Last month I Awakened with the Curacao Tourist Board for a Escape in the Caribbean Sea to the island of Curacao.
Famous for the Dutch colonial architecture and calm beaches, Curacao is fantastic mix of unique culture and tropical landscapes.
Short History of Curacao
Where to Eat
Tour the Hato Caves
For three days I found the island to do in Curacao, also when I was not running around I was relaxing poolside. Here is my list of the very best things to do in Curacao, but first…
Visit Curacao’s Ostrich Farm
Curacao is an island at the southern Caribbean Sea 40 km north of Venezuela. It. The island was discovered from the Alonso de Ojeda to Christopher Columbus at 1499. The Spanish have to have called it Corazon or”heart” since 20 decades later the island seemed on a Portuguese map as Curacao.
Try Curacao Liqueur at the Factory
It turned into a Dutch land in 1634, before decolonization arrived in 1954, when the Netherlands Antilles (a five-island autonomous Caribbean state ) gained equal status in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and Curacao became sovereign in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Hike Christoffelpark National Park
Shete Boka National Park
Curacao is the island of pristine beaches and blue waters. Dutch is the official language nevertheless, English and Spanish are also spoken. Papiamentu is currently Curacao’s native and local language and can be a mix of seven unique languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, African and Arawak Indian).
Stay at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort
Willemstad is the capital of Curacao and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage City.
St. Anna Bay divides the city into two areas, Punda (east) and Otrobanda (west) and they are both linked from the Queen Emma Bridge. The majority of the primary sites can be discovered at Punda. Handelskade is your #1 attraction at Willemstad. This waterfront road comes with a row of brilliant Hawaiian Dutch homes. In 1817, after being harassed with issues, which he blamed on the glare of white homes, Governor-genergal Albert Kikket passed a law that colors have to be employed on all types of buildings. That is the reason the buildings at Willemstad and here are so vibrant.
Go Cliff Jumping in Grote Knip “Playa Abou”
Queen Emma Bridge is a long pontoon bridge that joins Punda and Otrobanda. The bridge was built in 1888 and was renovated in 1939. It’s hinged and opens to let ships pass. The natives have awarded the bridge the nickname”Our Swinging Old Lady” because it’ll swing to the Otrabanda aspect of Willemstad. Try to be about the bridge (next to Punda) if it opens. This will provide you with the opportunity sway and you may catch some beautiful photographs of Handelskade out there.
Go to the Suplado Blow Hole!
Next is your Floating Market — a network of ships from Venezuela loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables and at times even fish. Here it is possible to discover avocados, carrots, even and yuca sugar cane at a super low price. Pass the sector if you’re looking to take pictures of the ships and visit another bridge.
We head to Plasa Bieu, that’s the old industry. It used to be where food would be sold by girls but is presently a modern food court. I recommend you come to view the action! If you’re adventuresome then try some Iguana meat, then a delicacy that is local!
There are lots of temples in Willemstad. The three which you should visit are Fort Amsterdam, Rif Fort and Fort Nassau. Fort Amsterdam it is by far the most crucial fort in the island also is now on the UNESCO World Heritage listing. Today, the fort houses the Army’s office, Council of Ministers and government offices. The Rif Fort dates back to 1828 and is currently in Otrobanda. Now it’s a shopping centre with restaurants, bars, an ice cream parlor and a terrace on the harbor. Here you are able to find some of the best opinions of Otrobanda and Fort Amsterdam!
About a 5-minute drive outside of Willemstad Is Currently Fort Nassau.
The fort was finished in 1797 to shield St. Anna Bay. For years it served as a sign post and since a control tower working on the Pontoon Bridge. I recommend if you’re looking looking over all of Willemstad coming here!
Near the airport we’ve got the Hato Caves. These temples have been formed millions of years. During the Ice Age, water levels fell and also the island of Curacao was first born. There are tours given each hour on the hour between 9 am — 4 pm. Entry is 14 Nafl ($ 6,98) per individual.
The cave is also home to pools excellent limestone formations, waterfalls and several statues. The most well-known of the statues is the Madonna statue, but my favorite was the pirate with no eyes and a patch! So images are banned, there is also a colony of snakes within the cave. The excursion last about 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 car to find out about the African Ostrich and the Emu. Here you’ll encounter all phases in the life of the ostrich, from egg, baby, juvenile and adult.
The farm also has the bird on earth, a couple Emu. They seem very much like an Ostrich, but their color is a bit darker. Afterwards, your manual may show you an Ostrich performing the defense dance. I have an opportunity to see the baby ostriches and even get to stand within an egg, which is very strong. Overall a great experience to know about this wonderful birds!
Only a few minutes outside of Willemstad is The Genuine Curacao Liqueur mill, that dates back to 1896. A visit to the distillery is really a journey through the history of Curacao. Here you may walk through the background, find out about the manufacturing process and at the end you are able to try out a few of the flavors that they produce.
