The Top 25 Interesting Things About Curaçao1 Curaçao Floating BridgeI ‘d say the first landmark that people look for the Curaçao Floating Bridge (also known as the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge) that is located in the capital city, WillemstadThe bridge was built in 1888 and was renovated in 1939. It adds to the ambiance of the lovely town of Willemstad. This beautiful bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of oceangoing vessels.
When boats, yachts, cruise ships and oceangoing vessels need to pass the bridge, the bridge swings in one direction until it parks along the side of the channel. This beautiful bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of oceangoing vessels. When boats, yachts, cruise ships and oceangoing vessels need to pass the bridge, the bridge swings in one direction until it parks along the side of the channel.At night the bridge is all lit up in a variety of wonderful colors that matches the colorful old town of Willemstad.
While the floating bridge is open to allow boat traffic the town of Willemstad offers two free ferry boats that transport visitors across the port area.2 The Capital City, Willemstad.Willemstad integrates the services of a large city with the appeals of a village.
The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site where Curaçao’s Dutch colonial heritage comes alive through galleries, markets, and a ringing coffee shop culture.Wandering around the area and absorbing its rhythms is a real reward. According to the government, there are 750 historic structures in the city, yet new scaffolding goes up virtually on a monthly basis.The keep all the projects within the heritage plans that retain the current old city ambiance. The town is continuously advancing while still taking care of to hold on to its past, making it among the fascinating cities in the Caribbean.3 Where Is Curaçao?Located just 12 degrees north of the Equator, 49 miles north of Venezuela. The island of Curaçao enjoys a year-round warm and sunny climate with the occasional showers that don’t usually last very long.
The average temperatures hover in the mid-80s and the trade winds that blow in from the east at a steady rate gives the air a very comfortable feeling. With the trade winds, the mid-80 degree temperature feels very comfortable. I wish more locations had a steady wind like you find on Curaçao!4 Curaçao BeachesKleine Knip 4.5 StarsKleine Knip is located on the western side of the island, between the villages of Westpunt and Lagun, at 50 mins drive from Willemstad. It is a small beach, located in a bay between rocks. People say it is a little rocky but overall it’s a beautiful beach to visit.Grote Knip 4.
6 StarsGrote Knip is located on the western side of the island, between the villages of Westpunt and Lagun. The beach gives way to a small lagune between high rocks. It is freely accessible to the public.
This beach is known for its fine white sand that’s amazing! The beach gives way to a small lagune between high rocks. This beach is known for its fine white sand that’s amazing!Mambo Beach 4.0 StarsMambo Beach is a very nice beach. Well maintained and easy to enter the water since it has little coral to step over.
It is a little crowded because of the many sunning bads provided to the beachgoers. The beach is very clean and has many stores and restaurants available. Mambo Beach is a very nice beach. It is a little crowded because of the many sunning bads provided to the beachgoers.Blue Bay Beach 4.0 StarsBlue Bay Beach is known for a beautiful beach and worth your time. Plenty of sunshine and an ample supply of beautiful blue waters.
This beach offers you easy snorkeling right off the beachfront. This is a wonderful beach ..
. great for swimming, sunning and excellent snorkeling! There is a small charge for a lounge chair but if you plan on eating it is best to bring your own food! Blue Bay Beach is known for a beautiful beach and worth your time. This beach offers you easy snorkeling right off the beachfront.Here’s a short list of other Curaçao beaches to research.Jan Thiel BeachKokomo BeachDaaibooi BeachPlaya Jeremi BeachKleine Knip BeachPlaya Kalki BeachPlaya Forti BeachPlaya Santa Cruz BeachPlaya Piskado BeachJeremi Baai BeachPlaya Canoa BeachCity Beach 88 BeachCabana Beach5 Other Curaçao Water ActivitiesThey have ample water activities all around this beautiful island.Many of the beaches are perfect for wakeboarding and most beach offer rentals for the activity.If water skiing is your thing, then Curaçao has you covered.
No Name water sports offers people up to a full day of water sports and ending with a relaxed BBQ in Fuik Bay.Snorkel w/Dolphins in the open sea with the Dolphin Academy. What an opportunity to swim with dolphins! Who doesn’t love Dolphins?Here’s a short list of other Curaçao water activities to research. The list could go on and on!Become a SCUBA Diver in only 3 days. This will offer you a lifetime of enjoyment!There are many catamaran cruises to take. Dinner, snorkel, and sunset cruises! Private sunset charters on a beautiful boat.For the adrenaline junkie, they offer Jetski Adrenaline Boost by riding the waters of the Caracas Bay.Deep Sea fishing is also offered and yacht rentals.
