january 18-22, 2023
Looking for something a little more relaxing? In need of a getaway? Then Curacao is where you need to go. Nestled in between Aruba and Bonaire (collectively known as the "Dutch ABCs"), Curacao is an island in the Southern Caribbean known for crystal clear turquoise waters (which is why it has world class scuba diving), beautiful beaches and a lively nightlife. Join a group of women on a trip where you'll gain three hours of MCLE specialty credits* over this five day trip. You will visit nearby Klein Curacao by private boat charter, dine at unique eateries, shop colorful, handmade artisan crafts in Punda and Otrobanda, and lounge on Curacao's stunning white sand beaches. Resort accommodations, private transportation, private tours and most meals are included. Take this opportunity to bond with like-minded women lawyers while relaxing in the sun in Curacao.
Professional conference goers will be delighted to hear that this trip has been planned around the National Trial Lawyers Summit, which takes place in Miami, Florida from January 23 through 26, 2023. Nearly all flights to Curacao have a layover in Miami, so if you're planning to attend NTL's Summit this year, just tack this trip on to the front end and book a multi-city flight (starting destination --> CUR --> MIA --> home).
*Note: MCLE credits are pending State Bar approval.
Wednesday, January 18
Arrive in Curacao
Travelers to Curacao will fly into Hato International Airport (CUR), generally stopping in Miami. Flights from Southern California to Curacao arrive in the late afternoon or evening. Attendees should aim to arrive by Wednesday night. A private van service will greet all attendees on arrival and take them to the resort, which is just 10 minutes from the airport. If you arrive early, take the opportunity to get settled into your room at the resort and sip on an umbrella drink until your fellow attendees arrive. There are no events planned for the first day, since many flights arrive at night.
Thursday, January 19
Day Trip to Klein
Don't worry if you're still on West Coast time when you wake up the following morning: while we'll all have an early start to the day, you'll be able to nap on the beach or on the boat as we sail to nearby Klein Curacao. The group will enjoy a private charter to the island, where you'll have lunch, enjoy an open bar, and have an opportunity to either explore the island, lounge on the beach or snorkel with sea turtles. In the late afternoon, we'll sail back to town. Since it's a long day, you can either choose to order room service or break off into smaller groups for dinner at the resort (not included).
Friday, January 20
Beaches + Town
After breakfast at the resort, we'll all load up in a private bus and "beach hop", visiting a few of the best beaches on the island. You'll have the opportunity to snorkel, lay in the sun or explore adjacent caves. As a group, you'll all enjoy a casual lunch at an authentic island eatery, then head back towards "town". The capital of Willemstad is split between two parts: Otrobanda on the west and Punda on the East. We will split off into groups where you can choose to either shop the artisan markets or visit a beach club, then we'll all reconvene in the evening to dine at a restaurant together in Punda.
Saturday, January 21
MCLEs + Beach Dinner
On our last full day together, you'll wake up to share breakfast at the resort, then hear qualified speakers give three hours of ethics MCLE presentations in a private conference room at the resort. The afternoon will consist of "free time" for attendees to do whatever they please: relax at the resort, take cabs into town, or get spa treatment (free time meals and activities not included). Then in the evening we will all enjoy a three-course beach-side farewell dinner together, right on the sand, where we'll watch the sunset together.
Sunday, January 22
While the hosted trip officially ends today, the resort will be honoring a reduced group room rate for attendees who wish to add time to their stay, which will include three days before the event and three days after. Attendees are encouraged to stay and experience beautiful Curacao if they have the time. As noted above, this trip was planned around National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami, which means that attendees who wish to attend that event will simply fly from CUR to MIA on Sunday to be present at the NTL events that begin on Monday morning.
$2,700 shared occupancy | $3,400 single occupancy
5 nights of resort accommodations, in either a room with 1 king bed (single) or 2 double beds (shared)
Breakfast each day
- Most lunches and dinners
Private group tours & activities
Attraction entry fees
All gratuities (we tip generously on your behalf)
What's Not Included
Travel insurance (required)**
Lunch and dinner when "free time" is indicated
Meals if the attendee decides not to join the group for the hosted meals
Airport transfers if the attendee chooses to arrive or depart outside of the scheduled days/times
Please Read Before Signing Up
Space for this trip is limited and it is anticipated that it will fill up quickly. After registration, you will be sent a link to pay a $500 deposit. Your spot cannot be held without paying the deposit. You will have three (3) days to pay the deposit; after which, if payment has not been received, your spot may be given away to someone else. Payment plans are offered as well. If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Lauren.
This is a group trip. If you cannot commit to being on time—as a courtesy to other attendees—then this trip is also not for you. Similarly, if you do not do well in a small group setting, you may want to reconsider attending.
If you can commit to being respectful of other attendees, are open to trying new foods, and are looking for a trip where you will bond with like-minded female trial lawyers, lounge on stunning white sand beaches and experience what the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao has to offer, then it would be our pleasure to host you.
Flights & Travel Information
While there are unfortunately no direct flights to Curacao from Southern California, it is not a long trip. Most flights have a layover in Miami, Florida. American Airlines operates the best flights to Curacao and have several options per day. Attendees simply need to arrive by Wednesday night on January 18, 2023. Those traveling from the East Coast will have much better options. The best flight option for SoCal gals is on American Airlines and leaves LAX at around 8:30 in the morning on Wednesday, has a layover in Miami and then arrives in Curacao at 9:55 pm. No events are scheduled on Wednesday for this reason. If you need help with flights, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren for help.
*All attendees are required to purchase a travel insurance policy that includes medical coverage. While any travel insurance policy with medical coverage will suffice, attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase a policy with Cancel for Any Reason coverage. In the event that life gets in the way last minute and you are required to cancel within thirty (30) days of the trip, for a reason that is not covered by typical insurance policies, Cancel for Any Reason coverage may help get some of your money back. Please read the entirety of our cancellation policy, along with general Terms & Conditions, HERE.
To read answers to Frequently Asked Questions, CLICK HERE.