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Punda

Willemstad, Curacao
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Ranked #7 of 32 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Home to most of the shops and tourist activities in Willemstad.
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Home to most of the shops and tourist activities in Willemstad.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We stayed at the Sunscape Curacao Resort and Punda was only a short bus ride away. Well worth the time and effort! I enjoyed the craft market, the local shops, the paved streets, the colorful buildings, the floating market, the local food and the cultural aspects. The shops were a mix of commercialized American favorites and some local vendors. Try... More 

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Conyers, GA
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189 reviews 189 reviews
40 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The Floating Market is cool and the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is worth seeing as is the Queen Emma bridge, but most of the western side of the Punda is your typical Caribbean island: Effy, Diamonds International, junk and the eastern side is local shops that really won't help you unless you need a haircut or a pedicure. Still it's fun... More 

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Hirschhorn, Hessen, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Nice shops but very crowdy when a Big Vessel is in Town. Very friendly People and Musicans on the Streets

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Darien, Connecticut
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257 reviews 257 reviews
67 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Skip the tourist-trap t-shirt stores and walk up to the Floating Market. Tour the oldest synagogue in the western world. Walk the ramparts of a 400 year old fort or ride the floating bridge and ferry boat. Or just sit in an outdoor cafe watching the locals and cruise-ship day trippers. Punda is the heart of the city and captures... More 

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Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Punda is the shopping part of Willemstad, and there is not much really to buy. all the same jewelry shops are there that are in other carribean islands, and their prices are not any better than in the States, we have found. We bought t-shirts and hats home as gifts because there just isn't much to purchase unless you want... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We walked across the floating bridge very beautiful area. Craft items to high end retail shops in the same area. Loved it!

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Willemstad, Curacao
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Upon entering Punda the feel of the streets take you to little villages and towns of Europe. There are many tourist shops and great little cafés and restaurants. The old fortress walls surround other shopping next to the Renaissance Mall Make sure you check out the Cheesery shop and restaurant. Directly outside of the fortress walls are high-end boutiques that... More 

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Ottawa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

very interesting area - watching the pontoon bridge move, eating on the edge of the water while large freighters slip past, European style streets, restaurants in the fortress wall.

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Long Island, NY
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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is an old city. The architecture and colors are amazing! There is plenty of shopping from current fashions to handmade local objects if you like that sort of thing. There are plenty of places to eat near the water or if you feel like exploring, head into the heart of the city and duck down some of the narrow... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Loved their colourful houses and markets along the channel. Don't miss the narrow alleys behind the front row with some cafeterias and dine outs. Very relaxed atmosphere and photo ops. The Rif Fort houses a few nice restaurants and tapas bars and gives you a deserved break from all the shopping. Love the court yard in the fort and the... More 

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