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Island Girl’s Tips: Things you Must Do in Curaçao

View of the colorful Punda District in Curaçao

Nestled in the heart of the Dutch Antilles, Curaçao is a kaleidoscopic smorgasbord of rich cultural tapestry and seemingly endless opportunities for soft adventures. From sun-drenched beaches to captivating cultural experiences, there’s a plethora of ways to occupy your time. While my visit was too brief to even scratch the surface, I’m grateful to Caribbean Airlines and the Curacao Tourism Board for the opportunity to sample just a taste of it. If you’re heading to this gem soon, and you’re in need of a little inspiration, here are my top recommendations for immersing yourself in the unparalleled beauty and charm of this island oasis.

Road Trip to the East

Curaçao beach view

If you’re staying on the western side of the island, a road trip to the east is a must. Our jaunt was brief but it hinted at the island’s potential for great all-day excursions. The drive is relatively short by traditional road trip standards, so you can cover A LOT of ground in one day. We’re talking random stops to take in gorgeous views, leisurely lunch breaks, and of course beach-hopping, because the coastline on this side of the island is absolutely divine.

  1. Have lunch at Komedor Krioyo to get your fix of local fare. The open air dining room makes for a relaxing setting and the menu is a collection of delicious, must-try dishes.
  2. Stop at Kenepa Grandi to take in the view and get some snorkeling done. We were only able to watch, not touch, and it broke my heart. If you have the opportunity, definitely dive in and enjoy it for me!
  3. Pull over and soak in the beautiful scene at the Santa Martha Bay viewpoint – it will take your breath away.
  4. Grab drinks and take a dip at Cas Abao, a beach with clear waters and a very low-key vibe you’ll love.

Get a Crash Course in History

A guide giving a tour of the Kas Di Pal’i Maishi museum

Curaçaoans see the value in knowing their past. It’s clear in the ease with which even younger generations are able to proudly relay their history in great detail. As such, the island is fortunate enough to have extensive chronicles of its history, carefully curated and expertly explained in several museums. Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Pay a visit to Kas di Pal’I Maishi, a 130 year old traditional adobe house for a look into the daily lives of rural Afro-Curaçaoans post-slavery.
  2. Book a tour at the Kura Hulanda Museum and learn about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in its totality through hundreds of artefacts, images, and records on display.
  3. Schedule a trip to Savonet Museum, one of the island’s newest additions and get a peak into what life was like for Curaçao’s earliest inhabitants, the Arawaks, as well as the enslaved Africans that were brought to the island against their will.

Soak in ALL the Colors

Mural in Otra Banda, Curaçao

Everywhere in Curaçao is awash with color – explore it! I’m not usually a fan of walking, but this is one island that’s best explored on foot. Whizzing by in cars you see so many gorgeous spots and missed photo ops. Make a point to slow down spend time strolling through the towns and neighborhoods.

  1. Walk the streets of Otrabanda and observe the many murals and brightly colored walls of the homes and businesses in the area.
  2. Stroll through the impeccably maintained Kura Hulanda Village with its cobble stone streets and quaint storefronts.
  3. Cross the Queen Emma Bridge into the Punda District and enjoy row after row, street after street of buildings bathed in the brightest hues of the color wheel.

From the azure waters to the vibrant city streets, Curaçao truly delivers a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, diving into the island’s rich history and culture, or indulging in mouthwatering culinary delights, you’re guaranteed to find something to excite and enlighten you. So, if you haven’t done so just yet, start planning a visit to this Caribbean getaway you need to “feel for yourself” as the destination’s tagline suggests!

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