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    The Cathedral (I never saw the inside)
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    Synagogue

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jul 14, 2014

    Apart from walking around that pretty island and admiring the bridge and the people selling fruits brought every day from Venezuela, I visited the Synagogue. There is a man at the entrance that speaks Spanish, he helped me with the ticket.

    see the letters in Hebrew alphabet
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    The Rif Fort

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 29, 2014

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    The Rif fort was built in the early 19th century buy the Dutch to guard the harbour entrance. Today it is something of a mall that attractions patrons from the large cruise ships that come by Curacao. Because of its location near the bus station and for the fact that it had good bars and restaurants, I spent a lot of time here. You can also get some good shots of Willemstad from the ramparts which are easy to climb.

    The interior of hte Rif Fort The ramparts of the Rif Fort
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    Wander Old Willemstad

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 29, 2014

    Willemstad has a gorgeous old town. Many of the buildings were constructed in the colonial Dutch manner in the early 18th century. The facades of these buildings are brightly painted in yellows, oranges and pinks. The better restored buildings tend to be occupied by high end retail outlets.
    There are several attractions within the town itself that are worth visiting. These include the Fort, the old synagogue and the floating market. The importance of these old structures cannot be under rated for the Old Town of Willemstad has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. I was actually surprised by how much time I spent in the old town as for its small size it did offer plenty to see and places to eat and drink.

    A pedestrian street in the old town The Cathedral (I never saw the inside) Some charming B&B's in town
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    An absolute must!

    by steedappeal Updated Feb 10, 2013

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    Make sure to visit the Kura Hulunda Hotel in Otrobanda. It is dozens and dozens of buildings that were renovated into a hotel, museum and conference center.

    It is designed like a hill town with charming streets that meander towards and away from the "town" square. You'll feel like you're in a tropical version of the old "Prisoner" series while still enjoying the special atmosphere.

    An acquaintance of mine stayed here, The rooms are very relaxing if a bit on the old-school, colonial side of things. She said that there was a bit of a mosquito problem and that the waterfall-style pool didn't seem really clean (she is a tour operator so she should know).

    One can also make use of their lush, sister resort on the Northwestern side of the island, too. Just make sure to wear a good hat as there is very little shade at the pool and beach! There is a daily shuttle there.

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    A pleasant walk...

    by steedappeal Written Feb 10, 2013

    As mentioned before, I made my way in the daylight hours along towards the Avila Hotel. The walk from the heart of Punda along the Pietermaai and the Penstraat reveals a nice slice of costal life, both residential and commercial. Notice the Saint Tropez Oceanclub (Pietermaai 152) where one may wine, dine, swim (in their pool) and sunbathe. Makes a nice break from your hotel.
    Also, note the gorgeous Tokara boutique guesthouse (Penstraat 55). Has excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.

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    Feel like a Queen (or King) for an afternoon...

    by steedappeal Updated Feb 10, 2013

    I visited a very good, professional physical therapist, Milou Lindeman. Her wellness studio- Fysio Lindeman- is located just across from the Avila Hotel so following a refrshing massage, one may walk in the steps of Dutch royalty and other notables on the way to the beachfront bar.

    Milou, who goes by the name "Kanila" on airbnb, also rents out a very nice apartment on her property, too.

    Surprisingly, the Avila offers day passes (not on weekends) and you must bring your own towel. The crowd seemed to be very well-heeled, sedated Dutch gentry.

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    Events around town...

    by steedappeal Written Feb 3, 2013

    Finding one source for local events and special offers is a little tricky since there is not one source. The main publications to depend upon are, in order of usefulness, as follows:
    'Nights Curacao'
    'Events Curacao'
    'Go Weekly'
    'K-Pasa' (cultural events)
    'Happy Hours' (watering holes)

    These are complimentary publciations available in most hotels. There is an especially good selection in the Kura Hulanda Hotel lobby in downtown Willemstad, 8 Frederikstraat.

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    Enjoy a Day Pass at the Hilton

    by steedappeal Written Feb 3, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed my $15 day pass at the Hilton Curacao. The property is a bit worn but still serviceable. There is an attractive pool and two private beaches. Make sure to visit the Parasas Beach: like a lot of things on Curacao, it's not even obvious that it is there until you happen upon it. I almost left the Hilton without knowing it was there! There are showers and they'll give you a locker if you ask nicely. An extra $20 refundable deposit gets you a towel, too. There is a store nearby selling swimsuits if you forget yours. Round out your day of sun, fun and water with a cocktail around the bar. You mighty be lucky enough to hang with an entire gorgeous staff of KLM stewardesses!.

