Everybody knows Blue Curaçao. This shiny blue drink that was very popular in the past and somehow isn’t that popular anymore!
But Curaçao? The island? Any idea where it is? Many people told me that they had to look it up. Maybe you’ve heard about the ABC Island, a group of islands former known as the Dutch Antilles? Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao?
Let me introduce you to that different Caribbean island in Central America:
1. South or Central America?
Curaçao is about 60 Kilometers away from Venezuela but still belongs to Central America. The island is an autonomous country since 2010, before it belonged to the Netherlands.
2. It’s a very colourful country
If you’ve seen pictures of Curaçao, you have probably seen some of Willemstad, the colorful capital of the island. The stories behind the colorful houses are astonishing. I’ve heard two versions:
1. Governor Kikert was standing on a mountain every morning looking at his city, back then the houses were all white and because white is not a color, it was reflecting the sunlight blinding him all the time. He therefore decided to paint all of them.
2. Governor Kikert was a major shareholder the paint industry and commanded that all houses had to be painted. He became filthy rich because of that. Years after he died, the Dutch government found out that Kikert was involved in the paint industry.
3. The waters of Curaçao
The Dutch Antilleans are very superstitious. At the market of Willemstad they sell waters for everything. Waters for good luck, waters for money, waters for falling in love etc… These waters are widespread around the island and consist of detergents.
The way to use it is to mop the floor with them. For instance, the waters for money they use to mop the floor, they say to use it in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. The logical consequence is that the shop is much cleaner, people enjoy coming more often because it also smells better and therefore the shop will sell more and have more money. Logical right?
Love that they have those kind of things!
4. The Landscape of Curaçao
Curaçao isn’t your typical Caribbean Island. Most Islands in the Caribbean were formed due to a volcano eruption. The soil is fertile making it easy for the vegetation to grow. Three tectonic plates moved and pushed this tiny piece of land out of the ocean forming this new island millions of years ago, therefore the soil isn’t that fertile and there is a lot of dry vegetation. Also because of the limited space and the soil most fruits are imported from Venezuela.
The climate is very dry and reminds you of the Canary Islands off the West-African coast, while on the west coast you will find a few tiny bays with beautiful sandy beaches, you will find rough landscapes on the east coast where the waves and currents are hitting the island.
To get a better understanding of this you should visit Klein Curaçao, which lays about 1,5 hours by boat away from Curaçao. This tiny island has sandy beaches on the northern side where there is no current and rough coast line on the southern side where the waves and currents hit the island. It’s easier to see because it only takes 30 minutes to walk over the island and to get an idea how it looks like. It is incredible what nature is capable of doing. It’s like heaven and hell 30 minutes apart from each other! Simply astonishing!