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Willemstad

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Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Formerly the capital of the Netherlands Antilles prior to its dissolution in 2010, it has an estimated population of 150,000. The historic centre of the city consists of four quarters: the Punda and Otrobanda, which are separated by the Sint Anna Bay, an inlet that leads into the large natural harbour called the Schottegat, as well as the Scharloo and Pietermaai Smal quarters, which are across from each other on the smaller Waaigat harbour. Willemstad is home to the Curaçao synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas. The city centre, with its unique architecture and harbour entry, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.HistoryPunda was established in 1634, when the Dutch captured the island from Spain. The original name of Punda was de punt in Dutch. Otrobanda, which was founded in 1707, is the newer section of the city and is considered to be the cultural centre of Willemstad. Its name originated from the Papiamentu otro banda, which means "the other side."
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Bridge
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
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Duration: 1 hour
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin Academy Curacao
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Kleine Knip
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Willemstad

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Beach
Cas Abao Beach Curacao
4.6
Duration: 6 hours
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Beach
Playa PortoMari Curacao
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Duration: 6 hours
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Island
Klein (Little) Curacao Curacao
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Duration: 6 hours
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Beach
Mambo Beach Curacao
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Duration: 3 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Willemstad

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Beach
Blue Bay Beach
4.1
Duration: 3 hours
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Aquarium
Curacao Sea Aquarium
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Jan Thiel Beach
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa Kenepa Chiki
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Willemstad

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Art Museum
Kura Hulanda Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Maritime Museum Curacao
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Evelien Sipkes Studio
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Willemstad

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Curacao Actief
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Kokomo Beach
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Playa Jeremi
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Willemstad

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Flea Market
Floating Market
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Island Treasures Gifts and Souvenirs Curacao
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Goods BV
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Copperstone
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Tour
Curacao Dreams Travel
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Duration: 4 hours
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National Park
Shete Boka Park
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Duration: 8 hours
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Neighborhood
Punda
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Cave
Hato Caves
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Duration: 2h 30 min