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The "C" from the ABC Islands from the Nederlander Caribbean (Aruba and Bonaire composed of the A & B), Curaçao is situated just thirty-five miles off the north of Venezuela and is easily the most inhabited island within the Netherlands Antilles. It is known for its charming European culture, insufficient over-development, friendly and hospitable citizens, and breathtakingly beautiful natural splendor. The area itself was earlier discovered within the 15th century on a Christopher Columbus expedition. The Spanish laid dominion over the area until the 17th century.
 
Curaçao, and also the capital of Willemstad mainly, continue to be changed in recent decades right into a complete tourist haven. Renovated colonial landmarks, ritzy hotels, and beautiful shopping are at the tips of the fingers here, because of a revitalization phase around the island which has restored many prime tourist sites to world prominence.
 
After visitors have seen your share from the local architecture, there's a lot more to uncover about this fascinating island. Terrific restaurants and nightclubs, world-class casinos featuring all of your favorite games, diving and scuba diving outfitters, and scenic nature all await you while you spend your sun-filled days in memorable Curaçao.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier directly next to Willemstad, in the entrance of St. Anna Bay. After that, you are able to have a short walk into the capital or request motorized transportation to take you to any destination around the island.Willemstad is split up into two primary districts through the Santa Anna Bay, an in-depth but narrow funnel Punda is around the east side, and Otrobanda, where cruise ships pier. The main harbor has two primary docking spots. The Curacao Mega Pier is made for large ships and hence can't fit underneath the city's famous Full Juliana Bridge. The Mega Pier is situated in West Willemstad, only a couple of minutes' from downtown. More compact ships pier in the Curacao Cruise Terminal. Both of them are within easy reach from the Full Emma Bridge, which connects the two sides from the city.
 
Making Your Way Around
Site visitors may take a simple stroll towards the Full Emma Bridge. This century-old pontoon bridge connects the two sides from the city and it is a tourist attraction on its own. It shifts open to create space for ship traffic. When the bridge is open, you are able to have a free ride from one for reds to another on the passenger ferry.
 
Taxis are easily available around the island of Curaçao, and even though you will find no meters within the cabs, your driver must supply you with a rate card should you request one. DAF yellow busses can be found in Willemstad and will take you to several locations around the island. Their safe and neat and will transport you to definitely your destination at a small fraction of the price of taxis.
 
People should agree with a fare with the driver prior to the ride. You will find taxi stands at both port locations.
Buses: If you are traveling on the most typical urban routes, you are able to hop a "collective" vehicle or van. Costs vary but they are generally around $2.

Drive around the right-hands side from the road. No special permits are needed, but you will need a valid license. A fun and exciting twist around the standard city tour, this 75-minute trolley ride consumes the primary sites and starts at historic Fort Amsterdam. Visitors can get in and out whenever they want.
 
Beaches
Seaquarium Beach has a huge array of amenities facilities (shops, bars, aquatic sports suppliers and restaurants), plus silver sand and palms. Playa Porto Mari includes a unique double barrier reef, in which you explore it endlessly. Facilities can be found, including equipment rental along with a bar/restaurant. Also popular for scuba diving and diving, Playa Kalki, situated on Curacao's west coast, is one among the island's most interesting beaches. The Cas Abao Beach on Banda Abao includes a silver-sand beach palms.
 
Local Attractions
Visitors can explore some of the most popular sites around the island by taking a structured 1.5-hour trolley tour from the city. Beginning at Fort Amsterdam close to the Full Emma Pontoon Bridge, these open-air trolleys will show you with the famous canal zone, the Punda District, the Otrabanda area, plus much more. Trolleys leave from Fort Amsterdam several occasions each day, contact ahead to get the best here we are at you.
 
The earliest active Jewish synagogue within the Western Hemisphere is located at Hanchi Snoa 29. 13 Jewish families moved in Willemstad in 1651, and also the synagogue was erected in 1732. It's a wonderful illustration of traditional Nederlander architecture, as well as an historic sight really worth going to. Next to the synagogue may be the Jewish Cultural Historic Museum.
 
