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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

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...

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De Ruyterkade, Willemstad, Curaçao
Hungry locals cram this Willemstad lunch spot every weekday, but the lines are well worth the wait. The massive outdoor food court hosts six different kitchens serving up local fare on an open flame. You can't go wrong no matter which stand...
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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
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...
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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...