Discovering the Beauty of Curacao
CURACAO, February 20, 2019 (Berea Internacional). – Curacao, the beautiful island located north of Venezuela and a few kilometers from Aruba. This place has more than 30 beaches, some with extensive stretches of white sand and other smaller beaches surrounded by cliffs and huge volcanic rocks. It is a destination rich in history, as well as in natural beauties.
Its capital, Willemstad, offers an interesting mix of Afro-Caribbean, Dutch and Latin American culture. It is where cruise ships dock, it is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with many shops and cafes facing the sea and its center is declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO).
Kolki Beach, located on the northwest coast, is one of the most popular and stands out for the white rocks of coral and limestone origin. The architecture in Curacao is the perfect mix between Europe and the Caribbean. Its enormous bridges, with Dutch queens’ names, cross the water connecting all the districts.
The name of this island seems to be due to the Portuguese word healing, in reference to the fruits that were there, necessary to cure the scurvy to the navigators. The official languages are Dutch, the mother tongue of around 10% of the population and Papiamento, the mother tongue of around 75% of the population (a mixture of Spanish and Afro Portuguese).
The island of Curacao was discovered by the Spaniards in 1499 and taken in 1634 by the Dutch, who established a naval base in their current capital, Willemstad. The city attracted Dutch and Jewish merchants (the old Jewish quarter, such as Scharloo, north of Willemstad, are still preserved).