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Fascinating facts about Curacao!

Curacao is a Dutch island in the Caribbean and has a long history. Here are some fascinating facts and fun curiosities about Curacao, you probably didn’t know: Did you know.. 
 
  • That Curacao was discovered by the Spanyard Alonso de Ojeda on 26 july in 1499. The Indians that were living there were from the Arowak tribe and were like giants compared to the shorter Spanyards. That is why the island was labeled “Isla de los gigantes”: island of the giants?

  • That Curacao was taken over by the Dutch Johan van Walbeek in 1634. All Spanyards and indians were banished  to Venezuela?
  •  That New York was Dutch Colony and Peter Stuyvessant the director-general on Curacao from 1639-1645, became director-general  to New Amsterdam until it was ceded to the English Duke of York, who renamed it New York in 1646?
  •  That Curacao had a slave trade market selling slaves brought from Africa (Gambia and Ghana amongst others) to people all over in the area?
  • That the slaves rebelled against the Dutch rule in 1795. Leaders of the rebelion were Tula, Louis Mercier, Pedro Wacau and Bastian Carpata? They were caught and senteced to death?
  • That the slavery was abolished in 1863 on 1st of July by King William the Third?
  • The Queen Emma pontoon swigging bridge was the idea of the USA consul (L.B. Smith). Its opening was in 1888. It was first a
    Ponton Bridge Queen Emma
    business object charging money to cross except for bare footed, then it was free of charge. Its length is 167 m. connecting Punda to Otrabanda.

More fascinating facts about Curacao!

  • That the shape of Curacao is like is like a heart hence got its name derived from the Portugese  name: Coraçao meaning heart?
  • That Curacao is 60 km long and 40 km width?
  • That Curaçao is about 40 miles/60 km from the coast of Venezuela and on some clear days you can see Venezuela with bare eyes, especially the mountains of Cumarebo and Sabanas Altas?
  • That on Curacao most people is multi lingual, speaking Papiamentu (our native language), Dutch ( official Language), English and Spanish?
  • That the famous pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh, first to cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop, landed in September 28, 1929 on Curacao with a twin-engine Sikorsky?
  • That baseball is a national sport and that key players of the mayor league are born or raised in Curacao: Didi Gregorius (short stop) from New York Yankees, Kenley Jansen (pitcher) from LA Dodgers to name a few?
  • That the blue liqueur “ Blue Curacao“ used in several mix drinks all over the world  was invented by monks on Curaçao?

More fascinating facts about Curacao!

 
  • That during World War II the allied forces were supplied mostly by fuel that was refined in Curaçao and Aruba?
  • That tab water is distilled from sea water and that the quality is comparable to spring water such as Spa Blue?
  • That the most delicious spring roll on Curacao is called “loempia” from the chinees restaurant: “Dushi Loempia” at Caracasbaaiweg?
  • That the so called  bread-trucks: “Truck di pan” is the last resource to have a byte late at night along the roads?
  • That the largest bridge Queen Juliana bridge over St Anna bay collapsed during construction in 1967 killing 15 workers and was replaced? After its opening on 30 april 1974 the Queen Emma bridge was closed to traffic and open only to pedestrians?
  • The highest elevation on Curacao is St Christoffel berg  and is 372 m?Curacao has an independent status in the Dutch kingdom  consisting of 4 equal partners: The Netherlands,  Aruba, St Maarten and Curacao?
  • The flag of Curacao consists of the colors blue,  yellow and white and have two white stars: one big, one small. The blue color resembles the blue Caribbean sea and the yellow color the Sun. The 2 white stars represent the big island Curacao and the smaller island  of Klein Curacao?
  • That Curacao in the native tongue Papiamentu is called Korsow?
  • That the word: “Dushi” means sweet hence “Dushi Curacao” means sweet Curacao?
  • That Willemstad is more than just the capital, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage recognize for its unique historical Dutch architecture and long history in the region.
  • That Villa Sea Paradise Curacao is the only villa that offers a jacuzzi, infinity pool, sea dock with ladder access to the sea in Boca Gentil Resort?
  • That Papillon (Henri Charrière) the prisoner of devils island in front of French Guyana (South America) after escaped landed on Curacao and was incarcerated in one of the arch-rooms below Waterfort and then was released and sailed to Colombia and lived the rest of his life in Venezuela?
  • That Simon Bolivar the Venezuelan  liberator of South America was exiled for a while on Curacao and lived in the building called: Octagon which is now a museum adjacent to Hotel Avila?
  • That Simon Bolivar met with Pedro Luis Brion a Curacao born who became the admiral of the Venezuelan revolution fleet under Simon Bolivar. His statue can be seen at Brion plasa in Otrabanda?

