This Island is the World’s Most Surprising Place to Drink Gin & Tonics


So just how did a British cocktail find its way to a Caribbean paradise off the coast of Venezuela? Would-be spirit scholars will remember that gin is a derivative of genever, a juniper-flavored spirit distilled from grain that was invented in the Netherlands (and tastes like a mashup of gin and unaged whiskey). Curaçao is a former Dutch colony, and the country’s influence can be seen in its cuisine, language and culture. That extends to bartenders who thoughtfully mix gin with tonic served in large wine goblets, with garnishes that match their flavor profiles.

“Indeed, the Netherlands is famous for making genever, but that was mostly popular among old Dutch men,” says Gabriëlla Hoop, a sales and PR coordinator for Avila Beach Hotel in Willemstad. She says that when Dutch dry gins like Rutte and Bobby’s Schiedam started winning awards a few years ago, bartenders began cozying up to the botanical booze. “Lots of Dutch locals who visit the Netherlands became aware of the trend, and tourists visiting the island started asking for them.

At Zest Beach Café and Zest Mediterranean, restaurants on the beach at Jan Thiel Beach in Willemstad, the G&T menu is printed on a repurposed Hendrick’s gin bottle and boasts around 32 combinations. Most eclectic are Macaronesian white gin from the Canary Islands—made with local ingredients and filtered through volcanic rocks—mixed with San Pellegrino tonic, mint and laurel; Mombasa Club dry gin (inspired by the private social club in Zanzibar), also mixed with San Pellegrino tonic and topped with star anise and orange; and Uppercut dry gin from Belgium, a heady and herbaceous spirit distilled with damiana leaf, strawberry leaf, licorice root and vervain, which partners up with Fever-Tree Indian tonic, licorice and apple.

Read the full article, originally published on April 3, 2018, on Liquor.com.

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Finding the Flavors of Curaçao


The veranda of Hofi Cas Cora, Curaçao’s first farm-to-table restaurant, looks out over the restaurant’s fields, but for the moment my eyes are drawn to a rather sizable lizard which has surreptitiously worked its way into part of the restaurant. It flits in and out of the shade, taking refuge first under a chair and then under an unoccupied table. As our server walks by, it jets back outside in search of something tasty.

Meanwhile my own food has arrived, a hash made from white sweet potato which is covered with a farm-fresh egg and tender, curling pea tendrils. Everything in the hash was grown or raised in the field I am surveying from my shaded seat. It is beautiful, simple, and delicious.

Since arriving on Curaçao I’ve felt like the lizard that captured my attention. I’ve sought relief from the dry, windy heat in the shade of enormous gnarled mesquite trees where I’ve eaten vegetable soup thickened with the pulp of cactus and served with bread baked in an outdoor oven made from bricks transported to the island by slave ships.

I’ve walked down the cobbled and paved streets of the capital of Willemstad to visit a floating vegetable market, where boats pull right up to the pavement in order to sell their wares. I’ve eaten conch while looking out over some of the cleanest, bluest oceans I’ve ever witnessed, and I’ve walked across darkened moon-lit streets to eat Caribbean-inspired tapas, and to drink cocktails at Luke’s Cocktailbar where Luke, the bartender/owner, has just as much fun working as his customers have drinking.

Read the full post, originally published in December 2017, on The Cook's Cook. Photo credit: Jai Williams

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We spent a day touring around the west side of Curacao to visit multiple beaches and sites on the west side of the island with Irie Tours. This is the perfect tour for you if you don’t want to rent a car and want an affordable and fun tour company to take you around the island.

We started at Shete Boka National Park to see the incredible waves! We then went to Playa Piskadó where the fisherman bring their catch. There are also many snorkelers here. Next up we went just up the road to go cliff jumping in the crystal clear water. After that we go to visit one of the best beaches on the island, Grote Knip where we went swimming.

Lastly we headed to Playa Porto Marie to have some lunch and lounge on the beach, where we also encounter some beach pigs!



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Tui België vliegt vanaf Juni naar Curacao vanaf Brussel!

Boek nu bij uw verblijf bij Mirador Apartments en vlieg rechtstreeks vanuit Brussel naar Curacao! Voor meer info kan u bij ons terecht. 
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Curaçao Carnaval 2018

Carnaval is het populairste en meest langdurende feest op het eiland Curaçao . Het feest vindt plaats voor de vastenperiode die naar het paasfeest leidt en duurt twee maanden met als hoogtepunt de laatste week. De precieze datum van het carnaval verschilt per jaar.  Wij waren er dit jaar voor het eerst bij en het is een evenement dat je zeker ...
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The 14 Best Beaches in Curacao


Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, north of the Venezuelan coast, Curacao consists of the main island as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.

While there are so many terrific places to see in here, the most famous and popular would, of course, be the many amazing beaches in Curacao. This beautiful island nation is the perfect place to go for that dream vacation or to spend an extended period of time.

1. Blue Bay Beach

Blue Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Curacao. The amazingly soft white sand shoreline is loved by locals as well as tourists.

It has many facilities including restaurants, a children’s playground, dive school, showers and toilets plus much much more. There is a water sports center where you can rent equipment including kayaks, snorkeling and diving equipment, and boards of all types.

Swaying palm trees provide a lot of shade, and of course you will find lounge chairs and umbrellas there for your use. This is one of the best Curacao beaches for families with children as the sea floor has a gentle slope to it so the kids are safe playing in the water.

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5 ways to celebrate Willemstad's World Heritage anniversary


From street art neighborhood revivals to walking tours and a weekly night market, it’s an exciting time to explore this Caribbean city's splendid architecture and evolving colonial neighborhoods.

Curaçao's crown jewel It's hard to imagine today, glancing at the red, blue, green, and pastel yellow colors dancing on the blue surface that wraps the inner city, but Willemstad's UNESCO status was no overnight feat. Turning the city’s dilapidated buildings into the attractive space it is now, after centuries of heavy sea commerce, colonialism, and social upheaval, is the result of decades of teamwork, and passion for heritage.

After building Fort Amsterdam in 1634, the Dutch traded on Punda’s waterfront while living on the upper floors of their warehouses. Thriving commerce and a lack of space conspired to stretch the city into neighboring Otrobanda in the 18th century, where the working class resided, and later Pietermaai, and Scharloo.

In the early 20th century, Shell’s oil refinery opened and workers poured in from the Windward Caribbean islands. The packed inner city was already in disrepair. Stichting Monumentenzorg, Curaçao’s oldest running Monuments Foundation, was formed and began restoration work, but it was too great for a single body. In addition, on May 30, 1969, several buildings in the heart of Punda and Otrobanda went up in flames during the major oil worker revolt.

Willemstad’s neglected state finally attracted help in the 1980s, thanks to a combination of government funds from Holland and private projects. Massive building restoration took place, and more organizations formed to help with funding and oversight. It took ten years to restore nearly 200 buildings, and a Monuments Plan was put in place in 1990. The idea then came to apply for the World Heritage designation. The Kingdom of Netherlands submitted the application – Curaçao was then under Dutch rule – and it was approved on December 4, 1997.

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