Willemstad

Travel Guide
Willemstad showing a beach, rugged coastline and swimming

The capital of the Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Willemstad has a multicultural feel, natural beauty, colorful buildings and a deep sense of history.

The range of attractions in Willemstad is as varied as the colors of the houses lining the streets in this harbor city. Learn about its Dutch history, seen in much of the architecture, hike through pristine wilderness or wander through lively markets.

Start your visit to Willemstad in Punda, the original part of the city. Here, you’ll find a blend of multicolored colonial buildings and modern shops. Punda is also home to Fort Amsterdam, one of eight surviving forts in Curaçao. Opposite the fort is Penha House. It was built in the 1700s and is a prime example of a Dutch-styled merchant house. Continue along Columbusstraat to the western hemisphere’s oldest synagogue, Mikve-Israel Emanuel.

Willemstad is split into two main districts by the Santa Ana Bay. Punda is to the east and Otrobanda (“other side”) is to the west. The pedestrian-only Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge connects the two sides. When the bridge is open, jump on a ferry and cross the bay to get a view of the city from the water.

In Otrobanda, wander along narrow, twisting lanes, including the main commercial street, Breedestraat. Learn about the African and slave trade history of the island at Kura Hulanda Museum. Spend an afternoon at Riffort Village. At this former fort, you’ll find outdoor cafés, boutique shops and galleries.

Beyond Willemstad’s historical center you can enjoy the area’s natural park and beaches. Blue Bay Beach has a playground, restaurant and bar, umbrellas and loungers. Get a close-up view of the area’s marine life at the Curacao Sea Aquarium on the oceanfront.

Willemstad’s cuisine draws from the flavors of over 50 cultures. Go to Marsche Bieuw (Old Market) to sample cheap local dishes, including yuana, which is stewed iguana. At the Floating Market, merchants from Venezuela sell fresh fish and spices, fruits and vegetables.

Taxis and rental car is the best way to get around Willemstad. There is a public bus service but it’s not frequent.

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ACOYA Curacao Resort, Villas & Spa
4 out of 5
Dr. Hugenholtzweg Z/N, Willemstad
The price is CA $146 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
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Renaissance Wind Creek Curacao Resort
Renaissance Wind Creek Curacao Resort
4.5 out of 5
Baden Powelweg 1, Willemstad
The price is CA $230 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Willemstad, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Renaissance Shopping Mall and Rif Fort. Queen Emma Bridge (The ...
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Mangrove Beach Corendon Curacao All-Inclusive Resort, Curio by Hilton
Mangrove Beach Corendon Curacao All-Inclusive Resort, Curio by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
Pater Euwensweg 31, Dutch Caribbean, Willemstad
The price is CA $299 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
This Willemstad property is on the beach, 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Curacao Museum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mambo Beach and Blue Bay. Blue Bay Beach and Curacao ...
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Quint's Travelers Inn
Quint's Travelers Inn
3 out of 5
Corrieweg #8, Willemstad
The price is CA $90 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Parke Tropikal Zoo. Zuikertuin Mall is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.7/5 Exceptional! (136 reviews)
"easily accessible. Good accommodation and nice breakfast"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021

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Curacao Suites Hotel
Curacao Suites Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Langestraat 13, Willemstad
The price is CA $97 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Willemstad, this vacation home is steps from Leeward Antilles and Museum Kura Hulanda. Queen Emma Bridge (The Swinging Old Lady) and ...
4/5 Very Good! (256 reviews)
"This place is a hidden gem. Very good price with breakfast included. Great location its located in the middle of willemstad, 5mins walk to punda. Room are good and clean. Renish was very helpful, tentative, and friendly! He will go out of his way if you need extra service. Dont rent a car from the ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2021

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Piscadera Seaview Apartments
Piscadera Seaview Apartments
3 out of 5
Piscaderaweg 51 nst, Willemstad
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Leeward Antilles and Curacao Museum. Curaçao Medical Center and Renaissance Shopping Mall are also ...
3.7/5 Good! (95 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Piscadera Seaview Apartments
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