The Maritime Museum), on Van der Brandhofstraat, is situated within the Scharloo District of Willemstad. It's a fascinating museum that traces the maritime good reputation for the area, starting with the very first settler of Curaçao way in 600 BC. Incorporated within the museum are detailed types of ancient and modern sailing ships, a valued map collection, plus much more. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
 
Around the western shores from the Island may be the breathtaking forty-500-acre Christoffel National Park. Only a forty-five-minute ride from Willemstad, the Park features the greatest reason for the Nederlander Leeward islands, the fir,230-feet St. Christoffelberg, plus an range of native plants and creatures, including exotic wild birds and plentiful cacti. If you're within the hiking mood, then you definitely be happy to realize that you will find many miles of trails around the block, including one which will give you towards the summit of St. Chistoffelberg. The park is really a highlight associated with a Curaçao experience, which is open Monday through Satuday from 7am to 4pm, and Sunday from 6am to 3pm.
The sights and attractions of Curaçao

Curaçao Winery
In the fully renovated country house Hato is the ability for "wine-experience". A variety of activities in which you can think of just relaxing bubbling with a bite on our beautiful terrace, different tour programs, wine tastings or workshops. Website: www.curacaowine.com
 
Hato Caves
Centre of it all is the bustling city of Willemstad. When you want to get away to find some quiet, you will find it easy to find the sights of Curacao. There is plenty to see and do in the cunucu (countryside). Just north of town, near Hato International Airport, are the Hato Caves. The caves, gouged out of limestone cliffs ages ago as the island emerged from the sea, are still forming, albeit by one drop at a time. You will see water dripping from the walls and massive stalactites that hang from the ceiling.
 
These caves had a utilitarian purpose during the early days of the slave trade in Curacao, escaped slaves used them as hiding places, and lived in them for months at a time. Even before the arrival of Europeans and slaves, the Amerindian Arawaks used them for shelter, and left behind cave drawings, or petroglyphs, estimated at 1,500 years old.
Guides will take you through the caves. They'll point out the apocryphal and fanciful stories behind some of the stalactites and stalagmites; in the eerie lighting, some take on shapes and are called the Pirate's Head, the Sea Tortoise, and the Giant of Jack and the Beanstalk fame. The caves are north of Willemstad on the Roosevelt Weg ('weg' is 'street' or 'road' in Dutch), across the road from the Hotel Holland (near the airport).
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday (Monday closed): 9am - 4pm
Multi-lingual tours are given on the hour from 9am to 4pm.
Admission :
$ 8.00 (about €7,03) for adults
$ 6.00 (about €5,27) for children (4-11 years)
Address: Rooseveltweg z/n
Tel: +(599-9)- 868 03 79
 
Christoffel Park
At the west end of the island is the impressive Christoffel Park, part of the island's national park system since 1978. The park, about a 40-minute drive from Willemstad, is the home of the 1,239-foot (377-meter) Mt. Christoffel, the island's highest point, as well as dozens of species of trees and plants, including an orchid forest, birds, lizards, and sea life, including nesting sea turtles.
Opening Hours:
Mondays to Saturdays: 07.30 AM – 16.00 PM (No admittance after 14.30 PM)
Sundays: 06.00 AM – 15.00 PM (No admittance after 13.30 PM)
Fees
$ 12,00 (about €10,54) for adults
$ 4,50 (about €3,95)for children (6 - 11)
Free for children under 6 years old.
For more information on activities and to make reservations you can call +(599 9) 864 0363 or e-mail info@carmabi.org.
Stichting CARMABI
P.O.Box 2090
Curacao
Phone. 462-4242
Email: info@carmabi.org
Website: www.carmabi.org
 
Shete Boka Park
One of Curacaos' national parks is Shete Boka Park (seven bays or coves). It covers approximately 6 miles on the rough coast with multiple coves where various turtles lay their eggs. Better known spots in the park are among others: Boka Table and the natural bridge of Curacao.
 
Hiking Trials
Boka Pistol Trail -- which includes a 1 hour walk leading through Boka Brown where sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, Boka Pistol where huge waves burst into the sky with gunfire like explosions and panoramic overviews from the flat limestone hills.

Boka Wandomi Trail; which is a 1 hour walk along rolling lava hills down to Boka Wandomi and the limestone bluffs to a natural bridge. A short walk along the rugged north coast will bring you back to Boka Tabla.

Opening Hours
The park is open every day of the week from 09.00am – 5.00pm.
Admission Fees
$ 5,50 (aprox. €4,83) per person.
Maps with hiking trails are also available at the entrance.
 
