Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

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The World’s Most Beautiful Waterfront

Dating back to the 1600’s, the beautiful city of Willemstad is the capital of the island of Curacao and one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean.

It was once the former capital of the Netherlands Antilles and its Dutch influences are felt everywhere—particularly in the historic heart of the Willemstad, where the Old Town’s colonial culture and unique architecture has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the Curacao Maritime Museum for engaging displays that trace the island’s considerable history or Museum Kura Hulanda, considered one of the best museums in the Caribbean. Watch ships of all sizes come through Willemstad’s channel via the Queen Emma Bridge or discover the rich colors of Dutch architecture at Fort Amsterdam, which dates back to the 1760’s.

Head to Punda, the oldest part of Willlemstad, for local and international restaurants, great shopping and local specialty products like Dutch Delft Blue figurines, wheels of Gouda and Edam cheeses, and of course the original Curacao liqueur.

OLD TOWN

OLD TOWN

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OLD TOWN

OLD TOWN

With its colorful Dutch architecture, the Old Town of Willemstad is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll the historic streets and marvel at the bright and interesting architecture. You may just have to remind yourself that you’re on a beautiful Caribbean island, not in the heart of Europe.

QUEEN EMMA BRIDGE

QUEEN EMMA BRIDGE

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QUEEN EMMA BRIDGE

QUEEN EMMA BRIDGE

Spend the afternoon simply watching the world go by. Watch as huge ships come and go while the Queen Emma pontoon bridge shuttles back and forth to make room. The bridge is also an excellent vantage point for stunning views of the city.

MUESUM KURÁ HULANDA

MUESUM KURÁ HULANDA

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MUESUM KURÁ HULANDA

MUESUM KURÁ HULANDA

Located in former slave quarters in what is now a chic boutique hotel, this anthropological museum showcases the predominant cultures of Curacao. The brutal history of slavery in the Caribbean is documented with superb and extensive exhibits. Audio guides are available.

Willemstad, Curacao At a glance

Current Weather:
26°C / 79 °F
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Current Time:
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Currency:
Netherlands Antillean Guilder
Exchange Rates:
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  • 34.93
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Local Details:
GPS: 12°6'29.26"N 68°55'48.74"W
Population: 150,000
Country Code: +599

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