Jan Thiel Vacations Rentals Curacao Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most frequently ask questions of Jan Thiel Vacations Rentals Curacao. Read it carefully. Jan Thiel Vacations Rentals Curacao is here to answer all your questions. Please just give us a call or E-mail us. You will find all the contact information here below. A nice holiday at Jan Thiel vacations rentals Curacao starts with knowledge of your villa and the environment.
Where is Curacao located?
Curacao is one of the Dutch islands in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, 60 miles/80 kilometers away from the Venezuelan coast. It is located between the other Dutch islands, Bonaire and Aruba. They are known as the ABC Islands.
What language do they speak on Curacao?
The official language of Curacao is Dutch, but the island has it own language called Papiamento. Papiamento is Creole language from the slaves mix with Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and some English. In addition to Papiamento and Dutch most locals speak: English and Spanish.
What is the time in Curacao?
The Curacao standard time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). The same as Atlantic Standard Time (AST) zone. Curacao does not operate Daylight-Saving Time.
What is the weather like in Curacao?
Curacao has great weather year round. It is sunny, dry, with refreshing winds. Curacao has the ideal vacation temperatures whole year round average 88°F (31°C). It’ location is ideally away from the paths of hurricanes !
What kind of money do they use on Curacao?
The local currency is called ANtillean Guilder (ANG). The Antillean Guilder is tied to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of 1 USD = 1.75 ANG. The US Dollar is widely accepted on the island, so it is best to have some cash US Dollars. The ATMs will dispense your choice of Antillean Guilders or US Dollars.
Are Credit cards accepted on Curacao?
Yes especially Visa and MasterCard.Depending the store they take also Amex or Discover.
How to get to Curacao?
There are many flights to Curacao:
- From Miami: American Airlines (Daily)
- From Charlotte NC: American Airlines (Saturdays).
- From JFK: JetBlue (Monday, Wednesday & Saturday).
- From Toronto: Air Canada, weekly (Friday), Westjet, weekly (Sunday), Sunwing, weekly (Sunday)
- From Montreal: weekly (Thursday)
- From Amsterdam: KLM (Daily), TUI (Daily)
How does the Embarkation card work?
All foreign visitors arriving in Curaçao are required to have a completed ED-card for immigration clearance. You can obtain the ED-card on board of the flights arriving in Curaçao but we recommend you to complete the card online before embarking your flight to Curaçao. The online ED-card will allow you to pass faster through the Immigration in Curacao if filled 24 hours prior to arrival. Check there site here
Do you offer a taxi service?
The best approach is: to book and arrange taxis yourself. You can take a taxi from Airport to Boca Gentil. At the airport you will find the taxi queue. A taxi will cost approximately $ 60 to Boca Gentil (35 minutes drive).
What about Car rental, can you advise?
Car rentals are located at the airport. Boca Gentil Resort has 2 car rentals in the neigbourhood Avis and Budget Rent a Car. If you want to explore Curaçao then a car is essential. We work with and recommend D&D car rental for their good and easy service.
Is car parking possible near the villa?
Yes, 2 cars can park on our private property in front of the villa at Jan Thiel vacations rentals Curacao.
How early can one check in and how late can one checkout?
Check-in time is 16:00 hours and Check-out time is 10:00AM. Early check-in is only possible if no other guests are departing that day and late checkout if no other guests are expected to check-in on that same day. There are costs involved for both.
Can we store our luggage after checkout?
Leaving luggage at our Jan Thiel vacation rental in storage after checkout is not possible. We don’t have room or supervision over your valuables in your suitcases.
Do you offer initial errands/grocery delivery at arrival?
We can pick up the first small errands for you. The cost for this service is NAF 150, -. Let us know two weeks in advance to make sure. Supermarket “van den Tweel” is around the corner, two minutes walk from the villa. It is open from 8:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week from Monday to Sunday.
What’s all parts belonging to the Villa?
The villa is situated on a private property. Pool, sea deck, stairs to the sea and the Not Heated jacuzzi are all part of the villa. They are fully at your disposal and only for you privately to use when you rent the villa. You also have free access to the Beach Clubs near by.
Is it safe to drink water from the tap?
The water coming from the taps in Curacao is of excellent quality and is safe to drink! It is better than the drinking water you get elsewhere. It complies with the world’s highest drinking water standards. The drinking water in Curacao is produced by Aqualectra, the utility company on Curacao, which uses seawater to produce quality drinking water through reversed osmosis and added minerals for health and nutrition purposes.
How big and how deep is the pool and how often cleaned?
The pool is at its deepest 2 meters. It is 10 by 5 meters. The pool is cleaned twice per week: on Monday and Thursday around 12:00 o’clock am by our pool team. The temperature of the pool is around 29°C or 84°F.
