Willemstad's waterfront has a split personality - Punda on one side and Otrobanda on the other. Otrobanda's shops are less touristy and more "local" shopping, but the Rif Fort has lots of options and is beautiful - dining, views, restrooms, etc. From Otrobanda, views of Punda are postcard perfect and walking across the pontoon/movable bridge or taking the ferry across is a fun way to explore. For a beverage or bite, the Gouverneur de Rouville, a brick red second story restaurant right across from the ferry stop is an ideal location to take it all in - does not appear to be wheelchair or stroller accessible. if you are driving make sure you have coins (guilders only) for parking - it's inexpensive and easy - pay attention to your space number, head to the kiosk, pay in coins, input your space number and put your receipt in the car front window. Four hours was only five guilders. At the base of the bridge, locals sell various crafts (not necessarily from Curaçao) and random items like Curaçao license plates. One guy set up shop to sell his homemade boiled peanuts - you never know. Otrobanda has beautiful architecture and seems to be in a bit of a recovery mode - well deserving of an afternoon trip to appreciate the local people, art and food overlooking the beautiful harbor.
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