Top things to do

Top Choice Park in West End

Christoffel National Park

This 1800-hectare preserve is formed from three old plantations, including the Savonet Plantation (now the excellent Savonet Museum; combination ticket available). The park has two driving routes and eight hiking tr…
Top Choice Seafood in Southeast of Willemstad

Seaside Terrace

Red snapper, mahi-mahi and other fruits de mer get pan-fried and served with a super-tasty secret Creole sauce. The furniture doesn't match. The forks bend. And the service is endearingly gruff. Yet this place is an…
Top Choice Museum in Willemstad

Museum Kura Hulanda

Located in a 19th-century merchant's house and slave quarters, this excellent museum documents the brutal history of slavery in the New World, including the slave trade, slave culture and abolition. There is also a …
Top Choice Caribbean in Willemstad

Rozendaels

Rozendaels will be a highlight of your trip. The secret garden setting and the personable service are a good start, but the food is near perfection. It's a fantastic place to try local delicacies such as keshi yena …
Top Choice Bridge in Willemstad

Queen Emma Bridge

Spanning the Sint Annabaai, this local landmark is sometimes called Our Swinging Old Lady. It's a pontoon bridge that swings open to make way for oceangoing ships. When the bridge is open, two free public ferries sh…
Top Choice Cuban in Willemstad

Mundo Bizzarro

The anchor of Pietermaai, this place evokes old Havana. The ground floor opens to the streets and alleys around; inside it’s got a faux look of urban decay, which is countered by the fine food. Upstairs there’s a ba…
Caribbean in Willemstad

Old Market

A local favorite. Folks of all stripes crowd into the vast barn-like structure to snag seats at the picnic tables and feast on down-home Curaçao cooking. The specialty here is local dishes such as goat stew, pumpkin…
Cultural in Curaçao

Carnival

This is a big deal on the islands, especially Curaçao, where a packed schedule of fun begins right after New Year’s Day.
Beach in West End

Grote Knip

This west-end beach is a stunner. In fact, you've probably seen it on the cover of a Curaçao tourist brochure. A perfect crescent of brilliant white sand is framed by azure waters and verdant hills. There are a few …
Art Gallery in Willemstad

Gallery Alma Blou

Housed in the 17th-century plantation house Landhuis Habaai, this cooperative gallery has the city's largest collection of works by local artists. The rotating exhibits usually feature one or two artists with local …