CHRISTMAS ON THE BEACH

If a White Christmas isn’t what you’re dreaming of this year, there are other options. To somewhere warm and welcoming where you can feel sand under your feet rather than puddles under your boots, and sun on your skin rather than drizzle in your face. To a place where you can still have turkey and all the trimmings on December 25 – but a rum cocktail as well. Because this is your vision, and you can shape it as you please.

Avoid the holiday travel rush by scheduling your vacation during the first ten days of December, or book months ahead of time if you plan to visit the popular vacation destinations during the peak times. 60% procent of the christmas period is already booked in June. Most of them book a villa  for two weeks or for a week during the christmas or new years eve. Remember to call ahead and reserve spa treatments, golf tee times and other activities as well.

It may cost you more money but the great experience is priceless.
In fact, there are many fantastic places around the caribbean that offer the chance to spend the holiday on a beautiful stretch of sand – and while, it may be white, you can be sure that in these places, it won’t be cold.
If you do go to the Caribbean be ready to enjoy this period in a different way.

Here are my tips to help you on your way:

– Plan your vacation way ahead
– Pay in advance
– Think outside the box
– Don’t forget to enjoy
– Focus on making memories
– Don’t forget the photo album


Must know Curacao Holidays

If your planning a vacation in Curacao then one of the things you definitely need to know is the different types of Curacao Holidays. In order to get the most out of your Curacao experience. But don’t fear Keycaribe is here! sharing with you the most common celebrated holidays in Curacao.

New Year’s Day Jan 1
After the year ends with a big bang, the first day of the New Year is traditionally a time for family gatherings. (Stores are closed). For several days the streets are littered with the red paper wrappings of thousands of firecrackers.

Carnival Monday Feb 16 Carnival Monday Feb 16
During the eight Carnival weeks Curaçao is turned into one big melting pot of people having fun on and off the streets. It all culminates in the Grand March at Sunday March 6 (Dates are subject to change) and is finished off with the Farewell Grand Parade at Tuesday evening 8 March. Monday, March 7, is an official public holiday.

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Good Friday Apr 3
An official holiday on this largely Catholic island and the beginning of a weeklong spring break for schools. Like all school vacations, expect local beaches to be crowded. Grocery stores and markets do a record sale in fresh and salted fish on the previous days. Spring breath begins for schools, and lasts through the following week.

Easter Sunday
Local children are decked out in their spring finery for the traditional first communion celebrations, which are held between now and Ascension Day. (May 21 May) The Curacao Cultural Ministry organizes a major kite flying competition at the Waaigat Parking area in Punda.

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Easter Monday / Seu Folklore Parade Apr 6
On the Monday after Easter local folklore groups wear traditional costumes and parade through the streets of Punda and Otrobanda, recalling the harvest festival of yesteryear. The groups, which range from young children to older people, play traditional musical instruments as they dance through the streets.

Koningsdag King’s Day Apr 27.
King’s birthday Willem Alexander.There are official celebrations at Fort Amsterdam and a festive atmosphere in Punda.On this day you can sell and buy almost all kind of things on the streets
and almost every store gives good discounts on sales!

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Labor Day May 1
The government of Curaçao and labor unions organize special activities.

Ascension Day May 14
A popular time for first communion celebrations.

Flag Day Jul 2 Flag Day Jul 2. Dag van de Vlag
Celebrated with official ceremonies and cultural events at Plaza Brion and the Village of Barber.

Curaçao Day Oct 10. Dag Van Het Land Curaçao
Is an official non- working public holiday to commemorate the first anniversary of the date when Curaçao gained autonomous country status. As per the aforementioned Curaçao government announcement, October 10 will be an annual non-working public holiday, called “Curaçao Day”, from this year onward.

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Special Curaçao Holidays
St. Nicolas Day Dec 5 St. Nicolas Day Dec 5 Or Sinterklaas
Children carefully set out their shoes on the eve, filled with grass for St. Nic`s horse. Those who have been good receive a gift, those who haven`t are afraid a “Zwarte Piet” will carry them back to Spain in a Sack. Local schools participate fully in the festivities look for jeeps full of Piets in black face driving around residential areas throughout the week. It may surprise you to see local businesses decorated with caricatures of black face Piet.

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Fuik Day Or Fuik Dag
Is a Curaçao’s yearly recurring boat party in Fuik Bay on the first Sunday of the year with boats, booze and DJ’s.
Since 2011 big DJ’s like Chuckie, Afrojack and others have played there, but who’s coming this year… On the first Sunday of the year (or the second if it’s bad timing) everything that floats comes to Fuik Bay for one big party on the water. Bring your inflatables and lots of booze because this is one big BYOB party on the water.

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Benefit of choosing a vacation rental

Experience the Benefits of Vacation Rentals
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Vacation rentals are becoming more and more popular among traveler looking for an experience far more different than the ordinary hotel stay, Thanks to the many benefits they bring like space, savings and authenticity. rentals do provide a more authentic and “local” experience than regular hotels, giving the traveler the ability to cook their own meals, shop at the local market, and mingle with real-life locals within the rental neighbourhood. besides the different facilities their are also perfect because the choices are endless. acation rentals come in a large variety of shapes and sizes to fit a variety of travel needs, with options ranging from condos and cabins to beach homes and villas.

