Diva Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
Sights to see & things to do
legacy of early Dutch settlers is immediately apparent as you sail
into the harbor of Willemstad. Much
photographed, the Dutch colonial buildings lining the port resemble a
pastel colored Amsterdam. By
contrast, the interior of the island is desert-like with cacti and
aloe plants dominating the landscape.
the Queen Emma “floating” pontoon bridge or catch a nearby ferry
from the cruise ship pier to Willemstad proper.
Interesting sights within walking distance are Fort Amsterdam,
now the Governor’s Palace, and the Floating Market, where schooners
tie up alongside the canal to sell tropical fruits and vegetable as
well as local handicrafts.
are readily available at the pier and drivers will readily take you
anywhere. Thriving in the
Christoffel National Park are rare orchids, cactus, and wild goats,
deer, and numerous species of birds. Hiking
trails lead to the summit of St. Christoffelberg.
It’s advised to start out early before the day is too hot.
Adjacent to the park is a turtle sanctuary.
Caves offers a fascinating underground waterfall and domed
“cathedral” as well as displays of ancient Indian petroglyphs.
Professional guided tours are available on the hour.
Curaçao Seaquarium displays more than 400 species of marine life in a
cluster of buildings that house four dozen aquariums.
is a shopper’s heaven with about 200 stores clustered in a 5-block
area called the Punda. Just a
short stroll from the ferry landing or the bridge, some favorite finds
are Dutch Delftware pottery, fine linens, and local rums and liqueurs,
especially the distinctive blue Curaçao liqueur.
It’s even possible to buy a pair of wooden shoes.
Seaquarium is the site of the only full-facility, palm shaded, white
sand beach on Curaçao. Its
only drawback is that there is a small admission charge to use the beach. All
other beaches are open to the public. One
the western shore, Daaibooi is free but has no changing facilities.
Blauwbaai, the largest and most popular beach, has changing
facilities and showers.
A Day in Port
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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