A World-Class Capital City
Every great destination has its marquee attraction. Willemstad is ours. It is the center of everything we’ve been and everything we plan to be. No visit to Curaçao would be complete without time spent exploring one of the world’s richest cities in culture and diversity.
The city itself is actually divided in two sections — Punda and Otrobanda — connected by the famous Queen Emma pontoon bridge. Like Havana and Old San Juan, Willemstad is a typical port town. However, it is one without a hinterland – trade was focused with the surrounding colonies, mainly the Spanish colonies on the South American continental coast, but also with French and English colonies. Punda – once fortified and walled to protect Curaçao from piracy – along with the neighborhoods of Otrobanda, Pietermaai and Scharloo, preserve some 765 buildings as national monuments. Chief among these are Fort Amsterdam, the Governor’s Palace, Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and the landmark Penha building.
After decades of ongoing preservation efforts, Willemstad is proud to be one of the best walking cities in the world.