Curaçao Off The Beaten Path

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    A great place to snorkel

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Porto Marie

    Along the southern coast and very near where we stayed is the beach caled Porto Marie.
    It is just another pretty beach with nice sand, palapas, and a snackbar.
    What sets it apart from many of the others is that just a short distance from shore is a fascinating double reef system. It is a great place to go snorkeling or diving.
    The sign says that there is an entrance fee but when we asked where to pay they said no charge.

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    Sea Turtle Sanctuary

    by kyoub Updated Jun 12, 2005

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    Crashing waves

    Hugging the rugged northern shore is Shete Boka, the island’s newest national park, a series of picturesque bays, beaches, rugged cliffs.
    This was one of my favorite places on Curacao. I could stand on the platforms and watch the waves come in and crash against the cliffs, for hours at a time
    There was a small entrance fee that went toward the preservation of the nesting sea turtles.

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    Feeding ground for Flamingos

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Flamingos

    A flock of several hundred Flamingos can be see feeding in the salt pans of Jan Kok.
    They filter their food out of the water. You can see them kicking up the bottom to find snails, mosquitos and the larvae of brine flies.
    If you stop try to be very quiet because they are very shy.

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    See and hear the blowhole

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Boca Pistol

    Drive on a poorly marked dusty trail into a rather rough and kind of boring looking countryside. At the end of this dusty trail, you will reach Boka Pistol, a quite impressive place. The high waves of the northern coast crush into Boka Pistol forming a huge water fountain or blowhole. You will get sprayed but it is well worth it.

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    Kas di Pali Maishi

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    This little house is a typical example of how the African population lived after slavery was abolished. The houses usually consisted of two rooms, the kitchen being outside.
    The Kas di Pali Maishi is a small museum where you also find tools/kitchen ware from former times displayed.
    You'll find it close to the township of Barber.
    Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 9am-4pm
    Saturdays & Sundays 9am to 5pm
    Admission is 2 US$
    Driving around Curacao you'll see that some of these houses are still inhabitated.

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    Bridge made by nature

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Natural Bridge

    There is also a trail in National Park Shete Boka that heads along the shore to Boka Wandomi where the water has carved out a natural bridge which is viewable by descending the stairs to the beach or by standing on the platform provided at the top.

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    Herb Garden Tour

    by Ophelio Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    Herb Garden

    A tour through the local herb garden, called Dinah's Botanic & Historic Garden, was a good way to get to know how the locals have used the indigenous plants throughout the years. Shastri, our guide, even dressed in the traditional garb. It's a very small place, so it takes less than an hour to wander through the gardens. The photo shows some of the examples they had set up here of people using the plants in different ways.

    It was free to look, but a just a bit of cash for the guide. Shastri even gave us a ride in his modern car back to town:)

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    A GREAT photo can be taken near Riffort

    by dlytle Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Canon, Pontoon Bridge and Punda all at once

    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!

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    Pleasant place to sit and sip a frozen margarita

    by dlytle Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Small shopping center and bar near the cruise ship

    The Gouverneur Building houses a few shops and a nice little bar. It is located very near the West Wharf cruise ship terminal, north of the free ferry pier on the Otrobanda side of the harbor.

    Besides having nice architectural appeal, it serves a mean frozen margarita and strawberry daiquiri. One can either sit in the bar, on stools alongside the street or in the cobblestone plaza with an awning shaded table.

    We were at the end of a day of walking around the area sightseeing and shopping and it was a very pleasant interlude before we re-boarded our cruise ship to sail back to the United States.

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    Take a snorkeling or sunset cruise in Curacao

    by dlytle Written Jan 14, 2004

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    The sailboat Bounty on a Sunset Cruise

    One can take a sailboat on a snorkeling and sunset cruise out of Willemstad from alongside Handelskade Street in Punda. Altough I did not take this myself as I went SCUBA diving instead, it seems like it would be a lot of fun.

    The Insulinde is a 120 foot long (36 m) traditionally rigged sailboat and the Bounty is a dual-masted, five-sailed wooden schooner (shown in the photograph).

    We encountered the Bounty as they were returning to port and we were leaving port.

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    Caracasbaii

    by clementine31129 Written Oct 26, 2007

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    snorkeling is better here!
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    Tug boat wreck- Want to see a real wreck, but dont have your scuba liscence? You have to go to Caracasbaii, near the Spanish Waters, and Willemstad. The beach is not that hard to get to, and one you arrive there, swim along the line of rock jutting out into the sea, and in about only 15-20 feet of water there is the wreck of an old tugboat. It is incredible. If you were to stand on the top of the captains quarters, you would be out of the water, up to only your waist in the water. Plus, it's not wavy and hard-swimming conditions, but is rather calm. It's really an incredible experiance. There's a plethora of colored fish swimming all around, it's truly a site. I went to Curacao for the first time in the summer of 2006; my family own a house there, but my parents were hesitiant to take my brother and I there because the location of our house in on the west side of the island, about a half hour from the nearest hospital. But when we went for the first time I was enchanted! Curacao is incredible!

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    Knip Beach

    by MelUofAalumni Written Nov 9, 2007

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    I had read on Virtual tourist about "the most beautiful beach" someone had seen. They were not kidding. This beat Hawaii! Getting there was a little different. I figured we could take the bus up to the beach. You can, but bus drops you off at a fork in the road and there is NOTHING nearby. We walked the rest of the way. As we were walking, we stept on cacti. All I can say is...TAKE A CAR! This does have the most gorgeous turquoise water and white sand. Lots of white coral too. Bring your flip flops.

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    Day trip #1- Sheta Boka, Playa Forti and Port Mari

    by IngaRita Written May 13, 2007

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    I would do this day on a weekday and not the weekend.
    This is a full day, but you see a ton of cool sights. Get an early start, pack some snacks and lots of water. Don't forget your swim suit, beach towel, and snorkel gear. Take Weg Naar Westpunt out toward Westpunt to Sheta Boka National Park. Spend the morning walking the trails out there. For lunch drive toward Westpunt. Drive through Westpunt and through a windy area and though a small town. Pretty soon you'll get to Playa Forti (I don't know if there is a sign). On your right you'll see a colorful house on the cliff. Get lunch there. I didn't eat there but it looked like Cuban food. Have a couple of beers then jump off the platform into the ocean. Its pretty high and when i was there there was a bunch of Dutch teenagers doing this. After cliff jumping get back on the road and keep heading south to Playa Mari. This is popular beach with permanent umbrellas. Its also small and crowed but I heard the snorkeling is good here (I didn't have my gear with me that day).

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    Amstel Brewery - Curaçao

    by spartan Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Ice cold brew

    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.

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    Visit the Curaçao Liqueur Distillery

    by spartan Written Oct 4, 2002

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    It's 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.

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