Suppose we told you there was a Caribbean island with crystal clear water, unspoiled beaches, an abundance of snorkeling, international cuisine, a laid back environment and – best of all – more affordable than different well known vacationer-pleasant destinations. Would you be fascinated with going? Bon bini a Curaçao!
One of the so called “ABC Islands”, together with its extra raucous and celebration-pleasant cousin, Aruba, curacao resorts and the dive mecca of Bonaire, Curaçao has all the pieces you could possibly want in a quiet and scenic Caribbean vacation.
Sitting within the Southern Caribbean about 40 miles north of Venezuela, Curaçao really consists of two our bodies of land – the main island, house to around a hundred and sixty,000 full time residents, and the uninhabited Klein Curaçao, or “little Curaçao.” Combined, they cowl just over one hundred seventy sq. miles, only slightly bigger than the city of New Orleans. The island’s capital is Willemsted. Cut up into two distinct components, Punda and Otrabanda, each will take you about half a day to fully cover.
The older a part of the town, Punda, has a number of historical buildings, including Fort Amsterdam, which was constructed in the 1700’s. If you happen to tour Fort Amsterdam, you should definitely maintain a watch out for the cannon ball reportedly fired by Captain Bligh in the 1700’s that still sits embedded in one of the walls. Just across the harbor and attainable through water taxi or on foot throughout the floating Queen Emma Bridge, is the more contemporary Otrabanda (“the opposite facet”).
Right here you’ll find one of the photographed locations in Curaçao, the Handelskade, a row of brightly colored Dutch Colonial buildings organized aspect by side alongside the waterfront. Lit up by lights, at night they exude a fairy tale feeling that would have you considering you had wandered onto a Disney set.
Each Punda and Otrabanda function loads of purchasing and eating decisions, with a number of bars, restaurants, and side walk cafes that supply an incredible view of maritime traffic, including sailboats making the brief hop from Venezuela to sell fresh fish at the Floating Market.
One place where Curaçao differs from different Caribbean islands is in the landscape – often described as more Southwestern US than a tropical island. A generally dry climate sample all through many of the year leads to more arid vegetation with scrublands, cacti, and the ubiquitous Watapana tree (known as Divi Divi on Aruba). The dearth of rain additionally means less runoff from shore, one motive for the superb readability of the water. One in every of its most gorgeous options of Curaçao is the “Blue Edge”, the place the sea flooring drops steeply within 2.0 toes of the shore, resulting in a drastic colour change visible from beach.
Curaçao may have gotten its name from Portugese sailors within the 16th and seventeenth century. Reportedly, seamen who acquired sick on voyages in the space would get left on the island to recuperate. When their ships returned, the sailors would be back in good well being, possibly the results of having spent their time eating fruit stuffed with Vitamin C. Their shipmates started calling it “The Island of Therapeutic,” or in Portugese, “Ilha da Curaçao.”
One other historical clarification is that the island takes its name from the Portugese word for “heart,” coracao – derived from the truth that it was the middle of Lesser Antilles trade on the time. However, no matter the way it received its identify, this former Dutch colony is a extremely beneficial journey destination for those who’re in search of tranquil beaches and an abundance of snorkeling opportunities.
Journey Tip: “Off peak” season in Curaçao is from Could to November, once you’ll find the bottom charges for airfare and hotels.
Because of it’s proximity to the equator, Curaçao’s average temperature is within the mid-80s all 12 months spherical with sunny skies even when different Caribbean islands experience their wet months. As an added bonus, Curaçao is often not affected by hurricane season.
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The rationale most people come to Curaçao? To get wet. The island has no shortage of lovely beaches with unique names like Cas Abao, Playa Porto Marie, and Playa Kennepa Chiki. However, with Curaçao’s distinctive landscape and a number of historical landmarks (the historic heart of Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage site), the island provides loads to do for guests who’re searching for more than just solar and fun.