Willemstad, Curacao: Do You Think it’s a Successful Mix of Old and New?

Willemstad, Curacao: Is it old? Is it new? Is it a successful mixture of the two?

Royal Dutch/Shell Company built one of the world’s biggest refineries on the island of Curacao to refine Venezuelan oil. After all, Venezuela is only 35 miles away. The influx of refinery workers from around the globe created a diverse and lively population, a mix of many cultures and races. Then tourism grew and the resultant growth created a mix of colonial treasures and modern attractions. Cutting-edge shopping, entertainment, and dining live side-by-side with historical reminders of the island’s legacy of changing colonial rule. Integrating all of these changes has been a challenge. Look at these pictures and see if you think the integration has been successful.

Lovely pastel Curacao and a great place for people watching on the waterway

Pastel Dutch-colonial buildings house luxury jewelers and designer retail stores

Cruise ships stay in port late enough for dinner ashore or a casino visit

Cruise ships stay in port late enough for dinner ashore or a casino visit at the ultra- modern resort complex right next to ancient Fort Amsterdam

New resort infinity pool in front of colonial fort and historic buildings

The resort’s infinity pool in front of colonial Fort Amsterdam

Modern cruise ship docked by centuries old fort

Cruise ships dock right in Willemstad too. Notice the fort in the foreground.

Ancient Curacao fort in shadow of Caribbean style skyscraper

Fort Amsterdam in the shadow of one lone Caribbean version of the skyscraper

Crystalline waters against a backdrop of wastewater treatment plants and landfills

Curacao’s crystalline waters exist against a backdrop of wastewater treatment plants, landfills, and oil refineries

Curacao port area

Curacao’s modern port area, designed to look colonial

Great port area to shop and relax

The relaxing port area is adjacent to the neon-enhanced ultra-chic resort/casino complex

Do you think the integration of old and new was a success in Willemstad? As a cruise ship visitor you will love the easy access to many great points of interest, all an easy stroll from the ship.  Still, the contrasts of Curacao are not subtle. But the sometimes jarring juxtapositions do not detract from the fairy- tale feel of the historic area, or the energy that exudes from the island. You’ll have a great time here whether by cruise ship or a land vacation.

Contact me at 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to arrange your next vacation to the Caribbean. This area is my specialty and I will see that your trip is custom designed for you. Start your planning at www.susanmcdanieltravel.com .

Advertisements

About susanmcdanielcruisenews

Travel consultant and author. Travel consultant specializing in Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, and other tropical destinations, as well as exotic locales, such as Galapagos and Machu Picchu. Also provides customized accessible leisure travel for people with special needs. Loves to introduce people to cruising and arrange family travel. Author of the weight loss book, "Win When You Lose: A Guide to Successful Dieting." Former weight loss counselor/motivational speaker.

Posted on August 14, 2012, in Caribbean, cruise, Curacao, shore excursion, tours, travel, tropical destination and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Th eonlymelement that doesn’t seem to fit is the larger hotel. Everything else is so well integrated.

  2. It’s such a lovely destination! We’ve been there numerous times and it is always an adventure. Thanks for your feedback!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Double Black Diamond Travel

A professional travel WordPress.com site

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Exploration Abroad

Traveling and learning abroad with Joshua S

5 Things To Do Today

lifestyle magazine covering hotels, restaurants, travel, food, arts and entertainment

Lovely Shoots

Lovely photographs of the world

Meg Travels

mostly sunny adventures

The Open Suitcase

A Miscellany of Travel Tidbits, Tips and Tales

The Local Traveler NS

Two travelers' tales and reviews from around Nova Scotia

Ed Salvato

Editor in chief, ManAboutWorld, the #1 gay travel magazine for iPad, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones

Seven Sea Journeys ~ A Travel Journal

Where I've Been and Where I'm Going

Dream BIGGER

Create The Life You Want Now!

Capers for Canines (and Other Animals)

My Work with Animals, My Life as an Author

travelola

reflections on travel & expat life in australia

Pictures & Plane Tickets

A Wanderlust inspired Travel Blog

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: