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Curacao, Caribbean Cruise Port

With its picturesque 17th and 18th century Dutch buildings and their traditional façades in pastel colours lining the port, your first impression of Curacao in the Caribbean might remind you of the Netherlands. The main city of Curacao is Willemstad, and its background dates to the early days of Dutch occupation, giving rise to its colourful presentation. As soon as you disembark, cross over the floating foot bridge that leads into the main town to discover a very European-Caribbean town complete with its own floating market. The island itself offers a treasure trove of delights, from flamingos to liquor factories all waiting to be enjoyed.

Sightseeing in Curacao

The island is a vibrant mix of traditional European architecture and shopping experiences, crystal clear tropical pools and salt flats. There is so much to see and do here that there's something for everyone to enjoy. The surrounding waters and beaches offer visitors a wide variety of recreational activities, while venturing inland on hiking and trekking trails gives you the chance to enjoy the tropical flora and fauna native to this part of the world. Some of the best things to see and do on Curacao include:

Underwater Observatory

Discover the vibrant underwater life without even having to get your feet wet in an underwater observatory. This unique experience lets you sit in glass room built inside a large tank, giving you the chance to see the natural underwater habitat and view its remarkable creatures without having to dive or snorkel. It is a fun and unique way to see the island and the ocean from a different perspective.

Willemstad Trolley Train

A quirky mode of transport to help you explore the island's capital is the Willemstad Trolley Train. This cute little land train echoes the pastel coloured façades as it gently transports you around the town and stops at the Pietermaai Cathedral and Fort Amsterdam.

Hato Caves

Hato Caves are a must-see on any tourist's list. They are located near to the airport and were formed from the heavy surf crashing against the rocks of the coast line. Inside the caves are a variety of stalagmites, stalactites and bats. You can visit on your own or join a tour.

Beaches

The beaches on Curacao are some of the best in the Caribbean. There are a few that charge a fee for entry but the benefit is that they are immaculately clean and filled with relaxing day beds to use.  Most beaches offer variety of water sports, including snorkelling and scuba diving.

Curacao Dolphin Academy

If you really want to get up close and personal with the wildlife then venture down to the Curacao Dolphin Academy. You can swim with the dolphins in a natural saltwater lagoon as well as learning more about these graceful creatures at the education centre.

Shopping in Curacao

Immediately in front of docking cruise ships, the Willemstad terminal boasts a large selection of shops in what is the island's international shopping venue. It's a good place to stock up on duty free items. Nearby, there is a floating market which offers visitors reasonably priced souvenirs and food produce. Further on, in the older town centre, you can find the same designerwear and jewellery, perfume, cosmetics and liquor that you would expect to be able to purchase in any major European city. There is also a traditional Caribbean area called Punda's which sells spices, clothing and souvenirs. The prices are very good and are helped by the island being a Free Zone.

Eating Out on Curacao

Located in the main city and not far from the port is The Wine Cellar Restaurant. This is favoured by locals and tourists as a spot for a romantic meal and somewhere to go for a special occasion. You can dine on delicious local and international dishes made with locally sourced ingredients whilst enjoying excellent customer service. For something a little bit more relaxed and informal head to Mangos not far from your ship. It has an internationally themed menu in a laid back setting and offers al fresco dining.  

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