Curaçao to Panama City

Curaçao to Panama City

Curaçao is an Island in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela, the capital is Willemstad.  Curaçao offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers.

  • Downtown Willemstad and Handelskade (the colorful houses)
  • Beaches of Lagun, Cas Abao, PortoMari, Blauwbaai (Blue Bay) and Mambo
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving
  • Hiking at Christoffel National Park
  • Klein lighthouse
  • Little Curaçao (Klein Curaçao)
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge (and view of the city)

There are lots of tour companies based in Curaçao offering various tours to the points of interest.  If you prefer to have more freedom then you can hire a car to explore the Island.

Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

Curaçao, Caribbean

Curaçao is a Caribbean Island, which was formally part of the Netherlands Antilles.  The main town, Willemstad, is very lively and colorful, which makes you feel like you are in the Caribbean.  This small town used to be the capital city of the Netherlands Antilles up until 2010 when, along with Sint Maartin, Curaçao became an independent country.  The Netherlands Antilles were several Caribbean Islands including:

  • The Windwards Isles – Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten
  • Leeward Islands – Bonaire and Curaçao

A visit to Curaçao is a visit to another country and of course, another country to tick off your list.  Notice that Aruba is not on the list as Aruba separated from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986.

Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

Curaçao welcome band D-Tour X.

D-Tour X were playing live in the cruise port, welcoming the cruise ship passengers to the Island.  They are a great local percussion band, who mix several genres including Samba, Merengue and Salsa with the local sound of Tumba.  If you are interested, you can go to Curaçao, or you could have a listen to them on YouTube!

Willemstad, Curaçao

Willemstad, Curaçao

The beaches on the Island are less built up than those of Aruba, they don’t have the huge resorts here.  Well, they do have resorts, but not on the huge scale of Aruba.  Here you will find more natural beaches, by natural I mean beaches without a road and promenade behind them, but with palm trees and forest.

Since leaving Curaçao, I have discovered there is a Curaçao sign in Willemstad which I would loved to have taken a picture with.  I’m not sure if it is a new sign which was added after I left or if I just missed it.  Maybe I will put it on my bucket list, a picture with the Curaçao sign!

Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad, Curaçao

Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad, Curaçao

Other than beaches, Curaçao offers quite a lot of history.  In 1636 Fort Amsterdam was built by Dutch soldiers and Angolan Slaves.  Originally all inhabitants of Willemstad lived in the fort, but over the years the town has grown and spread out around it.

Pullmantur Cruise

Pullmantur Cruise Ship

The next and final stop on this Pullmantur cruise is Colón, Panama, the cruise port of Panama City.  I could stay on the ship and go back to Cartagena, and I was very tempted, but I need to carry on the journey from the other side of the Darien Gap.  I am now officially leaving South America and entering the small countries of Central America.

Panama City to San Jose

2017-03-13T13:36:14+00:00December 6th, 2016|Caribbean, Curaçao|10 Comments


  1. Agness of Fit Travelling January 22, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    These colorful buildings look spectacular. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Josie January 23, 2017 at 2:43 am - Reply

    I had no idea the buildings in Curaçao were so colourful. I can’t wait to get to the Caribbean some day.

  3. Gemma January 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh! I’m obsessed with the colourful buildings, this place looks so pretty.

  4. Christina January 25, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness!!!! This is the cutest island I have ever seen!! Your photos are incredible and capture the city’s heart. I have never seen such a colorful country before besides the island of Burano in Venice, Italy. As much as I love Italy I find this island of color more beautiful. Great post and great exposure for this country as we are adding it to our list because of you!

  5. Bruce Schinkel January 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about Curaçao, and this post just made me want to visit even more! Can’t go wrong with a local percussion band either 🙂

  6. Matt Hulland January 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve never really thought too much of Curaçao, it’s not a place that crops up too often but it looks amazing, The colours of those building are absolutely to die for and your pictures really make them pop. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ling January 26, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Though it’s in the Caribbean, Curacao looks very familiar to the Netherlands. We just came back from Amsterdam and you can see the trademark architecture, like your photo of Willemstad. Interesting to see the remnants of colonization still preserved.

  8. Valerie January 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Curaçao looks adorable!! I love the brightly colored buildings! I think I would prefer Curaçaos less developed beaches, compared to Aruba. I had’t realized how close both of those islands are to South America too.

  9. Jean January 30, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    So many beautiful buildings. I love how colorful they are. Hopefully we’ll get to see this ourselves one day soon

  10. Agness of Fit Travelling February 20, 2017 at 10:17 am - Reply

    So colorful! Curaçao is picturesque and breathtaking!

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