Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Curacao
By Verna Gates
WILLEMSTAD (Reuters) - The second thing early explorers discovered about the Caribbean island of Curacao was the curative powers of its white beaches that revived ailing sailors.
The first observation, its natural harbor, was what made it a 17th century mercantile power and a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of six in the Caribbean.
Built by the Dutch in the mid-1600s, the capital Willemstad resembles Amsterdam with its quaint narrow alleys, gabled roofs and 17th and 18 century colonial buildings. Following its independence in October 2010, the island joined the Netherlands as a free nation.
Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a short stay on the island known for its world-class diving site and pristine beaches.
6 p.m. - Have an early dinner and try some Krioyo, a Creole blend of Dutch and Caribbean fare, at the Seaside Terrace restaurant, where the fish is served fresh out of the water.
9 p.m. - Head to the Mambo Beach Bar and Restaurant and dance the night away in the open air to live and recorded music. www.mambocuracao.com/
11 p.m. - Join local islanders at Club Facade where three dance floors provide ample room to swing and sway to live music. Continued...