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    Spa, Welzijn Spa Curacao

    by SharellaR Written Jun 10, 2012

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    Welzijn Spa is a recreational, health spa with Dr Fish. Dr. Fish is an adventurous experience with with health benefits. The spa is more oriented for group treatments. Something to do after a days in the sun, on your last day of your dive vacation, Energy balancing, Holistic treatments and much more. Children as of 4 years can participate.
    Moms can arrange their pampering and that of their family.
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    Miss Curacao at Welzijn Spa
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    Shete Boka National Park

    by cckbp7 Updated Mar 23, 2012

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    Shete Boka National Park was definately one of the highlights of our trip. It is a series of 4 main inlets on the rocky north side of the island where powerful waves crash against the shore. There are hiking trails connecting each of the Bokas, but they are also accessible by car. Boka Tabla is located near the park entrance and has a sea cave where you can see waves rolling in. Be careful the steps are slippery. Our favorite sight was Boka Pistol. Its name comes from the sound the waves make when the crash into the rocks spraying water everywhere. This park is a must see. Admission is $2 per person.

    Boka Tabla, Curacao Boka Pistol, Curacao Boka Pistol, Curacao Boka Pistol, Curacao
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    Loco Tours

    by paddymc09 Written Sep 13, 2011

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    Loco Tour Bus sits outside Rif Fort , find the dude named rasta to take you on the tour...really chill bus ride all over the easter part of Curacao. You get to see the where they make Curacao which is the spirit of the Island, view of the Spanish Water , Table Hill , and a few other cool places. Bring snacks , they have water, soda, beer all you can drink for 25$ US. Its a four hour trip with a stop on Mambo Beach for two hours which is nice.

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    Hato Caves

    by spartan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The remarkable carvings dating back as far as 1,500 years, make the Hato Caves in itself a very interesting site to visit. Add the knowledge that the caves were the place where runaway slaves used to hide, and the fact that is still known as a popular meeting place to perform ancient religious ceremonies, and you know it is place you ought to have seen before you leave Curaçao. The Caves are open Tuesday through Sunday; multi-lingual tours are given on the hour from 10 am to 5 pm.; admission is $6.25 for adults, and $4.75 for children under 13.

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    Fort Amsterdam and the Fort Church Museum

    by starship Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    UPDATE: This Fort Church museum has been totally renovated and expanded and was re-opened in September, 2007! The museum has also expanded the number and quality of its exhibits and everything is showcased in excellent and visually appealing displays. Particularly pleasing is the way in which the "color" of Curacao has been brought inside to this small gem of a museum.

    Built in 1634, Fort Amsterdam has guarded Curacao harbor against marauding pirates, and other enemies for centuries. The fort and the accompanying historic Fort Church surround an open quadrangle entered through a small archway. This building you see is the current seat of government and parliament for the Dutch Antilles which also includes Bonaire and St. Maarten (Aruba has its own seat of government). While in the outdoor quadrangle, look for the cannonball embedded high in the Fort Church outer wall.

    The Fort Church Museum is located in the back of the church and is said to contain a very fine collection of artifacts pertaining to the Church's Dutch Protestant congregation. The Protestant Fort Church, opened in 1769. On display are artifacts such as silver chalices and a mahogany baptismal font, with a collection of records of the congregation going back hundreds of years. Admission to the Fort Church Museum is about 3 NL Antillian Guilders or approximately US $1.70 (2003 price). Worth a look if you have the time.

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    Remarkable Imagination - Sea Sculptures

    by starship Updated Aug 26, 2009

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    Just near the cruise ship pier but within 10 minutes of "downtown" Punda, you will find a type of sculpture and artwork that you have probably not seen elsewhere. You will be surprised by the "people" sculptures there. Some imaginative souls have piled, leaned or otherwise fashioned people sculptures out of coral and other stone which look like a gathering of people welcoming people ashore to Curacao or looking as if they are having a day out by the shore. I found these sculptures fascinating and they ultimately became one of my strongest memories of Curacao eclipsed only by the architecture and colorfulness of Wilemstad.

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    Punda

    by starship Updated Aug 26, 2009

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    After exploring the little narrow streets, we found this little playground park not far behind the main streets of Handelskade and Breedestraat which seemed to be in an odd place because it didn't seem to be near any residential housing. A look at a local map of Punda indicated it is possibly part of Wilhelmina Park. I couldn't verify this.

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