The islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, collectively known as the Caribbean’s ABC islands are part of Dutch Caribbean. Curaçao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The three islands are closer to Venezuela, than to the rest of the Caribbean islands. Largest of the three – Curaçao offers some gorgeous beaches, excellent snorkeling, Dutch-colonial architecture and historic museums. It is also a center for offshore banking and oil refining.
The island’s capital Willemstad, houses the UNESCO world heritage listed old town with colonial-era buildings and monuments. The late-19th-century Queen Emma Bridge is a historical landmark, connecting the city across St Anna Bay, and it is on the east side of this bridge, where most of the shops, galleries, restaurants and bars are located. Northwest from Willemstad, close to the small town of Sint Willibrordus, the white-sand beach of Portomari, with its double reef is an excellent choice for snorkelers and divers. The west end, however, is the highlight of Curaçao. The picture-perfect white-sand Grote Knip is one of the best beaches on the island, and is so beautiful that it has become the signature image of Curaçao. Nearby, Christoffel National Park, dominated by Mt Christoffel, the highest point in Curaçao, offers several hiking trails and a good break from the beaches. Climb the summit for breathtaking views or visit Savonet museum, a former plantation house, for an insight into the island’s history. On your way to Christoffel from West End, stop by at Shete Boka National Park, to admire the power of the waves, which crash against the limestone cliffs and make a thundering roar.
A few kilometres offshore the main island, the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao (also known as Little Curaçao) makes for a great day-trip. It has an old lighthouse and a couple of shipwrecks, which you can explore after basking in the sun or snorkeling alongside sea turtles.
A trip to Curaçao island is an experience you’re not likely to forget soon. Book a trip today and explore this amazing destination.
Capital Willemstad houses the UNESCO world heritage listed old town with Dutch-colonial buildings and monuments.