24 days in Curacao, Aruba & Venezuela Itinerary

24 days in Curacao, Aruba & Venezuela Itinerary

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24 days in Curacao, Aruba & Venezuela Itinerary

Start: Auckland Central, New Zealand
Fly:  33​h
1
Willemstad, Curacao
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Oranjestad, Aruba
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Caracas, Venezuela
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  30​h
End: Auckland Central, New Zealand


6
nights
Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad ©
Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Step out of Willemstad with an excursion to Church of Sint Willibrordus in Sint Willibrordus--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Kenepa Beach, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Handelskade.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Willemstad itinerary maker .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Willemstad is an approximately 33-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Willemstad due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland Central in May, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Willemstad: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Willemstad

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Curacao, Church of Sint Willibrordus
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Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge ©
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cas Abao Beach ©
Cas Abao Beach

6
nights
Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oranjestad: Baby Beach (in San Nicolas) and California Lighthouse (in Noord). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, and relax in the rural setting at Aruba Ostrich Farm.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Oranjestad travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Willemstad to Oranjestad in 2 hours. In May in Oranjestad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm - Eagle Beach, Noord, Santa Cruz, Baby Beach, Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations
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Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
California Lighthouse ©
California Lighthouse

4
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Caracas is known for museums, parks, nightlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Kama - Kama Meru, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caribe, wander the streets of Plaza de Altamira, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Caracas trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oranjestad to Caracas in 2 hours. Traveling from Oranjestad in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Caracas, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Playa Caribe
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Salto Kama - Kama Meru ©
Salto Kama - Kama Meru
Quebrada de Jaspe ©
Quebrada de Jaspe
Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls

4
nights
Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island ©
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa El Yaque, head off the coast to Isla Coche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Virgen del Valle, and stroll through La Playa El Agua.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Margarita Island road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Caracas to Margarita Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Caracas in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Margarita Island, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Coche Beach
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Playa el Yaque ©
Playa el Yaque
Laguna de la Restinga ©
Laguna de la Restinga
Fortín La Galera
Fortín La Galera

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