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“Postcard views of Punda, waterfront worthy of an afternoon visit”
Review of Otrobanda

Otrobanda
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Willemstad City Tour
Ranked #16 of 109 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: More residential area of Willemstad.
Washington, DC
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204 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Postcard views of Punda, waterfront worthy of an afternoon visit”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Byron, Illinois, United States
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“Trinkets”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The floating fish markets were really neat. Not a lot of "tourist trinket" shops, more geared towards the locals and regular clothing needs. You are not hassled like in Mexico or Jamaica, which was refreshing!

Visited April 2013
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Ohio
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“Old Town”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Not too much to do here. It was neat to see the area. The "Floating Market" was neat. The locals bring their boats in and you can buy fresh fish right from the boat. It was neat to see. They also have a market area that is work a look around. You really get a flavor for the locals.

Visited March 2013
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Cali, Colombia
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“picturesque”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

That si about it, it is very pretty with the houses of different colors and at night is great to see the lights...but is more for a 1 day owe than enything else.

Visited March 2013
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houston
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“Just as colorful”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

This side is just as colorful. I saw more restaurants, but less stores. I spent less time on this side as there is more diversity in Punda

Visited March 2013
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