How deep is the sea under the sea deck?
The water under the sea deck is about 2 meters deep. It is also forbidden to make a head first dive from the deck. The temperature of the sea is around 27°C or 81°F.
How do I switch on the lights in the pool, and how can the colors be adjusted?
The switches are on the panel on the jacuzzi. You can switch on the pool lights there.
The color can be adjusted by turning the switch off and on until the right color is obtained. You can also switch on separately the air blower and the jets of the Jacuzzi. Only when the jets are switched-on the water of the jacuzzi is heated up to 38 degrees Celsius. This takes approximately 2 hours to heat up. Heating the Jacuzzi is based on electricity and costs approx $15 per 2 hours.
Are there any directions from Hato airport to Villa Sea Paradise Curaçao and how long does it take?
On Google maps, you can see the route to Villa Sea Paradise Curaçao. We will be sending you a video of the route. The trip from airport to Villa Sea Paradise Curaçao takes about 35 minutes. For route details see our secure page of which you must have a login code. We will send these details a couple of weeks before arrival. Secure page
How much water and electricity is included in the price?
Including are 2 cubic meters of water per day and 60 KWH of electricity per day. The exceeding amount will be deducted from your security deposit. We will be asking you to take a photo of the meters start position and send it to us when you arrive and when you depart. Details how and where to record the meters start and en position will be send to you prior to your arrival.
Does the villa have air conditioning?
The villa is not fully cooled with air conditioning, air conditioning are only provided in the 4 bedrooms. If you are not using the bedrooms during the day or when you leave the villa, it is recommendable to switch off the air conditioners. This saves energy.
Are there beaches nearby which are open and free to guests?
There are 3 beaches within two minutes walk: Boca Gentil Beach, Papagayo Beach Club and Jan Thiel Bay. All 3 beaches are free entranced for guests of the villa. Only the sunbeds of the Boca Gentil beach-club in front of the shared pool and Papagayo hotel are free of charge, for the sunbeds at Papagayo Beach club and Jan Thiel Bay/ Zanzibar you have to pay. Costs are approximately $ 5 per bed per day.
How far is the nearest diving center from the Vacation Rental?
There are 2 diving schools, one at Boca Gentil near the shared pool and one at Jan Thiel Bay, Scuba Do. So they are about 2 to 5 minutes walk away from Villa Sea Paradise Vacation Rental Curacao.
Are there swimming masks, snorkels and fins in the villa available?
No, these are not available in the villa. You’d better bring your own swimming gears and diving attributes or buy them at the supermarket near by or buy or hire them at the diving schools nearby. At the diving school near the shared pool they offer 10% discount to of Villa Sea Paradise Curacao and you can hire snorkel gears at $5 per hour.
Can one swim in the sea in front of the property dock?
If the sea is not too rough one can swim but you need to be experienced swimmers. If the sea is too rough then swimming is not advisable there. All this of course is at your own risk. You then would be better off swimming at Jan Thiel beach because there the sea is calm and tranquil and they also have a raft.
Can I snorkel off the dock?
In nice and calm sea you can snorkel off the dock and take a snorkel tour to Jan Thiel Bay, for example swim towards Jan Thiel Beach and walk back to the villa. If you do not want to walk barefoot back you can take your flip-flops / sandals with you in a plastic bag.
How to raise and lower the sea ladder?
Please raise up the sea ladder every night and also in the event that the sea suddenly becomes too rough. This is to protect it from damage. Lower it gently by the rope in the sea. Don’t let it fall. For video instructions see our secure page of which you will receive a couple of weeks before arrival including the login code. Secure Page
Are there jet skis rental nearby at Jan Thiel Vacation Rental Curacao?
Yes, at the dive center, a 2-minute walk from the villa Sea-Doo and Jet Ski can be rented. Costs are approximately $ 60 per half an hour. In addition to Jet Ski they also offer kayaks, pedal boats, etc. for rent.
Are there shops, casinos and restaurants nearby?
Restaurants, some shops and casino are within walking distance and close to Papagayo Beach and Zanzibar. On the island there are several casino’s usually in the big hotels. The nearest Casino is the Daimond Casino within walking distance to the shopping center of Papagayo. There are also several clothing stores and giftshops.
How far is the nearest ATM / Cash Machine?
The nearest ATM is 2-minute walk away. Located at Zanzibar near the entrance. Further typically one can find ATMs at gas stations and along the road Caracasbaaiweg.
How does filling up gas work at a gas station on Curaçao?
The stations on Curaçao are all based on prepaid basis. You must first pay in advance at the gas office and providing them the pump number you are parked at. Then you can refuel. Sometimes you must first flip a switch to start refueling.
Can you arrange a private chef to cook for us?
