s definitely not fancy, but you probably didn’t come to Curacao to spend all your time in a hotel anyway. Enjoy some great restaurants, hit the beaches, and have fun.

One word of advice: If you choose to stay in a hostel and if you snore too much, you should really bring along some anti snoring devices, such as Zquiet or Good Morning Snore Solution. If you learn how to stop snoring before you arrive, your roommates will thank you.


If you want a nicer accommodation than a hostel, but don’t want to spend the money for a luxury resort, you should look into some of the villas on the island. As a resort area, Curacao has some great villas that are cheaper than fancy hotels. You can find a good villa for around $50-60 per night per person.

Some of these villas have a brilliant view of the Caribbean Sea, so they’re perfect for people who like to see the beach from their window. Note that many villas have multiple bedrooms, so this is a good option if you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends. If you’re traveling by yourself, villas may not be the most cost-effective choice for you.

A local company such as Seaside Curacao can help you find a villa that’s within your price range and has the amenities that you want.


I’ll be honest: I don’t have a lot of personal experience with luxury accommodations on Curacao, because I’m a cheapskate when it comes to my travel budget and I don’t spend enough time in my hotel to really enjoy it anyway. Nevertheless, Curacao has a lot of great resorts with every amenity you could possibly want.

One of the most popular choices is the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino. The Marriott here is absolutely beautiful. In addition to having its own casino, it has its own beach resort and several different restaurants where you can get a taste of the cuisine that Curacao has to offer. Locals here eat a lot of seafood, and the Marriott’s Portofino Restaurant does it better than just about anyone else. If you’re staying at the Marriott, you absolutely have to hit the bar at least once and try a curacao, the gold-colored liqueur for which the island is famous.

Depending on the season, rooms at the Marriott generally cost about $150-400 per night. That’s out of my price range, but if you can afford to splurge you can have a great time at the Marriott.

I hope this article has helped to point you in the right direction. If you have any questions for me, or if you’d like some more specific recommendations of places to stay in Curacao, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me using the link at the top of the page.