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The Perfect Weekend in Curaçao

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Even if you've only got three days in Curaçao, there's a lot you can take in on this small Caribbean Island besides its white sand beaches and blue waters. Take a stroll on the floating Queen Emma Bridge, go shopping in downtown Willemstad, explore one of the national parks, and visit one of the historical museums.
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Bapor Kibrá, Willemstad, Curaçao
For those seeking an active Caribbean vacation, LionsDive Beach Resort is the play to stay. At the center of the property is a fully outfitted dive shop and watersport tour operator—essential for an island with more than 60 dive sites to...
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Kon. Emmabrug, Willemstad, Curaçao
No island getaway is complete without seeing gorgeous scenery you'd never, ever see at home—and Willemstad’s floating bridge delivers! Built in 1888, "Our Swinging Old Lady" is supported by 16 pontoon boats and two motors. When...
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Westpunt 24, Willemstad, Curaçao
Seafood and regional delicacies rule the menu at this charming 19th-century former plantation home—go for the fish tacos, ceviche, or keshi yena, a local entrée consisting of a large sphere of cheese stuffed with seasoned meat. The...
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You think you've tasted a good smoothie before, but unless you've stopped by the 100% Batidos truck in a past life, your data is faulty. Fruit-packed batidos, or Cuban milkshakes, are the perfect antidote to a day spent under Curaçao's...
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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...
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12 Nieuwestraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Head to Willemstad's Pietermaai district at happy hour, and you’ll quickly stumble across a row of festive Euro-style bars on Nieuwestraat—but none are as funky and eclectic as the Cuban-themed Mundo Bizarro. This indoor-outdoor...
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Klipstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
The Caribbean's most comprehensive museum dedicated to the slave trade and the Middle Passage, Kurá Hulanda (meaning "Dutch courtyard" in Papiamento) is also the region's largest anthropological collection on Africa. Founded by Dutch...
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Ramble down this scenic Punda road, and you'll soon encounter two of the island's most renowned art galleries. Serena Art Shop is famous for its handpainted Curaçao Chichi figure, while visitors can't get enough of the Nena Sanchez...
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Santa Barbara Plantation, Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort, Curaçao
The 2,000-acre preserve that surrounds this sprawling resort offers enough diversions to keep visitors occupied for weeks. Activity lovers can book a tee time at the Pete Dye-designed golf course, play a game on the hydro-cooled clay...
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Landhuis Savonet, Weg Naar Westpunt, Curaçao
It gets so hot in Curaçao that you're not even allowed to hike the island’s highest peak—1,239-foot-high Mount Christoffel—after 11 a.m. But you can explore seven other walking paths in the surrounding park, or follow a...
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Pletterijweg Willemstad, Parera Curaçao, Pletterijweg, Willemstad, Curaçao

Curaçao is famous for its snorkeling, thanks to its abundant coral formations and warm, clear waters with good visibility. Along this 19-kilometer (12-mile) stretch along the island's southern coast, you may spot sunken ships, enormous...

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Weg naar Knip, Westpunt, Curaçao
This airy poolside restaurant serves up Curaçao classics like iguana soup, goat stew, and fried funchi, a crispy (and addictive) polenta. But the menu has something for even the pickiest of travelers. In the mood for a regular ol' burger?...