Yes, you can hire our in house chef. (bartenders or any other third party to provide paid or unpaid services in the villa are not allowed). In case of violations your security deposit will be retained.
How often does cleaning of the villa take place?
The villa is cleaned at the start and in between. The in-between cleaning takes place usually 4 days after arrival. (Due to COVID-19 measures the in-between cleaning is skipped to reduce contacts)
What household items are offered on arrival?
Upon arrival you will get a few household items such as two toilet papers in every toilet room, trash bin bags and dishwasher soap. This is offered only once until you get your groceries. Cook spices and detergent ingredients are not provided.
Additional lamps and battery replacements can be found in the kitchen drawer / or in the kitchen cabinet above the microwave oven.
When is the garbage collection due?
The green waste bin is collected and emptied every Friday and Monday around 7:30 A.M.. Please place the garbage and waste bags in the green container the night before. The green container should be next to the electricity meter house so that it’s ready to to be collected next morning
Should we bring pool towels, towels and linen along?
No, all linen, towels and pool towels are included. 2-bath towels and 1 beach towel are granted per person. You can either wash them in our washing machine or bring more with you if you need more. Pool towels may be taken to the beach, provided that they will be returned back to the villa. When lost, these costs are taken into account and deducted from your security deposit.
Is there a BBQ set and where can I best barbecue in the villa?
Yes, there is a charcoal barbecue set. The best it can be turned on is where it cannot cause a fire. In other words, not under the roof of the villa, umbrella or palapa. Preferably outdoors in the open area for example on the pool deck but so that fire splashes do not end up on the umbrellas. Afterwards please clean the set again disposing of the char coals leftover, At the end the set will be cleansed by our cleaning team at a minimum charge.
Are there safes in the house?
The villa provides two safes. After departing from the villa the keys must be in the vaults key holder.
Why am I having difficulties to close the shutter windows?
Operating with only the handle is indeed hard and difficult, especially when closing/shutting. Shutter windows can best be shut by pressing the shutter blades manually and sufficiently closed and then conclude with the handle to lock it.
There is free wifi in the villa?
Wi-Fi is free but we cannot guarantee the continuous availability of Wi-Fi. Our provider is UTS and it may happen that the Wi-Fi sometimes fails, and then the system should be reset.
Where is the power to reset the wifi?
The power cord is located behind the washing machine. If this does not solve the problem, contact the owner. Repair by UTS could take 2 days. We cannot be held accountable for the delay in time to repair by UTS.
What kind of electrical outlets are there?
The villa is equipped with European (220V/ 50Hz) a outlets. You can get along with just a plug converter for many of today’s small electrical devices designed to run on dual voltages. Check on the back of the device if the electrical input specifications complies with 220V. In all bedrooms we have a USB charger with 4 outlets, where you can charge your USB devices.
How often and how long is a power down in Curaçao?
Power failure happens frequently in Curacao. It usually lasts no longer than an hour or two. Should power fails, check out in the fuse box if one of the breakers is turned off (switch is facing downwards). Are all switches pointing up then you will have to wait until the power comes back.
Should one of the breaker-switches pointing down?
Whenever there is no electricity to a device please check the breaker box at the entrance. If one is pointing down, turn on the breaker-switch, to point up again. Should it immediately failed and pointing down again, you should notify the owner first, then consider seeing if you have not overloaded this group. Inside the breaker box door you will find the numbers and group names. Try unplugging your devices from that group and try it again. Should the problem persists, always contact the owner first.
Who to contact and how at while there at this Vacations Rental Curacao?
You can email our support team Villa Sea Paradise: (firstname.lastname@example.org) you will be assisted as soon as possible or you can also What’s-app / with the owner at: + 31(0) 654 367 453
How can we prove to the security guards that we are guests of the Villa Sea Paradise Curacao?
You will receive a voucher to show at arrival that you have booked the villa. During your stay you can Identify yourself with your name or showing your ID. All guests are registered within the security system of the resort. They have your names in the computer and they are able to look it up.
How safe is Boca Gentil Resort?
Boca Gentil is a “gated community”. It is a guarded resort.
Nevertheless, it is wise to close the doors and windows every time you leave the villa. Mind you, there are other guests and workers who also have access to the resort.
Are there mosquitoes?
Curacao also has mosquitoes, like all Caribbean islands. In the resort we have placed mosquito traps everywhere. As a result, there are fewer mosquitoes than before. Still we advise the use of insect repellent in the morning and around 16:00 again. Especially in the morning at 7:00 and around 18:00 they are looking for a victim. Insect repellent can be bought at all supermarkets
What extra service do you provide?
We provide the following services on request and at additional costs:
- Private Chef
- Extra cleaning including change of bed sheets and towels during your stay (end cleaning is already included).
- Groceries before arrival.