Fascinating facts about Curacao!

  • That Manuel Piar also raised on Curacao  was a general in the Venezuelan revolution and  was senteced to death by  Pedro Luis Brion after found guilty of insurbordination against Bolivar?  In what is one of the independence struggle’s darkest episodes, Bolívar ordered Piar arrested and tried for desertion, insubordination, and conspiring against the government. Since Piar was the only one charged and arrested in this episode, it is generally agreed that Bolívar simply needed to make an example of a single general from among the military leadership. Piar was the unlucky chosen one. He was arrested on September 28, 1817, and was judged by a court martial led by Pedro Luis Brion which found him guilty on all charges; and on October 15 sentenced him to death. On that same day Simón Bolívar, as Supreme Commander, confirmed the sentence. Piar statue is placed in front of Fort Amsterdam at the other side of St Anna bay, opposite to the statue of Brion.
  • That  Curacao lies ideally situated outside the belt regarding Caribbean Hurricanes? You can book freely any time of the year without worrying about hurricane period.
  • That electricity can fail for 1 or 2 hours which is OK for the area?
  • That refilling your gas tank you have to pre-payat the counter before you can fill your tank?
  • That in traffic all traffic coming from the right has preference, except on a T-junction then the traffic on the terminating road must yield to all traffic at the termination point. Some countries like Holland use the priority-to-the-right rule also at T-Junction, but not Curaçao.
  • That one of the largest slave museum in the westren hemisphere is located in Otrabanda and is called Kura Hulanda?
  • That the oldest still in use Synagogue in the Western hemisphere is located down town Willemstad and is called Mikvé Israel Immanuel Synagogue.
  • That the biggest Mall on Curacao with 190 stores is called Sambil?

  • That Villa Sea Paradise Curacao has a hottub, private Infinity Pool, Sea dock with lights that attacks large Tarpons to the Sea dock?

  • That the best Venezuelan arrepas (flat pattiy made of maize flour) are sold in Salina abou 165 at Deli Arrepas Cafe? Try the Arrepa Pabellon, our favourite!

  •  That Curacao has its own Table Mount like in Cape Town, South Africa, but you have to be quick to see it because it will disappear eventually due to Phosphate mining?

 

  • That Curacao has a salt water geisha that shoots sea water in the air at Boca Pistol in the Shete Boca Nature Park and that Villa Sea Paradise Curacao also has a little boca pistol, splashing water again the shore in the air creating a rainbow?

  • That you can swim with turtles in Westpoint fishers bay?

  • That the three hills you can see from Villa Sea Paradise Curacao beyond Willemstad are called: “De Drie Gebroeders” translated: The Three Brothers?

  • That at arrival at the airport of Hato tourist can skip long lines and go faster through customs and immigration clearence by online filling Embarkatiom and Disembarcation Card (ED Card) via internet and at arrival taking the fast lane to the e-gates? The form must be completed ate least 24 hours before departing to Curacao? Check the process  out on this link: https://youtu.be/HBqzq3k8XdI

  • That Curacao has a Cathedral of Thorns, a monumental artist concert of artist Herman van Bergen, located at Landhuis Bloempot. It is a huge labyrint construction  built of thorns twigs of the island, This work of art can be seen although it is still under construction?
  • That Curacao has a unique Ostrich farm where you can have an encounter with ostriches  and even can ride on them, which is fun to see?
  • That Curacao has a traditional Black Cake called “Bolo Pretu” unique in the world, different from the Caribbean Rum Cake.  It contains more rum  and lots of ingredients that have to lay for 3 months to soak up the rum. It is especially offered at weddings, first communian?

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Mambo Boulevard, Place to visit

The single most frequent recommendation you probably get when asking about restaurants, fun nightlife and place to go in Curacao is probably Mambo Boulevard. This is a strip that combines hotels, shopping, dining, nice beaches and night life.

Mambo Boulevard or Mambo BLVD consists of a lower or beach level and an upper level connecting different beach resort area to each other by a common 2 levels board walk. The connected beach clubs and Hotels are Sea Aquarium, Lions Dive, Madero Ocean Club, Wet & Wild, Bonita, Rilèks, Kontiki Beach resort, Cabana Beach. All have their own beach activities, shopping boutiques, chairs, umbrellas and sunbed rentals and night life.

There are more than 50 shops offering all you need: Beauty & Health, Fashion, Jewelry, Rentals, Souvenirs and Giftshop, Tours & Excursions and of course lots of food & beverages shops.

