Handelskade
Handelskade
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Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
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Piranha44
Holt, MI883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is more of an area than an attraction. It is right next the the Queen Emma pontoon bridge. Beautifully painted buildings with all kinds of shops, restaurants, bars and larger retail stores. Some pretty cool artwork on the walls in some of the alleys. The architecture is amazing with a cool European vibe.
Written 6 April 2022
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The Handelskade waterfront in the Punda district of the capital of Curaçao is one of the Caribbean’s few UNESCO world heritage sites. Like Otrobanda and Punda itself, the colourful buildings are a joy to behold. My wife and I enjoyed walking around the area immensely.
Written 8 April 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK22,648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A little piece of Holland in a warm setting. Lovely architecture and buildings in a very relaxed and laid back environment. Happy just to sit on the cafe and watch the world go by or take in the harbour view. One of the highlights of the islands for us.
Written 18 February 2022
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Eltoncuracao
Curaçao318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Handelskade is definitely one of the most beautiful waterfronts of the world! This historic waterfront, with several colourful Dutch colonial buildings, is "the" face of Curaçao to the outer world. Where else in the world do you sit on a terrace in the city center, enjoying a beer or a coffee while a vessel (small boats, cargo ships, oil tankers and cruiseships among others) enters the harbour and pass just 100 feet in front of you? This is a view no other place in the world can offer you and it's unique! Just think about it. I'm not saying this just because I'm from Curaçao, but I've travelled quite a lot myself and, so far, I haven't seen any other waterfront compared to this one in Willemstad. The only one that I have seen, that I could compare a little bit with the Handelskade, is the Nyhhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Written 11 June 2009
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EastCoastAdonis
East Coast, US111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
This stretch of beautiful buildings is in all the pictures, and it's made to look like it's vibrant and bustling and full of things to do. It isn't. It's just some touristy shops with a couple of cafes. Go there, have a beer, take a few pictures, and go do something else.
Written 2 May 2012
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BevCredelle
Sauk Village, IL159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Ahhhh I fell in love with Curacao! I want to go back! I want to go back and stay for a while! This island was one of the port stops during a cruise. Before cruising I had looked at lots of pictures of the island. Pictures really do not capture the true essence and beauty of this island. However, just like the pictures, this island is colorful. After a shuttle tour of the island I enjoyed walking amongst this area. There are cafes where you can sit and enjoy a meal or cocktail. The shops are plentiful for an island of this size. When I visited, the weather was absolutely perfect for being outdoors. Curacao is a hidden gem!
Written 19 October 2014
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MsMot
Lagos279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
If you come into Willemstad through a cruise ship, this is where your ship will dock.

This is truly a beautiful sight. The multicolored 18th century buildings mostly of Dutch architecture.There are shops, cafes and bars. We even found a KFC!

This scenery is perfect for pictures. Also on Queen Emma bridge which is just close by.
Written 28 November 2013
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8-drank-was-merry 🧳 🛫🍛🍻🍸🍨
Naples, FL4,483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
The picturesque 18th century Dutch architecture creates a pleasant backdrop to a busy touristy destination.

One of the draws for me to vacation spots is architecture and Willemstad, in particular Handelskade, does not disappoint.

Consider making a reservation on the balcony of Gouverneur de Rouville at about 6 pm to see Handelskade before, during and after sunset.
We also ate at the Iguana Cafe and NOA restaurant right in front of the Handelskade buildings and watched the pontoon bridge open for boats. These 2 restaurants are also great places to view the sunset.
Written 24 March 2019
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Julthi
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
How can you not fall in love with these beautiful buildings in their unique colors. A must see. Enjoy a brew next to pier!
Written 9 April 2018
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CarolinaNurse323
Kernersville, NC6,440 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
My husband & I visited Curacao as a shore excursion and I couldn't wait to see the absolutely gorgeous pastel-colored buildings with the waterfront restaurants.
To this photography buff....sheer heaven!

We walked from the cruise ship along the waterway path (an easy 10 minute walk) passed the park & shopping areas, passed the beautiful International Film Festival Bldg, passed the Rif Fort, and passed the vendors along side the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge.

After taking the free ferry across the waterway, we strolled the gorgeous pastel shops, restaurants and tree-lined cafes. We stopped in one area with colorful Iguanas, birds & plants painted on the walls. We stopped for a drink which was refreshing in the heat of Curacao!

We strolled out to some of the shops along the waterfront and admired the handmade lace in the windows, stopped to glance and reflect looking at the "Punda Love Heart" with all of the locks attached.

Deciding it was time to head back to our ship, we looked both ways making sure no approaching boats were coming then strolled back across the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. Before we exited the Bridge....time for one last picture perfect photo of this simply amazing place.

Out in the distance we spied the Queen Juliana Bridge, which is one of the highest in the world, busy with heavy traffic.

IF EVER IN CURACAO....YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS & BRING YOUR CAMERA!
Written 7 November 2017
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