Things TO DO
Kas di Laman apartments is situated in Willemstad's historical center. Willemstad is right in the middle of all the best things Curaçao has to offer. It is THE perfect place to explore the island from. Discover beautiful Willemstad on foot or bicycle.
Rent a car to explore the tranquil and less touristic West side of Curaçao and discover the best unspoiled white sandy beaches and beautiful secluded bays. Visit the East side for cocktails, Ostriches&Aloe, lounging, parties and lots of happy hours. Below some fun things to go see and do. Also, check the information brochure in your apartment where we share our best kept local secrets.
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The famous 'Handelskade'
Even if you've never been to Curacao, you have likely seen the colorful postcard-perfect section of Handelskade perched along the Santa Anna Bay. This world UNESCO historic site with its colorful buildings is a vibrant reminder of Curaçao's Dutch heritage. Only a 10 minute walk from Kas di Laman Apartments.
TIP! Watch the huge container ships come in to the St. Anna Bay while having a cup of coffee or a refreshing cold beer at Iguana Café.
Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday from 6pm-8pm.
The floating fruit&vegetable market
Every morning, one can buy fresh tropical fruits and vegetables from a series of boats and stalls that float partially on the water. It's about a 15 minute walk from Kas di Laman Apartments.
TIP! Nearby is the Old Market (Plasa Bieu) where local cooks prepare traditional dishes packed with exotic flavors of the island. Some of the local Curaçao specialities include funchi (polenta), piska kora (fried red snapper), okra and stoba (stew).
The Rif Fort
Once housing 56 cannons inside its 1.5 meter thick coral walls, the Rif Fort was originally constructed in the 19th century to protect the island from enemies.Today the Fort has been redeveloped, bringing new life to the legendary historical attraction. This Unesco World Heritage site offers nightly entertainment from Thursday to Saturday. Take time to visit the lovely boutiques, restaurants, and unique souvenir shops located within the walls. Experience the entertainment that heats up the night at a variety of outdoor bars and terraces. Where cannon fire was once heard, music now plays.
A 10 minute walk.
TIP: Don't miss Friday's Happy Hour. Live music starting at 8pm.
Queen Emma Bridge/Pontoon Bridge
Built in 1888, and named after Dutch Queen Emma (1890–1898), this bridge connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts. 16 floating pontoon boats support the “Pontoon Bridge.” Also known as the “Swinging Old Lady,” it swings open using two powerful ship motors, allowing ships to access the port. When the bridge is open to let ships from the harbour pass, pedestrians are transported free of charge by the 'ponchi', a small ferry. Also only a 10 minute walk away.
TIP! At night the bridge is beautifully illuminated.
Iconic Netto Bar
Meeting locals and fellow tourists from all social backgrounds in a relaxed and unique bar is what Netto is all about. Home of the world famous ‘ròm bèrde’ (green rum), which is 100 % homegrown and only to be found in Curaçao.
Try one of the four homemade cocktails served here. We personally recommend the ‘one for the road’ and the ‘shabby chic’.
The bar is decorated with soccer memorabilia, pictures of Dutch royalties and other fun stuff. Jesus “Chu” Zimmerman (Netto’s prodigy) keeps running the business.
Fact: Netto bar is the oldest bar in Otrobanda. Only a 5 minute walk away.
The island has about 38 beaches.The majority of the island's beaches are located on the south coast where the waters are calm compared to the rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean on the northern shores. Although all of the beaches on Curaçao share the same crystalline blue waters and smooth white sand, each one has its own unique appeal and characteristics.
TIP: Don't miss Cas Abao beach, Playa Porto Mari, Playa Kenepa, Daaibooi beach, Kokomo Beach, the tug boat at Baya beach and Playa Piskado to spot and swim with sea turtles.
Kura Hulanda Museum
Located in a 19th-century merchant's house and slave quarters, this excellent museum documents the brutal history of slavery in the New World, including the slave trade, slave culture and abolition. There is also a fantastic collection of art and artifacts from West Africa – including a cool sculpture garden – showcasing the significant African influences on Caribbean culture.
TIP! Take at least three hours to see the whole complex, which seems to continue on and on from rooms to huts to courtyards and back again.
A trip to Curaçao isn't complete without a visit to the largest national park on the island. Christoffel Park stretches out over an area of 2300ha providing a safe environment for a large number of rare species of flora and fauna. Two scenic paved car routes traverse this rough area where the vegetation is specially adapted to this harsh climate. In addition to natural wonders, there are numerous historical and archaeological finds scattered around the park. In total there are eight hiking trails varying from easy strolls to more challenging hikes such as the path to the 375m-high summit of Mt. Christoffel.
TIP: Make sure you get an early start.