May 4, 2015

Introduction to Curacao + Kura Hulanda Museum and Hotel; things to do + hotel review

Located just off the northern coast of Venezuela, Curaçao (pronounced “kur-ah-sow”) is part of the ABC Islands chain—Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao--which in turn is part of the Netherlands.  Curaçao is probably best known for its namesake Valencia orange liquour that comes in a rainbow of colors, for its tropical-colored Amsterdam-style architecture, and for its excellent dive sites.  But this remote, arid island offers much more, including a colorful floating market, plenty of beaches, and a unique “tumba” music.

Curaçao also has a reputation for racial and religious tolerance.  Its population is an eclectic mix of forty different nationalities, many of whom can be seen chatting on their cell phones while walking across the swinging Queen Emma pontoon bridge in to Willemstad--the island’s capital and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

Across the harbor from Willemstad is the magnificent Kura Hulanda complex, consisting of a five-star hotel and a unique museum dedicated to telling the story of the island’s slave trade.  More . . .

swinging Queen Emma pontoon bridge in to Willemstad, Curacao
swinging Queen Emma pontoon bridge in to Willemstad, Curacao

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image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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