An Instagram Tour of Curaçao

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An Instagram Tour of Curaçao
Get to know this vibrant Caribbean island through six compelling photos, from the candy-colored historic waterfront to the palm-fringed beaches.
Sponsored by Curaçao Tourist Board
Photo courtesy of @lunaticatlarge
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    The Pastels of Pietermaai
    "Welcome to Curaçao! On this dreamy Caribbean island, you’ll not only find a diverse mix of nationalities—the island, a territory of the Netherlands, has Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and indigenous ties—but you’ll also discover the architecture is as varied as the people, each building in varying shades of pastels. Fun fact: The islanders change the exteriors’ colors every year or two—which means that when you later return to the island, the scenery (like this row of homes along the hillside in Pietermaai) will likely look very different."
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    The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
    "It was the perfect place to stay during our five days in Curaçao. In addition to being situated along one of the best pieces of beachfront real estate on the island, The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort occupies 37 acres of a 2,000-acre plantation, meaning we had plenty of space to spread out and explore (although the pair of sparkling pools kept luring us back). Curaçao’s beaches are among the island’s biggest draws, but the combination of food, art, and nature makes it one of the most well-rounded vacation spots in the Caribbean for culture-seekers."
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    Downtown Willemstad
    "Whatever fashion rules say pink and orange clash got it all wrong—or, at least, should give Curaçao an exemption. Anything goes on this colorful island, and the houses that line the Handelskade waterfront in downtown Willemstad are every Instagrammer’s dream."
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    Fort Nassau
    "High above the city of Willemstad, Fort Nassau provides a unique vantage point on this relatively flat island. From there, you’ll be rewarded with an aerial view of the city in each direction while you dine or have a drink at the on-site restaurant of the same name. Pro tip: Arrive an hour before the sun sets so you can see Willemstad by day and the glittering city lights by night."
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    The Waterfront
    "Downtown Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and filled with dozens of candy-colored houses, plus such famous landmarks as Fort Amsterdam, the marina, the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas, the floating market of Venezuelan merchants, and the floating bridge that connects Punda to Otrobanda. But Handelskade, this stretch of photogenic buildings along the bustling waterfront, is probably the most visited site on the whole island (or at the least, the most photographed)."
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    Hofi Cas Cora
    "The most mind-blowing discovery on our five days in Curaçao was the culinary scene. We sampled Caribbean-Asian fusion in Pietermaai, fresh caught seafood from Sea Side Terrace (an oceanfront shipping container turned into a food counter), juice from the ubiquitous batido food trucks, tasty Italian fare from the European-inspired nightlife complex Cabana Beach, and the signature Curaçao dish, iguana stew, from Jaanchie’s. But we saved the best for last: a lavish farm-to-table brunch spread at Hofi Cas Cora, served al fresco on the back patio of a scenic ranch, which was just the fuel we needed for our return flight to the States."
    Photo courtesy of @lunaticatlarge