Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Curaçao Vendors, Veggies, and Views


For a rather unique take on an outdoor produce market, head north along Willemstad’s waterfront and hang a left at Sha Caprileskade. This takes you to the “Floating Market,” most of which doesn’t really float. These vendors sail in from Venezuela, hawking everything from arts and crafts to fresh produce and spices. Want a piece of fresh fruit? I mean really fresh? Here’s where you want to go:

Fresh fruit at Willemstad’s “Floating Market”

A look back toward Sint Anna Bay will get you a view of a very unique pedestrian draw bridge across the mouth of the Waaigat Lagoon:

Pedestrian draw bridge over Waaigat Lagoon

From here, well past the Floating Market, we turned south, and then west on the parallel Prinsenstraat, which in turn became another pedestrian street. You just gotta love these charming backstreet businesses:

The address is 63 Prinsenstraat, but it’s actually on an unnamed pedestrian street

We turned south again until we hit Hendrikplein, then headed west again. There’re some fun sights along this route, including the impressive Openbaar Ministerie (Public Prosecutor), which I mistook for a church:

Openbaar Ministerie

And just west of there, where Hendrikplein becomes Wilhelminaplein, are you hungry and hot from all this walking? If so:

Colorful Cone on Wilhelminaplein

Don’t forget to look up. Above Champs you’ll see some fun architecture:

Danish architectural details

With a street name like Wilhelminaplein, and a space on that street called Wilhelminapark, you would of course expect to see evidence of Queen Wilhelmina:

Queen Wilhelmina

I’ll leave you today with a last look as we turn onto Breedestraat:

Immaculately clean streets everywhere

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