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The Flavors of Curaçao

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Life in Curaçao is a colorful mash-up of cultures. Locals speak a multitude of languages (four is the norm), thanks to its Dutch and Spanish colonial history and the influence of nearby South America. One of the best ways to get to know Curaçao is through its cuisine, a mix of sights, smells and flavors. You can take your pick among casual catch-of-the-day spots and chic beachside dining. From a floating market to a family-run distillery, let’s begin our culinary tour right now in Curaçao.
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Sha Caprileskade, Willemstad, Curaçao
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...
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De Ruyterkade, Willemstad, Curaçao

It doesn’t get more authentic than Willemstad’s Old Market, a local lunchtime favorite with large communal tables. Before ordering, take a walk around the stalls’ open kitchens and peer into pots on the stove top. What you might...

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Caracasbaaiweg, Jan Thiel, Curaçao
What makes Caracasbaai beach such a local favorite? For starters, the offshore area is part of an underwater park, which makes Caracasbaai’s calm waters ideal for snorkeling and diving—you can walk right in (or jump right in from the dock, too)....
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Saliña Ariba, Willemstad Elias R. A. Moreno Boulevard, Willemstad, Curaçao
There are lots of great museums and historical attractions in Curacao, but none harbor near as many secrets nor as many tasty goodies as this place. You’re looking at the famed Chobolobo Mansion on the grounds of the even more famed Curacao of...
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Kaya Damasco, Jan Thiel, Curaçao - G, Willemstad, Curaçao
There are many ways to spend a satisfying day at Curaçao’s Jan Thiel beach. Here’s one: Rent a pair of loungers or a beachfront daybed at Zanzibar Lounge & Restaurant, which is open daily from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. (or later). From your...