Netherlands Antilles Things to Do

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Netherlands Antilles Things to Do

  • Beaches

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Our tour with Irie Tours stopped at Playa Forti just for a photo op. Our guide said you could cliff jump from here but there were signs saying that it was dangerous and no one else was doing it so David decided not to try and I would have never done it, not liking heights and quite liking breathing. I saw a few people swimming but really didn't...

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  • Bonaire National Marine Park

    Bonaire Things to Do

    A great dive to do after Karpata. Hit Karpata early in the morning, you have to take a dirt road to get back on the two way road and this detour spits you out right at Oil Slick. They have a nice wooden dock with a ladder for easy access out of the water. This is a great spot to kill some time in between dives. Oil Slick get deep immediately so...

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  • Dutch Architecture

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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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  • Queen Emma Bridge

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Built in 1888, the Queen Emma Bridge is a floating pedestrian bridge across St. Anna Bay connecting the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens frequently, while we were there it opened at least a couple of times to let ferries go through. When a larger ship goes through it can take longer, I read that there is a...

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  • Floating Market

    Curaçao Things to Do

    On our tour of the city, the tour guide pointed out the floating market. Small fishing boats from Venezuela (which is only 40 miles away and a different climate from Curacao entirely) dock on the canal, whose sidewalks are lined with stalls shielded from the sun by colorful canopies. The tables are laden with fruits and vegetables of all...

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  • Siete Boca

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Our last stop of the tour with Irie was Shete Boka, the national park. From the parking area we walked to Boka Tabla, where huge waves thunder into an underground cavern and then walked up to see the views from the top.

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  • Hato Caves

    Curaçao Things to Do

    After we went to the museum, we passed by the desalinization plant, and the airport and visited the Hato Caves. Apparently the grottos and stalagmites are spectacular. The guide said that there would be 48 steps and it would be hot in the caves, so Bob and I opted not to go. We sat on the porch outside the snack bar. The blind man that was on the...

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  • Willemstad Tour

    Curaçao Things to Do

    After our tour with Irie Tours we had about 1 1/2 hours to spend in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao. The shopping area is across the Queen Emma, or swinging, bridge from where the cruise dock is, the bridge opens frequently although only part way when the ferries go through. I read that there is a ferry to get people across the water should the...

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  • Hotel Day Pass

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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...

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  • Christoffelpark

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Rent a car and drive to Christoffel National Park. This is the island's national park and features some really nice scenery. You can get a map for $1-$2 (depending on what they feel like charging) and drive the park. I wouldn't recommend driving the inland side of the park unless you plan to hike up Mt. Christoffel. The hike is a bit strenuous but...

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  • Sea Aquarium

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Okay, so maybe we aren't right in our minds, but swimming with the sting rays while trying to feed sharks and sea turtles was pretty amazing! We also swam with the dolphins. This was all at the aquarium. The aquarium is a little off of the beaten path. You see, I was mistaken when I got there. I figured I could walk to everything. I mean, it all...

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  • Curaçao Liqeuer

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Our last visit was to Seniors Curacao which is where the authentic Curacao liqueur is made from the dried peel of Curacao golden oranges (citrus aurantium curassuviensis) which turned out to be too bitter to actually eat. (Senior was the name of the man who figured out how to use the oranges in 1896.) The liqueur is sometimes blue and is used in a...

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  • Sephardic Jews - Synagogue & Cemeteries

    Curaçao Things to Do

    On our first visit to Curacao, we passed by the synagogue. On our last visit to Curacao we wanted to document cemeteries. I saw that there was a Jewish Cemetery #2, so I asked the taxi director about Jewish Cemetery #1. And Beth Bleinhaim was where he took us. Jews have a long history here. Most of these settlers were originally from Spain and...

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  • Diving

    Curaçao Things to Do

    The west side of Curacao has several protected white sand beaches. The shore slopes gently to about 15 meters then drops off sharply creating a wall for coral and larger sea life. Although I have been certified for 3 years, I had never taken an unescorted dive. The Marriott scuba center quoted me close to $500 to take 4 divers on a 2 tank morning...

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  • Snorkeling and Water Sports

    Curaçao Things to Do

    November 2008 - We took a trip on a bus to the far side of the island from the cruise ship port on an excursion. The beach was very damaged by a recent storm. A lot of the sand had washed away and water shoes were necessary for most people. The area was very, very secluded. A rain storm developed and a lot of people stopped swimming. Guess they...

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  • Pietermaai Cathedral

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Another example of the lovely statuary in the cathedral, notice the beautifully painted detail of this statue similar to the Pieta in Italy. It is also an example of the exceptional condition of the church and the works of art that remain inside. Given the humidity of the island, not to mention the deteriorating effects of salt water air, this...

