Curacao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles. There are 6 of them. Three large islands - Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire - are located in the south, off the coast of Venezuela. St. Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius are in the north, about 1,000 km from the main islands.
Here's what a traveler can see in Curacao.
I decided not to take excursions in Curacao, but follow the old proven method, like in Cartagena, Colombia: to rent a taxi and explore the island on it. Nothing of the kind. Although the parking lot was right behind the inscription "Welcome to Curacao", there were only minivans that refused to carry me around the island for $ 20 per hour, and asked $ 50.
Since you did not find the taxi, the drivers will be courteous and take you to the city center "only" for $ 15. They pretend that it's remote. In fact there are only 3 minutes on foot.
I reproached my driver. He thought again and returned me $ 5. This is how I found myself in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao.
At the next parking lot, taxi drivers persuaded everyone to go to the north. However, if you do not like mountain hikes, there's absolutely nothing to do. I should not have agreed.
The same landscapes outside the window and the rare oncoming cars - this is what I saw in the north. The skeleton of a strange monster adorns the entrance to Christoffelpark. From here you can climb the highest point of Curacao.
I was traveling with my parents, and complex paths is a risky business for them, alas.
Our taxi driver Santiago, as well as many other local people I met, strongly urged me to try the iguana soup. From their point of view, this is an amazing dish "mas mejor que viagra". I did not dare to try this delicacy, although I regret a little now.
Iguanas are everywhere in Curacao.
The next stop in the north is Shete Boka National Park. It takes about an hour to get there. To see how a sea wave falls on a rocky beach with a roar.
Here's a cool painted tree.
We stopped by the shore at a local fish market.
I decided not to get out of the car at the northern point of the island - SabanaWestpunt. There's simply nothing to look at. We moved back to the capital along the road leading through the cacti plantations.
Curacao has amazing beaches.
Local beer is brewed directly on the island, though it's called "Amstel".
If someone travels alone, such moped is an ideal solution for acquaintance with this corner of the earth, as for me.
Well, we returned in Willemstad, the capital of the island.
I regretted that I went to the north, I'd rather stay in the city and have a good walk here. Plaza Curacao Hotel situated next to the ancient fortress is the tallest building in Curacao.
Willemstad, as well as St. Petersburg, has drawbridges. The only difference is that they are drawn sidewards here, but not upwards. In the next picture you can see the beginning of the pedestrian viaduct near the fir tree, but now it is open for the passage of a large ship.
Ships sail from the ocean to the inner lagoon of the island, where the oil refinery is located.