Curaçao's capital, Willemstad, is divided into two towns by the bay of Santa Ana, belonging to the Caribbean Sea. It was named Santa Ana because Christopher Columbus arrived here on July 26, 1499, which is the celebration of the Feast of Santa Ana. The bay forms a channel separating the districts of [poi = 89754] Punda [/ poi] and [poi = 89758] Otrabanda [/ poi]. There are two bridges to cross from one side to the other: the first being a concrete traffic bridge, and the other a pedestrian swing bridge known as [b] Queen Emma bridge [/ b], famous for being the only floating wooden swing bridge in the world. This bridge has a length of 168 meters and was built in 1888. It's mobile to allow the passage of ships through the canal. There is a free shuttle service to move from Punda to Otrabanda and vice versa. The bay was once defended by 9 forts, six of which have been preserved, like [poi = 89740] Waterfort [/ poi] and [poi = 89714] Fort Amsterdam [/ poi] in Punda, and [poi = 89737] Rif Fort [ / poi] in Otrabanda.
Hello! In my experience, everything was great and what I liked most was the bridge, the fun, helpful people, the beaches, and the nightclubs. I would like to live there one day! The food is also delicious and cheap. All in all, there aren't enough good words to describe Curacao!
Rif Fort is another one of the forts that were built to protect the Bay of Santa Ana, as well as the access by sea to the capital of the island. It is located in the district of Otrabanda, opposite Fort Amsterdam, and was built in 1828 with bricks made of coral stone. Nowadays it is a shopping and entertainment center where you can find an assortment of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Willemstad is the capital of Curacao and the Netherlands. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is mainly divided into two districts, Punda and Otrabanda. While Punda is a grid of parallel and perpendicular streets, Otrabanda is made up of labyrinthine alleys. The neighborhood is working class and the free colored population of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was defended by the Rif Fort, but now it is a shopping and entertainment center. In this area there are several hotels and casinos.
The capital of the Dutch Antilles and the island of Curacao, Willemstad, is divided into three sub-districts: Punda, [poi = 89758] Otrabanda [/ poi] and Klooster and Pietermaai. The first two are the most touristy, and the third is a residential area with lots of mansions. Willemstad was declared a [b] World Heritage Site[/ b] by UNESCO. In Punda, you'll find the main stores, all tax-free, and the [poi = 89710] Floating Market [/ poi] specializing in fruits and vegetables. The local buildings are two and three story houses all painted in very bright and striking colors, and arranged in a grid. The Punda district is located on the banks of the [poi = 116625] Bay of Santa Ana [/ poi], and so it has two strong defensive structures: [poi = 89740] Waterfort [/ poi] (now a dining and entertainment zone) and [poi = 89714] Fort Amsterdam [/ poi], seat Dutch Antilles' government.
Take a stroll down the pier and Santa Ana bay. In the district of Punda Curaçao's capital, we find this quaint and colourful market. It is called floating because, even though the stalls are on the mainland, along the promenade, the goods are stored in small fishing boats that are moored to the dock at the back. The vendors are usually venezuelans who come to the island to sell their fresh produce. All kinds of vegetables and exotic fruit can be found on this market.
In Willemstad you can still see six of the nine forts that were built to protect the capital of the island from maritime attacks in the bay of Santa Ana. This was built in 1634 in order to defend the outer section of the Punda district.
It is virtually suspended over the coast, following its shapeless alignment through small towers, which are currently occupied by shops, restaurants and pubs. It is one of the best areas for nightlife. As a curiosity, I wanted to note that this fort served as a refuge for troops during World War II.
This museum is in the [poi = 89754] Punda district [/ poi] just behind [poi = 89714] Fort Amsterdam [/ poi], one of the oldest buildings in the city. It is managed by the Curacao telecommunications company and the museum is dedicated to development of telecommunications. The first phone from 1880 is in the phone, as is more current media such as fiber optics or videoconferences. Admission is free and is open from Monday to Friday 9-12 and 13-17h. Don't miss out on this great museum! You'll be glad you went.
In Curacao you can admire the sunrise and sunset over the sea, on different sides of the island. The sunset is wonderful, and it is impossible not to stop what you're doing to admire the beauty of nature. At the Hilton hotel, staff often stop to appreciate the phenomenon, which lasts about 30 minutes. At the end of year, the sun sets at 18.10, but from October to February the rain can impede the view. At the Hilton, there is a dock where you can take beautiful photographs.
The famous Blue Curacao liqueur was founded here in 1896, originally called "Curacao of Curacao". So if you visit this Caribbean island, you can't miss the factory. It is in a gorgeous mansion, where you can see the whole process of the production. At the end of the tour is the best part, the chance to try all the flavours - the original blue, but also coffee, orange, and more. In the factory shop, you can buy small samples or large bottles at much better prices than you'll find elsewhere, as well as crafts and souvenirs. The visit takes about one hour, and you can get there in a rental car or on a shuttle.
If you want to enjoy a fun night out in Curacao, with a mixture of Brazilian and Caribbean music, then you should go to the Mi Dushi boat. Here you'll find an infectious atmosphere, full of music and dancing! The owner is a Brazilian who has lived on the island for many years. The service will pick you up at your hotel and take you back at the end of the night. You need to book in advance.
Curacao certainly doesn't lack for nightlife! One option for a fun night out is the Loko Bus, a bus transformed into a mobile nightclub, where the music goes all night long! It's a colourful bus, with loud speakers, that will take you around the city from site to site. You can rent one for you and your friends, or catch one in the city centre, opposite Otrobanda square.
The Queen Juliana Bridge has an impressive height of 60 metres, so it can be seen from various points of the city. The bridge took a decade to build, and was finally completed in April, 1974. It aims to facilitate the movement of cars between Punda and Otrabanda, which are separated by the Santa Ana Bay. The bridge is high so that cruise ships and cargo ships can pass beneath it. From up on the bridge you can enjoy great views.