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Curacao Ends More Coronavirus Restrictions—And Celebrates With Free Hotel Nights

The Caribbean island of Curaçao lifted the last of its on-island coronavirus restrictions this week—just in time for the busy summer travel season. The destination is now welcoming visitors back with an island-wide promotion for free hotel rooms on upcoming trips.

Now through June 29, you can book three nights and get a fourth night free at certain hotels throughout the destination for stays between June 19 and October 30, 2021. That gives you even more time (and room in your budget) to spend lounging on Curaçao’s breathtaking beaches, diving to 65-plus diverse sites (including shipwrecks), trekking its hiking trails, strolling streets lined with the famous candy-colored houses, and experiencing the island’s rich cultural heritage. 

Since the island is on the outer edges of the Hurricane Belt, it offers reliably good weather all the time (even during the summer and fall), making this an offer worth taking advantage of. Expect short, isolated showers, followed by plenty of sunshine and perpetual 84 degree temperatures now through late October.

Here are the hotels participating Curaçao’s new promotion:

All members of the Curaçao Apartments and Small Hotels Association (CASHA) are also participating, giving travelers additional options for more intimate accommodations. 

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The promotion is in celebration of Curaçao lifting more coronavirus restrictions. While the island has been open to international travelers since Jan. 1, 2021, it recently ended its curfew and lifted capacity limitations at hotels and attractions. What’s more, vaccination efforts on the island have helped it reach a record-low coronavirus positivity rate of 0.15% over the last three weeks—an achievement worth celebrating in its own right.

“Having gone through a difficult 2020, the hospitality and tourism industry is now making an aggressive comeback and travelers are eager to get away this summer,” Paul Pennicook, chief executive officer of the Curaçao Tourist Board, said in a press release on June 9. “Over the last 14 days, Curaçao has only seen 10 positive cases per 100,000 people. With an even bigger desire to serve our visitors, paired with new hotel deals and immersive outdoor adventures, Curaçao is primed for travelers to create meaningful experiences this season.”

While Curaçao has loosened up its pandemic restrictions substantially, it’s still enforcing entry requirements to keep locals and visitors safe. Travelers visiting Curaçao still need to complete a pre-departure paperwork (including a digital immigration card), get a COVID-19 test and upload negative results before travel, and arrange to get an antigen test on the island on the third day of their trip. Government officials are talking with doctors about amending this policy, though, so keep an eye out for updates on the Curaçao Tourist Board’s travel advisory page

With its “live and let live” attitude, restriction-free Curaçao makes for a fantastic first destination to visit after more than a year of lockdowns. The island’s friendly locals, stunning scenery, and renowned hotels will put you in vacation mode in no time.

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