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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Formerly a wealthy residential quarter of early Jewish merchants.
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Beautiful buildings

Scharloo is filled with colorful buildings from Willemstad’s earlier years. Since I have an interest in history and architecture, this quarter of Willemstad was a joy to see. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Denice S
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DeWitt, Michigan
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46 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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DeWitt, Michigan
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196 reviews 196 reviews
122 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Scharloo is filled with colorful buildings from Willemstad’s earlier years. Since I have an interest in history and architecture, this quarter of Willemstad was a joy to see. I am pleased to learn that Willemstad recognizes the importance of history and preserving these houses. While this is a project in process, they have done a beautiful job so far. Of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Definitely worth a visit, though probably only in daylight. Despite the large "Welcome" sign, we didn't venture right into the neighborhood calling itself Scharloo, but we did walk the streets around our hotel on the Scharloo side of things, which is where our hotel (The Scharloo) is located. There are definitely interesting things to see: the Maritime Museum (restaurant open... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I didn't even make it into the neighbourhood far enough and was saved, by a local man, from being robbed in broad daylight. I am a female and was alone, so I would just say to go with a partner just for precaution or on a tour.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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68 reviews 68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Wonderfully decorated mansions are to be found in this area of Willemstad, attesting to the wealth of their builders. Often they are called Italianate, but some say that they are as charming as wedding cakes taste and look much the same!

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Palm Bay, Florida
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

While on our tour with Casper Tours we went through the Scharloo district to view all the expensive homes -- most in their own gated area.

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UK
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144 reviews 144 reviews
59 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Pick up the free tourist brochure ( yellow) and follow the walking trail - rreally interesting and great properties

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los angeles
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107 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

It's a bright little strip of history that is important for Curaçao. It's not a far walk from Punda and it seems like a pretty safe area. If you've got time stop by.

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93 reviews 93 reviews
14 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

This part of town has some interesting history with it. Be sure to check out the nightclub called Bermuda that really rocks after midnight found behind the movie theater. The overall area is full of history and getting renovated with new paved roads and developments. There is a restaurant called Scharloo which serves great food at budget prices. I know... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We drove through here on our island tour. I wish we would have stopped so we could get out and take pictures. The architecture is a sight to see.

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Scharloo is the old Jewish quarter of Willemstad where a number of the wealthy business built their homes. Many, but not all, of the homes on Scharlooweg have been beautifully restored. Most of the restored homes are on the north side of Scharlooweg while the "not yet restored" are typically on the south side. Given how the restoration efforts are... More 

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