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Great area to walk and enjoy the architecture and shopping.

This is the main area of Willemstad in the Punda area. The biggest draw here are the beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Austin, Texas
you have to see the view from the pontonbridge

nice fot pictures and the pitoresk scenery. couple of terraces and shops but the real authentic... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Warner N
Willemstad, Curacao
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Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
Willemstad, Curacao
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the main area of Willemstad in the Punda area. The biggest draw here are the beautiful buildings that are similar to those in Amsterdam. There are plenty of shops and restaurants, easy parking so that you can walk the entire area, and great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice fot pictures and the pitoresk scenery. couple of terraces and shops but the real authentic place to be is over the bridge to Otrobanda. Just take your walk into the breedestraat and explore the neighbourhoud

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Warner N
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This will be the first image you will see when even researching Curaçao. These colorful structures are iconic not only to Curaçao, but the Caribbean and even the world. Great for photos of even a stroll through to shop or dine. To get some really...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

This "view" can best be viewed from across the Queen bridge. Just stand and look at the colors. This is one of the prettier cities you will find. Unfortunately as you travel to the northeast end of the street - the fish market - you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Go there by day, take pictures of the colorful houses. Go there by night, take pictures of the colorful Queen Emma bridge. Colors everywhere. Don't stay too long, but definitely go.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

With any luck you’ll be here when the bridge opens! We only saw little boats pass through but the huge tankers take this route into the inner harbour. We spent a very enjoyable evening meal here, at la iguana restaurant

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

It's a nice place to walk or to stop for a drink. You can see all the colorfull houses or stop for a not to expensive cocktail!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

The Handelskade is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfronts of the world! This historic waterfront, with several colorful Dutch colonial buildings, is "the" face of Curaçao to the world. A view no other place in the world can offer and it's unique! Just think...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

This was walking distance from the Avila hotel. Nice to walk around , do some shopping and have a cold beer

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 26, 2018

Handelskade is the iconic centerpiece of Willemstad - you won't miss it, and wouldn't want to. Be sure to see it at different times of day, as the sunlight warms the building hues differently as the earth turns.

Date of experience: July 2018
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August 19, 2018|
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Response from Diane G | Reviewed this property |
Most of the restaurants there are pretty decent. There is a walking tour map you can find online that has a lot of good information, and places you need to see, and we have done that. There is a lot to see in town just by... More
Dayna C
July 14, 2015|
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Response from Edisonia K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, It depends on three (3) factors: what you want to see (where you want to go), how much you want to spend and how much time you have. If you have one to two days and want to enjoy most attractions available, it may take... More
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Boston, MA
Brunch/Breakfast suggestions? (6 Replies)
Hello! Can anyone suggest a few brunch/breakfast options in Punda or Otrabanda? I read that Handelskade has good places. Would greatly appreciate some names of restaurants that do a good brunch or breakfasts (my husband and I will be looking for options from this coming Sunday thru Wednesday). Thanks in advance!
April 28, 2011|
Response fromralphy57|
Plein Cafe Wilhelmenia (sp?) has a very good American breakfast.
Victoria C
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Can anyone tell me the name of a souvenir store on Handelskade street which sells flip flops in curacao national colors with soft/cloth straps and the word CURACAO written on the inside. A contact number will also be helpful.
March 21, 2016|
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Lions Dive to Handelskade (2 Replies)
We (adults / teens) will be taking our first trip to Curacao next week and staying at Lions Dive near the Sea Aquarium. What is the best route to take to get to Willemstad / Handelskade area? Any suggestions for parking, restaurants? Is safety an issue if we go at night? And what about driving back at night? Any advice will be helpful. Thanks!
April 17, 2018|
Response fromCurtraveller|
There is one road that will go to town. Just take a left when you leave Lions Dive and go straight. From that side you can park near the movies (free) or in town (paid parking until 6PM). You will find many restaurants especially near Pietermaai. Driving back is the same just one straight road. In the evening it is fairly safe. Use your common sense.