Cruise port: Willemstad, Curaçao

Willemstad, Curaçao: One of the Dutch "ABC" islands, is one of the Leeward/Lesser Antillies. The island is the largest and most industralized of the of the ABCs. Like Aruba and Bonaire, this island is an arid - desert island, and has favorable trade winds that provide a constant cooling breeze.

Curaçao is really a gem of the Caribbean. It is strange that more ships do not visit here as it is one of the nicest places we have been in the Caribbean. We took a caves tour, and while the caves were OK, we could not take photos in most of the area as it was a commercial area (meaning you had to buy any photos you wanted).

After visiting the caves, we drove over the Queen Anne bridge and arrived at an open maket in downtown Willemstad. A guy there was whacking fish into pieces for sale, but with dozens of flys buzzing around and landing on the fish, I sure would not want any of it.

After the market, we strolled along a floating market. Here is where visitors from South America (about 40 miles south) bring their wares across the water and anchor their boats at the market. They stay several days and live on their boats and sell their stuffs right outside. Kind of quaint.

We continued our walk around the downtown area, and visited the fort and other places. One highlight was seeing the picturesque buildings and walking across the floating foot bridge in the channel.



Foot bridge in downtown Willemstad, Curaçao

Fish vendor at open market - Willemstad, Curaçao

Floating Market - Willemstad, Curaçao

Floating Market - Willemstad, Curaçao

Floating Market - Willemstad, Curaçao

Famous picturesque Dutch Architecture along Willemstad Harbor - Curaçao

Footbridge linking downtown Willemstad to the cruise terminal - Curaçao

A bit of Reggae music - Curaçao

Welcome Sign at the cruise terminal - Curaçao

A bird on a cactus near the Hato Cave - Curaçao

Hato Cave - Curaçao

Harbor front view from the Queen Anne bridge - Willemstad, Curaçao