It seems like every day brings a new hotel or restaurant to the island, but don't be overwhelmed by the sudden range of options—this is the very best of where to eat, stay, and play in Willemstad.
The Floating Market: Curaçao's closeness to Venezuela results in more than just friendly political relations.
The island of Curaçao is known for its gorgeous beaches.
When most people think of the Caribbean, they think of sandy white Bahamian beaches.But island Curaçao and its siblings Aruba and Bonaire, which make up the Netherlands Antilles (more commonly known as the ABC Islands) are closer to South America than to the United States.Air Canada began offering direct flights from Toronto to Willemstad, Curaçao's capital, on January 1; Jet Blue launched nonstops from New York last year.And the island is heavily investing in tourism: new museums and hotels have opened in the past few months, and the tiny airport (it currently has half a dozen gates) is due for an expansion in 2016.
Every weekday, fishermen from the country dock their boats in a specially designated spot on the water in downtown Willemstad; boats pull in as early as 5 a.m., and almost immediately people begin to walk up to check out the wares.
Negotiations happen in multiple languages (mostly in Spanish, but English and Curaçao's native Papiamentu are also well-represented) and currencies (guilders, dollars, and bolivars).