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Why Curaçao?

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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.

Willemstad

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.

Cultures

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.

Flavours

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!

Beaches

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.

Ostriches

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.

Diving

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!

 

23 Apr

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Miss Universe Curaçao

April 23, 2015 | By |

June 7th, 2014 was Laurien Angelista’s 27th birthday and on this day one of her biggest dreams came true: she was crowned Miss Universe Curaçao 2014. This bright island star takes us to her private Curaçao, that special place she calls home.

What’s one of your fondest childhood memories of life on the island?

One of my fondest childhood memories is the sea. We used to live so close to a beach that I would wake up and hear the peaceful sound of the waves.

If I asked you to take a guest out for the evening, where would you go?

I would definitely go to the Rif Fort, a 19th-century landmark. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cozy meeting point in the centre of Willemstad, great for dining and nightlife.

Where do you and your friends like to spend your days off?

We like to go to the beach; Knip Beach and Mambo Beach are good. Sometimes we’ll walk or jog near Fort Nassau. If we want to escape the city, we head to Banda Abou on the western side of Curaçao. Lunch at Dokterstuin restaurant is always great.

What’s your favourite meal?

Papaya stoba. That’s Papiamentu for stewed papaya. It’s ripe and unripe papaya with goat, pigtail and spare ribs. I love it because of the sweet and salty in one dish.

Who is your favourite chef?

My father. Although he's not a professional chef when it comes to a local meal, he rocks it.

Do you have a favourite island fashion designer?

Marjorie Kort. She’s a talented lady. She creates beautiful, unique and easy-to-wear outfits. She has a nice boutique in town named Bamali.

What festivals should we all be excited about?

You should definitely experience our Carnival, which is a big national celebration. The Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival and the Curaçao International BlueSeas Festival are amazing events with international musicians.

 

23 Apr

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Bon Bini Curaçao

April 23, 2015 | By |

Bon Bini is Papiamentu – the local creole – for welcome, and it is very sincere. Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, and unrivaled European architecture, Curaçao thrives on a live-and-let-live attitude that welcomes everyone.

This charming island in the South Caribbean was recently added to Air Canada Vacations’ lineup. The weather is always perfect, and you’ll find the best for every kind of traveller, whether you travel for cuisine, history, relaxation or adventure.

Fly non-stop to this inspiring destination from Toronto year round and take your pick of 14 resorts.