International Swim Fashion Week in Curacao: A Conversation With Tiffany Cadogan
This month, we’re interviewing women from all over the world and asking them about their travels to the Caribbean. We had the privilege of speaking with Tiffany Cadogan about her trip to Curacao. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation.
Tell us about yourself! What do you do when you’re not traveling the world? Where do you live? What made you decide to go to your most recent destination?
When I’m not collecting stamps on my passport, I work as the senior publicist at Sapphire Ink Public Relations in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to my profession, I get the opportunity to explore and travel around the world for a little work and play. My latest project took me to the Caribbean island of Curacao for International Swim Fashion Week.
How long did you go for? How did you spend your time?
I was in Curacao for 5 days. I stayed on the Dutch side of the island at a resort named Papagayo. The location allowed me to enjoy beach time, try some of the native cuisine, and support local businesses. I was also able to view fabulous swimwear from around the world, including Trefle from the British Virgin Islands and Curacao’s brand Aquavita.
What were your most memorable experiences? What were the biggest disappointments?
My most memorable experience was hanging out by the infinity pool and noticing an iguana walk right next to me. Also, my hotel was right by the water, so the nightly breeze was so refreshing. The biggest disappointment was the landscape. When I think of Caribbean islands, I think of tropical flowers and beautiful scenery, but all I saw were houses on houses and a couple floral shrubs.
What do you wish you knew before you went?
I wish I knew how to speak Spanish or Dutch fluently. Their native language, Papiamento, is a combination of English, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese.
Any favorite restaurants/hotels/hostels/sites you’d like to recommend? Tell us what made them great!
I loved my hotel, Papagayo Beach Resort, because it was located right on the beach and near a shopping center that allowed a one stop shop for tourists. Not to mention, there is a casino and an amazing gelato shop in walking distance.
Is there anything that women specifically should know before they travel to your destination?
Make sure to pack the insect repellent. Before the first night was over, I had about 6 mosquito bites. Also, pack a comfy pair of sandals because you’ll do a little bit of walking.
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