Dating back to the 1600s, the beautiful city of Willemstad is the capital of the island of Curacao and one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean. Also the former capital of the Netherlands Antilles, the Dutch influence can be felt everywhere. Take a stroll through the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site designated Old Town where colonial culture and unique architecture are on full display. If it wasn’t for the warm Caribbean breeze blowing through your hair, you might just think you’re in Europe.

Visit the Curacao Maritime Museum for engaging displays that trace the island’s considerable history or Museum Kura Hulanda, considered one of the best museums in the Caribbean. Watch ships of all sizes come through Willemstad’s channel via the Queen Emma Bridge or discover the rich colors of Dutch architecture at Fort Amsterdam, which dates back to the 1760s.

Head to Punda, the oldest part of Willlemstad, for local and international restaurants, great shopping, and local specialty products like Dutch Delft Blue figurines, wheels of Gouda and Edam cheeses, and of course the original Curacao liqueur.

Punda was established in 1634, when the Dutch captured the island from Spain. The original name of Punda was de punt in Dutch. Otrobanda, which was founded in 1707, is the newer section of the city and is considered to be the cultural centre of Willemstad. Its name originated from the Papiamentu otro banda, which means "the other side."

The Curacao Synogogue was built by  Sephardic Portuguese Jews from Amsterdam and Recife, Brazil.