This beautiful island possesses a charming blend of European and Caribbean history, culture, and architecture. Click through for more great excuses to book a trip now.
Hotel Kura Hulanda, with quaint streets and neighborhood buildings; 877/264-3106 or kurahulanda.com.
Avila Hotel, where Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands prefers to stay; 800/747-8162 or avilahotel.com.
Bistro le Clochard, offering upscale Swiss and French cuisine overlooking the harbor; 011/5999/462-5666.
Rijsttafel Indonesia, proof that Holland maintains cultural ties to its former colonies; 011/5999/864-0126.
Jaanchie’s, specializing in local dishes from fresh fish to iguana soup; 011/5999/864-0126.
Ocean Encounters, for scuba trips; 011/5999/461-8131 or oceanencounters.com.
Christoffel National Park, for cool hikes and views (early morning is best); carmabi.org/parken.asp.
Curaçao Liqueur Distillery, for bright blue drinks; curacaoliqueur.com.
Published January/February 2009