First Island Stop – Curaçao

Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean, north of the coast of Venezuela. You can find it on Google maps and there is a lot of background information on Wikipedia. I knew very little about any of the islands we visited before we arrived, so it was all a new experience for me. 

The first things I noticed were the gorgeous turquoise blue water, and the attractive buildings in many pastel colors. It was also much drier than I expected. I know they are in a drier part of the year right now, but throughout the year there is only about 20 inches of rain. Except where things were watered regularly, things looked pretty brown.

The island has a colorful history involving slave trade and piracy, as well as more conventional forms of commerce. It has been ruled by a number of countries, and is currently a Dutch territory. Most of the people speak multiple languages – Dutch, Papiamentu (the local language), English, and Spanish. The economy is mainly tourism, oil, financial services, international trade and shipping. Prostitution is legal and human trafficking is thought to be a possible problem.

Willemstad is the capital city, and where we walked around. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

OK, enough info – on with the photos!

Oh, that ship that was docked in the waterway, the Freewinds of Panama, it’s owned by the Scientologists! Check out the Wikipedia article here.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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10 Responses to First Island Stop – Curaçao

  1. Karen Ama Panama says:

    Wow I love the beautiful color of the buildings! What a fun and interesting trip!

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  2. Hugo Ernst says:

    Just curious, and you may not know the answer, but do the cruise ships instead of a round trip, offer travel to a island, or city, let you stay a week or till the next time they make the “circuit”. While the time on shore would be at your own expense and agenda. Some of these stops look like a interesting place to explore for a week or two.

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    • I don’t think they offer that. There are repositioning cruises that are one way trips and you have to find your own way back home, which might be an option if they go to a place you want to see. I agree that it would be great to have more time. It’s too bad they can’t stay at a port for a few days, but I’ve never seen that either. But, at least you get a taste of places and if you find something you love, then you can plan another trip to spend more time there.

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  3. Hugo Ernst says:

    I’ve been in Jamaica, and some Mexican ports, and when the cruise ships arrive, it gets very hectic for a few hours, prices rise at the gift shops, everything is bustling, then at night and when no ships are in port it is more normal.

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  4. Carole says:

    This Island reminds me of ours, St Croix. Which was once ruled by the Danes, same architect. Sounds like you are having a good trip, how many Islands are you visiting?

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  5. oldsalt1942 says:

    I suspect that the tug boats were there to help guide and steer the ship through the waterway rather than towing it.

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