Klein Curacao
Far away from the hustle and bustle of Curaçao's Punda and Otrobanda districts lies a remote, coral island with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, a spectacular reef and colorful sea life. The flat, wind-swept island of Klein Curaçao (Dutch for Little Curaçao) is a mecca for divers, snorkelers and sunbathers.
Klein Curaçao lies 15 miles off the southeast point of Curaçao and is just a two-hour boat trip from Spanish Water.
 
Klein Curacao is a small island of 3 km2 (1.2 square miles) big which is just 10 kiometer (6.2 miles) South-West from the mother island Curacao. These days the island is an uninhabited island, but in the past fishermen and farmers lived here.

The island is a rather barren island, but in the past the island was green with grass. Farmers kept their goats on the island. The island was till the 19th century a seabird paradise island. The droppings of the seabirds caused a chemical reaction with the limestone into phosphate which was a populair product in Europe (they used phosphate for feed for animals and fertilizer for the ground). In 1871 the English mining engineer John Godden came to the island by accident. From that moment until 1886, the phosphate recovered and shipped to Europe. The island became lot lower, not green anymore, and the seabirds never came back. Due to reforestation project of Carmabi, the island becomes greener and greener again.

There are also other forms of explotatie of the island. The West India Company (WIC) has many slaves brought from Africa to Curacao. Before these slaves came ashore in Curacao, the sick were taken out and put in quarantine at Klein Curacao. The remains of this first quarantine building on Curacao can still be found in the northwest of the island. The slaves and other passengers who did not survive the voyage, were buried at Klein Curacao. There are several graves in the southern part of the island.

During this activity of the Dutch West India Company were also given licenses to seal (the now extinct monk seal) on Klein Curacao allowed to catch and use for their skin. In 1932, a crocodile was caught on the island. The crocodile was from Venezuela and, after a violent storm landed on the island. The former residents killed the crocodile and ate it. Klein Curacao, like its mother island of Curacao, little affected by hurricanes. Yet in the course of time have been several hurricanes on the island left their marks. The first was the hurricane in 1877. This hurricane destroyed the first lighthouse on the island. Therefore people decided that the next lighthouse, which is the current lighthouse, must be build in the middle of the island.

Another phenomenon is the legend of an English captain who suppossed to be stranded in the 19th century and died on the island. After his death he was buried on the island, but the story is that his soul could not find his peace and that his souls is still on the island as a ghost. One of the spooky stories of the island.
 
Ostrich Farm
Visit the Curaçao Ostrich Farm and make use of this opportunity to see these fascinating birds up close. You will be able to touch them, feed them and even ride them (only for the most daring). On the hour every hour the Safari truck depart for an amazing tour. For that experience all you need to do is announce yourself at the Zambezi restaurant on arrival.
 
Curacao Seaquarium
The Curacao Sea Aquarium is possibly Curacao's most popular tourist attraction. It is one of those places where you can immerse yourself, even literally, in the vast underwater world for the better part of a day. Located on the south coast just east of Willemstad, the Aquarium area comprises a marina, a large beach, a hotel, and the aquarium complex. It is located next to the Curacao Underwater Park, a protected marine area set aside for divers and for exploration by marine biologists and other scientists, in an area called 'Bapor Kibra', or 'Broken Boat', after the steamer Oranje Nassau, which went down off the shore in 1906.
 
Aloe Vera Plantage
During the guided tour at the plantation en through the factory you will hear all about this healing plant, the plantation and the production process. If you happen to visit the plantation during harvest and production you will get a unique opportunity too see it al up close.
 
Fort Amsterdam
The city of Willemstad dates from the Dutch capture of Curaçao by victory over the Spanish in 1634. While the Spaniards had been content to erect simple stone dwellings, the Dutch began to fortify the island. Willemstad is divided in two by Santa Anna Bay. The oldest part, Punda ("The Point") is east of the harbor mouth.
 
One of the first permanent constructions was Fort Amsterdam which guards the entrance to St. Anna Bay, and became the focal point for the development of the city. Today, the Fort serves as the seat of the Government of the Netherlands Antilles.
 
Fort Beekenburg
Fort Beekenburg was build in 1703 to defend Spanish Water. At the time it was one of the few places where you could get onto land from sea. This fort has earned his stripes. Multiple times it had fended off the English or pirates. The fort was build with stones factured in the Waalgebied (Dutch area). These stones came from ships where they were used as ballast.
 