Catch the big fish you’ve been dreaming about or enjoy the sea day on a nice yacht.You can also find stand up paddle boards, speedy snorkel tour, and wave surfing at Playa Canoa.All the above activities are offered daily.6 Environmental Effort for DiversA foundation names CCU (Curaçao Clean Up) organized a yearly dive to help clean up Curaçao’s waters.This happens in Jan each year and this time the volunteers found significantly less trash then previous years.Perhaps the single most important thing we can do to get rid of illegal garbage is to know where it is.
Picking up litter on your own is great, and we encourage you to do it every time you see it.But the amount of garbage we deal with necessitates a coordinated plan of attack. To really clean up that much trash, we need a plan to get rid of it efficiently.If you are interested in volunteering for next year dive, contact the rescue organization CITRO on Curaçao7 The New Children’s Museum, Curaçao.Think, Play, Create is the key to a happier life for children. When visiting Curaçao while your cruise ship is restocking their supplies, visit the New Children’s Museum.When you first step into the property, it is very clear that the New Children’s Museum is all about kid-power learning. The museum has multiple themed rooms that include an art creative lab and a Curaçao Marketplace that teaches children how to work in a real store.
The Children’s Museum is within walking distance of the ship docking areas.https://i.imgur.com/qyjQJoa.
png8 Curaçao Carnival Is A Yearly EventThis year carnival is slam packed full for the month starting Jan 19th thru March 10th.This is like Curaçao Mardi Gras for their year. Full of fun and colors! A list of events below will give some idea of what is offered.
If you like some fun while visiting Curaçao via a cruise port visit, plan accordingly. This is like Curaçao Mardi Gras for their year. If you like some fun while visiting Curaçao via a cruise port visit, plan accordingly.Teenage Queen Pageant And Jester ContestAdult Queen Pageant And Jester ContestChildren Queen Pageant And Jester ContestTumba FestivalTali Tin Jump-inHorse ParadeChildren Tumba FestivalLions Carnival PartyBandabou Adult Queen Pageant And Jesters ContestHak’ e Jump-inSoab Jump-inZjagilae Jump-inCrazy Diamond And Bab Jump-inThese are some of the festive events that take place daily. There are more to list but I’ll leave that up to you to research. Like I said, if you are looking for something fun will on your cruise stop, this is it!https://unsplash.com/photos/KB0Ipylp7dc9 Major League Baseball Players Born in CuraçaoEvery state in the United States of America and more than forty-five countries have had at least one player make it to the show.
The table below is a comprehensive historical analysis of every major league baseball player born in.Curacao has had 15 players in the Major Leagues.https://i.imgur.com/VAEbnoF.png10 Hato Caves is a treat for anyone the love natureThe Hato Caves are more than 300,000 years old and are one of the biggest and prominent caves on Curaçao. The walking path is public friendly and will take you through this unique cave system. You’ll have the opportunity to see fruit bats, beautiful limestone formations, a romantic water pool and a statue of mother Maria holding her only child.
png11 Substation Curaçao Discover The Unknown DepthsThe Standard and the Deep dive tour both are very interesting and will take you to the unknown depths of Curacao. The Standard tour will take you approximately 500 feet deep with an experienced pilot and see most of what our reefs have to offer from the shallow water fish to deep reef ones. A Deep-dive is ideal for thrill seekers that want to reach that 1,000 ft depth for a deep diver adventure.You’re allowed to take your own cameras and wear some comfortable clothes.There’s a minimum age of 10 yearshttps://i.imgur.com/Ug34U7j.png12 Zapata Flyboard AdventureExperience the ultimate thrill and adventure of a lifetime.
Blast off in a jetpack, or as we call it, Flyboarding!! Fly and experience levitation flight so stable that you feel as if you are suspended on cables.The Flyboard ® is a watersports apparatus which allows propulsion underwater and in the air, it could be compared to a powered wakeboard. It’s the closest thing to flying that you can find.Zapata Flyboard Caribbean is now in Curaçao. Fly over the water and swim like a dolphin! During the course, lasting a little over an hour, we teach you the basics of Flyboarding. First, they take you through safety instructions. After that, we’re good to go in the water; we’ll be in the water for about 30-40 minutes.
