Curaçao Travel Guide

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    Willemstad, Curacao
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Curaçao Things to Do

  • Queen Emma Bridge

    Pontoon Bridges are relatively rare. There was one for automobiles on the Intercoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach which has finally become a boat ramp. It was the only vehicle pontoon bridge left in operation on the entire East Coast. But a floating pontoon bridge has“zero clearance,” so all boats, no matter how small have to have the bridge removed...

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  • Dutch Architecture

    Curaçao architecture blends Dutch and Spanish colonial styles. The wide range of historic buildings in and around Willemstad has resulted in the capital being designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We were told the possibly apocryphal story by the trolley tour guide about the governor who said that all white buildings gave him headaches and...

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  • Beaches

    Knip beach was our second beach stop. This beach is free to visit and there are a few picnic tables but no lounge chairs. The snorkeling here was good, especially along the rocks at the edge of the beach, and no jelly fish stings. I didn't see a reef but one of the websites on Curacao suggests strong swimmers can reach the reef from shore but...

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Curaçao Restaurants

  • Hook's Hut Beach Bar

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Just returned from Curacao and nothing to eat is cheap. Best thing is to get a good meal for your money. We ate at several restaraunts and most of the time left still hungry. Hooks is the exception - by far the best food deal on the island. Also try the restaraunts in the Rif Fort the Indian was outstanding and the Steak and Seafood restaraunt...

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  • Goveurneur de Rouville

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dine on the verandah of a restored 19th century Dutch mansion overlooking the Santa Ana Bay and colourful Punda skyline or in the romantic, courtyard amongst lush tropical plants under the stars! This restaurant was so amazing, I dined there two nights in a row!! Highly recommended!! Keshi Yenya a hearty local dish of chicken, prunes and Dutch...

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  • Bistro Le Clochard

    4 out of 5 stars

    There are restaurants housed in some old fortresses. My favorites: Bistro Le Clochard: at the entrance of the St. Annabay on the Otrobanda side. Great view, greater food, the most priced in town (i mean dollars)! tel. 4625666 Fort Nassau: at the top of the hill at the end of the St. Annabay. Fantastic view, very good cuisine. tel....

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Curaçao Nightlife

  • Casino

    Fun is no gamble in Curacao, one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets, and one of the world's most exciting gambling destinations. The night is young. The stakes are high. The action is irresistible. And Curacao’s Casinos are teeming with excitement and energy. In their causal yet elegant casinos, players will discover a variety of ways to test...

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  • Punda

    Punda in Willenstad has plenty of restaurants but almost NO bars or clubs. There is one cafe by Subway and KFC that opens until midnight and another bar about 200m away towards the bridge then up a side street to the left. The swedish owner seems ok and the bar there is nice - just very quiet. The Old Dutch Cafe is about 2-3mins walk on the same...

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  • Mambo Beach

    In the weekends Mambo beach turns into an open air nightclub. A lot of tourists come here to party every weekend. The music repetoire is divers and once in a while there are live acts. Whatever you want, but you have to be over 18 and take your ID

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Curaçao Transportation

  • By Air

    We have never been to Curaçao by air - we have always come on a cruise ship. The photos were taken when we drove past the airport on an excursion. Airport shops offer brand name perfumes, liquors, cigarettes, designer sunglasses, fashion watches, jewelry and latest electronics and gadgets in duty free and retail shops. These include: • Omni,...

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  • Car rental

    To see the best of Curacao, you need to rent a car. Of course there are many regular car rentals, but I found a new and very nice one: Ducks United. Driving around the island in a duck is so much fun, it's an experience by itself! Every duck is a convertible, with an extra sunroof and will get you anywhere, even on the roughest roads of the island!...

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  • Taxis

    LIke most Caribbean islands, the rates for taxis are not metered - they are a flat rate for a specific route. If you want to go someplace out of the ordinary, it is best to negotiate beforehand. Taxis are easy to recognize, as they all have signs on top of their cars, and the license plate numbers always start with TX for taxi. Taxi rates are...

