Punda
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Fall in love with the historic neighborhood Punda. Streets that are full of life and colors; fantastic murals and colorful building all over the town. Punda is the location of the world famous Handelskade: the waterfront collection of multi-colored buildings that has become Curaçao’s most characteristic image. But there is so much more to discover!
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  • Selma T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    pure delight
    Punda is a pure delight!! The downtown area is simply breathtaking, adorned with an abundance of captivating local artwork. There is a myriad of exceptional restaurants and a plethora of charming shops to explore. Moreover, the area is steeped in fascinating historical treasures.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • shehinaz
    Toronto, Canada8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    The town reminded me of Holland. Very colourful and beautiful.They have a bridge that opens up to the side to let the ships go through. I saw how it opened up and moved to the side. Buildings had beautiful murals, very colourful and som interesting.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Keith G.
    Cheshire, Connecticut487 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped here on our holiday trip aboard the Odyssey of the Seas!
    After walking across the floating bridge, my wife and I took a good amount of time to explore this amazing area. So many things to see, from shops to the surroundings but the architecture is beautiful. Overall beautiful area and many things to see.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • lithlith
    878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the town while in Curacao
    We've been to Curacao several times via cruise ship and every time, we always enjoy a walk into the town from the port. It's only a 10-15 minute walk before you're seeing all of the colorful buildings. There are lots of shopping and restaurants in town and you'll get some great photos along the way.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
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Britt A
Soborg, Denmark7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Nice half day trip to Williamstad, Curacao. It is very small but a nice change to the beach for half a day and maybe combined with lunch. In February you also have the carnival which we missed with one day but everybody was talking about it. Walk down some of the small alleys where some artists have painted on the walls.
Written March 8, 2020
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands8,563 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Unfortunately, Punda is more quite than usual due to the Covid-19 situation. Another point of improvement is that most of the shops are clearly focussing on the hoard that boards large cruise vessels. Meaning shops focussing on mass terrorism rather than locals. But without any cruise ships delivering passengers, there's virtually no one here any more.

I also think malls like Rif Fort are taking some business, as this is the first sign of Curaçao the hoard that boards cruise ships see when the hit land. Unfortunate.

Although technically not in Punda, do visit Plasa Bieu when you have the chance.
Written September 8, 2020
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Sharon L
Brighton and Hove, UK638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Williamstadt is a lovely capital of two halves. Punda is an area of beautiful colonial buildings harking back to their Dutch past. The whole area feels very safe is easily walkable with lots of cafes and restaurants.
Written March 6, 2020
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Ralph M
Findlay, OH122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went through this section on a walking tour and with the Willemstad Trolley Train, and walked around it ourselves as well. Enchanting area. I've seen reviews describing it as just one block on the waterfront, but we saw so much more to it. Quite a number of obviously Dutch and Colonial style buildings, and interesting bars, restaurants, and shops. Just a little further out are lots of the old homes, originally of Dutch merchants and landowners. Some are in good condition, some not so much, but most seem to be in government hands now. The Willemstad Trolley Train is a great introduction to all of this.
Written February 17, 2020
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Monaiv
San Diego, CA95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Highly recommend this island in the Caribbean. On our vacation we made Willemstad home base. We filled our days with various trips around the island and then returned each night to many great restaurants. Rental car is a must. The best beaches are a 30-40 minute drive outside of the city. The people of Curacao are warm and welcoming. English is widely spoken and it is also fun to hear all the other languages as well. A great mash up of cultures.
Written March 10, 2023
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Selma T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Punda is a pure delight!! The downtown area is simply breathtaking, adorned with an abundance of captivating local artwork. There is a myriad of exceptional restaurants and a plethora of charming shops to explore. Moreover, the area is steeped in fascinating historical treasures.
Written July 20, 2023
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Jojo I
208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The historical buildings are so beautiful to see especially all the different colors. It gives you a caribbean vibe. The Handelskade is part of the UNESCO thus a must see. It also reminds you a bit of Cooenhagen, Denmark. Punda has a lot of souvenir shops and some restaurants. I recommend just strolling around and gaze at the well maintained historical buildings. The court house is also an impressive building! I don't recommend going too late at night.
Written February 26, 2020
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Willemstad’s first colonial settlement and apparently began as a hub for Dutch slave traders. Now a World Heritage site, this modern city centre has a distinct Euro-Caribbean atmosphere. The preserved colourful colonial buildings holding houses, boutiques, art galleries, and sidewalk cafes. Punda and Otrobanda are linked by the wonderful ‘Floating Bridge’ and both near the cruise port.
Written April 8, 2022
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Lynne C
Enfield, UK266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited here on a cruise ship so only had a day to explore. It was so pretty and scenic with so much to see. Everything has been so well preserved and walking on my own I felt very safe and not hassled at all by vendors. Lots of vibrant colours and a distinct Dutch feel in the Caribbean. Would love to visit again and explore for longer.
Written February 8, 2020
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JAG
Bogota, Colombia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful area, particularly Handelskade and the few streets nearby. In our opinion, the most beautiful area is relatively small and can be covered on foot in a couple of hours. There are nice places to grab a drink/snack on both sides (Punda and Otrobanda). One of our favorite Curacao sightseeing spots.
Written January 8, 2020
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