Curacao is a small land mass to be found 40 miles north from the sea coast of Venezuela located in the southern part of the Caribbean. It is a fraction of the ABC cluster of islands that include Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao belonging to the Netherlands Antilles. Once you have visited the island, you will probably think about living there after experiencing its extremely soothing ambiance. Its beaches adorned with crystal clear waters and snow white sands are the most popular among travelers.
Curacao Historical Sites
The island boasts a decidedly European character to its design and community spaces against a Caribbean backdrop. The island’s Dutch origins are perhaps most obvious in the capital city of Willemstad, a favorite tourist destination for sightseeing and shopping. Willemstad is split into two parts, Otrobanda, and Punda, which are connected by the famed Queen Emma Bridge. Queen Emma Bridge was built in 1888, measuring 548 feet long across St. Anna Bay, and is one of the world’s most famous pontoon bridges – or “bridge of boats” – suggesting it is free standing and sustained by floating vessels.
The Caribbean waters in this area of the world are warm and very inviting for anybody that enjoys water sports, such as diving and snorkeling. Guest will come from all over the world to enjoy the island for this very purpose. The beach areas also offer some other impelling draws as well. Blue Bay and Playa Groot Kip are two of the island’s largest and most popular beaches. The Westport Beach is for those beachgoers looking for a more dynamic sunning landscape at the northeast of the island, known for the enormous cliffs that surround it, or Playa Kenepa which lies between two beautiful coves.
Sorghum Stalk House Museum
If you travel outside of Willemstad to the arid landscape of the island’s interior, you will most likely spot some plantation homes and Dutch windmills. Similar to many of the buildings in Willemstad, most of the plantations date to the 18th century. While several plantation homes and their surrounding buildings have been reduced to rubble, some of the estates have been maintained as museums. If you are interested in how these people lived during colonial times, tour the Sorghum Stalk House Museum.
Usually, Curacao guides direct dune buggy groups on activities such as snorkeling trips in hidden coves, explorations of shoreline caves, and hikes through the interior mountains within its desert land of Christoffel National Park and the breathtaking coastal scenery of Shete Boka National Park. If hiking is not for you, consider trying horseback riding on the grounds. In some areas all through the park, kayaking is also accessible.
Although you certainly do have a lot of different options available to you as far as where you will vacation, Curacao Island is indeed one that should be kept at the top of the list. If you come to visit the island, it will provide you with vacation memories that will last for a lifetime.