Suppose we told you there was a Caribbean island with crystal clear water, unspoiled beaches, an abundance of snorkeling, international cuisine, a laid back environment and – better of all – extra affordable than different well-known vacationer-pleasant destinations. Would you be serious about going? Bon bini a Curaçao!
One of many so called “ABC Islands”, together with its extra raucous and party-pleasant cousin, Aruba, and the dive mecca of Bonaire, Curaçao has the whole lot you may need in a quiet and scenic Caribbean vacation.
Sitting within the Southern Caribbean about forty miles north of Venezuela, Curaçao truly consists of two bodies of land – the primary island, residence to round one hundred sixty,000 full time residents, and the uninhabited Klein Curaçao, or “little Curaçao.” Combined, they cowl just over one hundred seventy square miles, solely slightly larger than the town of New Orleans. The island’s capital is Willemsted. Break up into two distinct elements, Punda and Otrabanda, every will take you about half a day to completely cover.
The older part of the city, Punda, has a number of historical buildings, together with Fort Amsterdam, which was constructed in the 1700’s. In the event you tour Fort Amsterdam, make sure you hold an eye fixed out for the cannon ball reportedly fired by Captain Bligh within the 1700’s that also sits embedded in one of many walls. Just across the harbor and attainable by way of water taxi or on foot throughout the floating Queen Emma Bridge, is the extra contemporary Otrabanda (“the opposite side”).
Here you’ll discover one of the crucial photographed locations in Curaçao, the Handelskade, a row of brightly colored Dutch Colonial buildings organized aspect by side along the waterfront. Lit up by lights, at night they exude a fairy story feeling that would have you considering you had wandered onto a Disney set.
Both Punda and Villa Royale Curacao Otrabanda function plenty of procuring and eating decisions, with a number of bars, eating places, and side stroll cafes that offer a great view of maritime site visitors, together with sailboats making the quick hop from Venezuela to sell fresh fish on the Floating Market.
One place the place Curaçao differs from other Caribbean islands is in the landscape – usually described as extra Southwestern US than a tropical island. A usually dry weather sample all through a lot of the 12 months results in extra arid vegetation with scrublands, cacti, and the ubiquitous Watapana tree (generally known as Divi Divi on Aruba). The shortage of rain also means less runoff from shore, one purpose for the amazing clarity of the water. One in all its most gorgeous options of Curaçao is the “Blue Edge”, the place the sea floor drops steeply within 2.0 ft of the shore, resulting in a drastic shade change seen from beach.
Curaçao might have gotten its title from Portugese sailors in the 16th and 17th century. Reportedly, seamen who acquired sick on voyages in the area would get left on the island to recuperate. When their ships returned, the sailors can be back in good health, probably the results of having spent their time eating fruit stuffed with Vitamin C. Their shipmates began calling it “The Island of Healing,” or in Portugese, “Ilha da Curaçao.”
Another historic rationalization is that the island takes its identify from the Portugese phrase for “heart,” coracao – derived from the truth that it was the middle of Lesser Antilles commerce on the time. However, regardless of the way it obtained its title, this former Dutch colony is a highly really useful travel destination in case you’re on the lookout for tranquil beaches and an abundance of snorkeling opportunities.
Journey Tip: “Off peak” season in Curaçao is from Might to November, when you’ll discover the lowest rates for airfare and hotels.
Because of it’s proximity to the equator, Curaçao’s common temperature is within the mid-80s all year round with sunny skies even when other Caribbean islands experience their rainy months. As an added bonus, Curaçao is normally not affected by hurricane season.
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The rationale most individuals come to Curaçao? To get wet. The island has no scarcity of beautiful beaches with exotic names like Cas Abao, Playa Porto Marie, and Playa Kennepa Chiki. But, with Curaçao’s distinctive panorama and a number of historic landmarks (the historic center of Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage site), the island gives loads to do for visitors who are looking for more than just sun and fun.