TOP 15 FREE THINGS TO DO IN CURACAO
By Susan Campbell
Looking for free things to do in Curaçao? This colorful Dutch Caribbean island is filled with an exciting kaleidoscope of fun things to do for all kinds of travelers, whether you’re on a cruise or a week-long vacation.
In addition to the wealth of attractions to choose from — both above and below the waterline — there are several fabulous FREE things to do in Curaçao. We’ve picked out the very best for you to enjoy!
1. ENJOY A FREE WALKING TOUR OF WILLEMSTAD
Who doesn’t love a good guided walking tour of a fascinating little city? But it’s even better when it’s free! Introducing the new Free Walking Tours of Curacao group, a team of volunteers dedicated to sharing the love of their island’s downtown history, colors, and culture with visitors.
In addition to introducing you to main points of interest, their well-informed tours are full of fun surprises like free samples of “Rom Berde” a locally-made green rum!
The Free Walking Tours of Curaçao guides all have other day jobs, but they love what they do. If you love them too, please feel free to show them with a generous gratuity.
The days and districts of the walking tours vary, so see their website for more information and reservations.
2. STROLL WITH A SWINGING OLD LADY – QUEEN EMMA BRIDGE
Queen Emma – the longest floating wooden pontoon bridge in the world – connects pedestrian traffic from Punda (“The Point”) to Otrobanda (“The Other Side”) in Curacao’s colorful downtown capital city of Willemstad. She also swings open to allow ships to enter the Sint Annabaai channel.
No worries if you’re in a hurry, as there are frequent free ferries to transport passengers when the bridge opens for ships. Take a stroll upon her to find an ideal vantage point (about half-way across) to snap photos of the famous candy-colored Handelskade.
Originally built in 1888, locals affectionately refer to her as “The Swinging Old Lady.” Although she might be old, she’s still very regal, especially when lit up at night. Taking in the view of Queen Emma Bridge is one of the best things to do in downtown Willemstad at night.
3. SLEUTH OUT THE NEW OUTDOOR ART IN WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad is made up of many unique pocket neighborhoods or ‘barrios’ as locals call them. Lately, many of them have been quietly undergoing exciting rejuvenations and even reimaginations due to community beautification programs and outdoor art projects.
Stroll around the historic neighborhood of Scharloo Abou to see entire buildings turned into incredible art installations spearheaded by Street Art Skalo.
Or, wander into the interior of Otrobanda (Ser’i Otrobanda) to see entire blocks turning into outdoor art. One striking must-see is the new three-building mural by Blend Creative Imaging called “Bida ta un bunita lucha” meaning “Life is a..... click here to the full article: