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Making the Most of Curacao

Making the Most of Curacao

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GETTING TO CURACAO

The Disney Fantasy docks at the Curaçao Cruise Terminal in Willemstad on Sint Annabaai. There’s a possibility that you could dock at the new Curaçao Mega Pier in West Willemstad, designed for the post-Panamax mega ships. The Disney Fantasy made her inaugural visit here on July 2, 2017. In either case, expect an All Ashore time of 7:00 am. Both terminals are within walking distance of the Queen Emma Bridge which leads to the main shopping area in town. Taxis are also available at both terminals—you should negotiate a price with your driver before you set out as there are no meters in the taxis. Buses are also common—fares average about $2/person. All-aboard time is 4:45 pm.

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GETTING AROUND CURACAO

Willemstad has two main neighborhoods. Punda, which dates back to 1634, is the historic old town with many preserved and restored buildings. Otrabanda, which means “the other side,” was founded in 1707 when inhabitants moved across the bay—this is the melting pot section of the city. The two neighborhoods are connected by the Queen Emma Bridge, which is supported by 16 floating pontoons and was built in 1888. (If the bridge is open to allow ships to pass, pedestrians are shuttled by a small ferry, free of charge.) The very tall bridge you will see above Sint Annabaai is the Queen Juliana Bridge—it is the highest in the Caribbean at 185 feet above sea level. The nearest attraction to the pier is Fort Amsterdam in Punda, a World Heritage site and one of the oldest buildings on the island. The Fort Church has a museum at the back (admission is 3 guilders). From Fort Amsterdam you can take the open-air Willemstad Trolley Train for a 1 1/4-hour guided tour of the city (fares are $16/adults and $12/kids). Willemstad is a great place to explore on foot—see our walking tour on page 365 for some suggested sites.

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STAYING SAFE IN CURACAO

Curaçao is a generally safe island for tourists using common sense. Do note, however, that the islands are used by drug traffickers for smuggling, so visitors should not leave bags unattended or agree to carry packages for anyone. The water here is from the sea, distilled and purified, and safe to drink. There are quite a few mosquitoes out and about, especially in the mornings and evenings—you may want to bring some insect repellent.

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