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Netherlands Antilles Things to Do

  • Beaches

    Curaçao Things to Do

    I had originally planned to visit Playa Knip, than walk to Playa Lagun on foot, but it turned out to be a lot further than I thought, so we ended up taking the bus here on our last day. This beach, named after the clam and beautiful lagoon on which it sits, is most famous for its spectacular snorkeling, which is said to be the best on the entire...

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  • Bonaire National Marine Park

    Bonaire Things to Do

    Purchase the Marine Park tag ($10.00 cash) and receive orientation about park. The waters are warm and clear with visibility averaging between 100 and 150 feet. Heaven for scuba diving or snorkeling. Bring your own snorkel for sure ... we went in rainy season in October .. the sun pretty much didn't show itself. We snorkeled in the rain and still...

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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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  • Slave Huts

    Bonaire Things to Do

    If you are touring Bonaire, and on your way to the salt pier, you will pass this small, but very important stop. Here you will see the huts in which the slaves, until the 1860s, would dwell in small, roughly ten foot by ten foot huts, and each of these, for multiple numbers of slaves. Here you will see the huts in which the slaves. You might pass...

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  • Sea Aquarium

    4 out of 5 stars

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Visiting the Curacao Seaquarium left me with mixed feelings. It is often regarded as the best aquarium in the Caribbean and indeed it probably is as there are not too many quality aquariums for it to be compared too however when matched against some of the better aquariums in North America it seems to be a relatively minor attraction. The Curacao...

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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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  • Snorkeling and Water Sports

    Curaçao Things to Do

    If you only have time to snorkel one site on Curacao, choose this one. There are many great snorkeling sites on the island, but Lagun is by far the BEST and most spectacular. It is an absolute MUST for divers and snorkelers and is NOT to be missed. I've snorkeled various sites in Maui and the Caribbean, and this was the BEST snorkeling I've had...

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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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  • 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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  • Shete Boca National Park

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pietermaai Cathedral

    Curaçao Things to Do

    On our trolley tour we stopped at this beautiful church, known as the "Cathedral of Pietermaai" or Cathedral of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. Built in 1870, the outside is bathed in a golden ochre color and trimmed in white. Though compared to the grand European cathedrals, this cathedral may appear a little austere but the inside is...

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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. These were a small, bitter orange, the citrus aurantium curassuviensis, which grew in wild abundance and to which no special heed was paid in Curacao, as it was too bitter to actually eat. (Senior was the name...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Curaçao Museum

    Curaçao Things to Do

    In 2005 we took two tours from the ship. The afternoon one was called Discover Curaçao 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....

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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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  • Queen Wilhelmina Bridge

    4 out of 5 stars

    Curaçao Things to Do

    This is the third 'Queen" bridge - Queen Wilhelmina this time. We saw it on the trolley tour in 2005. I don't have but one photo of it and I didn't know that it was no longer a drawbridge until I read another tip.

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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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  • Fort Beekenburg

    Curaçao Things to Do

    This was my favorite attraction on Curacao. This spectacular stone fort is located in Jan Thiel, on a small cliff overlooking the picturesque Caracas Bay, nestled amongst stunning coral limestone rocks. It was built 1703, under the orders of Governor Nicolaas van Beek, hence the name Fort Beekenburg. It was built to the entrance to Caracas Bay...

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  • Sint Willibrordus

    Curaçao Things to Do

    Near where we stopped to see the flamingos there is a small chapel along the roadside, the Chapel of the Twins. The chapel was built in 1951 by Dr. Christiaan Engels and his wife Lucilia Engels-Boskaljon, they intended on being buried here. One day when the couple were painting images of saints inside the church Lucilia told her husband that she...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Irie Tours

    Curaçao Things to Do

    I didn't think we needed a tour for Curacao but after doing a little reading, it sounded like it made sense because the sites are reasonably far apart. Irie Tours came highly recommended so I booked the shorter 5 hour version of the West Beach Hopping tour that is designed for cruise passengers for $75 per person. We ended up with a private tour so...

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  • Ostrich Farm

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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