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Willemstad, Curacao
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Ranked #10 of 34 attractions in Willemstad
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
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Prague, Czech Republic
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Beautiful colourful houses, if you want to take a nice picture, do it from the middle of the floating bridge from Otrobanda side.

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Kralendijk, Bonaire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The Handelskade is probably the place everyone reconnizes. The row of old Dutch houses. On a darker day, it is like you are in Amsterdam, well, if you think the colors away. But to be fair, to see them in real life is not very exciting. On most pictures a lot of add have been removed by photoshop and up... More

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Miami, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

this was truly a unique site to visit. the most incredible was the floating bridge and the colorful houses.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
45 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is a picturesque stretch of pier that is a must see. Colonial buildings painted in different colors that are lit up at night and a moving bridge that allows boats access to the bay. Great view in Curacao!

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Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Looking into the harbour, seeing the big cruise ships going in and out, while the locals use the boats to cross the water while the walking bridge opens and closes. Especially around sunset a great place to be!

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

i loved the handelskade, it's like being in amsterdam tropical style! you can walk along the streets and watch the pontoon bridge swing open and close. nice gentle breezes make people watching on a hot sunny day easier. across the way, you can see otrobando (other side) and watch the boats come in and out of the bay. my favorite... More

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The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Not too big but big enough. Not too busy but always people present. Several terraces for drinks a food. Relaxing to sit and see the Emmabridge open and close, boats passing and the ferry crossing. Lazy relaxing with a drink and food. We spend a couple of relaxing hours here, inbetween our active doings on the island.

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Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
53 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

If you come into Willemstad through a cruise ship, this is where your ship will dock. This is truly a beautiful sight. The multicolored 18th century buildings mostly of Dutch architecture.There are shops, cafes and bars. We even found a KFC! This scenery is perfect for pictures. Also on Queen Emma bridge which is just close by.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It was beautiful and there is a lot of shopping. I enjoyed the Venezuelan fish market and got a lot of great photos.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Really lovely to walk up and down this stretch, everything is so beautiful. My husband and I honeymooned in Curacao and had a great time exploring.

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