Curacao, a tropical island in the Caribbean, currently leads the area in cruise tourism, and is known for its namesake liqueur. Curacao has plenty of shopping: here are the best buys and some inside tips to shopping in Curacao.
Otrabanda literally means “the other side” and is located away from the main tourist spots in Curaçao. Explore the shops in Kura Hulanda while you admire the renovated area, or visit Curaçao Creations for handicrafts like pottery, glassworks, leather goods, jewelry, and woven baskets.
The Waterfront Arches are popular in Punda. You can go to Little Holland for fine cigars, Eccolet for designer shoes, and Gallery ’86 for contemporary artwork.
You can shop, eat, and even exercise in one place at Riffort Village, which is centered around a restored 17th century fort. Remember that, while shopping is not duty-free in Curaçao, it is “duty-relaxed,” which means prices may be cheaper.
The Floating Market
When you want fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish, head to the Floating Market. Merchants from nearby Venezuela sell fresh food directly from their boats. Try to get there early in the morning when it opens to get the freshest fish.
Cruise Ship Dock Vendors
You don’t have to go far to find great outdoor shopping. Vendors set up booths where the cruise ships dock and have everything from local handmade goods to essentials you may have forgotten, like hats and sunscreen. If you are price-conscious, however, you may want to head away from the docks, as the merchandise tends to be more expensive near cruise ships.
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