Exploring the top tourist attractions in Curaçao is likely to be a pleasant experience. Since it’s located outside the hurricane belt, an area prone to hurricanes, you can travel in and around the island without disruption for storms or bad weather. Curaçao is a travel-worthy destination not just because it’s a Caribbean island but because it has interesting sights and sounds.
Queen Emma Bridge or “The Swinging Old Lady” in Willemstad is one of the most interesting attractions in Curaçao. It’s neither historical nor natural but rather intriguing. Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon that floats on water, opening every 30 minutes to let boats pass by. Queen Juliana Bridge is a larger and more modern variation of the aforementioned, allowing cruise ships to pass by.
If you crave for some history you should go see Museum Kura Hulanda, also in Willemstad. It’s an anthropological museum covering the African slave trade and local culture. The Hato Caves are also part of the top attractions in Curaçao. The limestone and coral caves were carved by the sea after sea levels dropped many years ago. Inside you will see breathtaking stalagmite and stalactite formations in addition to water pools and a waterfall.
Punda is another major attraction in Curaçao. It’s found on the eastern side of downtown Willemstad. Punda has Dutch colonial architecture and is the oldest part of the city. Over at the western side you will find the historic Rif Fort. The fortress was built and run by the U.S. Army to protect the city from Nazi submarines during the World War II.
Curaçao has several two national parks including Christoffel and Shete Boka. Christoffel National park is more striking because of its prehistoric Indian caves. Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is the oldest of its kind throughout the Western Hemisphere so you should go see it while in Curaçao.