11 Under-the-Radar Things to Do in Curaçao

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An ABC Island made easy as 123.

On the surface, each Caribbean Island seemingly blends together with its sugary white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and turquoise blue waters. But to see the Caribbean islands as interchangeable is a mistake. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that the islands vary greatly in culture, cuisine, architecture, and offerings. Curaçao is one such country, a Dutch Caribbean Island whose capital city of Willemstad looks as though Copenhagen got up and took a tropical vacation.

From street art splashed walls to an innovative culinary scene, medicinal gardens to women-empowering art initiatives—there are many reasons to travel to Curaçao. Known as the “C” in the ABC islands (comprised of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao), this island is defined by its storied past and the pastel-colored homes that dot its capital. This is an island whose solid infrastructure makes it a Caribbean breeze to travel through and whose tap water is not only safe to drink but considered the finest quality. Between its thriving culture and stunning beaches, there are many reasons to up and travel to Curaçao.


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Empowering Women With Chichi Curaçao

WHERE: Serena’s Art Factory

No matter where you wander in Curaçao, it’s hard to miss the doll-shaped figurines called Chichi. Chichi is a Papiamentu word for “older sister” and a term of endearment used to describe strong, proud Caribbean women. These vibrant and hand-painted curvaceous figurines honor the women of Curaçao while supporting its female artisans. The dolls hail from Serena’s Art Factory, founded by German ex-pat Serena Israel, who has created a space that celebrates and employs Curaçao women, who each design a Chichi in a style reflective of themselves. You can buy a Chichi doll online or in their shop in the art alley of Punda, Willemstad. Better yet, you can create your own by visiting Serena’s Art Factory, which offers workshops.