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“Great face, bad body” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Punda

Punda
Ranked #6 of 107 things to do in Willemstad
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Owner description: Home to most of the shops and tourist activities in Willemstad.
Central Florida, Florida
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188 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great face, bad body”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

The Punda side of Willemstad is where most of the famous colorful buildings along the harbor are located. There are cafes in front of the buildings. The whole street is about 400 feet long. The next street over has tourist shops and a few nice buildings. Each block further east gets more and more run down. It looks like they are trying to clean up the area, but don't expect the whole town to look like the buildings along the harbor. You'll see a nice building next to an old abandoned building that is falling apart. It was really disappointing to us.

Also, we expected the area to be more lively, especially in the evenings. It is very quiet. The early evening, people are at the outdoor cafes along the harbor, but the rest of the town seems to roll up the carpet and go home. Even the weekend doesn't seem more lively. Saturday morning after 10am things started to pick up a little. Also, a lot of tourist stuff is closed on Saturday and Sunday, including the Postal Museum, Fort Amsterdam, and the Synagogue. For a place that wants the tourist trade, this country is really not set up well for tourists. There's a tourist booth at the corner of Gouvernementsplein and Breedestraat. But all their brochures are geared toward selling you things from their boutiques or restaurants and give you very little tourist information.

Driving around town is not difficult as long as you're good with directions. There are very few street signs so you have to know the general direction you're going. I found the other drivers very good and not at all aggressive. They drive more like Europeans than Americans. Someone always let me merge in if there was a lot of traffic. There are also several places to park. Just be aware that the parking garage only takes Gilders (and you may need coins). You have to pay with the machine so there is no attendant there to help you. This was the only time we could not pay for something in dollars. One thing we did not see was abject poverty. The majority of people seem to be mostly between lower to upper middle class. The city feels fairly safe. We only saw a police car twice in our whole 5 day trip.

Visited May 2012
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Willemstad, Curacao
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39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A colorful city.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

Historic Willemstad is one of the nicest cities that exist.
When I saw it, I fell in love with it at once.

Visited May 2012
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treasure island florida
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“Shop and eat local!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

The food court serves up much food for little money. Many cooks and lots to choose from there, picnic table style.

Visited May 2012
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Columbus, North Carolina
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“A Caribbean gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

We have been to about half of the Caribbean islands, and Willemstad is by far the nicest capital city. The architecture is lovely, and the shopping is good. My favorite thing about Curacao is the great people you meet. It is indeed "real" and "different", just as advertised. Lots for tourists to do , but also a place with lots of other stuff happening. Don't miss the floating market.

Visited May 2012
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North Carolina, USA
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“Along the waterway”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Punda...and its mirror town..Otrabanda (the other side) are like little Holland. Cruise ship city ! Now ...the fort and the area in Otrabanda around the Renissance hotel were interesting with a lot of nice restaurants & shops. Interesting for a stroll around and some shopping but I'm more into getting away from all that so I wasn't that impressed.

Visited April 2012
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