We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Shopping Area”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Punda

Punda
Ranked #6 of 107 things to do in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Home to most of the shops and tourist activities in Willemstad.
Nashua, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
173 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Shopping Area”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The shops are pretty run down & lacking compared to other Carribean islands. The markets are a little seedy & offer a lot of the same stuff.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Mrsomalley
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,295 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    981
    948
    309
    48
    9
Date | Rating
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Beeton, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“colorfull shopping”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Punda is a very safe and colorfull place to shop with good value on jewelry especially watches. we bought one last year and another this year

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Marty K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Charlotte NC
Level Contributor
118 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“The touristy but pretty side of Willemstad”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Handelskade (see other review) defines Punda. Beautiful Dutch-Caribbean architecture, lots of shopping, restaurants, attractions like the postal museum, Fort Amsterdam, Mikve Israel Synagogue etc. Don't miss a quick walk inside Fort Amsterdam to see the Governor's palace and the nice large courtyard with the government buildings that enclose it. Also don't miss sitting in green leafy Gomes Plein with alfresco pizza, sandwich, drinks options. In a small alley off the Plaza, is the Nena Sanchez art gallery which is worth ducking into to see the famous artist's work. Walking up again on Breedestraat you end up in the large Wilhemina Plein which has the famous Plein Cafe another nice outdoor dining option at very reasonable prices. Next door are a Subway and Pizza Hut. There is an ice cream place right in the Plaza. On the opposite side from the Plein Cafe is a giant sign saying DUSHI CURACAO (roughly translated to Delicious or Nice Curacao"......if you keep walking up on Hendrikplein away from the square, you enter the beautiful area of Petermaai with places like the Mundo Bizarro and Miles Jazz cafe. There are many charming buildings under restoration. You can then walk back along the Waigat lake by the old market and central market back to Handelskade. On the way you will see the floating fruit and vegetable market with the boats from Venezuela docked alongside. Punda is truly the heart of Willemstad and very walkable at all hours. We completed the route in about 3 hours at leisure.

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank rvansam
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Newport Beach California
Level Contributor
49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Interesting older area, did not feel unsafe”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We had heard that Punda is a little sketchy in certain parts but we didn't feel unsafe there at all. I recommend you try it and visit the floating market for fruits etc.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank kiwi7kiwi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Grand Junction, CO
Level Contributor
39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Enjoyed walking around and seeing the floating markets and all the colorful history filled buildings.

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank swaylo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Punda also viewed

 

Been to Punda? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing