UNESCO World Heritage List
Curacao is known for it's colorful buildings and it's beautiful natural harbor which has been a pilar for the Dutch West India Trading Company back in the day. Since 1997 Curacao's city of Willemstad has become part of UNESCO's World Heritage List. The 'Handelskade' or in english, harbour district is a must see during your stay on the Island. When staying at City Suites Curacao, the Handelskade is within 5 minutes walking distance!
The name 'Curacao'
The name Curacao was chosen after expeditioners came back to the island after a long trip only to find the people they left behind alive and well. They claimed that their great health was thanks to the Vitamin C-laden fruit available on the Island. Because of this, they named the Island 'Curacao' which is an ancient portuguese word for 'Cure'.
Curacao's Harbour was an important part of trading between several companies. For protection of the harbour they built 3 forts in and around the area. The first one is Fort Amsterdam, which is on the 'Punda' side of the city, forming part of what used to be a very old hotel on the Island named 'van der Valk'. This Fort was built to protect one side of the harbour entrance. The second one is the Rif Fort, which is on the 'Otrabanda' side of the city. This Fort used to protect the other side of the harbour entrance. Nowadays at the Rif Fort you can find different shops and restaurants to enjoy during your stay. The best part about Fort Amsterdam and Rif Fort is that you can visit them by foot when staying at City Suites Curacao. The last one is Fort Nassau. This Fort was built to have a birds eye view over the whole harbour, both inside and outside. Nowadays Fort Nassau is an upperscale restaurant where you can go and enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner with an amazing view.
To cross from 'Punda' to 'Otrabanda' in the city, this can be done in two ways. Curacao's two most popular bridges connect both sides of the harbour to each other. One bridge can be crossed by foot and one can be crossed by car. The Queen Juliana Bridge is the Tallest bridge on the Island and in the Caribbean, measuring a tall 185ft. This bridge is only to be crossed by car. The Queen Emma Bridge, is Curacao's oldest and most popular bridge because of the way it's built. Floating on the St. Anna Bay with Pontoons, you can cross from 'Punda' to 'Otrabanda' and back while feeling the light movement of the waves. A great experience!
Come see for yourself!
The best way to experience all the above is to see it for yourself. Book your stay at City Suites Curacao and visit all these historic Curacao trademarks.