I Awakened with the Curacao Tourist Board to Get a getaway that was quick but fun to the island of Curacao.
Known for beaches and the colonial architecture, Curacao is fantastic mixture of landscapes and tradition that is exceptional.
Brief History of Curacao
Where to Eat
Tour the Hato Caves
For 3 days I toured the island to do in Curacao, also when I wasn’t running around poolside was lounging at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort. Here is my list of the best things to do in Curacao, but first…
Visit Curacao’s Ostrich Farm
Curacao is an island at the southern Caribbean Sea about 40 miles north of Venezuela. It is a constituent country that forms part of this Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island was discovered by the Alonso de Ojeda, a lieutenant to Christopher Columbus at 1499. The Spanish must have named it Corazon or”heart” because 20 decades later the island seemed on a Portuguese map since Curacao.
Attempt Curacao Liqueur at the Factory
It turned into a Dutch territory in 1634, until decolonization arrived in 1954, when the Netherlands Antilles (a five-island autonomous Caribbean country) gained equal status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and Curacao became autonomous within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Hike Christoffelpark National Park
Shete Boka National Park
Curacao is an island of pristine beaches and azure blue waters. Dutch is the official language but, Spanish and English are also widely spoken. Papiamentu is currently Curacao’s local and native language and can be a mix of seven distinct languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, African and Arawak Indian).
Stay at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort
Willemstad is Curacao’s capital and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage City.
St. Anna Bay divides the city into two sections, Punda (east) and Otrobanda (west) and they are both connected by the Queen Emma Bridge. The majority of the main sites are seen at Punda. Handelskade is your #1 attraction at Willemstad. This waterfront road includes a row of colorful colonial houses. After being plagued by issues, which he blamed on the glare of houses, Governor-genergal Albert Kikket and a legislation passed which pastel colors must be utilized on all buildings. This is the reason all of the buildings here and at Willemstad are so vibrant.
Go Cliff Jumping in Grote Knip “Playa Abou”
Queen Emma Bridge is a long pontoon bridge which connects Punda and Otrobanda. The bridge was constructed in 1888 and has been renovated in 1939. It’s hinged and opens to let ships pass. The locals have awarded the bridge that the nickname”Our Swinging Old Lady” because it’ll swing to the Otrabanda aspect of Willemstad. Attempt to be around the bridge (next to Punda) if it opens. This will give you the chance sway in the water and you may capture some pictures of Handelskade from there.
Go to the Suplado Blow Hole!
Next is the Floating Market — a network of ships from Venezuela filled with fresh fruit and vegetables and sometimes even seafood. Here it is possible to discover avocados, carrots, maybe even and yuca sugar cane at a low price. Pass the marketplace, if you are seeking to take images of these ships and visit another bridge.
Now we visit Plasa Bieu, that’s the old sector. Where girls would sell food, it was but is presently a food court. I advise that you come for lunch to view of the action! If you are adventurous attempt some Iguana meat!
There are numerous forts in Willemstad. The three which you ought to visit are Fort Amsterdam, Rif Fort and Fort Nassau. Fort Amsterdam this really is on the UNESCO World Heritage listing also is the fort on the island. Nowadays, the community houses government offices, Council of Ministers and the Governor’s office. The Rif Fort is currently in Otrobanda and dates back to 1828. It is a shopping centre with restaurants, bars, an ice cream parlor and a terrace today. Here you may get some of the best views of Otrobanda and Fort Amsterdam!
About a 5-minute Driveway outside of Willemstad Is Currently Fort Nassau.
The fort was completed in 1797 to shield St. Anna Bay. For decades it served as a signal post for its harbor and since a control tower operating on the Pontoon Bridge. I suggest if you’re looking for incredible views looking over Willemstad all coming here!
Close to the airport we have the Hato Caves. These temples were formed millions of years back under the sea. Water levels dropped and also the island of Curacao has been born. There are multi national tours provided each hour on the hour between 9 am — 4 pm. Admission is 14 Nafl ($ 6,98) each individual.
The cave is also home to pools, amazing limestone formations, waterfalls and several statues. My favorite was that the pirate with a patch without the eyes, although the most well-known of these statues is that the Madonna statue! So graphics are banned, There’s also a colony of bats within the cave. The tour last roughly 45 minutes.
The Curacao Ostrich Farm is located about 15 minutes drive south of Willemstad on the road to Groot St. Jordan at Santa Catherina.
The Ostrich Safari Tour ($17) takes you to the farm at a safari vehicle to learn about the African Ostrich and the Emu. Here you’ll encounter all stages from baby, egg, juvenile and adult, in the life span of this ostrich.
The farm also includes a few Emu. Their color is a bit darker, although they look very similar to a Ostrich. Afterwards, your manual will reveal you an Ostrich doing the defense dancing. Then I have an opportunity get to stand within a Ostrich egg, which is extremely strong and also to observe the baby ostriches. Overall a excellent experience!
