When choosing a Caribbean destination for an outdoor adventure, it’s easy to think that one island is just like any other. But with more than 35 captivating cove beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, a “live and let live” attitude, and unrivaled traditional European architecture, Curaçao sets itself apart from the rest as an island to be explored.
Ideal for insatiable curiosities, this Southern Caribbean island destination offers a rugged terrain as the perfect backdrop for all types of travelers: adventure seekers, beach bums, divers, history buffs, epicureans and modern city explorers.
Blue Curaçao liqueur isn’t the only tasteful experience that is authentic to Curaçao. Local eateries are influenced by a melting pot of over 55 different cultures on the island, so naturally it’s a culinary heaven. Indulge in signature dishes at the rustic, alfresco Old Market landmark in downtown Willemstad, which is a hotspot for a Curaçaoan lunch. Portions are plentiful and prices can’t be matched, especially at their famous sidewalk cafés, which are all over the island, where you can buy drinks, pastechis (savory pastries) and so much more!
Ideal for insatiable curiosities, this southern Caribbean island offers a rugged terrain as the perfect backdrop for every type of traveler: adventure seekers, beach-goers, divers, history and food buffs and modern city explorers. Several festivals, carnivals, sailing and cycling events happen year-round that celebrate culture, food, music, pride and more. A few worth mentioning are as follows:
If festivals aren’t your thing, there is something for everyone on this island. Visit the Aloe Vera plantation, try out watersports galore, swim with dolphins, or learn about local herbal remedies on the east side of the island. On the west side, tour the Hato Caves, hike the Christoffel National Park or go cliff diving at Playa Forti. Go on a weekend getaway to Curacao and discover the Caribbean the way it’s meant to be seen.
A UNESCO World Heritage City is a rare gem in the Caribbean – but with the history and culture you’d expect from a European capital, Willemstad has more than earned the title. Of all the exciting things to do in Curaçao, Willemstad itself may offer the most unique experience in all of the Caribbean. The capital’s Dutch colonial ancestry is evident at every turn, most notably in Punda’s kaleidoscopic, sherbet-colored architecture, which you won’t find anywhere else outside of the Netherlands.