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Curacao

WillemstadtCuraçao offers something for everybody. Opportunities for exploring, swimming, diving and watersports. From protected nature parks and intimate beach coves, to sheltered inlets and calm turquoise waters, to the streets of historic Willemstadt.

There's never been a better time to discover the quaint towns, quiet beaches and delicious cuisine.

Located just 35 miles north of Venezuela, Curacao is the largest of the Netherlands Antilles. Only 35 square miles, this island is unique and magnificent.

The island has been a crossroads for centuries and is now home to some 50 nationalities. Its Dutch heritage is most obvious in Willemstadt, the capital of Curaçao, unique in its design with rows of narrow townhouses with red-tiled roofs and gabled façades. These buildings located on the Handelskade were originally constructed for wealthy Dutch merchants who were homesick for their native land.

Market, Willemstadt, CuracaoOther highlights of Willemstadt are the Netherlands Antilles Houses of Parliament on the waterfront, the Governor's Palace and the renovated Dutch Reformed Church and the oldest active synagogue in the western world - the impressive Mikvé Israel-Emanuel and the Curacao Maritime Museum.

Another must-see is the the Floating Market where Venezuelan fishermen sell fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat from their brightly covered boats.

Also known for its shopping, Willemstad has turned its two largest streets into pedestrian malls so you can wander at will among the tempting shops.

Beyond Willemstadt are some wonderful sights. The 4,500 acre Christoffel National Park dominated by the majestic Mount Christoffel should be visited. Tour on foot or by car, you'll be impressed by the wildlife that includes iguanas, rabbits, deer and many species of birds.

Another attraction not to be missed are the Hatto Caves - formed below sea level millions of years ago - where you can tour the impressive limestone caverns. A waterfall, a spectacular pool and many stalactites and stalagmites will capture your imagination.

If you're a diver then you must experience the magnificence of Curacao's Underwater Park featuring tame fish and coral formations and an artificial reef made of old car wrecks or dive on the wreck of an old Dutch Steamer which sank some 80 years ago. Any one of many diveshops on the island will help you find the diving you're looking for.

At night, try dining in one of the many cafés or restaurants. Diners can enjoy Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Tex Mex, South American and other cuisines.

The island features some of the most exciting nightlife in the Caribbean. Take your choice from salsa, reggae and contemporary sounds.



Curacao Guide
The Curacao Guide is an extensive directory of one of the Caribbean's most colorful destinations. Our guide provides information on everything you need to have an extraordinary vacation - lodging information, weather, and even food. If you're looking to include some native flair in your itinerary, the articles found on our site can help you choose local restaurants , explore natural attractions of the region, and find cultural centers on the island. You won't want to miss Curacao's dazzling beaches or its world-class attractions, so begin by visiting our guide to start planning your vacation now.






 
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