How to Explore Willemstad, Curacao like a Local: Locals introduce their city.
In today’s MYCITY interview Art from “Poppy Hostel Curacao” introduces Willemstad, Curacao.
ART KLEP, Owner Poppy Hostel Curacao and Freelance Tour Guide.
Please introduce yourself:
I’m a cosmopolitan guy. Basically that means I don’t really know where I’m from. My destination is also unknown, because I’m all about the journey.
Travel has been a part of my life since I was born, literally. For the last 5 years I’ve been living on the Caribbean island of Curacao.
Besides restoring and renovating a UNESCO World Heritage listed property into a boutique hostel, I am also a registered multilingual tour guide. I build and play Cajon, a popular percussion instrument.
My favorite place to eat in Willemstad:
- Conchi – Aruba’s Natural Pool
- The Best Way to Help the Caribbean, is to Visit the Caribbean
- Hooiberg Aruba
A typical dish of Curacao:
Kabritu Stoba (Goat Stew).
My favorite bar in Willemstad:
What about the Nightlife in Willemstad?
Nightlife is off the chain on Curacao. My favorite place is Wet & Wild Beach Club on the Seaquarium Beach.
Things to do for free in Willemstad:
Explore the colonial history and architecture of Willemstad.
Keep away of:
The small side streets (steegjes) after dark.
Best way to get around in Willemstad:
Best place for first date in Willemstad:
Anywhere in Pietermaai.
Best place to meet locals in Willemstad:
Best place to relax in Willemstad:
The Beaches on the west side of Curacao.
Best spot to watch people in Willemstad:
The Queen Emma pontoon bridge.
Five hot tips for enjoying Curacao:
- Greet people with Bon- (Dia, Tardi or Nochi). That means Good- (morning, afternoon or evening/ night).
- WALK around Willemstad, slowly.
- Go scuba diving or at least snorkeling. Find here the Best Dive Sites in Curacao.
- Visit Schete Boca National Park. Untamed nature in abundance.
- Take it easy, you’re on Curacao.
One thing you would like to change about Curacao?
I would like to obliterate the ISLA refinery and return it back to nature.