The capital city of Curacao is Willemstad. Willemstad Curacao is centrally located on the island and has two touristic neighbourhoods: Punda and Otrabanda. These districts are connected with a pontoon bridge, one of the famous sights of Willemstad. We visited Willemstad several times because we had a car and it was only 15 minutes from Lions Dive Hotel.
The best place for free parking in Willemstad is Waaigat. From there we walked to Punda in few minutes where we directly were at the first place of interest. This is Curacao floating market along Sha Caprileskade where Venezuelan men sell their fresh fish and fruits. At the left side is the large market hall and Plaza Bieu. Plaza Bieu is a great place to go for lunch and try local food. Other places of interest at Punda are Fort Amsterdam, Curacao Synagogue and the shopping streets around Da Costa Gomez Square. If you want to buy jewellery tax free then Curacao Freeport Jewelers is the place to be!
Striking in Willemstad Curacao are the pontoon bridge, Julianabrug and the coloured houses. First time we crossed the pontoon bridge we suddenly heard bells and the bridge opened. It’s allowed to stay on the pontoon bridge, but you can’t leave it for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile a small ferry is operational between Punda and Otrabanda.
The tourist area of Otrabanda is smaller than Punda. It mainly is located along St.Anna Bay where you can find many restaurants. Curacao Riffort and Breedestraat are the main shopping streets. An interesting place to visit is Kura Hulanda museum. This museum shows art collections and the history of slavery. Besides that Kura Hulanda has a restaurant, spa and lodge. Less touristic, but definitely worthwhile to walk around are the small alleys of Otrabanda. Here you can see Dutch colonial architecture. We didn’t see any tourist, but perhaps that also was because of rainy weather.