As the plane descends towards the runway, you will feel like it's gliding on the water. That is how close it gets to the sea. The Curaçao airport is on the edge of the island, hence the view while landing is something in between gorgeous and hair-raising.
Curaçao is an island country in the Caribbean region and is one of the territories of the former Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch influence is particularly conspicuous in the capital city of Willemstad, with plenty of colonial architecture, museums and cafes.
We recently visited Curaçao preceded by a trip to Aruba. Because we intended for a relaxed, laidback vacation, we skipped Bonaire, which stands for the 'B' in the ' ABC Islands ', a popular island grouping in the Dutch Caribbean, and is known for its diving and water sports activities.
The Caribbean generally conjures images of white sand beaches, crystal waters, palm trees and Piña Coladas. Curaçao is that, and so much more. We had had our share of beach-time back in Aruba, so we decided to ditch the par for the course regime, rent bicycles and explore Curaçao for what it is - a colorful, happy place with tons of character.
Safe to say Curaçao is the ' Rainbow of the Caribbean ' (We could make this an official thing! Curaçao Tourism, are you listening?)
A common word in Papiamento - the official Curaçao language - is Dushi, and it is used to express endearment and affection. You'll spot this word at a lot of places, and can slip it in wherever you like!
Because we didn't follow an itinerary, I won't recommend one. While you might find many suggestions about things to do in Curaçao, here are some photos that will make you fall in love with this beautiful Dutch Caribbean island.
After Venice's island Burano, I don't think I've seen a place as colorful, if not more. All the hues blend together and make Curaçao look like a box of crayons.
While islands are mostly about their beaches, this beautiful island country has not only "Blues" to offer, also "Yellows" and "Pinks".
Everywhere you go, you'll find gable-roofed buildings standing in panache, lining the streets with life and luster. Curaçao is miles apart from its Caribbean neighbors.