The capital city of Willemstad is perhaps the most fascinating town in the Caribbean (in our opinion). Its rich history is evident in every corner of the old town, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The heart of the city lies at Handelskade, a picturesque stretch of pier you’ve seen on every Curaçao postcard. 17th-century colonial Dutch buildings painted in pastel colors line the waters of St. Anna Bay. Grab a seat at Iguana Cafe and watch the Queen Emma Bridge swing open to let ships into the harbor.
From there, cross from Punda to Kura Huland Village and admire the beautiful architecture left behind by the Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. Wander down the narrow cobblestoned alleys tucked behind Breedestraat, have a local lunch at the Plasa Bieu market, then snap a signature photo at the Wilhelminaplein’s giant Curaçao sign.