Curaçao is among the group of islands known as the ABC islands, alongside Aruba and Bonaire. Located near Venezuela, this trio is categorized as the Leeward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles. With its Dutch colonial history and architecture, Curacao feels like a little piece of Europe in the Caribbean. Its capital city, Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop. For the avid snorkelers and divers, Curaçao is considered to be a world class destination.
A discovered Curaçao back in 2014 when he came across the island on a travel website where it was coined “the best up and coming destination for 2015.” At that point, there weren’t even flights to Curaçao from Canada. You needed to fly into the U.S. to reach this best kept secret of the Caribbean. We played around with the idea of visiting Curaçao for our honeymoon but made the decision to go to Malta instead. However, in the dead of November, we found ourselves on another plane bounded for this Dutch Caribbean island.
Overall, it was an eventful week with no shortage of things to do and see. We also had the opportunity to visit neighboring Aruba and Bonaire, which made for great day trips from Curaçao. A and I have visited a fair share of Caribbean islands. After a while they all start to feel the same but what is true is that the culture and people are what differentiates the islands, giving them their charm and individual appeal. There is no doubt that Curaçao has some seriously beautiful beaches. A and I were happy to add a handful of stunning beaches to our personal collection of favorites around the world.
We rented this little slice of heaven for our one week stay in Curaçao.
The beginning of the death catamaran out to Klein Curaçao. The waters were so rough making this the most unpleasant boat ride I’ve ever been on. We all didn’t look like this by the time we reached our destination.
You can’t see it on my face here but I have never felt sea sick of that magnitude before, or ever for that matter.
I would say the boat ride was well worth it for a day of sand and sun on this deserted island.
An abandoned lighthouse on Klein Curaçao.
An abandoned boat.
A shipwreck on the shoreline.
The Floating Market.
A historical restaurant in the heart of Willemstad.
The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge that connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of vessels. When the bridge opens for vessels coming through, pedestrians on the bridge have to wait about 20 minutes or so. Of course, as A and I were crossing the bridge, we got stuck for nearly an hour. Eventually we decided to find a way to climb off.
A and I found this restaurant on our drive and decided to have our lunch here. The food was delicious, probably the best meal we had in Curaçao.
Spent our last day sunbathing at Cas Abou Beach, located in the north of the island.
We drove by this joint every day on our way home and decided to try it on our last night. If you’re a meat lover, this is your place. They definitely do not skimp out on the meat or the flavors.
We had high expectations for Curaçao and while it didn’t fully captivate us or create a burning desire to come back, A and I always build fond memories in every place we visit, like exploring Willemstad and getting stuck on the Queen Emma Bridge for over an hour before we plotted our escape and climbed back to land, taking a catamaran 15 miles off the coast to Klein Curaçao (a deserted and uninhabited island) and having to literally hold on to our lives as the waters were so rough we may have flew overboard, and exploring an abandoned lighthouse and shipwreck with a sweet stray dog who followed us every step of the way. These are the memories that we often find ourselves reminiscing about when that wanderlust starts to set in. Although Curaçao didn’t win any awards in our books, it’s still an island worth visiting nonetheless!