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Handelskade

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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
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Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that...

Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.

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A great, colourful street!

Lots of great restaurants, great views! Stop for a drink or grab a bite to eat right on the water and enjoy the sights.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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London, Canada
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London, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of great restaurants, great views! Stop for a drink or grab a bite to eat right on the water and enjoy the sights.

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Chatham
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Colourful and what Punda is all about. Much rebuilding after a major fire about 50 years ago. Shops are for the tourists which account for much of the local economy....pretty standard fare. But well worth the view!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a day shopping downtown and seeing the sights. Definitely need to go down to the pier while on the island. The kids liked walking over the bridge especially when it moved. The big cruise ship was intriguing to them as well.

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Thank Semira79
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 404 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The name given to this part of the historic Punda reflects its merchant origins, because Handel means "trade" or "mercantile" and "kade" is, essentially, "thoroughfare". The colour of the buildings has origins equally colourful: tradition has it that a Dutch colonial Governor suffered migraines because of the then universal use of white to colour the walls, so he decreed that... More 

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Thank mccorquinn
New York
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the place and floating bridge is awesome, everything is super bright and exiting. Just keep in mind no public toilets, you either eat at the cafe and use their restroom or pay a little to use it.

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msterdam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit Willemstad, visit the Handelskade. In the heart of Willemstad, near the floating market and Nieuw markt you will find the colorful houses of the Handelskade. I think this is the most photographed part of Curacao. From the Handelskade you also have a great view on the cruise ships that visit Curacao.

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Thank Richardvanhuizen
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice to see and walk around, can be hot but you can get refreshments, try to avoid when ships dock as busy

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Coatbridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being from the Netherlands I thought this was a nice version of the kind of buildings we have back home, just with a lot prettier colours. Nice to go for a wee walk in that area.

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Watersmeet, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't visit Curacao and leave without a picture of the famous street of colorful Caribbean colored building.

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't really miss the stunning beautiful pastel coloured buildings all lined up. The buildings have you slightly confused are you in Amsterdam or Curaçao? The buildings make a beautiful background for photos and I guess millions have been taken over the years. Some of the bottom floors are used as shops but I would love to tour one. The... More 

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