Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

The 7th edition of Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ) took place on September 1, 2, and 3, 2016

As the opinions are divided how great this edition was doesn’t matter. Curacao had a lot of fun with artists like Chris Brown,Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Betty Wright, Level 42 and the Cuban Affair on Friday

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Al lot of tourist came from all over the world and a lot of them booked with Key Caribe. It was a fun but really busy week with all the vacation villa’s and hotels on Curacao fully booked due to Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.
Al lot of customers that booked their vacation villa with Key Caribe booked their rental car with Curva Car rentals.

As always this event gave the tourism of Curacao a real boost and showed how great the Caribbean can be if we had more of these events during the year. With all respect of course for events like Sulegria, Fuikdag, Amenisia and Full Moon party but they are mainly based on the dance scene. CNSJ has a variety of music genres and doesn’t only bring great artists to Curacao but also brings the spotlight for a week on an island that is fairly new to tourism.

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Everybody knows about Sint Maarten for the luxury and Aruba for the nice beaches but Curacao also has so much more to offer. Curacao has a lot to learn when it comes to service and hospitality but with the experience of the other islands of the Dutch Antilles they will get there.
As the week started you could feel the tension rising for the event. Hato airport was busy and the streets of curacao where really full with traffic jams.
All the radio stations where talking about the artists and had games to win tickets for the event. You could here all the songs by the artist and start enjoying yourself in the car waiting for the artists to arrive on Curacao and perform the songs live.

Thursday was the kick off for the event. This day was a free event and 10000 local persons and a lot of companies on Curacao received a ticket.
The persons that bought a ticket for the whole event also got a ticket for the free concert on Thursday.

The show started with Kassav.
They started it with so much energy nobody could stand still. Everybody was dancing and singing along with their famous songs. By bringing their favorite carnival music with a modern twist, influenced by, among others, rock, this zouk genre touched everybody on the Caribbean.

After Kassav the fun wasn’t over. I took a short break and went to the food stands that offer local cuisine, fried plantin, stewed beef but also simple food like hamburgers, chicken skewers and hotdogs. Then Juan Luis Guerra came and conquered the evening with his famous songs for the third time on Curacao.

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Chris Brown had all the young people dancing to his songs on Friday and Lenny Kravitz rocked the stage on Saturday. But what many considered the best act was Michael Bolton. He gave a tremendous show on Saturday. People were swarming to the stage and there were so many people still coming in that they had to close the doors and other stayed outside the hall watching the screens and singing along. In my opinion he gave the best show out of the whole weekend.

Every year in August/ September CNSJ takes place and we will be there again next year, enjoying all styles of music, the island and the great atmosphere. I advise you to come down to and enjoy music the Curacao way.


St. Martin Heineken Regatta

Breathtaking, romantic, soothing, serene, relaxing..

These are the words that come to mind at the mention of Sint Maarten (pronounced Cint Marteen). If you’re looking for an ocean-side paradise with stunning views, rich culture, fabulous weather and incredible food, you’ve found it. With miles of glistening beaches and warm, crystal clear, torquoise water, Sint Maarten is a spectacle of its own.

If you’re a history buff, marvel at the colonial architecture as you saunter along the cobble stone streets or take in the stone forts that guard the coastline and enjoy a cocktail as you watch the sun arc across the sky.

If you’re an adventurer, you have unlimited options to explore from scuba diving and surfing to wakeboarding, 4-wheeling, hiking and zip-lining across the majestic landside. You can charter a boat and go marlin fishing or grab a glass-bottomed kayak and spend an afternoon swimmimg and watching tropical fish. St Maarten is a watersports afficiondo’s heaven with hundreds of possible activities including jet-skiing, kayaking, fishing, hang-gliding and kite-boarding.

Or perhaps, you’re more of a sailor and prefer the adreneline rush of cresting over giant waves, the gale at your back, the spray of the waves, warm water lapping at your cheeks. If that’s the case, you won’t want to miss the 36th Heineken Regatta, taking place next month, March 3rd to 6th. This spectacular event combines sailboat racing with intense celebration and is considered by many the largest regatta in the Caribbean.

So far there are some 120 boats registered with over 2000 sailors competing across four courses. According to the event director, registration will continue until just before the races and they expect a showing of some 200 boats in all. Last year, the event attracted captains from some 36 different countries and was incredible, this year will be absolutely amazing.