Countryhouse Ascencion
This plantation house is one of the oldest plantation houses which is owned by the Dutch marines as a recreation centre. On the first Sunday of each month there is an open house which starts with a church service. A tour of the property is given, and there is local music as well as a folkloric show. At the shop one can buy souvenirs, books, handicrafts and postcards.
 
Santa Marthabaai en Landhuis Santa Martha
Santa Marthabay is one of those beautiful places on Curacao. It has a spectaculair view and let you see the island in a different way. Here you can enjoy the serenity because Santa Marthabay is not well known by tourists. The bay lies nearby the small town Soto.
 
Plantation house Santa Martha (one of the few plantation houses build in a U-shape) is undoubtedly worth a visit. The plantation house serves as a care institution for people with a physical or mental disability, there products are sold in the local shop.
 
Santa Martha Bay is such a beautiful spot on Curacao, it has a great view, and shows the island in a different way. It is quiet, because this place is not visited by tourists that much. The bay is near the village of Soto.
And a visit to the plantation house Landhuis Groot Santa Martha is one of the few houses built in a U-shape, it's definitely worth to visit it. The plantation house now serves as a care facility for people with physical and/or mental disabilities and their products they make are sold in the shop.
See their website at www.tsoshal.org
 
Queen Emma Bridge
(a.k.a "The Swinging Old Lady"), Willemstad. A floating pontoon bridge that links the "Punda" (Point Side) and the "Otrobanda" (Other Side) of the Willemstad across the Sint Annabaai Channel. You get to see the bridge open and close to away marine traffic into St. Anna Bay. (In the event the bridge is open for a prolonged time, there is a ferry service across the channel as well.)
 
Don't Miss
The Museum Kura Hulanda, an anthropological museum that concentrates on Curacao's culture, showcases African exhibits dating from 500 B.C. (Klipstraat 9, Otrobanda open daily, 10 a.m. to five p.m.) An alternative choice for history buffs may be the Maritime Museum which documents the island's wealthy naval history having a "floating market" of colourful ships from nearby islands just over the canal.
 
The Hato Caves site boasts limestone formations, waterfalls along with other natural miracles. Have a led tour of the subterranean world to listen to tales of Curacao's stories and look for the iguanas and bats. You may also stroll the Indian Trail Walk by yourself to see island plant life and 1,500-year-old designs and carvings.
 
The galleries of Curacao showcase from traditional to publish-modern "Bumper Art" the area includes a thriving creative community, and artists will frequently perform-hands to go over their work on venues like Landuis Bloemhof, Arawak Craft Items (in the Cruiseship Wharf, Otrobanda, Willemstad) and Kas di Alma Blou.
 
Curacao features two courses. The 18-hole course in the Blue Bay Golf Resort was created by Rocky Roquemore. The componen-72, 6,735-yard course provides a putting eco-friendly, driving range, professional shop and bar. The 2nd, that old Quarry Course at Santa Barbara Plantation Resort was created by Pete Dye and overlooks the ocean.
 
In the Curacao Ocean Aquarium (that provides four tours each day along with a feeding show), all types of marine existence indigenous to Curacao's waters take presctiption display in natural sea water: 20-feet sharks, turtles as large as manhole covers, giant moray eels and much more. A few of the animals are locked in "touch tanks," so site visitors can become familiar with them close up.
 
Don't miss the Animal Encounters Lagoon, where several huge, open-water enclosures bring site visitors face-to-face using the sea’s most spectacular creatures. In a single pool, snorkelers and divers go swimming freely with stingrays, angelfish, tarpons, groupers and much more. Within the other, they are able to feed lemon sharks, nurse sharks and reef sharks. You may also go swimming with whales there. Bookings for "Animal Encounter" should be made ahead of time.
 
Local Experiences
In the Curacao Ostrich Farm see first-hand how an ostrich evolves from an egg towards the greatest and quickest bird on the planet. (If you are lucky, you may also see one hatch. Have a tour of Landhuis Chobolobo to determine how Curacao (the liqueur, not the area) is created. You can view the distilling process and sample the liqueur in the original orange flavor or any other popular tastes, for example rum raisin, chocolate and occasional.
 
Shoreline Activities
Enjoy a half-day motorcoach tour from the island to determine Curacao's top points of interest. An average tour combines a vacation to the Curacao Museum with outings towards the Hato Caves and Chobolobo, where Curacao liqueur is distilled. Active vacationers can go for tours that mix a cave visit having a walking tour of Willemstad's highlights, or try their hands at scuba diving or diving.
 