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Curaçao Shopping

  • Cruise Ship Dock Vendors

    I left my good hat (to protect me from the sun) on the seat of the taxi. So I bought one from the vendors at the cruise ship dock. Sometimes the vendors at the dock are really good options to buy things and other times they just have tourist stuff. I bought a little cotton hat with a loop that went under my chin. I could have used the hats I won at...

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  • Emilia Boutique

    INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE, INCREDIBLE! THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY. This beautiful high-end clothing and swimwear shop has the best clothing and swimwear! The best European designs and styles, the best american designs, right in the heart of the Caribbean. The prices are great too.. dont miss it !! I give it a 10 out of 10. Check it out !!! Emilia...

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  • Floating Market

    If you're looking for fresh fruits, vegetables or fish, this is the place to shop. Merchands from nearby Venezuela come to Curacao and sell their goods right from their boats. Opening times: 5am-6.30pm from Monday to Friday and 5am to 1pm on Sundays. Vegetables, fruits, fish... it's cheap

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Curaçao Local Customs

  • Papiamentu

    The official languages of Curaçao are Dutch and English. But most of the people on Aruba and Curaçao speak Papiamentu, which is a mixture of African and Portuguese language with some influences from English, Dutch and Spanish. Many early residents of Curaçao were Sephardic Jews either from Portugal, Spain, or Portuguese Brazil so that may be one of...

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  • Road Signs

    If you are out shopping or sightseeing in Willemstad and discover that you don't have a clue where you might be, look for these signs . They are located at many of the street crossings and show you where you are. They are very helpful.

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  • Money

    All places take USD$$, but you will not always get USD as change. In general I think if I can remember the exchange was $20=NAfl 35 (or $1 = NAfl 1.75). It seemed that everyone used that exchange rate and people were honest about it. I only brought $20 bills with me and that was fine. There were some ATMS in Willemstad and while I was driving...

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Curaçao Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime

    It is recommended to stay to the main streets at nightime. The back streets of Punda are especially to be avoided after 8 pm. A street like Pietermaai looks inviting in the daylight but is a bit lonelier at night. I walked out to the Avila Hotel in the day time, for example, but would not do that at nighttime. Thankfully, I never experienced any...

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  • Queen Emma Bridge

    The charming, floating Queen Emma brudge is in constant use by locals and tourists. The busy harbour traffic means the bridge may be partially or completely out of service. I never quite learned their signalling system but it sure is fun to see the scrum of people trying, sometime in vain, to get off the bridge in time!

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  • Eco tips

    Coral reef Eco Tips: 1) Follow the sandy areas when swimming across the shallow part of a reef. It is easy to accidentally crush corals and disturb other animals 2) Don't touch corals or hang of, rest on, or kick them. Corals are living animals and are damaged even by gentle handling. 3) Avoid kicking up the sand. It spoils the visibility for...

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Curaçao Tourist Traps

  • "Dushi" Madness

    The word "Dushi" means darling/sweetheart in Papiamentu. You will see it hawked to death at every tourist store on every horrid t-shirt. Here's a obligatory picture from an oblique angle for those who claim to need their "Dushi" fix! Look at the sign instead if buying a crappy t-shirt! Have some Kadushi (cactus) soup, instead!

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  • Wrong fuel

    Please be aware to choose the right type of fuel for your car. I just got a mail from visitors who ended up with a big bill for repairs, after they filled up the rented car with the wrong fuel..... Most rental cars use plain gas, we call [gas-o-leen]. If im not mistaken: Plain gas (92 or 95 octane) is labeled GASOIL. Do not use DIESEL. Please...

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  • Yes, I have to mention the "Dushi"...

    The word "Dushi" means darling/sweetheart in Papiamentu. You will see it hawked to death at every tourist store on every horrid t-shirt. Here's a obligatory picture from an oblique angle for those who claim to need their "Dushi" fix! Look at the sign instead if buying a crappy t-shirt! Have some Kadushi (cactus) soup, instead!

