These days, many active travelers are opting for fun and fitness and improving health and wellness during their holiday instead of lounging around the beach with a tropical cocktail in hand. But that’s no problem on this colorful and eclectic island; Curaçao has lots to do to keep you healthy and happy during your visit and offers some very distinctive options as well!
Unique resort offerings
Most hotels here have well-equipped gyms and maybe even exercise classes like pool aerobics, but a few resorts go that extra distance on the health, wellness and fitness front. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is one of them.
Beyond having state-of-the-art tennis facilities and a world-class seaside golf course, they are located right in front of Tafelberg Mountain (Table Mountain) that provides excellent hiking opps and affords spectacular views. In fact, the plantation covers 2,000 acres of incredible rock formations, hills, valleys, and seascapes, and you can take a guided hike to explore enchanting caves and ancient caverns up close.
There are also miles of biking and jogging trails winding throughout the resort, and guests can take advantage of the clear, placid waters surrounding the beach for great SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) and sea kayaking adventures. Their gym has cutting-edge equipment, and their stunning Atabei Spa also offers retreat packages with mountain biking, yoga, Pilates, and guided hikes. Plus you get to enjoy all the amenities and offerings of stunning Santa Barbara Resort while you learn how to take better care of your body, mind, and spirit. This really is a fitness lover’s oasis.
Baoase Luxury Resort is another escape that provides some unique health and wellness offerings, like their Detox program designed to get you healthier from the inside out. In cooperation with local fitness guru,Tamara Brank, personal trainer and health coach of Baoase Personal Health Club, her Detox Caribbean packages at this stunning resort can span from 3 to 10 days depending on your needs. Healthy food and drink are included as well as yoga, meditation, and more. Nonguests can also purchase day passes for Baoase to experience their outstanding private beach, luxurious surroundings, special programs, spa, and dining.
Gyms, fitness centers, and yoga emporiums
Stand-alone facilities for keeping fit and keeping up with your routine are also available around the island with drop-in classes and day passes for visitors like the Body Beach Wellness Club, Crossfit 5 Triple 9, and the Bodytech Fitness Club.
Hiking, biking, and running
There is superb hiking all around the island, but your best bet are the eight marked hiking trails––with or without a guide––through the wilds of Christoffel National Park. Challenging mountain biking adventures are also available due to the rugged terrain; take a guided tour with CrissCrossCycling, or for more family friendly cycling adventures Wanna Bike Curacao offers tours for all ages.
And Curaçao is also home to the popular annual KLM Marathon, which has grown into an entire family affair since they have teamed up with local hotels to offer ”runcations," and less strenuous options like walks and runs for all ages during their event. Always held during November, the half and full marathons attract participants from over 23 countries each year and bring the entire island out to cheer them on.
On land and sea, it’s easy to have a fit and healthy holiday on this island. For more active adventure ideas, visit the activities section.