For those who’ve already feasted on the town’s major sites, take in Curacao's natural splendor having a half-day tour towards the attractive volcanic west coast from the island. Tours may cover the Boka Tabla natural arch, Knip Beach, the Tula Museum and also the salt houses, the place to find pink flamingos. You will have ample photo possibilities.
 
Activities
 
Fishing
Proximity to the continental shelf of South America and wanton over-fishing significantly limit the likelihood of catching large pelagic fish, and their rarity significantly limits the pleasure of hauling these spectacular top predators from the sea as either a prize or a meal -- it also ain't cheap. Deep-sea fishing is $400 to $700 for a half-day tour (six-person maximum) and $600 to $1,200 for a full-day tour, drinks, and equipment included. Let's Fish (tel. 599/9-561-1812; www.letsfish.net) offers fishing charters on either the 32-foot Let's Fish or the 50-foot Princess Alexia.
 
Golf
Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort (tel. 599/9-868-1755; www.bluebay-curacao.com) provides 18 holes close enough to the Blue Bay Beach that you can leave the spouse and kids there for the day and still meet for lunch at the adjacent restaurant. This par-72 course at 6,815 yards opened in 1999 and takes advantage of the island's natural terrains and arid landscape. Designed by Rocky Roquemore, it's a challenging course, with some holes over water, but it provides stunning views of the Caribbean. Depending on time of year, greens fees are $105 for 18 holes and $65 for 9 holes, including cart rental. It's open from 7am to 7pm daily.
 
Horseback Riding
Criadero El Hijo de David, Seru Lora naast 175 (tel. 599/9-465-1166), can arrange 2-hour tours along scenic trails that pass by Salt-Lakes near Jan Thiel Bay for $60. It also offers beginner lessons in an outdoor ring. Call ahead for an appointment.
 
Mountain Biking
Curaçao hosted the Union Cycliste Internationale's 2006 Mountain Bike World Cup, so it should come as no surprise that the trails here can be pretty challenging. Wanna Bike (tel. 599/9-527-3720; www.wannabike.com) offers guided tours for riders of all levels. In addition to well-equipped bikes and helmets, the knowledgeable guides provide an insightful historic narrative of key historic sites and ruins. Bike tours lasting from 8am to 11pm cost $38.
 
Off-Roading
ATV excursions into rugged off-road areas can be arranged through Eric's ATV Adventures, Martin Luther King Boulevard across from Lion's Dive (tel. 599/9-524-7418; www.curacao-atv.com).The cost for a half-day tour is $90 for a single and $140 for a two-person machine suitable for two adults or one adult and one child. These hefty four-wheel behemoths, reminiscent of a large tractor mower, can take on the steepest and rockiest terrain. The vehicle is relatively easy to operate, if rather loud and extremely hot underneath you. Goggles and helmets are provided. Sunscreen, eye protection, long pants, and closed shoes are highly recommended. A valid U.S. or international driver's license is required, and all drivers must be at least 16 years of age. The Bike Shop Curaçao, Sta. Rosaweg 26 (tel. 599/9-560-3882; www.thebikeshop.nl), also rents motorcycles and scooters.
 
Aquariums and Submarines
Curaçao Ocean Aquarium is really a wonderful destination for the entire family. The Seaquarium is open from 8:30am to five:30pm every single day, featuring greater than 400 unique types of seafood and ocean-existence. Their special Animal Encounters exhibit enables you and also chance to go swimming alongside stingrays, tarpons, along with other tropical seafood, although in an expense. This really is very best way to catch up with towards the marine existence inside a safe and controlled atmosphere.
 
Eating Out
La Pergola situated within the earliest fort around the island of Curaçao, includes a thoroughbred Caribbean menu. Seafood, chicken, gnocchi, and pasta dishes are whipped up marvelously here, and even though the food is expensive, the scenic atmosphere and cuisine make it worthwhile.
 
Night life
A lot of the night life in Curaçao, like most of the other Caribbean islands, involves the casinos. Mind to Emerald Casino in the Marriott hotel for your favorite games, or visit the Casino in the Breezes Resort at 8 Martin Luther King Blvd. For night life that does not involve gambling, go towards the neighborhood of Salinja. Here there is a club referred to as Façade, a sizable hotspot with three dance flooring, ample bars, and live music.
 
