Javier met us at the airport. The
drive from the airport through the sometimes hilly countryside to
Willemstad, the capital and only city, is a beautiful contrast as we drove
through the surrounding suburbia amidst the limestone and volcanic hills.
This is downtown. The Penha building on the corner was built in 1708, and as
you might notice, all the buildings have wonderful Dutch
|Nestled just a few miles off
the northern shore of Venezuela, but uniquely it's own, lies the
beautiful Dutch island of Curaçao. It's the largest island of the
Netherlands Antilles and is host to some 170,000 inhabitants from
some 50 diverse cultures.
Curaçao is easily accessible from Miami (a couple of
hours) and Caracas and there are also many transcontinental flights
can see, Curaçao is well developed and we were soon to find out, it
had its own little charm. In the distance we could see the smoke
from the oil refinery. As you know, Venezuela has rich reserves of
oil and the Curaçao refinery has been producing since the 1920's.
beyond it, St. Anna Bay where the capital and largest city,
"Willemstad" lies. We were to be welcomed by close friend, and
Javier de Castro.
touched down just after it had rained. Our flight from Miami is
quick, seemingly over before we knew it. As we taxied to the
terminal you could see a long row of windmills, generating electric
power, in the distance.
trip down over the awesome waters of the Caribbean, there were many
times we could actually see the bottom of the ocean for miles and
miles. Curaçao is about 800 miles north of the equator, but still
below the hurricane belt. With an average temperature of 82ºF
(28ºC), afternoon showers are a delight. And the island is never
really "hot". Trade winds keep the island pleasant. A perfect
location for...baseball? Yes! Even the Little League is World Class, coming in second
The clear blue
skies became a daily habit for us. And the shopping downtown has to be
some of the world's best. Almost every storefront here has a superb
selection of fine duty free items. Even the store fronts are beautiful.
It's a place where you really can step back and relax and record in your
mind this wonderful row of caribbean colors and ornate work. The charm of
each business is only overshadowed by the warmth of each owner standing
just inside to welcome you. This is Curaçao.
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