Curaçao Off The Beaten Path

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    Explore the eastern coast and the windmills

    by Frisbeeace Written Jun 18, 2007

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    Windmills at San Pedro

    The eastern coast is windy and the sea very rough. You can take a dirt road from the airport towards the north and exit at San Pedro passing by the windmills. The area is desertic and you may find people exploring with jeeps or just on a photo safari. We preferred to drive north on the road, turned right before reaching San Pedro after we left the windmills to our right and went down a road that took us to a farm on the road. A guy showed us around and then allowed us to access the private land over the sea by paying a few bucks. It was very interesting to tour around with our Nisan sedan and take some amazing pictures.

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    Is This Over Yet???

    by Ophelio Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    If you book a riding trip while here in Curacao, (we booked ours through Avila Beach Hotel) maybe you could request a horse not indigenous to the island.
    Sherman started out riding Chopin, because our guide thought being a man he was better equipped to handle this big beast. I laughed watching Sherman bopping up and down and offered to switch horses because I took lessons once as a kid! (uh huh)
    Our guide then told us that the other horses had been imported, but Chopin was a local ruffian!

    This is pretty much the view at the end of our tour...hmmm...bumpy horses..and a "view".

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    See stalagmites and stalactites

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Cave

    You can go on a guided tour of Hato Caves and see much of the caves 52,000 square feet. There are freshwater pools, waterfalls, and interesting formations, as well as bats.
    A path outside the caves leads to Indian petroglyphs.

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    Knip Bay

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Knip Beach

    Knip Beach it is one of the largest and most scenic beaches of the island. The sand is as white as snow. It was pretty quiet on the week day that we were there but can be full on week-ends.
    Little Knip Bay is right next door.

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    Queen Juliana Bridge

    by kyoub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    Bridge

    This bridge is 185 feet abone Santa Anna Bay.
    Mortorists have a wonderful view of Willemstad as they pass over the bay.
    It is for motor vehicles only so don't even think about walking up to get a picture.

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    Interesting work of art on the Otrobanda promenade

    by dlytle Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Arawak Clay Picture of Punda and Pontoon Bridge

    We were walking towards the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge from the West Wharf, across the bay from the floating market, which is where our cruise ship had docked. Suddenly we came up to a very lovely painting done in clay showing the pontoon bridge with Punda in the background. It was an intriguing sight since it just sits there on the waterway promenade with no preamble or warning that you are about to come across it.

    In the lower right hand corner it gives the artist’s name (Frank Van Der Loo) and the date of 1988. It also lists Arawak Clay Products as well. I did take the picture that you see here but I did not take the time to visit that clay products factory. But since they were kind enough to provide this visual delight along the promenade I thought I’d mention them to you in this tip.

    It is my understanding that the Arawak Craft Products factory is in Otrobanda, near the cruise dock (but I do not know which one), and has an ‘outlet store’ full of beautiful clay pottery and other souvenirs.

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    Curacao Hato Caves

    by Ophelio Written Jan 31, 2005

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    Hato Caves

    Sherman and I took a taxi to visit the caves in Curacao, just north of Willemsted. Admission to the caves was around 6 usd. We were told that escaped slaves lived here for months at a time, and we could still see the soot on the cave ceiling from the campfires. Before that, the Awawaks had used the caves for shelter.
    Some of the shapes in the front cavern were very fanciful and surreal, and in this room photos were not allowed. Although certainly these stalagtites and stalagmites were not 100% authentic, still beautiful nonetheless.

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    Listen and you might hear some Carribbean music!

    by dlytle Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Caribbean sounds on Punda Streets in Curacao

    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.

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    The Waaigat Canal

    by dlytle Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    Waaigat Canal with the floating market

    The Waaigat Canal leads to the large inner harbor of Willemstad where most of the commercial wharves are now located.

    Turning into the Waaigat Canal off of St. Anna Bay which is the outer harbor, brings one immediately to the floating market along the right side of the canal. If one progresses further up the canal the boat will have to pass beneath the Queen Wilhemina Draw-Bridge to continue on into the inner harbor. Unless you will be staying in Curacao for two or three days, you are unlikely to venture that far from the tourist spots of Punda.

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    Plaza Pier at the entrance to Punda and Willemstad

    by dlytle Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Old walls of Plaza Pier in Curacao

    Standing guard over the Punda side of St. Anna Bay, right in the heart of Willemstad, the Plaza Pier is nestled in the ramparts of an 18th-century waterside fort on the eastern tip of the harbor entrance. In fact, it's one of the harbor's two "lighthouses." (The hotel has to carry marine collision insurance, the only accommodation in the Caribbean with that distinction.) The original part of the hotel was built in 1954, long before mass tourism swept the island, and followed the style of the arcaded fort.

    Part of the hotel is also a casino. When our cruise ship passed by it on its way to sea, the folks along the old battlements were sitting and standing out, usually with a drink in their hands. Many of them yelled parting calls as we departed. One especially loud voiced man was yelling “Marry me, marry me and take me back to the states with you.” A few of the passengers were encouraging him to swim to the ship and climb aboard.

    Anyway, I thought that this was a unique and picturesque entrance to the harbor and so I took this picture for posterity.

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    Free internet at the Biblioteca

    by IngaRita Written May 13, 2007

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    There is a library (Biblioteka) on the other side of the water from the floating market. There are some computers for tourists to use for 30 minutes and its free. Just make sure you bring an ID and a book to read because you may have to wait for a computer.

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    Day trip #2- Hato Caves, ostrich and aloe farms

    by IngaRita Written May 13, 2007

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    I wanted to see the ostrich farm and aloe vera park but one of them is closed on a sunday and one is closed on a monday. But they both seems interesting. The caves where cool and you can walk around the area there and see the Indian drawings. Then drive east to the ostrich and aloe farms.

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    SCUBA Diving in Curacao

    by dlytle Written Jan 14, 2004

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    SCUBA diving in Curacao

    Curacao was born millions of years ago, developing under the sea from lava rock on which coral has grown for centuries. For millions of years reefs have surrounded the island, attaching to the shore like a narrow fringe. In some places they are like beautiful gardens, with delicate corals and are home to brightly colored tropical fish. In others, massive coral formations extend into depths with deep-water fish patrolling the plunging walls.

    So Curacao has much to offer for the diving tourist. Although Curacao is less well known for its underwater world than Bonaire, it has a lot of similarities. Most of the diving sites are reachable from the coast without the need of a boat. In fact while I was diving off of a boat we watched six divers enter the same dive site from the shore.

    Curacao has a number of dive sites with a lot of big sponges, especially around 70 - 100 feet. Lots of big orange elephant ear sponges and barrel sponges. Inside the barrel sponges sometimes you can find a big King Crab hiding.

    The water is very clear and there are a number of different types of dives that can be taken. If one is staying on the island then it is very easy to plan dives that require no dive boat but get you into areas with wrecks, lots of coral and sponge, many fish and often a nice wall as well.

    The photograph is from the second of my two dives that day. There was a little crab or something that had drilled a hole in the sandy bottom and was guarding the bottom of that hole. That’s what these divers are looking at. You can see how clear the water is. Visibility was about 100 feet. On the first dive I even saw a nice seahorse clinging to the bottom in shallow water.

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    ...TRY AND WITNESS THE CORALSPAWNING ON THE REEFS!

    by tuti_plaate Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    ...TRY AND WITNESS THE CORAL SPAWNING!
    A once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Dutch Caribbean!
    2007 ONLY CORAL SPAWNINGs: SEPT 29-OCT 6 and OCT 29-NOV 6 2007
    "Sometimes referred to as “the best kept secret in the Caribbean,” one of the most wonderful things about diving in Curaçao is its versatility to accommodate divers of varying certifications. Whether visitors prefer to remain in very shallow water or dive down deeper along the coral walls, the marine life is plentiful and the conditions are near perfect. "

    Divers visiting the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the natural phenomenon of 'coral spawning' takes place 3 to 10 days AFTER Full Moon, in 2007: between September 29th and October 6th, and the 2nd spawning around Oct.29 and Nov. 6. Caused by certain environmental conditions, including high water temperatures and the lunar phase, coral spawning is the moment when multiple coral species, together with other invertebrates, release their gametes into the water column! For more info, try these sites:
    www.curacao.com, and:
    www. Reefcare.org

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    Go snorkeling and diving.....

    by tuti_plaate Updated Sep 5, 2011

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    Experience Curaçao's underwater beauty!
    The oceans life zone is found in the first 30 feet of water. This is where you will find more color, more coral, and certainly more entertainment. Try an introduction dive at one of the many dive schools on the island. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
    Relax.. and enjoy the fun of wandering underwater!

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