Capital city of the island of Curacao, one of the ABC islands of the once Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean, Willemstad is home to some 140,000 people and offers a wide variety of options for travelers from recreation to accommodation. Take a closer look at this one of a kind destination for travel with Island Trader Vacations Reviews.
Most well known for its historic city center, this part of the city dates back to 1634. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the historic area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, this historic trading settlement was recognized for its cultural value. Once a major trade area, the city today continues to preserve and protect this part of its history in the form of architecture which is referred to as strikingly genuine. Like nothing else in the Dutch West or East Indies, the city of Willemstad is a must see.
Considered one of the worlds richest cities in culture and diversity, it is made up of people from over 50 nationalities. Much like other capital cities in the Caribbean like San Juan and Havana, Willemstad is considered a typical port town however; it is unique in many other ways. Considered a hidden treasure in the Caribbean, Willemstad is home to more the 750 historic sites and many more continue to be preserved each year.
What to See
History of course, represents the city’s top attractions. From Fort Amsterdam to the historic district of Otrobanda, take a closer look at some of the must sees.
Punda – A district located on the east side of St. Anna Bay, Punda dates back to 1634 and is home to Fort Amsterdam and other historic must sees.
Scharloo and Pietermaai – districts outside of the historic city center of Punda and Otrobanda, this area is known for its beautiful and historic mansions.
Queen Emma Bridge – A floating pontoon bridge, ulinke any other bridge in the world and offering amazing views of the city.
Artsi Punda – A unique art area in historic Punda.
Fort Amsterdam – Oldest and most prominent monument in the city, Fort Amsterdam is home to the governor’s palace and the Fort Church built in 1763 which serves today as the Fort Church museum.
Floating market – A must see for any visitor, this market is a popular place to get local fruits, vegetables and fish by local merchants each day.
Willemstad is a great place to begin any journey in Curacao. Home to thousands of acres of protected natural areas including nationally and state protected areas, visitors to the island who enjoy the outdoors should also plan a couple days to explore outside the city including Den Dunki National Park, the Hato Caves and Christoffel Park.