A couple of minutes of Willemstad is Your Genuine Curacao Liqueur mill, which dates back to 1896. A visit to the distillery is really a trip through the history of Curacao. Here you are able to walk through the background, learn about the production process and some of the various flavors may try that they create.
The Genuine Curacao Liqueur is the only truly Curacao in the world! The item is sourced in the lahara oranges from a farm at Curacao. The most famous is that the liqueur blue, but in addition they possess red , green, clear, orange, rum & raisin, chocolate and koffie. My favorite was the orange!
Christoffelpark is your largest national park of Curacao. The park includes a rich selection of local flora and fauna! Some of plants and the birds , are only found here and no where else on the island contain wild forests, the Palabrua, the native barn owl and the Curacao white tailed deer.
If you want to climb the Christoffel mountain (350 meters/ 1,150 ft ) you ought to arrive quite early in the morning. In the top you may enjoy the views of Curacao. The park opens at on weekdays and 6 am on weekends. Since it can get really hot in the early afternoon, you ought to start your climb later then 11 am. There are now eight hiking trails, a few are easy and others are incredibly challenging! Remember to bring plenty of water and walking shoes. You can take a jeep, mountain bike or go horseback riding, if you don’t need to increase!
Shete Boka Is Located on the western Coast of This island, alongside Christoffelpark.
This national park is currently home to a dozen bokas (coves). Shete Boka signifies seven inlets, however there are actually many. The park begins at Boke Tabla. From the very top of Boka Tabla, you get incredible views of the Caribbean Sea as well as waves breaking on the rugged west shore.
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The sole Boka you should not miss is Pistolero. The reason that why they call it that the Pistol is because if the waves hit the boka that it echos like a gun shooter. It is a small hike make time to see this. Another fun fact is that three species of sea turtles nest here.
Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort is located at the southern tip of Curacao, sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and Also Spanish Water Bay.
This luxury will be the ideal places for families and couples, also hotel boast 350-rooms. On 2,000 landscaped acres, rimmed with a 1,500-foot extended sandy shore. There are four restaurants along with an 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye.
About staying at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, my favorite part was how calm it was. I enjoyed waking up and being in a position to bring a dip in the ocean. The Atabei Spa, which is inspired by the principles of the Arawak people (the first locals), is also an remarkable place to unwind.
Playa Abou is one of the best beaches on the island, and it is extremely popular with locals. It is located between Lagun and Westpunt, also gives way to a little lagoon between high rocks. Its crystal clear waters are the ideal starting point for snorkeling, due to the huge coral reef surrounding.
Playa Abou is one of the cliff jumping locations, although there are lots of areas to cliff jump in Curacao. The cliffs are high, around 20 feet. There are many grownups and kids jumping at the identical time so anybody can do it. Since there are large stones at the base, where everybody is jumping, is to watch. Don’t attempt to climb the valley to get back up, rather back to the shore and take the staircase. There are many sea urchins so I do not suggest climbing straight up, as well as every couple of seconds crash.
This blow hole really is really a secret! There is just 1 approach to get here and it is by off-roading! I advise that you book a tour using Cervon Caribbean Gator Rental. It is a very distinctive experience to go off-roading to regions of Curacao which aren’t accessible by streets that are paved.
It’s close to Boka Patrick, in which the sea-water is sprayed to the atmosphere displaying rainbows and fountains. Surrounding the Suplado hole is really a shallow pool full of hot seawater. Use water shoes although you may go sit down in the Jacuzzi but please use caution, the rocks are jagged and likewise don’t get to close to the hole because it can pull you in, as. It is an remarkable experience to have you to the water squirt in the face!
There are many restaurants in Curacao. The diversity of this island is also reflected in the cuisine. From fusion cuisine comes from the impact of Venezuelan, Dutch, Spanish, black, black as well as Portuguese Jews. Listed below are just four restaurant I recommend you attempt:
Saint Tropez Ocean Club is located in Willemstad, also is one of the more restaurant configurations on the island. This is a shore club with all-white layout makes you feel like you are in Saint Tropez, France! Take a table and attempt some of the meals and sip on some Chardonnay. Afterwards, head overlooking the Caribbean-sea.
Brakkeput Mei Mei is a steak house on a plantation house’s terrace. They’ve a great choice of meat and fish specialties in the grill accompanied by salads in their own salad bar. On the weekend they have live music and night is lobster night, Thursday. I had a tasty ribeye steak.
Great restaurants comprise The Boathouse along with Karakter.
Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder (Nafl)
Curacao has daily non-stop air services in the U.S., along with daily flights to Venezuela and in the Netherlands. I flew American Airlines round-trip from Miami. Curaçao also offers flights to Germany, Canada, Brazil, Surinam, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Domingo, Bonaire, Aruba, and St. Maarten. Connections can be made to any region of the world.
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