“JUMP UP” into Curaçao Carnival 2006

For the first time ever vacationers can join the Grand Parade and enjoy the Carnival festivities like a local

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – Vacationers can escape the snow and sleet this winter and enjoy paradise while experiencing and celebrating decades of tradition and culture during Curaçao’s 2006 Carnival season. This year, for the first time ever, spectators now have a chance to take part in Carnival by joining the season’s highlight, the Grand Parade.

During Curaçao’s 2006 Carnival season, which opens January 6 and continues through February 28, vacationers will enjoy special hotel packages, parades, floats, and one of the most lively and flamboyant celebrations in the Caribbean. Carnival celebrations reach their height during the Grand Carnival Week, February 19-26, during which time Curaçao visitors will have a chance to participate in the Grand Parade.

The Grand Parade, held on February 26, is the largest parade of the season complete with street parties. Information and details regarding costumes and cost of participation are available at:

Carnival 2006 highlights include an eight-week whirlwind of festivities:

Carnival Jump -Ups, weekend street dances and parties (Feb. 4 – Feb. 18)

Tumba Festival, a music competition that determines the official Carnival song (Jan. 30 – Feb.3)

Carnival Warm-Up Parade & Party in Willemstad, the parade will make its way to Willemstad, the ultimate Carnival party town, with brass bands and tumba music (Feb. 23)

Carnival Parade at Banda Bou, a full day of revelry in the streets (Feb. 25)

Grand Carnival Parade, considered the “tour de force” of the season with non-stop street parties all day long (Feb. 26)

Rei Momo, the burning of King Momo, a symbol for infertility, sins, and bad luck, this straw-filled king is burned in a spectacular ritual at the end of the Farewell Grand Parade complete with fireworks (Feb. 28)

During this Carnival season, Curaçao hotels are offering guests the following special packages:

Curacao Marriott

The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino is offering a special Carnival Celebrations Package to guests from February 1 – February 28, 2006. This special Carnival package includes ocean view accommodations, a complimentary welcome cocktail, daily breakfast and casino credits. This package, starting at $249 per night, is based on double occupancy. For more information and reservations, call 888-PARADISE or visit and request plan code XFSC.

Hilton Curaçao

This January and February, the Hilton Curaçao is offering a special Bed & Breakfast Package to help guests celebrate Carnival. This special package includes accommodations, full American breakfast for two, welcome drink on arrival, Casino coupon, free access to Livingwell Health Club and sauna/steam room, and complimentary scheduled shuttle service to downtown. This rate is based on double occupancy and is offered for $230.00 per night. For more information and reservations, visit or call 1-877-GO-HILTON and request plan code BB*.

Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino

Hotel Kura Hulanda is offering a special Carnival Package to guests from January 15- February 28, 2006. This package includes 3 nights accommodations in a room of your choice, welcome drinks at Jacob’s Bar, welcome gift from Museum Kura Hulanda, Jazz CD from local musicians and dinner at Jaipur Indian Restaurant on the night of your choice. Unlimited use of the fitness facility, complimentary chaise lounges, complimentary transportation to Kura Hulanda Beach Club and complimentary scheduled transportation to the hotel’s sister property – Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club – located on the most Western point of the Island, are also included. The package rate for a 3-night stay starts at $750 with additional nights offered for $240 per night. Rates are per room and based on double occupancy. All taxes and service charges are included. To find out more information or to make reservations, call 877-264-3106, visit or e-mail [email protected].

Curaçao, located outside of the hurricane belt, boasts an eclectic mix of history and culture, which creates a Caribbean experience like no other. Also known for its eco-tourism and pristine diving conditions, Curaçao attracts the adventure traveler as well as those looking to unwind and enjoy its perfect climate. Visitors to Curaçao will enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, casinos and much more. American Airlines offer daily flights into Curaçao through Miami.

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