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Restaurant ‘Gouverneur’ (2 hrs)
A nice to go for a dinner is restaurant Gouverneur. It’s at the waterfront in Otrabanda, opposite the old houses at Handelskade, which is UNESCO world heritage. The restaurant is located in a beautiful colonial building. There have been several other premises in this place but since 2001 it’s called Gouverneur the Rouville, in short: Gouverneur.
It’s good for lunch, but most people hang out at the beach during those hours. So go there for dinner. Have a seat at the balcony with a view on the harbour or enjoy your dinner in the lovely garden. The only disadvantage of the garden is that there’s hardly any wind, so it can be very hot. But why not cool down with a nice Amstel Bright?
On the menu you will find mixture of dishes from American, local and European cuisine. It’s good, but the portions are quite small. The waiters are quick and alert and make you feel like a real guest.
Restaurant Gouverneur, De Rouvilleweg 9, Otrabanda Waterfront, +599 9462 5999.
Mambo Beach (2 hrs - 1 day)
The Seaquarium beach, right next door to the seaquarium and very nearby Willemstad has all facilities, palmtrees (which don’t grow at Curacao originally) and beautiful white sand. During the day it's the perfect place for children to play in the shallow water. There are shops, watersports facilities and several bars. The beach is popular with families and young people.
But at night, especially in the weekend, it can be a very crowded hotspot. There are concerts and even movies on the beach. And the most happening place is Mambo. This is where the party animals go, and this is where airline crew hangs out.
Hook’s Hut (2 hrs)
A nice restaurant and beach bar is Hook’s Hut at Piscadera Bay, next to Hilton Hotel. It looks like the set of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. You can dine outside at the beach with your feet crawling in the sand while enjoying the sound of the sea and Caribbean music. Like they describe it themselves: Ernest Hemmingway would have loved it.
There’s a happy hour every day between 6 and 7 pm. It’s a good way to start and have a dinner afterwards. But if you like to go there during daytime, they have a lovely white sand beach in front of the restaurant. So you can easily spend a whole day down there.
Hook’s Hut, Piscadera Bay, +5999 462 6575.
Floating Market (1 hr)
Besides the beautiful old houses in Willemstad, there’s not much ‘action’ so there’s not much to see. But if you like to see a picturesque sight, you should go to the floating market in the morning. Just around the corner of Handelskade at Sha Caprilles, you will find local fishermen who try to sell the most wonderful creatures from the sea from their boats to the locals in town. The fishermen come from Venezuela from the main land.
Car to Westpunt (1 day)
The best way to discover Curacao is to rent a car. In one day you can drive the entire island, but if you like to make a lot of stops and enjoy the beaches, you can do it in a few days. There’s a beautiful road that brings you all the way to the other side of the island, to Westpunt. It’s a nice drive and sometimes you have the idea you’re the only one at the whole island.
You can enjoy some nice restaurants and beaches on your way, have a look at some of the ‘landhuizen’, go snorkling at Porto Mari, enjoy National Park Christoffelberg and of course make a stop at the Flamingo Sanctuary near Jan Kok.
Cars can be rented at most big hotels and a simple car will cost you about 50 US dollar per day. Although Curacao have their own currency, it’s almost everywhere possible to pay in US dollars.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Curacao.