Floating Market

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Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Floating Market - Fruits at the Floating Market.
Floating Market - Produce at the Floating Market.
Floating Market - Produce at the Floating Market.
Floating Market - Produce at the Floating Market.
Floating Market - Produce at the Floating Market.
Floating Market - Produce at the Floating Market.
Floating Market - Produce at the Floating Market.

Floating Market Willemstad Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
620 reviews
Open Air Market in Curaçao Mar 28, 2017
The Floating Market in Willemstad is the place to take in the local culture of Curaçao. There is an abundance of fish, fruits and produce for sale. Locals are here to shop and do their marketing. In some cases, they might pull up in a car, hop out, and make a purchase.

The market does not actually "float". It's at the corner of Handelskade and Plasa Jojo Correa. Traditionally, merchants do bring in their foodstuffs by boat each morning from Venezuela, 35 miles (56 km) away. (How that works out with the current economic situation in Venezuela, I do not know.)

There are also souvenir vendors a little further along selling items typical of Caribbean ports. But the thing to see here is the produce vending.
Produce at the Floating Market.
Fruits at the Floating Market.
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ahtibat17 ahtibat17
266 reviews
Sensory Overload Mar 30, 2014
If you like witnessing local culture, go to the Floating Market in Willemstad. I could have stayed there all day, watching the market. Schooners come in from Venezuela with the daily crop of fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit. The market was bustling with locals and tourists alike.

The floating market, albeit the produce is now sold from the stands on the street, not from the boats themselves, is easy to find. I was in Curacao for a day while on a cruise, and we found it without any trouble. After crossing the Queen Anne Bridge from the dockside, turn to the left and walk along the waterfront of the bay. The market is around the corner from the end of the street.

The market is sensory overload -- in a good way. The vibrant colors of the produce, the smells of fresh fruit - yes, and fresh fish - the calls of the merchants, it all comes together in this corner of Curacao. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the market. We actually made two passes through, since the stalls are set up on one side of the street/
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