So, you have decided to finally plan a trip to the paradise of Curacao and thus the next question is “Where do I stay?”. Should I stay at the Capital – Willemstad, perhaps somewhere near Punda or Otrobanda or should I choose a place along the north coast or south coast? Well, it really depends on what kind of ambience you prefer but here are a few options and their advantages and disadvantages.
Willemstad is the colorful capital of this paradise island. The main center is separated into two parts- Punda and Otrobanda. With cafes, hotels, casinos, restaurants, bars and unlimited shopping areas, Punda definitely gives off the lively vibes that’s ideal for many tourists. The architecture retains the old Dutch style buildings and the entire area is quite tourist friendly. The floating market, Fort Amsterdam, Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and many tourist attractions also lie in this part of the city.
Otrobanda, which means “the other side” is ideal to get an authentic taste of Curacao. Punda and Otrobanda are connected by the Queen Emma Ponton Bridge and both areas can be explored on foot. The bright and colorful buildings of Otrobanda have a charming feel that can’t be found in other parts of the island. Fine mansions dating back to the 19th century can be found in the residential districts of Pietermaai and Scharloo and they serve as manifestations of the Jewish influence on the city.
South Coast of Curacao
Curacao boasts of about 38 beaches, most of which are located along the south coast. From the famous Cabana beach to other secluded beaches covered by rocky cliffs, the south coast is not only ideal for the sun-worshippers but also for the snorkelers and scuba divers. In the south-east coast lies Caracasbaai beach which is a famous spot for diving, specially to observe the underwater shipwreck which has been lying there since the last 30 years. The South coast of Curacao is not too far from Willemstad and therefore the tourist attractions are quite accessible, although not at a walking distance.
North Coast of Curacao
If you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a more rugged terrain, then the north coast is your place. The Shete Boka National Park offers plenty of hiking trails with fresh air from the sea and waves crashing on the rocks.
While different parts of the island have distinct features, you may wish to break down your vacation in two parts and stay in different places to enjoy the best of everything. Otherwise, renting a car or taking a cab is always possible to explore the different parts of the island from one spot.
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