Take a dolphin encounter tour, especially for children. Take this half-day trip to the touch, hug and hug a dolphin in waist-deep water. An instructor will give you an interactive lesson around the dolphin's body and behavior. Activities typically range from the encounter, a vacation to the Ocean Aquarium and animal shows.
 
Shopping
Situated directly in downtown Willemstad is among the top spots in most someplace sunny and warm for consumers. The Punda shopping district, a 5-block stretch of stores and stalls, carries virtually every valued good imaginable. Visitors can shop for various deals including clothing, jewelery, fragrances, electronics, silver, liquor, and Curaçao's famous wheels of cheese.
 
Willemstad's shops concentrate along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat in the Punda shopping district. Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 8am to noon and 2 to 6pm (some stay open at midday). When cruise ships are in port, many shops open for a few hours on Sunday and holidays as well.
 
Good buys include French perfumes, Dutch Delft blue china, Italian silks, Japanese and German cameras, jewelry, watches, linens, leather goods, and liquor, especially Curaçao liqueur. The island is famous for its 2.2-kilogram (5-lb.) wheels of Gouda and Edam cheeses, and you'll also see decorative wooden shoes, lacework, woodcarvings, and paintings from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
 
Every garment at Bamali, Breedestraat 2 (tel. 599/9-461-2258), is designed and, in many cases, crafted by the store owners. Based on Indonesian patterns, the airy women's clothing includes V-neck cotton pullovers and linen shifts.
Boolchand's, Breedestraat 50 (tel. 599/9-461-6233; www.boolchand.com), sells cameras and camera accessories as well as other electronics and watches.
Curaçao Creations, Schrijnwerkerstraat 14, off Breedestraat (tel. 599/9-462-4516), showcases authentic handicrafts made at the on-site workshop.
 
Fine watches from nearly every maker plus a wide selection of jewelry can be found at any of Freeport's seven locations: Handelskade 9, Heerenstraat 25-27 (tel. 599/9-461-3764); Handelskade 23 (tel. 599/9-461-2399); Heerenstraat 8 (tel. 599/9-461-5361); and Heerenstraat 13 (tel. 599/9-461-2399); and Zarosky Boutique (crystal only) in the Renaissance Mall (tel. 599/9-461-2856).
 
Little Holland, Breedestraat 37 (tel. 599/9-461-1768), reputedly changed hands, but still specializes in silk neckties, Panama hats, Nautica shorts and shirts, Swiss Army knives, and, most important, a sophisticated array of cigars. Crafted in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil, they include some of the most prestigious names in smoke, including Montecristos, Cohiba, and Churchills. Remember: It's still illegal to bring Cuban cigars into the United States; smoke them here.
 
As the name implies, Mr. Tablecloth, Handelskade 3, on the waterfront (tel. 599/9-462-9588), is where the finest linens on the island can be found.
Gandelman Jewelers, Breedestraat 35, Punda (tel. 599/9-461-1854), is the island's best and most reliable source for diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones. You'll also find watches and leather goods at Baba's Jewelers, Breedestraat Punda 39 (tel. 599/9-465-7161).
For some truly unique nature-inspired jewelry and artistic prints, head over to the boutique called Maravia (tel. 599/9-461-9866; www.maraviagallery.com) at Handelskade 1 in Punda near the swing bridge.
Penha & Sons, Heerenstraat 1 (tel. 599/9-461-2266), is known for perfumes, cosmetics, and designer clothing for men and women.
 
The Art of Nena Sanchez, Wendstraat 15 (tel. 599/9-461-2882; www.nenasanchez.com) displays the artist's vibrant Caribbean still lifes and striking portraits as well as affordable prints.
Benetton, Schottegatweg-Oost 148 Salinas (tel. 599/9-461-4619), has invaded Curaçao with all its many colors. Some items are marked down by about 20% below U.S. prices (this is done to get rid of surplus stock from the previous season); in-season clothing is available as well.
Wulfsen & Wulfsen, Gomezplein 7, at the Promenade Shopping Center (tel. 599/9-461-2302), sells fashionable ladies' clothing from Germany and Holland and men's shirts in every color of the rainbow.
Zylo, Wilhelminaplein 25 (tel. 599/9-461-5500), sells jewelry, perfume, sunglasses, pens, and cosmetics. In Otrobanda, there are a slew of high-end shops in Rif Fort Village next to the new Renaissance including Brietling, Tiffany, and a Little Switzerland.


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