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Curacao: 12 Reasons to Visit the Hidden Treasure of the Caribbean

Updated on December 1, 2011

Curacao, the hidden treasure

Curacao is also known as "The Hidden Treasure of the Caribbean." Located on the fringe of the hurricane belt, between Bonaire and Aruba, and 35 miles north of Venuzuela, Curacao is a spectacular year-round vacation destination.

In Curacao you will find warmth, amazing natural beauty, colorful architecture, spectacular spas, delicious cuisine, scuba diving at over 60 pristine dive sites, a lively nightlife that includes a major jazz festival, and tax and duty free shopping at the Little Switzerland shops.

And many more reasons to visit, such as:

1 - the UNESCO World Heritage site in Willemstad, one of just six sites in all of the Caribbean

2 - a tour of the Aloe Vera farm

3 - the Dinah Veeris Herbal Garden - where you can enjoy natural healing with indigenous herbs

4 - a stroll along the Handelskade - the colorful waterfront facade of stores

5 - enjoy an eclectic fusion of Caribbean and European foods

6 - visit the floating market where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables

7 - enjoy 40 picture-perfect beaches with sparkling blue water

8 - visit the famous Curacao Sea Aquarium

9 -  view 765 national monuments along with a plethora of museums

10 - enjoy the classic blue Curacao liqueur-infused cocktail, distilled on the island by the local people, then - visit the Chobolobo Country Mansion and tour the distillery and sample different liqueurs

11 - meet and greet the people in several different languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Papiamento - a mix of Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese (which I find so easy to read) and other languages

12 - If you like Jazz you may want to schedule a vacation during the Labor Day weekend to enjoy the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. The first festival was in 2010 and included John Legend, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Sergio Mendes, Simply Red and more.

Or you may want to just lay around on the beach, soak up the warm sun, relax and just - sigh!

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    • CountryCityWoman profile image

      CountryCityWoman 6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      I can really use this right now - how lovely. I must investigate. I need to remember that as winter winds down this is a great way to greet it - on a lovely island - just sitting there on the beach. Whew. Thanks a lot.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to visit. I would love to visit the herb garden and shop for fresh produce in the floating market. Lovely.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to visit. I would love to visit their herb garden and go shopping in the floating market. Lovely!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This would be great along about right now. It's been a long dirty winter. I like the beach but I also like a city to walk through and who knew - a World Heritage site.

      Great info here - short and to the point!

      Rated up!