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Landhuis Blaauw z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao
My trip to Curaçao was a reprieve from too much overtime and a desire to warm up while checking out the scenery under the water to my heart's content. I arrived at Blue Bay with a group from my hotel for a day of sun soaked snorkeling - and I was...
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De Rouvilleweg, Willemstad, Curaçao
Equally brilliant to the Dutch colonial cityscape of Willemstad, Curaçao during the day is the view across the water at night. This cruise port city knows how to attract tourists and keep them fascinated with bright lights! A fairly safe and...
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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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Curaçao
Carnival is a month long reason to have a good time. It’s a street party. It’s theatre. It’s history, food and folklore. It’s music that gets into your skin until you find your hips starting to move as if they had their own set of batteries. This...
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Curaçao
Local dish, Keshi Yena, which is Papiamentu for stuffed cheese, touts a long history dating back to its 17th century origin during the Caribbean slave trade. Dutch settlers would toss the scraps of their Edam or Gouda cheese, which you recognize...
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Curaçao
This row of colorful buildings is the indisputable calling card for Curaçao. After you’ve wistfully returned home from your trip to the island, you catch yourself at the hardware store eyeing the paint color swatches, toying with the idea of...
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Curaçao
Chu, born Jesus Zimmerman (fantastic name, so characteristic of Curaçao’s diverse heritage) is manager at Netto bar, a famous local hangout on the island. Built almost 60 years ago by Ernesto Koster, called Netto by everyone, this is Curaçao’s...
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Curaçao
Just think, the only real thing that gets in the way of a great swim is the need to come up for air. Snorkeling is great in Curaçao, but the diving is even better. Exploring an airplane wreck will have you humming the Indiana Jones theme song, and...
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Curaçao
You came to the island to relax, but after two days of lying on the beach you begin to feel guilty you’re missing out on something. Learning to dive has always required commitment it seems. Maybe you have always wanted to try it but weren’t sure...
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Curaçao
The Ethnic diversity of Curaçao is impressive. Consider its location, just off the tip of Venezuela, Caribbean gateway to Latin America, and its rich history of diverse colonization. This adds up to the veritable multicultural melting pot it is...
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Curaçao
Lesson number one for the experiential traveler: get your bearings as soon as you hit the ground, especially on an island so manageable in size. Curaçao is only about 40 miles long and 10 miles wide. Roaming through the flat, rugged terrain,...
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De Rouvilleweg, Willemstad, Curaçao
Curaçao definitely runs on "island time," but it's worth getting to this café early so you can eat lunch or dinner on the colonial building's second-floor veranda. Gaze across the bay at Punda's colorful houses, then savor the...
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Koralengebied, Willemstad, Curaçao
Opening up at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m. since 1954, tiny Netto Bar stands tall as a proud monument to the wonders of day drinking. Don't let this unassuming hangout in the middle of Otrobanda's gritty urban sprawl deceive you—visitors come...
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Berg Altena, Willemstad, Curaçao
This picturesque row of small single-story multi-colored houses lies in step-configuration along sloping Berg Altena, so as to cheer up visitors to the neighboring Protestant and Jewish cemeteries. The houses are identical in front facade, central...
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Savaneta 270, Savaneta, Aruba
Enjoy fresh seafood right from the source at this local spot in Savaneta, a seaside town that was once the capital of Aruba. Enjoy a cold Chill beer as you wait on line. The menu, in both Papiamento and English is simple. Once it's your turn, be...
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Savaneta, Aruba
Zeerovers is the restaurant people come to when they want to eat truly traditional Aruba cuisine. It is always full of locals, so you know it has to be good! The small restaurant sits directly on the water and serves the freshest fish (and drinks)...
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Havenstraat 36 Oranjestad, Oranjestad, Aruba
This is one of the best places to cool off in Aruba, especially if you’re shopping near its downtown Oranjestad location. You’ll find more than 60 flavors here, each produced with natural, organic ingredients; no artificial flavors, colors,...
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Route 3 Palm Beach 6-D, Noord, Rte 3 6, Noord, Aruba
Linda’s Dutch Pancakes and Pizza in Noord, Aruba is “the” place for breakfast on this Caribbean island. If you love pancakes, try scarfing down a plate-sized rum-soaked raisin pancake, or one filled with mushroom, ham , and gouda cheese. The...
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Noord Cura Cabai 2a, Savaneta, Aruba
The Old Man and the Sea in Savaneta is an ideal place for a romantic island dining experience, amid the 'clicking palms,' overlooking the water. Feel the sand beneath your feet, and listen to the waves gently lapping the shoreline as you enjoy a...
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Gasparito 3 Noord, Noord, Aruba
Authentic Aruban cuisine and art are both on the menu at this unique eatery. Keshi Yena, Kerry Kerry, and Goat Stoba are just a few of the goodies served amid a warm, family-style setting and whimsical art created by Gasparito’s own in-house...
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J.E. Irausquin Blvd 228 F, Aruba
Screaming Eagle Restaurant offers a chic fine dining experience with an island atmosphere. Chef Erwin Hüsken has created a menu that celebrates island life (but that also offers surf and turf options), alongside innovative cocktails and a...
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L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba
Barefoot Restaurant brings fine dining to the beach, opening onto the beach and offering beautiful views. The menu is contemporary and international, with an emphasis on seafood, from shrimp croquettes, to crab cakes, to a 'Lobster Cappuccino' (a...
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3, Noord, Aruba
2 Fools and a Bull is not your typical dining experience. Chefs Fred Wanders and Paul Faas invite groups into a house centered on a main dining room, and serve a five-course, prix-fixe meal to guests seated at the U-shaped bar, explaining the...
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3601, 1 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a quiet beach town of bars, parks, and casual eateries within a couple walkable blocks along the Atlantic. Aruba Beach Cafe is by far the largest restaurant in the area, and the most popular spot for happy hour. For years,...