Technically part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curacao is nevertheless a tropical paradise located within the Caribbean as part of the ABC group of islands located in Lesser Antilles, just outside of the main hurricane zone. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao—or ABC as they are known—are three of the most popular Caribbean destinations because of the relatively undisturbed weather year-round, and Curacao is a heady blend of Dutch architecture and native islander, with the locals speaking their own unique language called Papiamentu, which is a strange blend of Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, and a few others thrown in for good measure. Still, if you speak English, Dutch, or Spanish then you can get around fairly easy, so communication really isn’t an issue.
Questioning what to do on a Caribbean trip begs the reply “duh!”, but it takes on a whole new meaning in Curacao. There is a dizzying blend of activities to choose from, making this one of those destinations that is perfect for several return trips so you can get the best of every different part during separate trips. From the Museum Kura Hulanda showcasing the history of the island going back to the 16th century when the Spanish explorers first came here, to the original Dutch occupation back in 1634, to the long history of slave trade that moved through as a result of the island’s natural harbors, visitors can see it all laid out for them. Beyond that there are several national parks to choose from, such as the Christoffel National Park where visitors can see the Boca Grandi Indian caves, complete with their paintings detailing the history of the old tribes, or you could head on over to the southern side of the island and take advantage of one of the many beaches offering the perfect Caribbean surf adventure. Either way, the island is sure to have something for each and every traveler that makes their way here.
Willemstad is the territorial capital of the Netherlands Antilles. Located at 12°7′N, 68°56′W, on the island of Curaçao, it has an estimated population of 125,000. The city consists of…