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“One visit is enough” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Riffort Village

Riffort Village
Willemstad, Curacao
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Ranked #13 of 33 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Architectural Buildings, Game/ Entertainment Centers, Cultural
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: This waterfront entertainment center and shopping area is located at the entrance of St. Anna Bay, a dramatic position at the harbor gateway.
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“One visit is enough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2011

The Rif Fort is located in Otrabanda, across the river from Punda. It is by far the most touristy part of Wilemstad. All major retailers like Tiffany's Mango, etc., are here. The Rif Fort as a structure is fun to visit. But it's filled with tourists from the cruise ships who flood the area when boats dock. There are some nice restaurants there but I prefer Punda for it's architecture and quaint characteristics. The Rif Fort is worth seeing once, but isn't all there is to Wilemstad.

Visited January 2011
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“nice shopping/ dining area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

Ignore the earlier reviews - it is actually quite well-developed now. The shops are a bit touristy, and you will find likely higher prices at the establishments there, but it is nice and the views of the harbor from the various bars/ restaurants inside make it a worthwhile stop. It is located directly across the pontoon bridge, on the Otraband side of Willemstad.

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“Want to look like a clueless tourist and spend too much money?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

If so, Riffort is the place to be.
To save you the time of going and finding out for yourself: It used to be a fort, now it's basically an outdoor shopping mall, cruise ships dump their passengers there to spend money.
There are stone walls, some slots where cannons used to be, and high end shopping.

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“dissapointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2005

Worst experience ever, just empty and lots of construction going on. one place Anchor Bar, were they overcharge me the drinks, had 12 drinks and they charge me 14, bad service and terrible loud music, was there in August 2005. Just don't go there!!

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“Just go for Bistro Le CLochard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2005

Not much to see in the way of shops, but it did look like they were adding new stores. The views and the old structure were really cool, but the gem here is the restaurant Bistro Le Clochard! Our most romantic and delicious evening was spent here!

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