The least famous part of the Caribbean : Dutch Antilles – CURACAO By Branca Sister

Curacao is an island near the coast of Venezuela. It’s only a 40 minute flight, from Caracas, to arrive there. It is 444 square km and it is the biggest island from the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao)- all part of the Netherlands Antilles.

Although their official language is Dutch, they speak Papiamento, which is a mixture of Portuguese, Spanish, English and Dutch as well as African and Indigenous Amerindian languages. It is easy to find people that speak English and Spanish and they accept American Dollars all around the island.

It’s a beautiful destination with beautiful beaches and the wild nature of some parts of the island.  Also worth checking out is downtown, which earned UNESCO’s hallmark of World Heritage City in 1997.

The floating market, located in Punda, is their solution to the fact that they don’t plant and grow anything on the island. Small vendors come from the continent with their boats, and sell their produce in front of the boat, living during the week inside these boats.

Curacao has natural beauty, beautiful landscape, historical sites (as the oldest synagogue in the Occident), and beautiful hotels.

Their people are friendly but there is no elegance in their restaurants, Casinos and hotels. They serve champagne in wine glasses, the food is not always well presented and it is very hard to find a good seafood restaurant. If you go there looking for lobsters, big shrimps and other seafood, you will be disappointed.

However, if you are  looking for a place to rest,  wear bermudas and sandals all the time and, want to swim among various types of fish by the shore (without needing to dive), Curacao is the right place for you.

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  1. MK2 says:

    Looks lovely! Need to (hope to) check out all the ABC islands!