Willemstad is the territorial capital of the Netherlands Antilles. Located at 12°7′N 68°56′W / 12.117°N 68.933°W / 12.117; -68.933Coordinates: 12°7′N 68°56′W / 12.117°N 68.933°W / 12.117; -68.933, on the island of Curaçao, it has an estimated population of 125,000. The historic centre of the city consists of two quarters: Punda and Otrobanda. They are separated by the St. Anna bay, an inlet that leads into the large natural harbour called the 'Schottegat'.
Punda was established in 1634, when the Dutch captured the island from Spain. The original name of Punda originally was de punt in Dutch. Otrobanda, which was founded in 1707, is the newer section of the city and is considered to be the cultural center of Willemstad. Its name originated from the Papiamentu otro banda, which means "the other side." Punda and Otrobanda are connected by Queen Emma Bridge, a long Bridge of boats. The city center of Willemstad boasts an array of colonial architecture that is influenced by Dutch styles. The city center, with its peculiar architecture and beautiful harbour entry, has been made a UNESCO world heritage site.
This is one of the Leafcacti you find on Curacao. When you pass this cacti take care and distance because when you touch it you have the needles everywhere. Anddddddddddd take care where you go sit for a rest...lol...
If you’ve never snorkeled or dived, now may be good time to learn. At the very least put on a mask to get a glimpse of the wonders just below the surface. It is recommended that you snorkel with a buddy (standard practice For complete dive information, consult this site's diving section, with detailed information about diving on Curaçao.
A lonely boat.
Curaçao’s waters are teeming with underwater life: multi-colored parrot fish, silvery barracuda, spotted French angelfish and colorful butterfly-fish are just some of the varieties you’re apt to see. Colonies of coral and sea anemones inhabit the waters just off the shore.
Did You know.......
Curaçaoans distill their tap water
directly from the sea, making it very pure, and very nice to drink. To meet the water
needs of the whole island, a huge 'water factory' is operated near Otrabanda.
The time that I stay in the Netherlands Antillen the Netherlands Antillen has 6 island, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Maarten and St. Eustatius. Now is Aruba independent. Here you see the ABC Islands. The photo is a cover of one of my photobooks.
COPECOY BEACH: The best beach, in my opinion. The sand is white and clean! There are cliffs and small caves. The waves are medium. Just enough to have fun, but not to big to loose contol! The far end is clothing optional. So it means you can either have a bathing suit, be topless or being naked.
ORIENT BAY: Was supposed to be the best
beach. We were disapointed. Not clean, very crowdy. The waves were strong and took me down. Fortunately, my father in law rescued me. We went out of the water. Neither of us liked it and wanted to go back.
Here my mother and I are baking together at Seaquarium Beach ;) Watch out with laying in the sun between 11 am and 2 pm. It's better to go sunbading before 11 am or after 3 pm. And use lots of suncream and make sure you drink enough water. Also getting burnt in the water is very easy, so choose a waterproof suncream or go in with a T-shirt when you are sunburnt.
Near the Seaquarium you can find the Seaquarium and the Princess Beach. You have to pay some entree fee here (less then five dollars). The beach is a bit crowded, but still many fish swim here in the water. The first time you feel fish swimming around you, it might scare you a little. The beach has palmtrees and snack and cocktailbars.
Go and see the Seaquarium. You can see all sorts of fish in watertanks, you can see fish by diving here or you can meet some turtles and sealions here. Turtles and sealions are also to be encountered when you go diving by yourself at a quiet beach :)
Through the St Annaby can go large ships, like these oiltanker. Also there are possiblities to rent a ship here or to board a ship that brings you to other islands. For more information see my transportation tips.
This is not a must see, but a must use for traffic. The Queen Juliana Bridge at Willemstad, transports you easily from the south to the north and it brings you from one to the other side of Willemstad too.
This is the front sight of the Emma Bridge. The wood makes a bit of a creeping sound when you walk over the bridge, but don't be afraid :) For cars it's not allowed to cross by this bridge, they are to heavy. For traffic another bridge is built...
This is the Boat or Ponton Bridge (Queen Emma Bridge). The bridge connects Punda with Otrabanda. The St Anna Bay Channel runs right through these two halfs of Willemstad (Willem City). It's funny walking on this floating bridge. Also the system for letting through a boat is quite cool :) The boats start floating to the side then and you will have to take a ferry to cross the bay then.
Scubadiving and driving around in a car, stop at the beaches: Grote Knip, Kleine Knip, Seaquarium beach, Lugunabeach.
Go and see Willemstad. It is divided in two parts: Otrabanda and Punda. Punda is nice to see and to go shopping. Otrabanda is nice to go out. The two parts are divided by a canal. You can cross to the other side by using the boatbridge or a small ferry.
Diving: beautiful fish and seaplants.
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