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The Ghostly Remains of the Aruba Air Wreck

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Laying along the side of the Koraalspechtweg road, near the Jan Thiel Salt Flats, is the rotting carcass of an abandoned airplane. We had driven by it a number of times, always imagining how much fun it would be to explore the wreckage. And then we realized, there was nothing preventing us from doing exactly that.

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I’m not sure how the body of this plane ended up along the side of a busy road, although there are some hints to be discovered. It’s fairly clear that this wasn’t a crash site; the plane looks as though it had its wings removed, and that it was placed here on purpose. And painted on the hull is the word “restaurant,” providing a pretty good hint about why the plane was relocated here.

Abandoned Aruba Airlines

Sadly, the proprietor’s visionary entrepreneurial plans never saw the light of day. He seems to have stopped after having stripped the plane almost completely, leaving only some gear in the cockpit. There are no longer any seats, oxygen masks, nor in-flight entertainment consoles.

Exploring this plane requires careful attention to both the ground, where the floors have rotted away, and the ceiling, where there are several small bee hives. After a few minutes, I was eager to get out. Still, it’s a fun little curiosity, as creepy as it is photogenic. And if you like bizarre ruins, you might want to make a short stop and check it out.

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February 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm Comment (1)

Santa Martha and the Abandoned Sunset Waters Resort

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Just past the Landhuis Santa Martha, near the town of Soto, is a hilly, forested patch of Curaçao which hasn’t yet been developed. More accurately, I should say that it’s no longer developed. We followed the road until reaching its end at Sunset Waters, a former resort which has been abandoned for years.

Sunset Waters Resort Curacao

I have no idea why Sunset Waters wasn’t able to succeed. It certainly can’t be blamed on its beach; this stretch of coastline in northwestern Curaçao is gorgeous. After parking the car, we set out to explore the ruins. The foundation of the old resort is still in decent shape; it was only abandoned in 2009, but the place has been gutted and everything of value removed.

After exploring the resort, we drove down to the beach and parked a few meters from the shore. There’s a small bay here, and the clarity of the water is unreal. It’s shocking that another beach club or restaurant hasn’t yet moved in yet to take advantage of this place. We saw a group of scuba divers getting in the water, as well as a local couple and their dog relaxing on lounge chairs, but otherwise this beach has been seemingly forgotten by Curaçao.

Sunset Waters Resort Curacao

Next, we drove south along the coast and discovered a row of upscale, private villas, each one with a heavy gate and “Protected By” security stickers, owned apparently by rich people who really want to get away from it all. It’s a long drive to the next supermarket from here, but I suppose these homeowners can afford for their groceries to be delivered. By helicopter.

We took our time on the drive back to Soto, stopping at a lookout point for a great view over the Santa Martha Bay. The nature here is pristine, the woods thick and the shoreline mostly untouched. And across the bay to the north, we saw nothing but rolling hills and a single plantation house in the distance. We’d be returning soon to the area, for a lengthy hike to Boka Pos Spanjo and Boka Hulu.

Sunset Waters Resort Curacao

If you’ve had your fill of overdeveloped resorts and crowded beaches, this section of Curaçao south of the Santa Martha Bay might make a nice excursion. But stay safe; anywhere in Curaçao where there aren’t a lot of other people, it pays to be vigilant, and this is certainly one such place.

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February 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm Comments (0)
The Ghostly Remains of the Aruba Air Wreck Laying along the side of the Koraalspechtweg road, near the Jan Thiel Salt Flats, is the rotting carcass of an abandoned airplane. We had driven by it a number of times, always imagining how much fun it would be to explore the wreckage. And then we realized, there was nothing preventing us from doing exactly that.
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