Our picks for making the most of your time in Curaçao.
Where To Stay Aside from its ideal location—just 20 minutes from bustling Willemstad—the Hilton Curaçao has two private, sandy beaches, on-site watersport rentals, four restaurants, a series of infinity pools, a spa and a casino, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing beach vacation with just the right amount of action.
Where To Eat Make a reservation at Restaurant & Café Gouverneur de Rouville to try one of Curaçao’s most famous regional specialties, Keshi Yena—chicken filled with cheese, prunes and pickled onion. The 18th-century building has a patio out front with sweeping ocean views, and an elegant courtyard in the back.
To rub shoulders with the locals, head to the historic Pietermaai neighbourhood. In the midst of a massive revitalization, this area is home to an eclectic mix of hip and lively restaurants, many of which have patios that spill out onto the street. Check out Latin-inspired Mundo Bizarro for live music and mojitos and settle into dinner at Ginger, an Asian-Caribbean fusion restaurant.
What To Do Visit the Museum Kurá Hulanda to learn about Curaçao and the sad, yet significant role slavery played in the island’s history. This museum also houses the largest collection of African art in the Caribbean.
Stop by the Curaçao Winery, the Caribbean’s first, for a tour and a tasting. This new winery planted vines in spring 2014 and plans to bottle its first blends later this year. Until then, sample the wines from the owners’ other vineyard (in the Netherlands) and grab a snack on the sunny patio.
Getting There: WestJet flies to Curaçao once a week from Toronto.
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