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Willemstad, Curacao
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    I'm generally an off-the-beaten-path kind of traveler but I also love going on vacations. Curacao is a nice mix of both. With lots of vacation amenities -- shopping, delicious seafood restaurants, beautiful architecture, fascinating history, three dozen perfect Caribbean beaches, great diving, etc, etc, etc. But it's not as overcrowded as some of its Caribbean neighbors, so you can find somewhat secluded beaches (especially in the off-season; I was there in August).

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    One of our favorite family vacation spots in the Caribbean. Curacao's town of Willemstad was extremely charming and vibrant at night. There was plenty to do on this island. Highlights included riding ostriches at the farm, snorkeling in a shipwreck and exploring the beautiful beaches.

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  • Curacao

    Our beautiful historical city to see with a nice harbour deviding the city Willemstad in two, One side is called Otrabanda and the other is Punda and you can cross this harbour on the Queen Emma bridge whenever this is open or use the ferry boats which are free of charge. You can also visit the protestant church, which is located on the property of Fort Amsterdam that holds till this day a canon ball inside the wall.

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  • Curacao

    when our cruise ship pulled into port i couldn't take enough pictures of the colorful buildings surrounding the port the island has the buildings owners continue to paint the building bright colors. the island is very poor and very small. The moving bridge in the middle of the canal is a sight to behold. To be on it when it starts to move is startling to say the least. Just walk along the waterfront is the nicest part of the visit.

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  • Curacao

    I wouldn't go back. It was dirty. It looked like sludge lying on the streets. The Caribbean has so much more to offer.

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    Located off the Venezuelan coast, this beautiful island is a treasure nestled in the southern Caribbean Sea. It's one of the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. Curaçao offers breathtaking sandy white beaches, thrilling scubadiving activities and sightseeing. A perfect getaway for those who want to explore an underwater paradise!

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    The coral is so heathy here, don't touch! This is a christmas tree worm and they are everywhere. Love the freedom of a great shore dive, no waves, easy entries. And there are 50 sites marked up and down the coast

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    Not enough time there.

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  • Curacao

    The best from all three ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao)

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As one of the two newest countries in the world (along with Sint Maarten), Curaçao is hosting its own debutante ball for a few years. Formerly one-fifth of the Netherland Antilles, Curaçao became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010. Already a tourism stronghold because of its pastel Dutch homes, baby-soft white sand beaches and extremely high standard of living, Curaçao is rightfully touting its culture and history as a reason to visit. The prosperous island has a unique cultural blend of residents and historic influences, including Afro-Caribbean, Dutch, Sephardic Jews, East Asian, South Asian, Levantine. The majority of Curaçaoans speak at least three languages -- Papiamentu, Dutch and English and many also speak Spanish. Curaçao offers every manner of sand, sea and sun vacation options (including feeding sharks by hand), but also architectural and historic walking tours, mountain biking treks in the scenic interior and Jewish heritage walks. In fact, the capital of Willemstad has the Western hemisphere's oldest existing synagogue, dating to 1674; with its unique sand floor, it's one of Curaçao's most popular attractions.

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