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Direct flights from Dallas

Discussion in 'General Travel & Vacation Discussions' started by scubadiver888, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. scubadiver888

    scubadiver888 Divemaster

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    Thanks again diversteve. Always wanted to do Grand Cayman. I'll start looking at one-stop as well as direct. I picked Barbados just because I found a hotel on the beach within walking distance to a dive shop when searching Hotel Rooms | Find Your Perfect Hotel Room with Marriott.
     
  2. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    One more and I'm done...another option: Curacao. IMO the diving there is equal to or slightly better than Bonaire. And easier to get to on American - we flew thru DFW to go there. CuraƧao , a unique Caribbean island paradise

    One stop on AA in MIA for you - 7+hrs. total. Pricier flight but you don't care...:D

    There's a Marriott in Piscadera Bay. It's almost due south of the airport so a cab ride shouldn't be too expensive - maybe $25-30?

    The grounds are very nice, pools, pool bar, etc. and there's a shore dive right there. Also a couple of restaurants, several bars, and a small casino. I liked their bar up on top so much I went there twice - the resort is on top of a cliff and drops down to the beach level. Caribbean Sea Sports is on-site for boat dives.

    Another option for escorted shore dives is the Dive Bus - they'll pick you up and go to the better dive sites. Mark and Suzy own it and get recommended here often, I've met Suzy - she's very energetic. Our schedules didn't mesh or we'd have dove with them. As it was she spent 20mins. showing us where to go on a map after we'd figured that out...

    Curacao Hotels | Marriott Curacao Beach Resort & Emerald Casino | Piscadera Bay
    Caribbean Sea Sports Curacao - Home
    Welcome to the Dive Bus

    A third possibility for diving would be Diveversity - they have two nearby locations. One at Pirate Bay that you could easily walk to and another about two miles away at Blue Bay - which is a good wall shore dive. IDK much about them. DiveVersity at Piscadera | DiveVersity Dive Centers

    For other things to do downtown Willemstad is 2 miles south - just south of where it says Cruise Ship mooring. There's also a few restaurants in PBay within walking distance of the Marriott - and the beach bar - Pirate Bay - just north of the Hilton. We stay across the street in condos so I know the area. It's far enough away so there's no cruise traffic and quieter at night. There is a convention center there but it didn't seem to be used much the 10 days we were there - only saw cars in the lot one day. Pirate Bay Curacao | Beach Club Curacao | Hooks Hut Curacao (former) There's also the Sea Aquarium - sort of a small version of SeaWorld about 5mins. south of downtown. Ocean Encounters has a shop there and they do the Dolphin Dives a few minutes away on the reef. Open Water Dolphin Dive | Ocean Encounters Diving Curacao

    Since I have it all in Google Earth - here's an overhead shot of the area.

    curacao.jpg
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014
  3. Vindobona

    Vindobona Photographer

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  4. scubadiver888

    scubadiver888 Divemaster

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    Nice! Thanks Vindobona. That is a neat Wikipedia page.
     
  5. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Contributor

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    The Marriott on Curacao will lend itself to better diving than Barbados.
     
  6. scubadiver888

    scubadiver888 Divemaster

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    Thanks DeputyDan,

    I've been diving in Barbados and Curacao. I would agree there is better diving in Curacao than Barbados. However there is no direct flight from Dallas and I'd have to lose a work day to get there at a reasonable time.

    Now if I decide to spent a week or more somewhere I might consider Curacao.
     

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