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The Top 5 Reasons To Make Curaçao Your Next Break

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Strolling down cobblestone streets, admiring pastel-hued colonial architecture and hearing conversations in Dutch, you could be forgiven for thinking you're in Holland, not a Caribbean island just off Venezuela.

Curaçao is the largest of the "ABC" islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), but it’s not your average Caribbean destination.

Like its more well-known neighbor, Aruba, Curaçao used to be a part of the Netherlands Antilles, a group of islands once ruled by Holland. The island became an independent country in 2010; however, it still operates under Dutch sovereignty, making Curaçao an intriguing blend of Europe and the Caribbean.

Discover five reasons you should make this unique island your next break.

1. It’s a melting pot of culture

Although Curaçao has been ruled at one stage or another by the Spanish, British and French, the Dutch have had the most control of this Caribbean gem over the past 500 years. As a result, there are four regularly spoken languages, Dutch, English, Spanish and Papiamento — a Creole language which incorporates Dutch, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French as well as some Arawak Indian and African influences.

You’ll hear and see the word "dushi" a lot here, and if someone calls you this you can feel good about yourself. The word generally means sweet, but calling someone dushi means "sweetheart", "babe" or even "sexy".

Read the rest of this story, originally published on October 14, 2016, on trip101.