A Sunday In Curaçao

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Sundays are sacred. Whether you spend the day exploring local art and architecture, browsing market stops, or indulging in culinary delights, there’s no denying the seventh and final day of the week is reserved for discovery as a ritual. This Sunday, we explore the best of Curaçao.

The genius of grabbing your own slice of paradise on the Caribbean island of Curaçao lies not only in access to unsurpassed natural splendor—white sand beaches, crystalline waters in shades of cerulean and turquoise, sunrises and sunsets that stir the soul—but also in the opportunity to spend days on end unpacking the complex history of this rich island. Not to be overlooked is Curaçao’s reputation for delicious food, refreshing swimming and diving, and plenty of rest and relaxation. Located outside the hurricane belt, this island is ripe for balmy adventures any time of the year.

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Curacao Sotheby’s International Realty

Play castaway from the comfort of your lavish villa in Coral Estate, one of the most exclusive resorts on the island just a half hour from the main city of Willemstad. Residents have access to all the luxury amenities of the resort, including round-the-clock security, an onsite restaurant, a spa and wellness center, diving center, and stunning Caribbean Sea views.

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Ray Seijs, Curacao Sotheby’s International Realty

 

Indulge in the rare opportunity to own part of a resort and take up residence in Villa 308, a contemporary compound with massive potential. A clean-lined exterior in washes of bright white is coupled with generous glass doors opening to a central patio looking out on endless ocean views. While six days a week it may be preferable to lay out, swim in your infinity pool, or cook for visitors in your well-equipped kitchen, Sunday should be spent exploring.

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Karakter Restaurant next to the ocean, photo courtesy of Karakter

Wander straight from your villa to popular dining spot Karakter for breakfast next to the ocean. Order the “Break ‘take it slow’” and enjoy a mini-buffet of fresh bread rolls, house-made muffins, eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, brie, juice, and breakfast coffee or tea.

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Renaissance Mall and Rif Fort, photo courtesy of Renaissance Mall and Rif Fort

Then, venture by car to historic Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for some post-brunch shopping and wandering at Renaissance Mall and Rif Fort. Willemstad offers much to explore, including the Otrobanda pontoon bridge, the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas, and historical walking tours through the city’s multicultural neighborhoods.

Afternoon

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Baoase beach club, photo courtesy of Baoase Luxury Resort

A number of beach clubs on the island offer great spots for lunch. Try Baoase Luxury Resort or Mood Beach  for light and healthy options paired with more traditional sandwiches and salads. After taking some time to digest, do as the locals do and get out for a dive, set out in a boat, or relax on the beach.

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Mood Beach, photo courtesy of Mood Beach

Take a guided paddleboard excursion through the mangroves or tour Willemstad via tuk-tuk; whatever your speed, complementary Curaçao activities await.

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Saint Tropez infinity pool, photo courtesy of Manon van Os / Shutterstock

The food in Curaçao doesn’t disappoint, especially at spots like Kome and Mosa. Kome’s name and inspiration are drawn from the language of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao), with Kome being the Papiamentu word for “eat”. Like Curaçao itself, Kome’s cuisine is a blend of world influences, with everything converging on fresh and colorful plates. Likewise, Mosa Restaurant brings together well-developed flavors from around the world in attention-grabbing dishes to be shared with friends.

It wouldn’t be a night of Curaçao living without a refreshing round of oceanic cocktails made with blue curaçao liqueur. And while any number can be found across the island, the blue margaritas from Saint Tropez really hit the spot.

With a blend of water, wandering, and well-done dining, your Sunday in Curaçao is set.