April 23, 2015 | By VACV |
This island’s rugged volcanic surface, lush green-scenery and colourful Dutch-inspired architecture speak to the curious explorer in all of us – the adventure seeker, the beach lover, diving enthusiast, history buff and modern city traveller.
This lively port – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is the most fascinating city in the Caribbean. Lined with brightly painted 18th-century buildings, you’ll find cafés, island boutiques and other local stores; it's a little haven of European architecture. Cross the unique, floating Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge to Otrobanda (the other side) or watch as ships sail through the harbour.
Curaçao is a global melting pot of cultures, with over 50 different nationalities, all colourfully expressed through the people, museums, forts, galleries and historical sites. Although Dutch is the official language, English and Spanish are widely spoken. Many residents speak Papiamentu – a curious creole of African, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English and Arawak Indian.
Like its culture, the flavours of Curaçao are an international fusion. Sample authentic, local food at Curaçao’s famous old market, Marshe Bieuw, in downtown Willemstad. Staples of the local menu include Kabritu (stewed goat), Keshi yená (stuffed Gouda cheese), Dradu (mahi-mahi), and Funchi (just think – delicious fried corn bread). Enjoy!
With more than 35 named beaches, Curaçao offers a great choice for sun, sand and surf. Some are intimate pocket beaches in finger coves surrounded by massive cliffs. Others are expansive stretches of secluded sand while others bustle with activities. You can swim, snorkel and dive, plunge off sea cliffs, build sand castles, and enjoy a fresh-catch lunch or romantic sunset dinner.
The Curaçao Ostrich Farm is not only one of the biggest farms in the Caribbean, it’s one of the biggest outside of Africa. Tour the farm and meet some of the 600 birds. Hold an ostrich egg, stroke a little baby chick and much more. In the farm’s Zambezi restaurant, enjoy African style food, including ostrich meat, and South African wines and liqueurs.
The island offers over 65 dive sites and was chosen as one of the top three locations for “Best Snorkelling”, “Best Shore Diving” and “Best Macro Marine Life” by the readers of Scuba Diving Magazine. Visibility is amazing and the diversity of marine life is staggering. The Mushroom Forest made the Top 100 list as one of the best dive sites in the world!