The Gentleman Wayfarer goes on location in Curaçao with his Hasselblad to capture the beauty of this Caribbean jewel.
Curaçao is an island I will revisit to understand why I want to return. Does this make sense? During my entire time on the island, I couldn’t help but think, “Curaçao is entirely boring. It has no character.” This Caribbean island is one I want to love, but I can’t quite tell anyone why.
I took my time, drove from one end of the island to the other, explored, walked around Willemstad, and even consulted the guidebook. Nothing stands out in my mind as extra special. Just recently, I ran across an article stating Curaçao is one of the best islands in the world to visit. I read carefully and noticed everything the writer suggested were the very same things that don’t stand out in my mind.
Then I thought more about this island and concluded what I was sought in Curaçao, I found – quiet, sun, a little bit of beach and a lot of time to and for myself. I hadn’t aimed for the treasures Curaçao has to offer so none of it appealed to me at the time.
What I do know is I look forward to returning later this year for more of what I initially wanted.
Interesting Facts About Curaçao ::
:: Once the centre of the Caribbean slave trade, Curacao was hard hit by the abolition of slavery in 1863. Its prosperity — and that of neighbouring Aruba — was restored in the early 20th century with the construction of refineries to service the newly discovered Venezuelan oil fields.
:: Curacao, known for its multi-cultural population, has Dutch, Papiamentu and English as official languages.
:: On the east end of the island is the colonial-style capital and major port of Willemstad. Most of Curacao’s 130,000 residents live in the vicinity of Willemstad.
:: Curacao, just off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea, is the largest and most industrialized island in the Netherlands Antilles, covering 182 square miles.
:: A self-governing part of the Netherlands, Curacao is a major tourist destination boasting white-sand beaches, crystalline waters and popular casinos.
Map Showing the Caribbean and the Location of Curaçao