Located along the water in the trendy Punda district, every morning starting at 6:30 AM boats from Venezuela arrive full of fruits, vegetables and even fish to sell at the bustling floating market. Even if you’re not interested in buying anything, a visit to this colorful market is a fun way to pass some time; the merchants are arranged in a well-honed pattern along the water and the fruits are at once gorgeous to behold and mysterious in their origins.
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Eat Your Floating Fruits
Flying into Curaçao, I did not realize how close this Netherlands Antilles island was to South America - so close, than when I left the country, I could see the coastline of Venezuela before we banked north toward Miami. At the Floating Market in Willemstad I discovered that I could literally taste Venezuela and Columbia. Fresh fruits and vegetables come in over water on the Caribbean and are part of what makes the boats and market so colorful in Curaçao. This island country, where most residents speak three to four languages, has fantastic international flair. With a stable economy and educated population, Curaçao still depends on neighborly imports and the tourists that other countries provide and boasts of Dutch colonial architecture to add another unique aspect to the island that cannot be found on many other places in the Caribbean.
Lose yourself in the Fading, but Fabulous Floating Market
Curacao’s Floating Market is one of those wonderful Caribbean misnomers in that the market itself doesn’t really float at all. (Well, most of it anyway.) As you can see, the stalls brimming with produce are all quite safely ensconced on terra firma along the Sha. Caprileskade on the Punda side of Willemstad.