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WillemstadCuracao

The capital of the Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Willemstad has a multicultural feel, natural beauty, colorful buildings and a deep sense of history.

The range of attractions in Willemstad is as varied as the colors of the houses lining the streets in this harbor city. Learn about its Dutch history, seen in much of the architecture, hike through pristine wilderness or wander through lively markets.

Start your visit to Willemstad in Punda, the original part of the city. Here, you’ll find a blend of multicolored colonial buildings and modern shops. Punda is also home to Fort Amsterdam, one of eight surviving forts in Curaçao. Opposite the fort is Penha House. It was built in the 1700s and is a prime example of a Dutch-styled merchant house. Continue along Columbusstraat to the western hemisphere’s oldest synagogue, Mikve-Israel Emanuel.

Willemstad is split into two main districts by the Santa Ana Bay. Punda is to the east and Otrobanda (“other side”) is to the west. The pedestrian-only Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge connects the two sides. When the bridge is open, jump on a ferry and cross the bay to get a view of the city from the water.

In Otrobanda, wander along narrow, twisting lanes, including the main commercial street, Breedestraat. Learn about the African and slave trade history of the island at Kura Hulanda Museum. Spend an afternoon at Riffort Village. At this former fort, you’ll find outdoor cafés, boutique shops and galleries.

Beyond Willemstad’s historical center you can enjoy the area’s natural park and beaches. Blue Bay Beach has a playground, restaurant and bar, umbrellas and loungers. Get a close-up view of the area’s marine life at the Curacao Sea Aquarium on the oceanfront.

Willemstad’s cuisine draws from the flavors of over 50 cultures. Go to Marsche Bieuw (Old Market) to sample cheap local dishes, including yuana, which is stewed iguana. At the Floating Market, merchants from Venezuela sell fresh fish and spices, fruits and vegetables.

Taxis and rental car is the best way to get around Willemstad. There is a public bus service but it’s not frequent.

Where to stay in Willemstad

Pietermaai District, Willemstad, Curacao

Pietermaai District

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Pietermaai District is known for its beautiful seaside views, and you can make a stop by Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and Jewish Cultural Historical Museum while in the area.

Pietermaai District
Nieuw Nederland, Willemstad, Curacao

Nieuw Nederland

While visiting Nieuw Nederland, you might make a stop by sights like Sahara Casino and Leeward Antilles.

Nieuw Nederland

Top hotels in Willemstad

Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Pater Euwensweg 31, Dutch Caribbean, Willemstad

This family-friendly Willemstad resort is within a 15-minute walk of Leeward Antilles, Renaissance Shopping Mall and Rif Fort. Museum Kura Hulanda and Jewish ...

3.4/5 (10 reviews)

"Fantastic resort, the staff at the reception is absolutely amazing and helpful. The rooms are beautiful, modern and clean. We enjoyed our stay at Corendon Mangrove."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel
Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Pietermaai 152, Willemstad
The price is Rs6,130 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct

Located in Pietermaai District, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mambo Beach and Curacao Sea Aquarium. Jewish ...

4.4/5Excellent! (215 reviews)

"Excellent hotel love it.....excellent staff! Great food and delicious cocktails. The pool is incredible"…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel
The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
3.5 out of 5
Bapor Kibra Z/N, Willemstad
The price is Rs7,280 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Willemstad resort is steps away from Leeward Antilles, Mambo Beach and Curacao Sea Aquarium. Jan Thiel Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (426 reviews)

"Very relaxed,like I was at home. Clean overall and love the jacuzzi❤️ Only the parking was a bit far. And its near the Curacao's sea aquarium park, that is lovely."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Willemstad

The Beach House Curacao
The Beach House Curacao
4 out of 5
Bapor Kibrá Z/N, Willemstad
The price is Rs14,112 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct

Offering direct access to the beach, this Willemstad aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Mambo Beach. Curacao Sea Aquarium is 0.5 mi ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)

"Excellent location overlooking the sea and steps from Mambo Beach. The apartment was very clean and the staff was welcoming and accommodating. The welcome package made our stay easier on arrival and WE ARE SO READY TO COME BACK!!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

The Beach House Curacao
Bon Bini Seaside Resort
Bon Bini Seaside Resort
3.5 out of 5
Bapor Kibra z/n, Willemstad
The price is Rs10,487 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct

Situated by the sea, this condominium resort is within a 5-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Mambo Beach. Curacao Sea Aquarium and Jan Thiel Beach are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)

"Not on beach. Ac only in bedroom. No screens on windows and doors in rooms with no ac .mosquitoes."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2019

Bon Bini Seaside Resort
Piscadera Seaview Apartments
Piscadera Seaview Apartments
3 out of 5
Piscaderaweg 51 nst, Willemstad
The price is Rs3,988 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

Situated by the sea, this condominium resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of Leeward Antilles, Sambil Curacao and Renaissance Shopping Mall. Rif Fort and Museum ...

3.6/5Good! (87 reviews)

"Perfect I really love this apts Quiet, perfect location, clean clean"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Piscadera Seaview Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Willemstad

Mambo Beach
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Mambo Beach

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Mambo Beach, a popular beach in Willemstad. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in this romantic area.

Curacao Sea Aquarium
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Curacao Sea Aquarium

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea life at Curacao Sea Aquarium, and find out why this is a top attraction in Willemstad. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this romantic area.

Rif Fort
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Rif Fort

4/5(3 reviews)

During your trip to Otrobanda, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Rif Fort. Stroll along the seaside or visit the casinos in this romantic area.

Reviews of Willemstad

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17 Nov 2019

Fine for a few nights nothing wonderful expensive and would not return

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Sep 2019

Have been coming here for many years. A lovely town with a diverse range of things to do and see.Love it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Jun 2019

Curacao was lovely - once we moved to a proper hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2019

Loved visiting Willemstad; Punda Waterfront is worth seeing both during the day and evening when the City lights come. Plenty of wonderful beaches nearby too from Mambo beach to Piscadera Bay.

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