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Curaçao Ostrich Farm Excursion

The farm has 200 adult ostriches. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
The Caribbean has plenty of land and sea animal encounters that people would expect in the Caribbean, such as sea turtles, dolphins and stingrays.

The Curaçao Ostrich Farm is unique among them all. No one normally expects ostriches in the Caribbean.

Shore excursions start at about $60 per person including transportation to and from the cruise docks. The total excursion time is about three hours.

Ostriches normally live in Africa. They first came to Curaçao in 1995 to become part of a farm that would export ostrich meat and eggs to South America. Instead, the farm turned into a tourist attraction.

The first owner of the farm opened it with 50 male and 50 female ostriches, according to the farm website. There are now about 200 adults and on average about 200 chicks.

Visitors will have a chance to feed the ostriches by hand and learn about their habits and life cycles. They also will board a safari truck and tour the farm with a guide.

The farm also has a gallery, souvenir shop and restaurant that serves lunch and dinner.

"The safari trucks are a great way to see the farm and learn about the ostriches from the driver. It was fun feeding them and getting lots of photos. We enjoyed seeing the other animals at the end of the tour including squirrel monkeys in a cage and farm animals too. We all enjoyed standing on the ostrich egg too!" one reviewer said.

Many excursions will visit more than the ostrich farm. Other possible activities include a visit to Riffort Village for photographic views of Willemstad and the harbor.

Anyone who wants to bypass cruise line excursions can buy tickets online at the farm's website. Tickets are $17 for adults and $13 for children. Prices are subject to change. Anyone who buys tickets directly will need to arrange their own transportation.

The farm, Groot St. Joris West z/n, is about 25 minutes or 10 miles from the cruise port in Willemstad. The phone number is +5 999 747-2777.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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