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December
2015
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04:13 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

Visiting Curaçao, the Under-the-Radar Caribbean Island

When most people think of the Caribbean, they think of sandy white Bahamian beaches. But Curaçao and its siblings Aruba and Bonaire, which make up the Netherlands Antilles (more commonly known as the ABC Islands) are closer to South America than to the United States. As a result, many North Americans opted for closer cruise ship ports of call—but recently, that's started to change. Although Curaçao was often dwarfed by Aruba and its world-famous beaches, the island is now coming into its own and is easier to access than ever.

Air Canada began offering direct flights from Toronto to Willemstad, Curaçao's capital, on January 1; JetBlue launched nonstops from New York last year. And the island is heavily investing in tourism: new museums and hotels have opened in the past few months, and the tiny airport (it currently has half a dozen gates) is due for an expansion in 2016.

It seems like every day brings a new hotel or restaurant to the island, but don't be overwhelmed by the sudden range of options—this is the very best of where to eat, stay, and play in Willemstad.

Read the full story on Condé Nast Traveler.