If you have a boat and you want to get in on the action, its not too late. If you can’t bring your boat in time, don’t fret, there’s still chance to register as part of the crew of a head boat. This late in the game you probably won’t get a spot on Scarlet Oyster, last year’s Regatta class winner, but there are many more options. For more info on getting into a head boat, check out http://www.heinekenregatta.com/boats_for_charter.php

Equally as exciting as the racing itself are the partes afterwards. Well known for their excesses, and lasting well into the night, the parties inlcude nightly concerts with many thousands of people. Past acts have included the super-popular hit band, the Black Eyed Peas. In fact, last year, Kool and the Gang showed up and upstaged everyone.

This beautiful island paradise is actually a merge of two distinct cultures, the Dutch colony Sint Maarten, inhabiting one half of the island and the French colony, Saint Martin, along the other, both of which share rich history in their fight for control of the island. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy the merge of French, Dutch and Caribbean culture, music and food – in fact, some say it is the culinary capital of the Caribbean – a place for gourmets to satiate their palates with a fusion of Caribbean and European flavors.

This incredible islalnd also has several Vegas-style casinos and there are hundreds of restaurants, clubs and discos to get your groove on and there are several boutique malls for high-end shopping and duty-free merchandise. Whether you’re coming to relax or explore or be to be adventurous or to enjoy the Regatta and its parties, St Maarten is where you want to be. It’s unimaginable. It’s paradise.

If you haven’t already booked a place to stay this year, don’t worry – we still have a few fabulous villas available. Remember that Key Caribe is your first-class travel team. When you call us, our professional travel planner will work with you to choose all the options that suit your needs. She’ll dedicate an expert concierge to you so that when you arrive at the island, a friendly face will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and stay close throughout your entire trip. You won’t need to lift a finger..

Give us a call now and experience luxury like never before.


Luxury Villa Rentals in the Caribbean

Villa rentals Caribbean is all you need if you are looking for a perfect place for accommodation while you are enjoying your vacation in some of the top Caribbean islands destination. Caribbean islands such as Sint Maarten, Aruba and Curacao are indeed the top option if you are looking for a paradise-like destination.

Island hopping in the Caribbean

Many vacationers and tourist prefers Caribbean because it is not just a top spot for sunbathing as it boast with some of the most sparkling and attractive beaches in the world but also the unique culture of each and every island scattered all over the Caribbean sea. That is why island hopping is just one of the top activities that a visitor must not forget to do while on vacation with loved ones. Caribbean is indeed the best destination for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

When planning your vacation in Caribbean, the place of accommodation is one important factor that you must not forget. Of course as you look forward to experience the uniqueness and beauty of the Caribbean, it is equally important too for you to be able to look for the best place for you to rest after long days of discovering the splendor of these .

Villa rentals Caribbean is perhaps the best choice for a place of accommodation. This is because you will have a place that you can call a home away from home. If you are looking for a fully furnished villa then luxury villa rentals in the Caribbean is all you need. These places of accommodation are jam-packed with some of the best amenities and facilities that money can buy.

As there are several accommodation providers in Caribbean, choosing can sometimes be daunting especially the fact that there are several companies that promises that they are offering the top notch services.

Good thing KeyCaribe is here to provide you with all your needs when it comes to a comfortable accommodation while you are in any Caribbean island. At KeyCaribe, the company offers the best access to some of the top locations in the Caribbean wherein the clients will able to experience the finest amenities, made-to-order activities as well as services that are personalized.

KeyCaribe makes sure that every client will able to have the best experience when it comes to amenities that the client will need. When you choose KeyCaribe as your premier provider for a luxury villas expect that you can get the best service 24/7.

Luxury Villas from Keycaribe

The luxury villas from KeyCaribe are top notch, wherein the company makes sure that when the client arrives to their destination is they can easily feel at home while enjoying the magnificence of the Caribbean island.

Aside from the premier luxury rentals, the company also offers couple rentals for couples of newlyweds who are looking for a romantic getaway. Family rentals are also being provided especially if the trip is for the entire family. Caribbean villa rentals on the beach with KeyCaribe is indeed the best choice because aside from the luxury and beauty of the place expect also for an affordable Caribbean villa rentals as well. There’s nothing you can ask for if you choose KeyCaribe.


Must Try Curacao cuisine

To become familiar with a country is to dine on its local specialties. Curacao’s cuisine is quit diverse and food has become the way of the land since it is as diverse as the many ethnicities and languages of its people. From upscale restaurants to street food stalls, there is something to appease any gourmet; especially these five dishes, that have made a delicious statement throughout the island. Just about every taste of Curacao is a testament of its eventful past, with flavors so rich you’ll be saying “dushi” (local term for sweet) with every bite.

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Kadushi (Cactus Soup)
From Curacao’s lush hills to its coastal cliffs, cacti can be seen just about everywhere on the island thanks to its arid temperatures. Along with the island’s wildlife, people have also relied on the prickly plant for its natural resources, which can still be traced here even to this very day in dishes like kadushi, well-known as cactus soup.
Traditionally providing a source of energy, the spines are removed, and the cactus is skinned, and sliced in order to reach the meat that is located inside of the plant. Once the meat is boiled in a broth, traditionally “palu di lele” (kitchen utensils made from tree branches) are used to stir the soup. Although green in color and slimy in texture, eating kadushi is an ideal way to familiarize your taste buds to Curacao’s culture, especially at the Marsche Bieuw (The Old Market) in Willemstad.

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Guiambo (Okra Soup)
Another dish normally served at The Old Market is guiambo, commonly known as okra soup. Also slimy in nature, the okra is stewed to perfection and mixed with seafood to give it the ultimate taste. Like most soups, it is best consumed with a spoon, although the gooey texture of the dish typically makes it stick to the spoon, which makes it a bit of a challenge to eat.
Nevertheless, once you’ve sunken your teeth into this hearty meal, the gooeyness of guiambo is outweighed by the flavor of the seafood and the okra. And like many soups of the Caribbean, it is customarily eaten as an entrée instead of as an appetizer.

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Ayaka
Just in time for the holidays, ayaka is a Curacaoan specialty that makes an annual appearance during the season of Christmas. You’ll find it neatly concealed in a green leaf of either plantain or banana, and unwrapping is required in order to savor the golden cornmeal treat filled with a variety of stewed meats usually consisting of chicken, beef, or pork.
Ayaka can be found in restaurants and markets across the island, making the pursuit of unwrapping this dish just as exciting as opening a gift during the holidays; particularly because of the savory goodness that is cooked up inside.

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Red Snapper
It is quite hard to resist the temptation of fish in Curacao, especially since specialties like red snapper, which is deemed a national dish, can be found on almost every menu.
That’s why this local favorite is worth a try. In restaurants like Grill King in Willemstad, chefs are masters at whipping up the traditional treat with a side of French fries, plantains, or funchi to make the Curacaoan staple complete.

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Sult
Pig’s ear or feet for that matter may sound like a dish for the adventurous foodie, but you might be pleasantly surprised since many of Curacao’s natives can’t get enough of this beloved dish. Locally known as sult, it is thinly sliced and drenched in a vinegar-flavored liquid in order to absorb the onion and other spices incorporated into the recipe.
If you’re thinking about taking your palate on a wild culinary journey, hotels like the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino have the right ingredients to make your appetite crave more of this unique spin on pork.

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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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The beautiful Juliana bridge

The Curacao Queen Juliana Bridge

The Queen Juliana Bridge is a four-lane road arch bridge crossing the St. Anna Bay in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao (reaching a height of 56.4 m (185 ft.) It is the highest bridge in the entire Caribbean. The bridge is 500 m (1,400 ft.) long and weighs a total of 3,400 tons, it was opened in 1974 and named after Queen Juliana (1948–1980) who at that time was the reigning queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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The juliana bridge was built to relieve a nearby century-old swinging pontoon bridge which was the only way through the center of the capital, and which had to swung open to make way for ship traffic several times as day. Its height was carefully planned to allow any ship in the world of that era to sail underneath and enter Willemstad’s commercial harbor.

Its construction began in 1960’s, starting on the Eastern shore. In 1967, just as the last section of the first half was being built, the entire bridge collapsed into the water killing sixteen workers. The cause of the accident was never determined: some say it was metal fatigue, however many suspect frauds were involved with the Dutch subsidized funds in an attempt to build a cheaper bridge. Construction started once again two months later, this time starting from the Western shore.

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The Juliana Bridge is ment for road traffic only as the wind and motion of the structure would make pedestrian or bicycle traffic far too dangerous. The view from its apex includes the entire panorama of the city and is one of the highest points on the island.

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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.