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If you love to walk and shop than this is your kinda place. Lots of nooks and crannies with every... read more

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RalphieG1
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Edmonton, Canada
Nice colorful view across the Pontjes bridge

Very nice to walk across the pontjes bridge, while observing the colorful houses. Even nicer is... read more

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Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
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Willemstad, Curacao
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Reviewed yesterday

If you love to walk and shop than this is your kinda place. Lots of nooks and crannies with every shopping experience you may want. We also found the locals very friendly and helpful

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very nice to walk across the pontjes bridge, while observing the colorful houses. Even nicer is looking at when the bridge opens, and turns to one side. Those clever Dutchmen in the past have build an amazing bridge!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked across the floating bridge to get to Handelskade, a very colorful and picturesque colonial Dutch town. All the locals were very polite and not pushing their wares on you like in some other ports. This place has quaint shops and indoor/outdoor restaurants and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice shops, variety of food, waterfront gem with something for everyone . Behind the buildings are alleys and courtyards with little shops and restaurants. The swing bridge was really great to see in action.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Handelskade is a beautiful sight. I recommend going to happy hour at the Governor's restaurant where you can usually watch the sunset over Handelskade.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The town is large and plenty of restaurants and shopping. There were local stores as well as some name brand designer stores. Prices were not cheap but in range for the island.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 5, 2019

A very picturesque area of many shops and restaurants. A must visit for visitors to Curacao. Busy when a cruise ship is in but perhaps the crowds add to the experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

Great photo opportunity from many different views. The town is a must to check out. It has a European feel with lots of cafes and shops. Easy walking.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tim J
Reviewed December 24, 2018

The first impression I had of Curacao was this postcard picture view. The reality was the same. This street or view is located in Punda area. Very easy to access here from the Cruise Pier, by crossing over from the Queen Emma Pontoon bridge or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2018

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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RichardM1050
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
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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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bostonian
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
Need information/help (0 Replies)
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|
vstein2018
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.