The photograph that is on my Curacao main page was taken from near Riffort on the Otrobanda side of the harbor. I think that this is one of my better photos and I wanted to tell you how to get one of you own just like it.
From the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge all the way towards Rifford (going towards the harbor entrance) there is usually a tent market set up with a lot of tourists coming and going. There is usually a little clear space between the entrance to Riffort and the southerly end of the tent market. In this cleared area, before you enter Riffort shopping mall, you will find an old black canon right on the waterfront promenade pointing into the harbor.
If you stand on the Riffort side of the canon and look north out over the river, you see the gaily painted buildings of Punda crowding the far bank of the harbor with the harbor water in between. I tell you, it makes for an excellent picture.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the tent market make you miss a wonderful photographic opportunity such as this one is!
Since Curacao is out of the hurricane belt and averages a mild 82 degree Fahrenheit temperature, it is tourist season here all year long. I visited in January and the weather was superb.
As my wife and I started strolling through the back streets of Punda I became aware of accordion and percussion music, with a Caribbean sound, being played. Sure enough, when we got onto Heerenstraat Street, one street back from the waterfront street of Handelskade, there was a nicely attired four person local band playing for tips.
I thought it was a nice touch and they certainly added some flair to an already interesting city.
Curaçao's Amstel beer is famous worldwide, which is quite extraordinary for such a small island. One of the reasons is because it's the only beer in the world to be made from distilled sea water. You can see firsthand how it is brewed at the Amstel Brewery (located on Emanapadie Boulevard), where tours are available for tourists every Tuesday and Thursday (admission is $1.00) while locals get to visit on Wednesdays (be there no later than 9:30 or you won't get past the gate guard). And believe me, the tours are fun and worth the trip.
The Curaçao Liqueur Factory owned by Senior & Co, is located at the Landhuis Chobolobo (just outside the heart of the bustling Salinja Shopping District). This is the real stuff: Curaçao of Curaçao, since 1896. You can sample the product, glance at the steel-tank operation, and buy the liqueur in its classic transparent form or with added flavoring. It's made from the sun-dried peel of Curaçao golden oranges and comes in different colors (Red, Blue, Orange) and flavors (Rum-Raisin, Coffee, Chocolate and Orange). They only make 400 gallons a month and it's not exported. The liquor called Curaçao you get everywhere else in the world is made by Bols of Holland. The people here say it's not the same. I happen to agree with that statement. Brought 2 bottles home and I'm still savoring them. I've mixed the Rum-Raisin with coffee, umm, umm good. I've made my own Blue Hawaiian concoction by mixing a shot of Blue Curaçao and a shot of Vodka (only the good stuff) with Sprite or 7-Up. The facility is open Monday - Friday (8:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm) and admission is free.
Huge waves ...........splashing in your face !
Don't swimm here,.......it's toooo rough and.......there are also sharks !!
The village of Willibrordus is best known for its church, the Cathedral of St. William Brothers. It has been beautifully restored and can be seen sitting up on the hill for miles away.
Every morning we had parrots in the cactus near our patio. You always could hear them chattering as they ate.
I always try to visit churches and graveyards when I travel. I have more photos like this in my travelogue:)