Things to do in Willemstad

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Things to Do in Willemstad


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Aquariums
The Curaçao Sea Aquarium belongs to one of the most unique aquaria in the world. The reason being that, from the very beginning of the aquarium in 1984, the Sea Aquarium managed to create natural habitats for all its marine creatures without using sophisticated technical equipment. Due to an open-watersystem all the aquaria are in immediate contact with the open sea. It is this advanced pump system that continuously pumps fresh seawater directly in all the aquaria. Openings in the roof allow natural sunlight to fall directly on the aquaria, so there is no need to use artificial light sources. The combination of the open-watersystem and the natural sunlight create the natural circumstances that are needed to replicate the underwater world outside the aquarium. Everything in the aquaria, from the fish and corals to the sand on the bottom of the exhibition tanks, originates from the seas surrounding the island of Curaçao. Nothing in the displays is artificial, everything is 100% real. The same conditions apply to the lagoons in which the dolphins, sealions, sharks, rays and turtles are kept. The only thing that separates these lagoons from the open ocean are breakwaters built out of big rock boulders and an occasional fence, allowing fresh seawater to freely flow through all the lagoons. The Curaçao Sea Aquarium operates according to the principle that all animals need to be kept in circumstances that as much as possible mimic their natural living conditions. This goal is accomplished by employing all the available natural sources and resources surrounding the aquarium.
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What travellers are saying

  • A K
    Wilmington, NC38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I must do while you’re in Curaçao, walk across the floating pontoon Bridge, and make sure you go night so you can admire the lights.
    Written 9 March 2024
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  • framic69
    120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a lovely city. I would move there if I could. We truly enjoyed our time there. Sp much to see and do. I would recommend this.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • itsasmallworld2015
    Sarnia, Canada68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small aquarium with most of the "exhibits" outside in the sea water pens. It doesn't take long to look around or catch up with the feeding schedules so many people pay extra to do some sort of experience. We booked the Animal Encounters a few weeks in advance. Alex was our excellent and reassuring guide. She took the two of us in to a large enclosed area to see the sting rays, coral fish, observe the turtle and puffer fish, and to feed the nurse sharks through the glass. They were keen for us to share ideas of how to improve the experience but honestly we were just so thrilled to see all the fish we didn't need anything else.
    Written 3 April 2024
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  • Arantja R
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The north side of the island is wild, this is the most beautiful location to see it. The strong wind, harsh vulcanic landscape, and high waves are a sight to see. Be careful with small kuds that like to wander. This really isn’t the place for them to do so!
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • shanita m
    Atlanta, GA69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great experience. There were some students at the museum when we went. I think they were there for a school project. I don't think they were taking their assignment seriously but hopefully what they experienced will seep in later in life. As an African American, I found the exhibits that detailed how slaves were punished or tortured very hard to endure. I heard another patron telling their companion about a time when they took a child to the museum and the child was overwhelmed by the theme of the museum and began to cry. Slavey is a heavy subject but must be discussed at some point. I also found the bottom portion of the museum which was made to resemble a slave ship very disturbing. I tried to picture how the people transported in those conditions must have felt. It was not a good feeling. This is not the first slave museum I have been to but it is better than those I have previously visited. I loved the restaurant/bar in the courtyard of the museum. We stopped for drinks. I fell in love with the mural by the bar.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Shellsway
    42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hato Caves was a cool experience. It is a short tour (35-45 min) but the guide was very informed about the formation and discovery of the caves. He also explained the formations found in the cave. If you like to see and learn about different things, its a great way to spend an hour.

    Things to know before you go:

    The tour starts with a walk up 49 steps. The guide does take it slow and allows time to rest at the top but if you have mobility issues, this may be something to think about.

    It is HOT and HUMID in the caves. You will sweat for the entire tour, bring water. There is a small snack bar there where you can purchase water and other items

    There is only one area where you are allowed to take photos and the guide will let you know when that is.

    You have to go down the same 49 steps when you leave the caves and they are uneven in places.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Alfonso C
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very popular tour with cruise ships. We were a big group and there was another tour group behind us. It is a quick but entertaining experience. I took pictures of the birds that were attracted by a feeder. Even saw a beautiful saffron finch. They have small shop at the exit where you can get souvenirs and buy their liquor.
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • smilingcarolyn
    San Francisco, CA105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building with rich history. They were doing maintenance and clearly do upkeep. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • BramleyLoiner21
    Leeds, UK517 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a nice array of colourful building
    We reached it after crossing the pontoon bridge
    unfortunately our ship sailed before darkness as i would have loved to see it lit up
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • BramleyLoiner21
    Leeds, UK517 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had seen this bridge from our ship and didn't realise our tour took us over it.
    I believe it is the highest bridge in the Caribbean
    certainly quite breath-taking as you climb up to go over it
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Dylan m
    Canada24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really Cool spot with a lot of good food and shops . but the cruise ships ruin it during the day. Just packed with people clogging everything up and not really doing anything. Just wasting the day and being in the way. Come after 3-4 pm for the best experience. Also note most things here can be purchased cheaper in punda just across the queen emma bridge less than a 10 minute walk .
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States754 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Curacao's Otrobanda district lies along the waterfront. It's characterized by it's colorful buildings. There are several historic forts and buildings, and many shops and restaurants. This area is a great place of art lovers. There is art everywhere, include statues and sculptures and the walls of the buildings are covered in beautiful, colorful murals.
    Written 29 September 2023
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