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Curação

A dive into history

By Ricardo Freire

Very few Caribbean islands have as much personality as Curaçao. Its days as a Dutch trading post bequeathed the beautiful architectural ensemble of the capital Willemstad, protected by UNESCO.

The local language, Papiamentu, comes from a pidgin used between African slaves and their masters, Jews that left Recife after the Dutch expulsion which ended religious freedom in Pernambuco. It was originally a simplified version of Portuguese, which incorporated Spanish and Dutch influences.

The beaches are small and the water crystal clear. There are numerous diving points; the reef gardens in the northeast coast are among the most beautiful (and easily accessed) in the Caribbean.

 

O que fazer em Curação

It is a good idea to drive to the wild beaches, like Kenepa Grandi (most beautiful beach on the island, near the west point), and Port-Marie (private and perfect for snorkeling or diving).

Take a cloudy day to explore Willemstad: the floating Punda market, the synagogue with sandy floors, the big houses on Scharloo street, the floating bridge, and the Kurá Hulanda Museum, which tells the story of slave trafficking.

The crowds go to the Seaquarium beach, and Mambo and Cabana clubs (visit the aquarium while you're at it). The best place to go at night is Forte Rif, which has become a complex of bars and restaurants that are integrated into the Renaissance Hotel.