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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that...
Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
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Beautiful and Busy Handelskade in Punda, Curacao.

Handelskade (Merchant Shore) in Punda. Handelskade (Merchant Shore) in Punda is picturesque, idyllic, energetic, sunny, aroma filled and breath-taking. It is as inspiring as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Handelskade (Merchant Shore) in Punda. Handelskade (Merchant Shore) in Punda is picturesque, idyllic, energetic, sunny, aroma filled and breath-taking. It is as inspiring as Punda itself!! A truly multicultural population, ranging from business people to vendors, strolling locals and tourists, decorate this seaside spot in Punda (Downtown) Curacao. It seems that there are more people in business outfits (besides tourists)... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Handelskade in Curacao is an experience. All the stores are small and have different coloring. It looks stunning! There are shops and there is a lot going on. You can sit on a terrace and enjoy a drink or walk into the town and find some typical souvenirs. The people are mostly friendly and this scenery provided us with amazingly... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

You will not tire of looking at these historic Dutch UNESCO buildings. We were there last week and a couple were getting a face-lift. Since this is the slow season, that is not surprising. Still it is a spectacular view in pastel colors. Walk to Otrobanda across the Queen Emma bridge to get the best photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This a small neighborhood with an amazing view from the other side of the bridge. The walking is short, you can visit and revisit in just a couple of hours. Its worth a visit along the day but also in the night. But that`s all Curazao has to offer in terms of urban attractions.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Just take a coffee or a beer at one of the terraces and admire the boats passing by, the moving bridge and the colourful waterfront houses.

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Baak, Gelderland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is the fameus picture of Curaçao. Beautiful ,but there is al lot more to SER in Willemstad. Take your selfie and see the other places. Nice to have a drink on one of the teracces, and see the bridge turn open.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Nice terrasses on a great location, specially when the big vessels come or go. Not the best food in Punda, but the view compensates a lot.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

As colorful and beautiful in person as in the pictures. Walked around a few nights, and enjoyed the scenery.

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Sherwood Park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

What a view this spot offers. If you are on the other side of the Queen Emma bridge you can get a great postcard photo to make your friends envy your trip. The colourful buildings stand out and are pleasant to look at. There are some great little shops if you need to buy something and some spots to eat... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Ultimately, this is all there is to Willemstad. The row of colourful houses, tourist shops, restaurant patios, the bay and the bridge view and your good, old-fashioned people watching. Park yourself under the canopy, order a Blue Curacao-based drink and watch the bridge open and close. The irony is that the view of the Handelskade is better from across the... More 

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Address: Address: Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean  >  Curacao  >  Willemstad

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