Curacao offers a great cruise port for people who visit for a day or two.
The port is located in the capital city of Willemstad, which has a beautiful and vibrantly colored central district known as Handelskade.
Handelskade is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the main reason why anyone would want to visit the island.
Cruise visitors will cross the Queen Emma Bridge on the canal leading to the inner harbor to reach the district. Note that the bridge closes periodically to let ships pass through.
They will see a series of open-air restaurants that line the canal that add a festive European air to the surroundings.
Within the district they will find many more restaurants and especially block after block of shopping — ranging from low-end souvenir shops to high-end fashion.
But it’s the district’s colorful, historically and architecturally attractive buildings that make the visit so worthwhile.