Let's Scoot Around Curacao
Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
16Trip End Apr 23, 2011
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Curacao is perhaps the most unique and diverse Caribbean community. The 38-mile-long volcanic isle is home to a living history of cultural birthrights found nowhere else in the region. Willemstad, capital of Curacao and the Netherlands Antilles, is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of culture. It has a population of approximately 135,000, which is composed of 55 nationalities, most of them the direct descendants of Spanish, Potuguese, French, English, and Dutch settlers, and several native tribes
Willemstad is divided into two sections -- Punda and Otrabanda -- connected by the Queen Emma pontoon bridge. Built around St. Anna’s Bay, the lovely pastel colors of the buildings are said to have originated because an early mayor of the city suffered from migraines due to the then prevalent glaring white of most buildings. Therefore, he ordered that all structures in Wllemstad be painted in pleasing pastels. Today, several colonial buildings are considered to be UNESCO World Heritage monuments and can be found in the historical center of Otrabana.
The Globetrotters wanted to get an up-close-and-personal view of Curacao, so we decided to rent a scooter ($50 for the day +$150 refundable deposit) and explore some seldom-visited areas of the island. Our ride around the island was captured much like that of our scooter junket in Bermuda a few years ago -- Michael at the handle bars and I riding shotgun with the video camera.
Although surrounded by water (it IS an island, you know), Curacao’s landscape was quite arid
Four hours on a scooter and you better believe the Globetrotters had sore buns and sun-burned skin. It was definitely time to get off the scooter and return to the ship. Although we didn’t find a beach, we did enjoy touring the town of Willemstad and discovering some interesting sights. What a great day in Curacao.