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The island of Curacao was lost in the Caribbean with Aruba and Bonaire. All this famous trio is located near Venezuela. It is believed that Curacao is located outside the so-called "hurricane zone" of the Caribbean. Getting here under a tropical storm is a pretty small chance. Curacao is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is always ready to provide a classic set for a paradise island holiday for any tourist.
It is pleasant to be here already at the time of arrival. As soon as the plane lands, the azure ocean waters and white beaches dotted with carefree tourists can be seen in the porthole. The sight is so beautiful that you want to jump into the water, just by stepping on the first step of the ladder.
By local standards, Willemstad Airport is quite large. But in comparison with other international airports, this is a tiny building in which there is absolutely nothing to do. Unless you can use the free Internet in an attempt to pass the time. Therefore, as soon as you pass all the customs controls, rather go outside, get on the bus and go to sunbathe.
The airport is very close to the center which is only 6 km from the main square of Jamaa el Fna. The trip will take you only 15-20 minutes. Or you can walk at all. However, you should be careful of the sweltering heat, so it’s better to use transport.
Approximately every half hour, an L19 bus leaves Menara Airport. You can board it from 6 am to midnight. A one-way trip will cost you only $ 3, and you can buy a ticket directly from the bus driver. On the way, the bus makes several stops, so you will have the opportunity to get to the nearest hotel to the booked.
Curacao stands out very much from the other Caribbean islands due to its internal culture. Still, the Dutch-Caribbean combination turned out to be rather unusual, unlike other cities in the world. Although the city looks quite similar to typical Dutch architecture, the locals managed to develop their own culture and even language which is a mixture of Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch. However, official spelling has existed for only a few years.
Willemstad is the capital of Curacao where you can begin your acquaintance with the island. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is divided into two parts: eastern and western, which are connected by the Queen Emma’s bridge. On the historic promenade of Willemstad, there are a number of colorful Dutch colonial-style houses. Once the local governor said that because of the snow-white walls of the houses, his head constantly hurts. Therefore, he ordered to paint them in different colors. So Willemstad turned into a museum city.
Millions of years ago, caves formed in these places under the sea. During the ice age, the water level fell, and so the island of Curacao appeared. Every hour, organized tours are organized around the local caves. Cost is about $ 8 per person. Here you will be shown amazing limestone formations, natural pools, waterfalls and man-made statues. There is also a colony of bats inside the caves, so camera flashes are strictly forbidden if you do not want to scare away all the animals and tourists at the same time.
The local cuisine of Curacao is a mixture of European, West Indian and East Asian flavors. Indonesian cuisine has been especially influential in typical island dishes. The Dutch influence is manifested through a huge amount of cheese, bread and seafood. The latter are especially good in Curacao, from catch to preparation hours pass.
On the island you can find a large selection of Indonesian dishes. All due to the fact that both islands were colonies of the Netherlands. In addition, typical Chinese snacks can be found throughout the island. At the same time, Chinese food is one of the cheapest here. And, strangely enough, there is no need to complain about quality either.
Of course, the Blue Curacao orange liqueur is the most popular on the island. And here you can find it in a big amount of variations and colors. Classic blue is achieved, unfortunately, with the usual food coloring. Nevertheless, the local liquor market is booming, and you can buy a small souvenir bottle on almost every corner.