15 Fun Facts about Curaçao
1. Drinks with a view are one of the many specialties on the island of Curacao. Let your worries slip away as you bask in the warm sun with a refreshing drink in hand. Start your morning off with a swim before heading to the bar to enjoy a cocktail or smoothie made from locally grown fruits, including mango, coconut, and papaya.
2. What better place for a UNESCO site?
Quietly tucked in the southern part of the Caribbean, Curacao is truly a hidden gem. The country's capital, Willemstad, is characterized by colorful Dutch architecture that dates back to the 17th century. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, Willemstad is a beautiful blend of an ancient European city and a lively island oasis.
3. One amazing place to unplug – remember electricity and water don’t mix – put away your cell phone when you come here!
Pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and near-perfect year-round weather are just a few reasons to love Curacao. Disconnect from the stress of the everyday hustle and bustle and lose yourself in the tranquil sounds of the island. Walk barefoot on the beach or go for a swim in the crystal clear waters and discover the magic of the Caribbean.
4. My grandson would call Curacao “Muy colorful” – and he’s be right!
Discover the most colorful island in the Caribbean. The vibrant streets of Curacao are sure to excite history buffs and delight your senses. Local legend has it that these buildings were once white, but the bright reflection of the sunlight caused the Governor-General at that time to have migraines. Allegedly he requested the buildings illustrate any color other than white giving Curacao the colorful reputation it has today!
5. At first glance, the building of Curacao might seem like a more colorful version of Amsterdam. That's because the island was colonized by the Dutch after gaining its independence from Spain in the 17th century. Look beyond the bright colors, and you'll see Dutch architecture, cobblestone streets, and open-air plazas that are all reminiscent of an old European city.
6. Wake up. Swim. Repeat. Waste no time traveling to the beach and book a room right on the water. The famous Willemstad lagoon is the perfect spot to call home during your stay on Curacao. Jump right in the clear turquoise water or take a boat directly out to the ocean for a cruise around the island.
7 How about a great place to spend some time with friends?
You’ll never be far from the fun when you visit Curacao. Regardless of where you stay, everything is only a short drive away. This small Caribbean paradise is perfect for a long weekend getaway. Gather your friends for a weekend of fun and adventure or plan a solo trip to relax and disconnect.
8. Red Rover, Red Rover, I’ll send you right over!
Have you ever ridden a pontoon bridge? The Queen Emma Pontoon bridge, also known as the Swinging Old Lady, spans the St. Anna Bay in Curacao. Connecting Punda and Otrabanda in the capital city of Willemstad, the bridge with its colorful arches is an iconic national treasure. Worried you might get stuck on one side? Never fear! Pedestrians are still allowed to cross the bridge with a little help from a ferry to finish the journey.
9. Polly Want a Cracker?
Almost as colorful as the buildings themselves, the birds of Curacao blend in perfectly with the island's vibrant atmosphere. From the buildings to the fruits and the birds, the colors of Curacao are sure to brighten your stay. Surround yourself with color and excitement when you escape to this island paradise.
10 . Dance, dance, dance, all night long!
The day isn't over when the sun goes down. The nightlife on Curacao is almost as famous as the beaches. Start the evening off at Hemingway for a sunset toast, then head to the nearby Mambo Beach and Wet & Wild for live music and dancing that goes well into the night. These well-known hot spots are favorites amongst locals and tourists alike.
11. What is your favorite color of cocktail or smoothie?
No trip to Curacao is complete without trying Blue Curacao. This famous local liqueur produced from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown right on the island. Mimicking the bright blue shade of the water, Blue Curacao offers a little taste of paradise. Ask the bartender to make you a Turqa & Cocos or a Blue Lagoon and enjoy the tropical flavors while in this tropical paradise!
12. Welke talen spreedk jij? Que idiomas hablas? Multi-lingual impressive!
Curacao is a nation full of natural beauty and rich history. Initially settled by the Spanish, Curacao quickly because a global trading hub when the Dutch West India Company took lead of the island in the early 1600s. Since then, the island has become a melting pot of European and Caribbean culture, with most natives speaking up to four languages!
13. Hammock, hammock, who has the hammock? Is it there?
Start your day off slow and relax into the laid-back tempo of the island. Nap on the beach for a spell or have a lazy afternoon lying in a hammock. Let your worries be drift away with the tides while you do as much or as little as you'd like. When you are visiting Curacao, you are on island time.
14. Where can you go to Mardi Gras Caribbean style?
Give yourself the chance to experience one of the most elaborate and longest-lasting festivals in the Caribbean. The Curacao Carnival takes this annual celebration to new levels with its vibrant and energetic festivities. The Carnival is a great time to visit the island if you're in the mood for music, dancing, and larger-than-life costumes parading through the streets. The festivities always end on Ash Wednesday, so it's time to get the party started!
15. Seafood – Fresh Extravaganza
Curacao cuisine celebrates the island's history with a unique blend of Dutch and Caribbean inspired dishes. Seafood is the main staple in Curacao, and there's no shortage of fresh seafood caught daily around the island. If you're feeling adventurous try Keshi Yena, a cheesy signature dish of Curacao, or try a sweet treat, Poffertjes is a delicious Dutch pancake that is popular throughout the island.
Among the many, many, many reasons to visit Curaçao - this is merely 15 great reasons. When you're ready to start planning your trip to Curaçao, let's get together to plan and make sure your plans are carried out seamlessly, with no stress. Your vacation is to relax and experience new destinations, not to worry about the intricate details aligning - that's my job!
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