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    Hi folks... only 2 weeks and 2 days until the Bonaire trip I've dreamed of for over 10 years! Yay! Having said that... I decided that one of those days, while my partner is annoying sea critters (whatchoo lookin at? Can't an eel have any privacy?), I will go to Curacao. Just because I can. Having said that... I have been reading about Bonaire all these years... I know nothing about Curacao. So - if you had 12 hours there, what would you do? Land activities, please... I don't dive. Thank you!!!

    (And apropos of nothing - why does the spell checker recognize "Curacao" but flag "Bonaire" as suspect? Not fair.)

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    Hi Anita-
    Try taking a tour of the Hato Caves, or the Ostrich Farm, or the Curacao Distillery, or the Seaquarium. There's good shopping in Willemstad. Also check out the swinging pontoon bridge.

    Enjoy your trip to Bonaire and Curacao,
    Neptune Nick

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    Like Neptune Nick said, Willemstad and the pontoon bridge is a good way to spend the day. Punda is on one side of the bridge and Otrabanda is on the other. Lots of shops and restaurants. The pontoon bridge is a footbridge and it's fun to ride the bridge when when a boat comes through. Cabanna Beach near the Seaquarium is a nice way to spend the day if you just want to swim with clean sand and lots of places to buy lunch, snacks, and drinks. It is protected from the waves and several dive resorts are located near it.
    Nick

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    Anita, Curacao is wonderful. My wife and I are spending 5 days there next month before arriving to bonaire for a week. The main town is wonderful, lots of shops, boutiques, and a floating market also. Very colourful. The are the Blow Holes on the north west side, An Aloe Plantation, Ostrich Sanctuary where you can drive through in an open air bus, beautiful beaches. If you are just going to stay in town it is about $12-15 each way for a cab. To really experience the island you need more than 12 hours and a car rental. The island is large (population 175,000). Lots to see and do, but it is spread out. There are usually a multitude of cruise ships as well, so the downtown is busy. Good Luck and enjoy.

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    a heads up .. I don't know when you are planning on being in Curacao but elections are the 19th of October. It is a very bitter race and politically volatile... there have been street demonstrations so perhaps you should check out the "situation' before you go ....

    that said .. Curacao is my favorite getaway .. it is very old and full of history .. for a first timer I recommend you catch a taxi to Punda .. you can get of at the Maduro Bank Square and you will be in the middle of the Punda shopping area and next to the floating market ...very close to the bank is the Synagogue the oldest in this hemisphere .. over 500 years old with the original sand floor- a short tour is available for a donation .. really a must do- a few blocks will get you to the Pontoon Bridge "Swinging Emma" .. cross over into Otro Banda .. same shopping but cheaper than Punda and less crowded with tourists. To your right you will see the Otrobanda Hotel and casino .. the next block takes you to Kura Hulanda and the Kura Hulanda Museuum .. both the Hotel and museum are world famous .. the museum is devoted to slavery in the Caribbean .. a must see .. the gardens fountains and restaurants are fabulous for a quiet break and food and drink .. but whatever you decide .. have a great day in Curacao .....

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    Oh my! I was tentatively planning on going on October 18 - thank you so much for the political heads up, petri hausmann. Maybe I'll go earlier in the week (after checking the news). And thank you everyone for the suggestions!

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