Zapata Flyboard Caribbean is now in Curaçao. After that, we’re good to go in the water; we’ll be in the water for about 30-40 minutes.https://i.
imgur.com/cTGVhH0.png13 Curaçao Buggy AdventuresYou will drive your own buggy following the tour guide from the South East Coast to the North East Coast of the island. After a few minutes of practice, the tour starts off road. The road is desert style with cactus scenery until the North Shore is reached. First stop is a natural attraction the Blowhole.
During the ride, there is ample time to take plenty of beautiful pictures. The guide will also give you some geological island information. Watch the crashing waves and hike inside the Indian caves. Enjoy breathtaking views of the North Shore up to Bonaire while standing at the top of the caves.
You will drive your own buggy following the tour guide from the South East Coast to the North East Coast of the island. During the ride, there is ample time to take plenty of beautiful pictures. The guide will also give you some geological island information. https://i.imgur.
com/KrFRZs5.png14 Curaçao – The Rich Maritime HistoryIn the Curaçao Maritime Museum, you can request special arrangements for visitors. A guided harbor tour with a water taxi taking you through one of the busiest and oldest harbors in the Caribbean is included in the museum special tour.The Maritime Museum takes its visitors on a discovery tour on the maritime history in Curaçao. The exhibits at ground level show the original inhabitants at around 600 BC. Just a note, the Spanish explorers arrived in 1499.
Your time will be well spent visiting this beautiful museum.https://i.imgur.com/fEnuvww.png14 The Eye of CuraçaoFound in the Watamula area is the Eye of Curaçao.
You can follow the yellow stone and you can hear the island breathing and you also will see the Eye of Curaçao along the way. It’s not an area in which you ‘d want to spend a majority of your vacation, but it has a few geological features that are worth seeing.https://i.imgur.com/fEnuvww.png15 Take In The Breathtaking Views Of Christoffel National ParkIn 1978, three plantations around the northwest tip of Curaçao merged to create Christoffel National Park. The park houses indigenous flora and fauna, such as barn owls, the rare and endangered Curaçao White-Tailed deer more than 450 species of plants, including wild orchids.
While you can take a scenic drive through Curaçao’s largest national park, hiking is the best way to experience Christoffel’s rugged landscape. Recent visitors said the view from the top of Christoffel Mountain is unforgettable.You can climb the peak and back in two to three hours, but due to the high temperatures and lack of shade, the park doesn’t allow people to start their hike after 11 a.m., so make sure to get there early.
Past travelers stressed to bring at least two bottles of water, some food. Also make certain you have comfortable shoes, as the terrain gets rockier the closer you get to the summit.Along with two driving and eight hiking trails, the park offers safaris, a guided climb up the mountain, bird, and deer spotting activities, as well as seasonal events geared toward families.Those looking to get more insight into the park’s history should stop at the Savonet Museum.
Housed inside one of the island’s oldest plantations, the museum showcases history through the eyes of the area’s former residents, including the slaves who worked on the Savonet plantation, and the Arowak Indians who called the park home almost 4,000 years ago.https://i.imgur.
com/L0bK6gZ.jpg15 Kurá Hulanda MuseumLocated on what was once a trader square for slaves, the Kurá Hulanda Museum traces the history of the African slave trade on Curaçao. You will find 18th-century artifacts that look like an ugly era in Curaçao’s past with a deft hand on slavery.Along with exhibits about the transAtlantic slave trade, the museum features collections of pre-Columbian gold, Mesopotamian relics, and Antillean art.
The art collections are very well organized and flows along with the slave heritage of this beautiful island.Recent visitors stressed this is not a light-hearted activity, with many leaving the museum feeling somber but slightly disturbed by what they learned. Despite the disturbing subject matter, many travelers highly recommend a visit, with some saying they wished they received this kind of history lesson in school. However, you might want to skip this museum if you’re traveling with small children– a harrowingly accurate replica of the bowels of a slave ship may prove too disturbing for many people.Just like most history fades with time, museums like Kurá Hulanda Museum is necessary to help people not forget such a tragic past of so many countries. Without museums that show the right and wrong of our past, it is likely to be repeated.