Willemstad: Unique architecture and a beautiful harborThe historic city center consists of two quarters: Punda and Otrobanda, which are separated by the St. Anna bay. Punda was established in 1634 and Otrobanda, founded in 1707, is the newer section of the city and considered to be the cultural centre of Willemstad.
Punda and Otrobanda are connected by a long pontoon bridge and both offer an exciting blend of European-style architecture, reminiscent of Amsterdam, with a relaxed Caribbean ambiance. Willemstad boasts an array of colonial architecture that is influenced by Dutch styles; indeed the city center, with its unique architecture and beautiful harbor entry, has been made a UNESCO world heritage site.
With a natural deep water harbor, Willemstad can welcome large cruise ships which dock here to take advantage of the local sights.
Leave your luxurious MSC cruise ship for the day and join us on one of our fun excursion packages which provide the best deals in and around Willemstad.
In the mood for shopping? Pick up holiday souvenirs in the Handelskade district, a lively waterfront street lined with colorful 18th century buildings that are home to eclectic art galleries and boutiques.
Make your vacation extra special for children or other family members at the Dolphin Academy, where you can swim with dolphins in a unique encounter.
Alternatively, you can opt out of shopping and sightseeing, leaving the ship for a day of sunbathing and relaxing on one of Curacao’s excellent beaches.
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