Port of Call Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao An aerial view of Willemstad on the Caribbean Island of Curacao. Cruise ships dock at the new Mega Pier, or along either bank of St Anna bay.
Where do cruise ships dock in Willemstad (or tender) @ googlemaps  Megapier    St Anna Bay (West)    St Anna Bay (East)

Willemstad Shore Excursions

Queen Emma Bridge doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Queen Emma Bridge Willemstad is divided into two areas, Punda (point) and Otrobanda (the other side). All ships dock on the Otrobanda side, but it’s an easy walk from your cruise ship to the Queen Emma bridge. This unique swinging pontoon bridge connects Otrobanda to the even older district of Punda. The bridge was built in 1888, and soon acquired the nickname ‘The Old Swinging Lady’. In 1974 it became pedestrians-only on the opening of the nearby Queen Juliana bridge.

Handelskade doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Handelskade If you turn left when you reach the Punda end of the Queen Emma bridge, you’ll find yourself on Handelskade, nicknamed the ‘Worlds Most Beautiful Waterfront’. The brightly painted 18th century buildings are now homes to cafes, boutique shops and art galleries. Enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the pavement cafes and watch the comings and goings of St Anna bay’s marine traffic.

Breedestraat doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Breedestraat The street running inland from the Punda end of the Queen Emma bridge is Breedestraat, a shopper’s paradise. There’s an amazing array of goods on sale, from every corner of the globe. Don’t miss a visit to Penha and Sons, who inhabit the city’s oldest building; they sell a very up-market range of perfumes and cosmetics.

Curacao Museum doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Curacao Museum The Curacao Museum is sited in the old military quarantine hospital in Otrabanda. The upper floor is furnished in the style of an 19th century Curacao mansion. The lower floor features displays about the early inhabitants of the island, and its subsequent development.

Seaquarium Beach doorstep attraction (easy walk or less than 5mile-8km taxi/bus ride from port) Seaquarium Beach Seaquarium Beach has all the ingredients of a perfect Caribbean beach - white sand, palm trees, and clear turquoise water. Nearby there is a wide selection of of shops, restaurants, bars and water sports rentals. The adjacent aquarium is popular, especially with families. Seaquarium beach is just a couple of miles south west of Willemstad, a five minute taxi ride. (The beach also goes by the name of Kontiki, for the side nearest the Kontiki hotel, or by its local name, Mambo).

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