Sights in Curaçao
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This large park was pieced together in the 1970s from three former plantations. You can drive through much of it (choose between the coastal route or the mountain drive), but the best way to see the park is via its short trails passing through rogue stands of mahogany, limestone terraces and Amerindian petroglyphs.
Connoisseurs of Baroque architecture can admire the landhuisen (land houses) of the old plantations, one of which houses the Savonet Museum, with exhibits on the island's natural and human history. You can also hike to the top of Mt Christoffel, which has a view of Bonaire on clear days.
Entry to the park is steep, so it's worth getting up early and making a…
Since 1651 the oldest continuously operating Jewish congregation in the western hemisphere has attended the Mikvé Israel Emanuel Synagogue. You can visit the synagogue and its sand-covered floors as well as the adjacent Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. Items from the long history of the congregation are displayed; the building dates to 1732.
One of the best museums in the Caribbean, Museum Kura Hulanda is part of the sensational hotel of the same name and is inside 19th-century slave quarters. Thoroughly engaging exhibits document the slave trade from West Africa to the Americas, along with sections on voodoo, Mesopotamia and the origin of mankind.