Curacao in Photos: First Stop on a Caribbean Cruise

Willemstad, Curacao: A UNESCO Site in the Caribbean

 

The past couple of weeks have literally sailed by and this has been the longest period I haven’t updated See My Travels since I began blogging more than a year ago. Before leaving for a cruise around the Caribbean I intended on preparing some posts on my Canada travels to go live while I was away.

Then, after being completely exhausted on the evening before departure I had two choices: stay up and write half-hearted posts in a lack lustre haze or just sleep and get the rest I desperately needed. Obviously I chose the latter.  Now I’m back and have loads of photographs and stories to share from my first time on a luxury cruise holiday. I’m going  to warm up with a collection of images from the first port visited after embarking in Barbados: the beautiful island of Curacao. This country comes under the Dutch and was formerly part of the now dissolved Netherlands Antilles.

In the 17th century, Curacao was used by the Dutch as a centre for the slave trade and this was the period when the bright-coloured architecture began sprouting up in the capital of Willemstad, which is now a designated UNESCO world heritage site. You get a day on each island – usually around 8am until 5pm – and here we decided to spend time wandering around, enjoying the vibrant streets and bustling harbour. 

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curacao in netherlands antilles caribbean

curacao in netherlands antilles caribbean

curacao in netherlands antilles caribbean

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curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

curacao in the caribbean

Do you like the look of Willemstad, Curacao? Have you been here before? 

18 Comments

    • March 11, 2013 / 20:11

      Thanks Fernando, it was so much fun taking pics here!

  1. March 11, 2013 / 00:23

    Thanks for the great memories. I have some of the very same pictures from a few years ago.

    • March 11, 2013 / 20:13

      It’s such a great place for photos, the colours of the buildings were beautiful!

    • March 17, 2013 / 18:13

      Ha ha, I know the weather’s horrible back here in the UK. Blimin depressing British weather booooooo :-)

    • March 17, 2013 / 18:12

      Cheers Callie, Curacao was like a party for the eyes.

  2. March 16, 2013 / 02:35

    WOW so much color! I’ve been to a bunch of caribbean islands before, and Curacao looks even brighter than all of them! I’ve never been, but from your photos, it looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Love the artwork!
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    • March 17, 2013 / 18:11

      Thanks Jessica, it was definitely the most colourful of the islands I visited.

    • April 10, 2013 / 19:26

      The colours were very impressive! It would be great to see more of Curacao if ever get the chance

  3. April 3, 2013 / 17:48

    Crazy colors. :) Wonderful. I look at the itineraries of the cruises and don’t think of that many hours as being enough to see places, but it is a good way of seeing a lot of different things.
    Curacao intrigues me from playing Pirate based video games as a kid. One of the few Dutch places in the Spanish Main.
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    • April 10, 2013 / 19:22

      That’s one of the downsides of cruises: you get a small snapshot of an island and sometimes you feel like you want to see more. Amazing how many places you get to see though and I know which ones I’d want to return to (St Vincent and Dominica) and which ones I’m not fussed about (St Lucia). If you like pirates, St Vincent is the best place. It was where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.