Spend part of your day exploring the small, beautiful Caribbean island of Curacao, once a central hub for trade during the 15th to 17th centuries and today a constituent country of the Netherlands.
Your journey starts at the Rif Fort in Otranbanda; built in 1828, this garrison guarded the western coast and is now a charming waterfront mall with boutique stores, bars and restaurants. Take a quick note of the beautiful Dutch-Jewish architecture as you walk through the streets.
At the Kura Hulanda museum you will be greeted by a guide who will share with you the island's slave history as well as its plantation houses. Discover this museum is situated directly at the city-center harbor of Willemstad, where Dutch entrepreneurs once traded and shipped enslaved Africans. This museum impressively exhibits the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in its totality, from slave capture in Africa through the Middle Passage and the relocation in the New World.
Cross the famous Queen Emma Bridge, a large pontoon bridge spanning St. Anna Bay that swings open periodically for boat traffic. From there you will be able to take photos of the area at nearby Fort Amsterdam before heading to the impressive Governor's Palace and Protestant church.
While at the Floating Market you will observe Venezuelan vendors hawking their fresh fruits and vegetables, then make your way to Marche Nobo where local ladies sell a dazzling variety of souvenirs and natural products. The delicious smells of local cuisine in Plasa Bieu will tempt you as you pass by the several kitchens and take a seat for a refreshing glass of lemonade. While here continue to a mojito bar for a sample of Curacao's famous Blue of Curacao liquor then hit the beach for some serious swim and sun time before your scenic return to port (beach chair rental is not included).
Sign up for this 4.5-hour tour today and get ready to experience Curacao's fascinating cultural and historical side.