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Top Attractions in Curaçao

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Curaçao may only be 40 miles long, but this Caribbean island came to play. Whether you’re here to laze on a tropical beach, explore a neighborhood filled with street art, or jump off a cliff, we've rounded up a list of what to do.
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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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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...
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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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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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Hanchi di Snoa 29, Punda, Willemstad, Curaçao

For hundreds of years, Curaçao has had a significant Jewish community who helped make the island a center of trade and banking. Their heritage is in evidence at the "Hope of Israel" synagogue, consecrated in 1732. The Dutch-colonial...

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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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Bitterstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Cross Punda's Queen Wilhelmina Bridge, and bam! You're in Scharloo, Willemstad’s youngest colonial district. Known for baroque mansions once inhabited by the island’s wealthiest merchants, this historical neighborhood is also a hipster...
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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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Stretching across a rugged 10-kilometer coastline, Shete Boka's jagged landscape boasts seven accessible inlets. It's an easy hike to the first stop: Boka Tabla, where you can shimmy down into its cavernous opening to watch the massive waves blast...
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Sabana Westpunt, Curaçao
Smart tourists shamelessly copy locals. Westpunt, or Bándabou in Papiamento, is the Curaçao native's go-to beach escape. Follow the road lined with giant cacti to the turquoise waters that are the turquoise-iest you have ever seen....
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playa forti, Sabana Westpunt, Curaçao
They say you haven’t really been to Curaçao until you've jumped off this 40-foot cliff on the Westpunt side of the island. Located near the edge of the Restaurant Playa Forti, this spectacular site has seen many a visitor perched for...
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Thriving marine life and crystal-clear water make Curaçao an unforgettable snorkeling destination. At Tugboat Beach, you can head 17 feet below the surface to explore a sunken vessel. Mushroom Forest is known for its hard corals and cute...
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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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Klein Curaçao, Curaçao
Little Curaçao’s soft, white sands and turquoise waters are an island hopper's dream. There isn’t much else to do on this rugged, undeveloped refuge but swim, snorkel, dive, or walk over to an abandoned 19th-century lighthouse...
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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...