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Wonders of Curacao

Willemstad, Curaçao
Willemstad / Aaron Toth, / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Curaçao is one of the constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is located in the Caribbean region.

Contrary to most other Caribbean islands, Curaçao is very rich with architectonic landmarks. Historical districts of the capital Willemstad are rich with amazing, nearly unique architecture but countryside has numerous historical plantation houses – comparatively small but distinct and elegant buildings.

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WorldViolet Top 24 wonders of Curacao

Geological wonders

Boca Tabla

An impressive cave – tunnel, which starts on the land and ends in the sea. Waves enter the cave, creating a very impressive sight and sound. Grotto is some 20 – 25 m wide and 20 – 30 m deep.

Watamula Hole

Large window – opening down to the sea, located at the northern shore of the island. This is a former blowhole that now for most of the time is too large to create spectacular fountains. During stronger winds and the right direction of the wind, there still are observed nice spouts from Watamula Hole. There are though smaller blowholes to the north-east from Watamula hole and further, around the famous “bokas” of Curaçao (e.g. Boka Kalki), with the limestone terraces that are characteristic for many active blowholes.

Suplado – “natural jacuzzi” in Curacao

So-called “natural jacuzzi” that in reality is a dangerous place. Waves push powerful splashes through this large, funnel-shaped blowhole. Nevertheless, during calm weather visitors can rest in the warm water around this funnel.

Boka Pistol

One of the spectacular bokas or narrow inlets. As the wave reaches it, it shoots the water backward in the air with great force, resembling a powerful blowhole.

Boca Pistol, Curaçao
Boca Pistol / Lswarte, / CC BY-SA 3.0
Boka Wandomi natural bridge

A wide natural bridge formed of coral stone.

Biological wonders

Barber kapok tree

Giant ceiba tree, considered to be 800 years old.

Archaeological wonders

Hato Caves

Show caves, with many petroglyphs engraved by Amerindian people, prehistoric burials. Caves are adorned with many stalactites, stalagmites, and other dripstone formations. Remnants of extinct animals.

Natural window in Hato Caves, Curaçao
Natural window in Hato Caves / Charles Hoffman, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Rooi Rincon

Cliff shelter, the oldest human settlement site on the island. Inhabited from around 2900 – 2300 BC. Petroglyphs.

Architecture wonders

Pounda and Otrobanda

The historical center of Willemstad. These two districts contain a huge amount of ornate historical architecture. The numerous Dutch / Spanish colonial-style buildings are colorful. Pounda was established in 1634, and Otrobanda – in 1707.

Landhuis Habaai

One of the most beautiful colonial plantation houses on the island, built in the 18th century.

Landhuis Brievengat

Plantation house, built around 1750, once one of the most prominent ones on the island. The plantation was growing aloe.

Landhuis Zeelandia

One of the most beautiful historical country houses in Curaçao. Built in the second half of the 18th century.

Landhuis Savonet

A beautiful and well preserved plantation house. Savonet plantation is one of the oldest on the island, the current main building is from 1804.

Fort Amsterdam (Curaçao Government Building)

Once the most important fort in Curaçao, built in 1635.

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue

The oldest synagogue in the Americas, built in 1692 and reconstructed in 1732.

Groot Davelaar

An impressive and ornate plantation house, built roughly in 1865 by the future Venezuela president Guzman Blanco. House was built in Neo-Renaissance style with a local flavor.

Groot Davelaar plantation house in the 1950s, Curaçao
Groot Davelaar plantation house in the 1950s / Harry van der Made, / CC BY 1.0
Landhuis Papaya

Charming, small plantation house from the middle of the 19th century.

Landhuis Dokterstuin

A well preserved plantation house that was built (most likely) in the 18th century.

Landhuis Daniel

Landhouse for a plantation that was established around 1650. The plantation house was built in the first half of the 18th century.

Queen Juliana Bridge

Spectacular, up to 56.4 m tall bridge with four lanes. Constructed in 1974.

Queen Juliana Bridge, Curaçao
Queen Juliana Bridge / Navin Rajagopalan, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

Possibly the largest floating pedestrian bridge in the world, built in 1888. This is a swing bridge that often is opened to let the ships pass.

Landhuis Groot Santa Martha

One of the oldest and largest plantation houses in Curaçao. Built at the end of the 17th century. Built to govern the sugar plantation, later produced salt.

Fort Beekenburg

Remnants of an impressive fortification tower, built in 1703.

Fort Nassau

One of the best preserved forts in Curaçao, built in 1797.

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