The Genuine Curacao Liqueur is the only truly authentic Curacao in the world! The product is sourced from the lahara oranges from a single plantation in Curacao. The most famous is the liqueur blue, but in addition they have red , green, clear, orange, rum & raisin, chocolate and koffie. My favorite was the orange!
Christoffelpark is your biggest national park of Curacao. The park has a selection of fauna and local flora , a enjoys paradise! A number of plants and the local birds , are only found here and no where else on the island contain the Palabrua forests, the rare barn owl and the Curacao white tailed deer.
If you would like to scale the Christoffel mountain (350 meters/ 1,150 ft ) you should arrive very early in the afternoon. In the top you may enjoy the finest views of Curacao. The park opens at on weekdays and 6 am on weekends. Since it could get really hot in the early afternoon, you should start your scale no later then 11. There are eight hiking trails, a few are relatively easy and others are challenging! Don’t forget to bring lots of water and walking shoes. In the event you do not want to increase you even go horseback riding or can take a jeep, mountain bike!
Shete Boka Is Located on the western Coast of This island, alongside Christoffelpark.
This national park is currently home to some dozen bokas (coves). Shete Boka signifies seven inlets, however there are actually many more than this. The park begins at Boke Tabla, in which white waves crash to an underground cave. From Boka Tabla’s very top, you get incredible views of the Caribbean Sea in addition to waves breaking on the rugged southern shore.
Reserve Snorkeling Tour and your Shete Boca here!
Is Pistolero. The reason why they call it the Pistol is because if the waves break on the boka that it echos as a gun shooter. It is a bit of a hike down thus be sure to observe this. Another fun fact is the three species of sea turtles nest here.
Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort is located at the southern Point of Curacao, Located between the Caribbean Sea and Spanish Water Bay.
This luxury will be the perfect places for families and couples, also hotel boast 350-rooms. About 2,000 landscaped acres, rimmed with a 1,500-foot long sandy beach. There are four restaurants and the 18-hole golf course.
About staying at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, my favorite part was it was. I enjoyed waking up and being in a position to bring a fast dip in the sea. The Atabei Spa, that is inspired by the principles of the Arawak people (the original locals), is also an wonderful spot to unwind.
Playa Abou is among the best beaches on the island, and it’s incredibly popular with locals. It is located between Westpunt and Lagun, also gives way to a little lagoon between stone. Its crystal clear blue waters are the starting point on account of the coral reef, for snorkeling near.
Playa Abou is among the safer cliff jumping spots, although there are various places to cliff jump into Curacao. The cliffs are high, approximately 20 feet. There are many children and adults so anybody can do it jumping at the exact identical time. Is to watch since there are big stones at the base where everyone is jumping. Don’t try to scale the cliff to get back up, instead back to the beach and take the staircase. There are sea urchins so I do not advise climbing straight up and every few seconds crash.
This blow hole is also really a mystery! There is just one approach to get here and it’s by off-roading! I recommend you reserve a tour. It is a distinctive experience to go off-roading to regions of Curacao that aren’t accessible by streets that are paved.
It’s near Boka Patrick, in which the sea-water is sprayed via a chute to the atmosphere magically displaying rainbows and fountains. Surrounding the Suplado hole is really a pool filled with warm seawater. Use water shoes although you are able to go sit down in the Jacuzzi that is natural but please use caution, as because it could pull you into, the rocks are jagged and likewise don’t get to close to the hole. It is an wonderful experience to have the water squirt you in the face!
There are many restaurants in Curacao. This island’s diversity is reflected from the local cuisine. From fusion cuisine stems from the influence of Dutch Spanish, Venezuelan, black, black and even Portuguese Jews. Here are four meals
Saint Tropez Ocean Club is located in Willemstad, also is among the more chic restaurant configurations in the island. This is a beach club with all-white design makes you feel as if you’re in Saint Tropez, France! Take a table and try some of the food and sip on some Chardonnay. Afterwards, head overlooking the Caribbean-sea.
Brakkeput Mei Mei is a steak house on the front terrace of a plantation house that is historic. They have a wonderful choice of fish and beef specialties in the grill accompanied by delicious salads in their own salad bar. On the weekend that they have live music and night is lobster night Thursday. I had a steak.
Other restaurants include The Boathouse and Karakter.
Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder (Nafl)
Curacao has daily nonstop air services in the U.S., and daily flights to Venezuela and from the Netherlands. I flew American Airlines. Curaçao also offers flights to Germany, Canada, Brazil, Surinam, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Domingo, Bonaire, Aruba, and St. Maarten. Connections may be made to almost any region of the world.
Take a look at some more excursions it is possible to reserve in Curacao here!
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