Now if the above stil doesn’t persuade you enough to choose for a vacation rental? Keycaribe gives you a few reasons for why vacation rentals are the BEST option for you.

Rentals save you money

Among the benefits that you as a traveler may favor, studies show that 62% of travelers choose vacation rentals for the value they offer. The average price per bedroom per day of a vacation rental usually is approximately $ 30 lower than the average price for a hotel room, giving you more money in your pocket for other travel expenses. While the average square footage of a hotel room is 325, vacation rentals average 1,850.

There is room for everyone

When exploring the benefits,vacation rentals offer multiple bedrooms, which make them a leading option for families and larger groups of people looking to share vacation costs. having multiple bedrooms allows everyone to spread out while vacationing together. Having more room also helps alleviate one of the top-cited annoyances of family getaways: not enough quiet time for parents. Thanks to the extra space vacation rentals offer, two times as many vacation rental guests travel in groups as compared to hotel guests.

in Home amenities

a fully equipped kitchen is one Of the many benefits vacation rentals offer, having a kitchen allows travellers to cut costs by making some meals at home. Another benefit of having vacation rentals is having an in unit wash dryer. a majority of travellers choose vacation rentals for the home-like amenities, such as in-unit washers/dryers, which can add convenience and help guests cut down on luggage.

Experience the local life

authentic local experience Vacation rentals give guests a true feel for what it’s like to live like a local. What better way to experience a destination than by staying in a local vacation rental property?

Choices are endless

the best benefit of choosing for a vacation rentals is that their are different rental types to fit your needs From condos, private homes, cabins and villas to houseboats, tents, caravans and castles. Keycaribe offers many different vacation rentals in the Caribbean in island such ass Curacao,Aruba,St. Maarten, Antigua and more.


10 Reasons why YOU Really Do Need A Vacation Rental Manager

Why should you choose for a vacation rental manager?

Many simply don’t understand the hard work that goes into managing a vacation rental and underestimate the time they will spend on marketing, accounting, property management, customer service and more.
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Making the decision to choose for a vacation rental manager can be hard, we know. trusting someone with such a big investment is a big decision. you’re not only trusting someone with your dream home but the home where you vacation to, so here’s a list of reasons why hiring a rental professional for your vacation home is the best decision.

1 PROXIMITY can make all the difference. Knowing what roads are closed for repair, what the weather is going to do, or just being able to check in on your precious investment to make sure all is well takes being near your rental. Having a vacation rental manager makes it easier for you as a home owner to continue with other responsibilities while knowing your property is well taken care of.

2 ONLINE BOOKING The internet has taken a turn for the more mobile friendly options in recent years. With 15% of all vacation rental guests shopping for and booking a rental online, it is easy to see why having your rental featured on a trusted site that books online is essential in our on the go world. keycaribe’s can take care of all your bookings and reservations.

3 MARKETING Most rental management professionals value a strong marketing presence and use many different media’s to market your properties to a whole new generation of renters, giving you the advantage of staying connected to renters, both new and returning.

4 RENTAL CALENDAR face it: One of the most challenging parts of having a vacation rental can be filling your rental calendar in the off seasons. Rental managers are like calendar fairies, they keep your rental priced competitively and will help you get the word out about your spectacular home!

5 LEGAL PROTECTION Keeping up with legal requirements for vacation rentals can be difficult, with a rental manager all that work is done for you and you get current updates on management laws and a report of all your home’s income for the year.

6 RENTERS one of the most difficult part of renting a vacation home can be dealing with renters. Things can go wrong in a minute for a renter and you do not want to be the one on the receiving end of those 2 a.m. phone calls. Rental managers can offer a safe place for feed back to be given and help take care of renters concerns in a timely manner. face it as a home owner you already have a job. Your rental should be as relaxing for you as it is for your guests. Why not let the professionals do the work for you?

7 EXTRAS guests are more likely to associate key experiences with vacation rental professionals vs. individual owners, such as: services (daily maid service, concierge, dining), customer service, safety and security, activities, services for children, and modern amenities.

8 BRANDING When you rent your home through a professional rental manager they more than likely already have a following of customers they work with. they have people ready to rent from you just because you’re with them. No searching for people and hoping it works.

9 GUEST EXPERIENCE When it comes down to it, vacations are made and broken in the smallest of details and rental managers know what these little things are. They have resources that will help guests outline a perfect vacation.

10 PROFESSIONALISM most travelers choose to go with a rental manager because they are viewed as hospitality professionals, and are more apt to provide the protections, standards and services families have come to expect (i.e. professionally cleaned properties, secure reservation systems, an emergency contact 24/7, concierge services, travel insurance, travel packages & deals, etc.)

Now that your totally convinced that hiring a vacation rental is for you ! contact us through info@keycaribe.com and let us give you the luxury of time