In the strikingly dramatic landscape of Willemstad, Curaçao, one can only describe the ambiance as ‘Europe meets the West Indies’. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cruise port of Willemstad, Curaçao lives up to its expectation with colorful Dutch architecture and cosmopolitan culture that is made up of over fifty nationalities; mainly Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. As the largest of the six islands that comprised the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao harbors this quaint town possessing all the charms any Caribbean lover can dream of. From the cozy Dutch haven on the waterfront to the aquamarine waters of its numerous beaches, the cruise port of Willemstad, Curaçao proves its distinctive mark. Explore Hato Caves and their mystical underground lake with stunning coral reefs and hidden caverns full of stalactites, stalagmites and incisions over 1500 years old. Travel back in time to Old Amsterdam with the amazing Dutch-inspired houses. You won’t stay there long though, since the vivid pastel colored-homes unique to the Caribbean will remind you of your current location!
Book one or more of these shore excursions on your cruise to Willemstad, Curaçao:
- With everything from Dolphin shows, sea lion shows, aquarium tour and underwater observatory boat, you can’t go wrong in Curaçao’s Sea Aquarium Park. The staff does a great job of focusing on the educational benefits of the tours and fact-laden truths about sea animals. Go swimming with the dolphins in the Dolphin Academy and watch them perform some outstanding tricks. You can also snorkel with stingrays and turtles.
- Hop on a bus to the exquisite Kenepa Beach while on your cruise to Willemstad, Curaçao for a terrific panoramic view of sensational tropical setting where the crystal clear water is a deep shade of turquoise, and the sea life is rich with beautiful coral reef. Kenepa Beach is an hour drive from Willemstad, but the journey there will bring your closer to some amazing scenery that is totally buzzworthy.
- Climbing about 49 steps to a cave entrance may sound discouraging, but once you walk into Hato Caves, you won’t be disappointed. As the hiding place for escaped slaves who lived there for months at a time, and home to Amerindian Arawak for centuries before the arrival of European explorers, this indigenous attraction carries an aura of antiquity.