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  • Curaçao Museum

    Curaçao Things to Do

    First we went to the Curaçao Museum which is located in the old military hospital building dating from 1853. I was most interested in the exhibits of life in the 1900s such as Curaçao furniture of the 18th and 19th century, and the traditional Curaçao kitchen. There is a Carillon dating from 1951 and sculptures located in the garden of the museum....

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  • Free Ferry

    Curaçao Things to Do

    When the Queen Emma Bridge is pulled aside for a ship to enter, there is a ferry to get passengers across. The first time we were in Curacao, the bridge was being repaired, so the ferry was doing all the work. The ferry is a shuttle that makes regular trips between Willemstad and Otrobanda. We never actually got to ride on the ferry although I...

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  • Bloemhof Plantation

    Curaçao Things to Do

    When we got to Bloemhof and while the lady was telling us about the history of the plantation, she was talking about roof tiles, and I leaned backwards to take a photo of the roof tiles on the porch overhang from underneath, and had an instant attack of very bad vertigo. [Vertigo makes me very dizzy and unable to tell which way is up.] So I told...

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  • Rif Fort

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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...

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  • Queen Juliana Bridge

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Our first view of the Queen Juliana Bridge (the high fixed bridge) was from the bow camera in our room. We went up the the refinery, turned around and docked facing out. When we went up to eat at about 0720, the buffet area was quite busy (no tables to sit inside), so we ate outside by the pool and could see the bridge from the ship. I took some...

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  • Street Sculpture

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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...

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  • Kura Hulanda

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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...

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  • Queen Wilhelmina Bridge

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Actually it was a drawbridge before it was converted to a regular bridge. Now it serves as a remnant of the past. We walked across the Queen Wilhelmina bridge on our way from the parking lot in Punta to the floating market. and back. You can get some good pictures of the boats from this location.

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  • Maritime Museum

    Curaçao Things to Do

    We had a night tour that started at 5:30. We drove around town and then went to the Naval Museum which was very interesting. It included an exhibition consisting of displays with authentic nautical charts, ship models and navigation equipment. There was a spiral staircase with a mural behind it of various aspects of maritime history. The museum...

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  • Fort Amsterdam

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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...

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  • Calendar

    Curaçao Things to Do

    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...

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  • Ostrich Farm

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Come and visit the Curaçao Ostrich Farm and take the opportunity to meet these fascinating birds up-close and personal. You can touch them, feed them even ride them (for real daredevils only). Every hour a safari truck will take you on a remarkable tour through the farm corals where the ostriches live. All you have to do is announce yourself at the...

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  • Aloë Vera

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Curacao has natural Aloe Vera plants. This world famous plant has natural healing powers! It can be used externally to treat various skin conditions such as cuts, burns and eczema, and eases pain and reduces inflammation. So knowing this, I stopped at the road to get a leaf of this wonderplant.. But offcourse you can also visit the plantations,...

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  • Gambling

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Well I thought that Vegas was the only place where they had slot machines at the airport. Geez, was I wrong...lol...as you walk off the plane, you here that distinct 'cha ching' of the slot machine. Of course I could not pass that up!

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  • willemstad

    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...

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  • Willemstad.

    Here can you see the connection between the to parts of Willemstad Punda and Ottrabanda The Wilhelmina pontoonbridge The picture is taken from the other bridge the Julianabridge.

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  • And finaly the flag of Curacao..

    And finaly the flag of Curacao. This is the end of my 9 months Netherland Antilles, it was a hard but great time to be here and i hafe a lot of fun and much see that period.

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  • This is one of the Leafcacti.

    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...

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  • Here one of the famous DiviDivi trees..

    Here one of the famous DiviDivi Trees. Made by the strong winds is he growing in one direction.

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  • Snorkling or diving.

    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...

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  • Curaçao’s waters.

    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.Westpoint sandybeach.

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  • The road to the westcoast..

    The road to the westcoast you can see the mountains of the 7 Hilss. The highest moutain is the Christoffel Mountain.

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  • Fresh Water.

    Did You know.......Curaçaoans distill their tap waterdirectly from the sea, making it very pure, and very nice to drink. To meet the waterneeds of the whole island, a huge 'water factory' is operated near Otrabanda.

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  • Floating Market.

    Floating Market. Here is the market where Colombians coming with the boat to sale their products as vegetetables, fish and fruit.

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  • The time that I stay in The Netherlands...

    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.

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  • diving

    if you visit the antilles, you really have to get your padi open water certificate!!The underwaterworld is just amazing!!

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  • BEACHES

    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 bestbeach. We were...

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  • Here my mother and I are...

    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...

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  • My brother using the suncream...

    My brother using the suncream :) How little he was back then. He always got sunburnt I remember...now he is 18 and always has that nice brown ten when he has been in the sun :)

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