Willemstad Travel Guide

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Willemstad Things to Do

  • Den Paradera Botanic and Historic Garden

    Because of my vertigo attack, when we got to the Botanical Garden, I didn't even get off the bus - I just drew the curtains and slept a little bit. Bob did very well at the photos.Dinah Veeris was on a one-woman crusade to preserve traditional medicinal plants. In the early 1980s she began Den Paradera, a magnificent botanical garden where she...

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  • Maritime Museum

    The Curaçao Maritime Museum documents 500 years maritime history of Curaçao. There is a permanent exhibition consisting of displays with authentic nautical charts, ship models and navigation equipment combined with audiovisual techniques As well as the exhibition, the museum also offers a number of interesting tours. We had a night time tour after...

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  • Pietermaai Cathedral

    In Willemstad the main Catholic church is Pietermaai Cathedral: Reina di Santisimo Rosario (Queen of the Most Holy Rosary) Cathedral. On our tour, we went into the Pietermaai Cathedral, where she told us about the pipe organ (pipes from 2 meters to 2 cm) and the story of the Venezuelan doctor who did 'laying on of hands' i.e. faith healing. When he...

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  • Trolley Train Tour

    Our first excursion on our first visit to Curacao was the little pink trolley which gave a tour of Willemstad. We did not stop at the National Archives which is in Bolo di Bruit known as the wedding cake house, but just drove by for pictures. She pointed out the floating market as we drove by, and after we toured the old city, we went into the...

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  • Fort Amsterdam

    Fort Amsterdam was constructed in 1634 by the Dutch West India Company (DWIC) and served not only as a military fort but also as the headquarters of the DWIC. The fort is considered the main of eight forts on the island, There is another smaller fort facing it across Sint Anna Bay. The fort is currently part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site...

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  • Queen Emma Bridge

    The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay in Curaçao. It connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of oceangoing vesselsThe bridge is moved by two diesel motors. I was very disappointed on our first visit to Curacao not to see the...

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  • 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 description. Arrive early enough and you’ll see the vendors waking up in their...

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  • Carnaval in the evening

    times for 2010Grand Farewell Carnival Parade 5.00 P.M - 12.00 A.M RouteSTART: Rooseveltweg (At crossing Jan noordduynweg / Winstonchurchillweg) through retonde Palu Blanku continuing on Schottegatweg West through Marchena, Stoppelweg, Weg naar Welgelegen and Scheidelaar turns left entering Roodeweg through Roodeweg turns right entering...

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  • Carnaval by Daylight

    Around februari there is a carnaval parade.for up to date info you can look on the websiteinfo route 2010START: Rooseveltweg (At crossing Jan noordduynweg / Winstonchurchillweg) through retonde Palu Blanku continuing on Schottegatweg West through Marchena, Stoppelweg, Weg naar Welgelegen and Scheidelaar turns left entering Roodeweg through Roodeweg...

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Willemstad Hotels

  • Baoase Luxury Resort

    Winterswijkstraat 2, Willemstad, 00000, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • The Scuba Lodge

    Pietermaai 104, Willemstad, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

    The Rif Fort, Otrobanda, Willemstad, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Willemstad Restaurants

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    by henri123 Written Feb 26, 2008

    Go there to have local food but also to sit with local people; large tables you may sit with a whole family.
    This place is covered and fresh; a very good place to have a drink also.

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Willemstad Off The Beaten Path

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    by grandmaR Updated Jan 23, 2015

    In Willemstad proper is the second Jewish cemetery on Curacao. The Sephardic Jews who settled here were originally from Spain and Portugal. They fled the Inquisition to Holland and the first significant group arrived in Curacao in 1659. In 1864,some of the Jews wanted to go to more modern observances and built their own temple and consecrated their own cemetery at Berg Altena.

    This cemetery is very different from most Jewish cemeteries in that it has many beautiful marble sculptures. There are tombstones with more conservative designs. In the early days lower half-circle tombs were built. By the 1700s, when the Jews had started becoming more monetarily successful, the tombstones were more elaborate and made from marble or other high-quality material. When I first saw the cemetery I found it hard to believe that it was actually a Jewish cemetery. I thought that someone had gotten the name wrong. I was only convinced when I saw that the graves had Hebrew characters and the Star of David.

    Bust sculpture on top of monument Map of cemetery location Marble monument inside a fence Tree trunk monument Full length statue
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Willemstad Favorites

  • Bridges connecting waterways

    Named after some of the most memorable Dutch queens, these stately bridges connect the many waterways of Willemstad. Queen Emma Bridge Origin—Built in 1888 by Leonard Burlington Smith, and named after Queen Emma (1890–1898), this bridge connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts. Points of interest—16 floating pontoon boats support the “Pontoon...

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  • Colours to prevent headaches

    Between the blues of the sky and sea, you'll sea the distinct colors of Curaçao's buildings—part "New World," part "Old World," and completely unique. It is said that one of the early Dutch governors, under the pretext of medical advice, outlawed buildings being painted pure white, because the reflection of the sun glaring off on them was said to...

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  • Dutch Influences

    Established in the mid-1600s, Willemstad’s covey of structures recall the quaint designs of Amsterdam, with exquisite 17th and 18th century Dutch colonial buildings not to be found anywhere else outside of the Netherlands. In time, as Willemstad’s traditional styles were modified to accommodate the island’s dry and breezy climate, Caribbean accents...

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