High 5 Reasons To Visit Curacao

It’s refreshingly different. At first look, you might think the multi-chromatic painted town of Willemstad is a fabricated vacationer attraction. It’s not. It’s genuine. Years of history and Dutch influence blended with Caribbean aptitude have produced a vibrantly colorful port that’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Curacao’s economic system actually doesn’t depend on tourism, so you’re going to get more of an authentic island experience. Befriend a neighborhood and you’ll even discover hidden treasures reminiscent of a delicious restaurant that’s solely open at some point per week and inventive sculptures handmade and painted on the island.

If that still hasn’t convinced you to present Curacao a strive, here are my 5 reasons to visit:

CULTURE

Let’s start with the language, Papiamentu. For seasoned travelers, trying to speak with the locals utilizing their native tongue will likely be a enjoyable little thoughts twist for you. For me, it appeared like a Spanish dialect. Nevertheless, upon additional analysis I found it also features a little bit of Creole, Portuguese, Dutch, German, French, and Arawak Indian. I suppose that’s what you get for having an extended history of being a well-liked port on a trade route. I acquired so used to the Spanish-sounding ‘bon dia’ for ‘good morning,’ and ‘bon nochi’ for ‘good night’ that I literally regarded around for a donkey when somebody said danki as a ‘thank you.’ Navigating their language was unexpectedly fun. For more about Papiamentu, check out this quick guide to Curacao Native Languages.

HISTORY

I know I’ve talked about the architecture above, but you need to know the way the colourful buildings came about? Well, first they were built slim to adapt to the lack of land as well because the building taxes that on the time that charged per-foot with frontage to the street. So now you’ve acquired tall, slender, Dutch-looking buildings that had been probably shiny white from plaster made of sand and shells. Right here’s where the story gets interesting. Now, I don’t understand how true this is, or if it’s just an island-story, but it’s mentioned that one of the former governors used to get a headache from the white buildings reflecting the intense Caribbean sun. He then requested that all of them be painted different colors.

ART

All through the island you’ll discover little statues of plump girls with voluptuous curves painted with clothing that matches the bright cheerful colors of Willemstad. These are Curacao’s precious ChiChi’s. What started as a small half time job and an artist’s dream has grown into an artwork project that employs and empowers many women on the island of Curacao.

CUISINE OF CURACAO

I bet you were questioning once I was going to say the meals! The delicacies resorts in curacao Curacao has just as a lot variety as it’s language. The Floating Market subsequent to the port supplies loads of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables from Venezuela and the locals usually gather at a close-by pavilion to share native delicacies for breakfast or lunch.

And then there may be the ‘eat with your arms’ restaurant I discussed earlier that is solely open as soon as per week, Equus. It’s been around for 17 years and is worth waiting until Friday night time to strive! Read more about Equus in my put up, Equus = Consuming With Your Hands.

You’ll additionally discover dishes with Dutch-influence similar to keshi yena, an area specialty of stuffed cheese with chicken and prunes (it tastes much better than it sounds). There’s additionally bitterballen which is type of like a fried meatball served with mustard. Probably the greatest places to get a style of Curacao delicacies is De Gouverneur, which is located right on the water with a wonderful view of colorful Willemstad.

BEACHES

I couldn’t talk about a Caribbean island and not point out the beaches! Right here you’ll find cobalt blue water splashing against a rocky coastline. There are a couple of traditional sandy beaches the place you’ll discover fruity umbrella drinks, however for probably the most half Curacao is known for it’s underwater adventures and nice diving spots. I spent an afternoon snorkeling at Kura Hulanda’s Beach Lodge and was delighted to have a soothing day on the water, floating together with the fishes.