Collected by Maggie Longo
Franklin D. Rooseveltweg, Willemstad, Curaçao
Originally found by runaway slaves seeking a safe place to hide, today the Hato Caves draw tourists looking to learn more about the island’s natural history. Slaves weren’t really the first to find these mysterious tunnels though, petroglyphs...
Hanchi Snoa 1-5, Willemstad, Curaçao
Willemstad’s first colonial settlement started as a hub for Dutch slave traders. Now a World Heritage site, this modern city center has a distinct Euro-Caribbean atmosphere, its preserved colonial buildings housing fashion boutiques, art...
Otrobanda, Willemstad, Curaçao
Stroll through Otrobanda for more than five minutes and you'll immediately understand why locals call it the cultural heart of Willemstad. Located across the bay from Punda—Otrobanda literally means "other side"—the district is a...
Sha Caprileskade, Willemstad, Curaçao
Near the pontoon bridge in Handelskade in Willemstad, wooden boats from Venezuela dock alongside the canal, and vendors here sell just-caught fish and tropical fruits and vegetables (plantains, citrus, papayas, avocados) directly from the quay...
Saliña Ariba, Willemstad Elias R. A. Moreno Boulevard, Willemstad, Curaçao
The nation’s signature blue curaçao liqueur is made on this former plantation house (landhuis) turned distillery. The fragrant oils in the peels of the island's oranges—originally brought here by the Spaniards, and then...
15A, Kaya Soeur Bartola, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
A magical discovery has been made on Bonaire: the cudushy cactus can be distilled into Cudushy Liqueur and Vodka, amongst other tasty concoctions. Bonaire’s Cadushy Distillery is the only one of its kind in the world creating liqueur from the...
Weg Naar Westpunt, Westpunt, Curaçao
Iguana is one of those local delicacies in Curacao that when it's offered to you, you have to try it. While it's not particularly intimidating - you could be offered fried tarantula if you were in Cambodia - it's still one of those dishes that you...
N. van den Brandhofstraat 1, Willemstad, Curaçao
There’s a pretty neat little collection of seafaring artifacts there, along with scale models of old vessels, classic photos, charts and documents highlighting more than 500 years of the island’s maritime history, including, of course, the era of...