Population 160,000 (entire nation of Curaçao)
Originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, discovered by the Spanish in 1499 and occupied by the Dutch in 1634.
This tiny yet cosmopolitan island is home to 65 different ethnic cultures!
Curaçao (ku-ra-saw) is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. The name Curaçao is most likely derived from Portuguese word from ‘cured’. Early Spanish sailors, suffering with scurvy, found themselves miraculously healed after landing in and Curaçao, most likely from eating local fruits rich in vitamin C.
The historic capital of Willemstad is easily explored on foot or by trolley train tour. This charming capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its traditional Dutch architecture has been infused with the color and spirit of the Caribbean. The Scharloo District was once a residential community of charming homes built in the 1800s. The width of the buildings at the curb is only one-fourth the depth/length of each structure, equivalent to 6000+ sq ft each.
Like Arubans, they also speak Papiamento. Bon Bini is the traditional Papiamento welcome you’ll hear when you arrive in Willemstad, the candy-colored capital. Local food is called kriyoyo, blending the flavor and spices of Caribbean and Latin American cuisine, which unfortunately, we did not sample.