Source: Mamboboulevard.com
Source: Mambo Boulevard.co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location
The location is adjacent to Sea Aquarium.
To get there from Villa Sea Paradise you just take the Caracasbaai road to Willemstad and just after passing Luna Park turn left in Schubappelweg. Follow this street passing Vreugdenhil Supermarket at your left and at the T-Junction turn right into the street named: Amandelweg. Follow straight until a big intersection with in front of you painted Baracudas on the wall. There turn left into Koraalspechtweg and then go straight until the end of the road. There with Sunscape hotel in front, turn left again into Bapor Kibra street and follow the signs to Mambo BLVD at your righthand side.
They have plenty of free parking.

Beaches|
This beach area is a place where I once came for a swim when I was young.

Mambo Boulevard Beach
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We called it “Bapor Kibra” which means “Broken Ship.” A ship sunk  and was broken in two or more parts and brought to shore by the waves where it remained for years. The sea water there was very clear. I remember while snorkeling in 1966 I saw something was blinking in the sand and it was a golden ring, which someone probably lost some time before. I don’t remember what happened to it. This area is now developed and by placing wave breakers calm sea water is achieved along a 160 m long sandy beach as we have today.

Restaurants
One of our favorite restaurants located on the upper level is the Green House Restaurant. Every Monday and Thursday they offer “all you can eat sushi” for Naf. 35. Their Blue Flame Beef Tenderloin is so tender it will melt on your tongue. Costs $ 27. They also offer local Curacao food. Try their Stew of goat called Kabritu Stobá, which is very tasty for $ 17.

Mambo restaurants
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Pizza Mare is often recommended if you prefer Italian cuisine.
Chill Beach Bar & Grill is located at Lions Dive & Beach Resort. Chill offers at noon delicious BBQ-meals.
There are several other restaurants such as El Grill & Mexicano, Bocas Argentinian Steaks and Origami Sushi.

Music
There will be also DJ set ups on the beach, live music, lots of dancing going on in the evening.
A good discount on alcoholic beverages is obtainable during Happy Hours.
Chill & Grill offers Happy Hour every Friday from 17:00-19:00. Bonita Beach Club also offers Happy Hour every Friday but also on Sundays.
A great advantage of Mambo Beach BLVD is that it offers free Wifi all over the place!

Nightlife
For night life you can go to Hemingway, Madero Ocean Club Wet & Wild, and Cabana Beach.
The best time to go there is on aFriday evening,Saturday evening, or Sunday evening. We usually start at Hemingway(bar & restaurant at Lions Dive & Beach Resort) with live music where you can dance and then slowly move westward around 9 PM, as most people moves to the nearby Madero Ocean Club, Wet & Wild, andCabana Beach.

At Cabana Beacha good friend of us usually plays piano to entertain guests of as shown here on the photo.

Mambo Boulevard Cabana: Juni Julliet
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He is one of the best performers on the Island with years of dedication to bring joy with his music. He plays all kinds of genres, from modern to oldies, Salsa, Bachatta, Merengue, Soft, you name it. As a former Crazy Piano’s artist, you could shout any name of a song he plays it instantaneously.

 

 

Check also the special nightlife events going on at Madero Ocean Club! They have a huge main stage and host all kind of events from concerts to parties and fashion shows.

Sea Aquarium
Curaçao Sea Aquarium is also located nearby. It is next to Lions Dive. It belongs from its beginning in 1984, to one of the most special aquaria in the world. Here various sea life is kept in a habitat that is almost natural to them, without sophisticated technical equipment. With the use of open-water system all the aquaria are in immediate contact with the open sea. That‘s what making it so special.
There are dolphins, sea ​​lions, small sharks, flamingos, sea turtles and stingrays all in their own aquariums and water tanks or in closed parts in the sea. So why not just walk from Mambo to there. From the outside you can see the sea lions swimming around. Or you pay the entrance fee of US $ 21 for adults $ 11 for children from 4 years and you walk in.

 

Mambo Sea Aquarium Dolphins
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Mambo Sea Aquarium Sharks
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There are a number of shows and activities throughout the day, feeding the little sharks and the flamingos and the dolphin show. Or you go for a kiss from the sea lions and / or dolphins with a beautiful photo taken as a reminder. If you are very “brave” you can even go swimming with the dolphins.

Mambo Boulevard Chair
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Mambo and their neighbors have so much to offer and the activities are too many to mention.
We did not even mention the water activities such as the substation submarine tour near sea aquarium.
Is expensive but the experience is worth it if we may believe the reviews.

Even if you get to Mambo BLVD often during the year, you will not get enough of it. It is the place to visit while on the Island!

 

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