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Curaçao What to Pack

  • Sunscreen

    Bring some kind of day pack for when you'll be out all day. Bring loose fitting clothes. It is hot most of the time although sometimes at night it was a little cool. I wore shorts, tanks, lived in my flip flops, or wore a loose fitting cotton shirt. Flowing skirts are appropriate. It didn't look like people dressed up much. Maybe if you go out to a...

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  • Hat

    A hat is essential since it is hot in Curacao. Mine came from Coolibar and is the best wide-brimmed hat I own. Make sure it has a chin cord otherwise you will lose your hat due to the strong trade winds.

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  • Make sure your hat has a chin cord...

    A hat is essential since it is hot in Curacao. Mine came from Coolibar and is the best wide-brimmed hat I own. Make sure it has a chin cord otherwise you will lose your hat due to the strong trade winds.

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Curaçao Off The Beaten Path

  • Coral Reefs

    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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  • Blowhole & Coastal Locations

    On the northern tip of the island, down several bumpy dirt roads lies Watamula. A large hole in the rocky ground where the ocean waves crash & create powerful imagery. It is also a top dive site for advanced divers. I highly recommend. Follow the signs ... it is fairly well marked.

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  • Hotel "Creeping"

    The Renaissance is where I would stay on my return visit to Curacao. It has an amazing infinity pool and a terrific location near town along with a good selection of shops and places to eat and drink. Forget the bland Lobby bar and head into the casino where you can splurge on the 5 cent slot machines and order all the free drinks you could want....

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Curaçao Sports & Outdoors

  • A game of volleyball

    Some of our group never passes up a chance to play a game of volleyball whether on the court or on the sand.They were so happy to get the chance to play the day that we were at Breezes.

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  • Watch the fish

    The water was so clear that we could see many kinds of fish every time we went snorkeling.This was so fun!

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  • Go out in a kayak

    We had so much fun going out in the kayaks the day we spent at Breezes Super Club.They have several sitting on the beach and you can take them out when ever available.

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Curaçao Favorites

  • Free wifi

    The capital city, Willemstad, has free wifi throughout town according to the information booth but the signal isn't always strong. We were able to find the best connection on the other side of the swinging bridge from the cruise port in front of the Subway and KFC. There's an internet shop right there and I'm guessing that's why it was such a...

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  • Refinery

    The first sight we had when we came into the harbor in 2005 was of the fire coming out of the stacks of the refinery on the bow camera. Where were we going?Curacao is very very arid. It isn't suitable for agriculture. When they had slaves available, they were able to market salt. I produces oranges, the dried peel of which is the base for the...

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  • Tourist Info

    The Tourist Info stand on the Punda side of the Queen Emma Bridge is an essential resource. There is a larger black lady with glasses who is terrific. Make sure to get the bus schedule. Also, they will make reservations for day trips here. Enjoying the refreshing water at Grote Knip beach (at least until a small eel came my way and scared me out...

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Top 5 Caribbean Islands: Curacao

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Though Curaçao did have a run-in with Hurricane Felix in 2007, the "C" of the "ABC Islands" is still a great bet for a safe and drama-free trip during hurricane season. Curaçao is the largest of the Netherland Antilles, located in between Aruba and Bonaire, just 35 miles north of Venezula. In addition to having over 35 beaches, the island has lots of opportunities for the active traveler. The island boasts 60 spectacular dive locations, including the Tugboat site, a wreck that sunk over 25 years ago, and Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited desert island off the southeast coast of Curaçao. For those who want to stay on dry land, hikers can venture to the island's highest point, 1,230-ft Mount Christoffel, which lies in a reserved wildlife park. The island's main city, Willemstad, is filled with unparalleled color and preserved Dutch colonial buildings; the town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And don't forget to taste one of the island's famous exports: blue Curacaço, the liquor, which is made from the rinds of island grown Laraha oranges, and actually comes in several bright colors.

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