City Guide: Willemstad, Curaçao
For the perfect combination of sun, sand, and city, you can’t beat Curaçao. Willemstad is a world-class capital in the heart of the Caribbean, steeped in beautifully preserved history (it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will feel like a local as you explore this vibrant, sophisticated city and the island, easily reached with direct flights from Toronto (Air Canada and WestJet) and New York.
What to do
Stroll through winding streets enjoying the charming dutch architecture. Shop ’til you drop at chic shops and local markets. Dine at outdoor cafés and fine restaurants and enjoy a cocktail made from the famous Curaçao Blue liqueur. Rent a car and explore the island from coast to coast. Lie on the beach, or get active with swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, golf, cycling, hiking and scuba-diving featuring some of the best shore dives in the world.
Where to stay
Hotel ‘t Klooster is a former convent that has been trans-formed into a small, remarkable hotel with a personal touch. Rooms, starting at $110, overlook a tropical courtyard. Shopping, dining, historic sites and a beach are within walking distance.