CHRISTMAS ON THE BEACH

If a White Christmas isn’t what you’re dreaming of this year, there are other options. To somewhere warm and welcoming where you can feel sand under your feet rather than puddles under your boots, and sun on your skin rather than drizzle in your face. To a place where you can still have turkey and all the trimmings on December 25 – but a rum cocktail as well. Because this is your vision, and you can shape it as you please.

Avoid the holiday travel rush by scheduling your vacation during the first ten days of December, or book months ahead of time if you plan to visit the popular vacation destinations during the peak times. 60% procent of the christmas period is already booked in June. Most of them book a villa  for two weeks or for a week during the christmas or new years eve. Remember to call ahead and reserve spa treatments, golf tee times and other activities as well.

It may cost you more money but the great experience is priceless.
In fact, there are many fantastic places around the caribbean that offer the chance to spend the holiday on a beautiful stretch of sand – and while, it may be white, you can be sure that in these places, it won’t be cold.
If you do go to the Caribbean be ready to enjoy this period in a different way.

Here are my tips to help you on your way:

– Plan your vacation way ahead
– Pay in advance
– Think outside the box
– Don’t forget to enjoy
– Focus on making memories
– Don’t forget the photo album


Curacao started with a blast

As the new years starts Curacao begins with one of the biggest events of the year.

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Sulegria The first event of the season and best of all times! It was colorful, sensational, sensual and most import the atmosphere was perfect. DJ Chuckie, DJ Dyna, DJ Gregor Salto and the DJ that surprised everybody with his set was DJ Dave Roelvink.

After finally waking up and being rested from Sulegria. You would think that the party was over. Think again. Fuikdag is the after party on water. On the first Sunday of the year (or the second if it’s bad timing) everything that floats comes to Fuik Bay for one big party on the water. Bring your inflatables and lots of booze because this is one big BYOB party on the water.

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All the DJ’s from Sulegria where there playing their music on the water. But also DJ Hardwell, The Partysquad and Little Kleine where partying. People where fighting for the right spot on the water with their boats, jet skis or their inflatables. Fuikdag is the day everybody was waiting for. It is about getting up early in the morning to start drinking from 7.00 am till 5.00 pm. Partying all the time, splashing in the water, dancing in your trendiest hottest bikini’s and enjoying the sun, beach, water and good music all at once.

Every year these events gets bigger and better. Start your new year with the first outdoor music dance event SU’LEGRIA! Experience a night of celebration, surprises, diversity, entertainment, glitter, effects and freaking good music. Rent your boat for Fuikdag 2018. Can’t wait till the next year!


Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

The 7th edition of Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ) took place on September 1, 2, and 3, 2016

As the opinions are divided how great this edition was doesn’t matter. Curacao had a lot of fun with artists like Chris Brown,Tom Jones, Jamie Cullum, Betty Wright, Level 42 and the Cuban Affair on Friday

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Al lot of tourist came from all over the world and a lot of them booked with Key Caribe. It was a fun but really busy week with all the vacation villa’s and hotels on Curacao fully booked due to Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival.
Al lot of customers that booked their vacation villa with Key Caribe booked their rental car with Curva Car rentals.

As always this event gave the tourism of Curacao a real boost and showed how great the Caribbean can be if we had more of these events during the year. With all respect of course for events like Sulegria, Fuikdag, Amenisia and Full Moon party but they are mainly based on the dance scene. CNSJ has a variety of music genres and doesn’t only bring great artists to Curacao but also brings the spotlight for a week on an island that is fairly new to tourism.

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Everybody knows about Sint Maarten for the luxury and Aruba for the nice beaches but Curacao also has so much more to offer. Curacao has a lot to learn when it comes to service and hospitality but with the experience of the other islands of the Dutch Antilles they will get there.
As the week started you could feel the tension rising for the event. Hato airport was busy and the streets of curacao where really full with traffic jams.
All the radio stations where talking about the artists and had games to win tickets for the event. You could here all the songs by the artist and start enjoying yourself in the car waiting for the artists to arrive on Curacao and perform the songs live.

Thursday was the kick off for the event. This day was a free event and 10000 local persons and a lot of companies on Curacao received a ticket.
The persons that bought a ticket for the whole event also got a ticket for the free concert on Thursday.

The show started with Kassav.
They started it with so much energy nobody could stand still. Everybody was dancing and singing along with their famous songs. By bringing their favorite carnival music with a modern twist, influenced by, among others, rock, this zouk genre touched everybody on the Caribbean.

After Kassav the fun wasn’t over. I took a short break and went to the food stands that offer local cuisine, fried plantin, stewed beef but also simple food like hamburgers, chicken skewers and hotdogs. Then Juan Luis Guerra came and conquered the evening with his famous songs for the third time on Curacao.

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Chris Brown had all the young people dancing to his songs on Friday and Lenny Kravitz rocked the stage on Saturday. But what many considered the best act was Michael Bolton. He gave a tremendous show on Saturday. People were swarming to the stage and there were so many people still coming in that they had to close the doors and other stayed outside the hall watching the screens and singing along. In my opinion he gave the best show out of the whole weekend.

Every year in August/ September CNSJ takes place and we will be there again next year, enjoying all styles of music, the island and the great atmosphere. I advise you to come down to and enjoy music the Curacao way.


Christmas in the Caribbean

It’s almost time to put the rake away and bring out the shovel. Winter has arrived, and Christmas is hot on its heels. Already, the familiar tunes are playing in the stores, and the staff has stocked the shelves with gifts and wrapping, ornaments and trinkets.
We all love Christmas; for many of us, it’s the one moment each year we can spend time with our loved ones. It’s a time for eggnog and carols, good food, another log on the fire, smiles and laughter. It’s a time to enjoy each other’s company and give thanks for all we have.
On the other hand, we all abhor Christmas too. The rush, the stress. If you haven’t already begun your gift shopping, you’ll be in for a real treat these final two weeks with packed stores and clogged checkouts, snarled parking lots and mile-long traffic jams.

This year, why not treat your family to something different?

Wouldn’t it be great if you and your family could spend some quality alone time, bonding? Break free from the usual headaches that come with Christmas and instead, let us take you on a Christmas vacation to remember. Let us worry about the headaches while you and your family make incredible memories.
Enjoy the magic of the Caribbean islands with an award-winning, first-class travel team. We offer a fullservice experience with high-end, luxurious villas on most of the best islands including Curacao, Aruba, and St Martins.

When you call us, our professional travel planner will work directly with you to choose all the options that suit your needs. She will dedicate an expert concierge to you so that when you arrive at the island, a friendly face will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and stay close throughout your entire trip. You won’t need to lift a finger.

Come and wiggle your toes in the luxurious white sand of a deserted island off the coast of Aruba.

Indulge in some well-deserved spa time on the beach in St Marteen or take the plunge and go diving with your kids to explore some of the worlds’ most beautiful coral and tropical reefs on the coast of Curacao.

KeyCaribe isn’t just an award-winning, luxury travel planner.

We’re also a full-service guest management firm. We have connections with the best realtors on the islands and can offer you time in the most luxurious villas available. Plus, our concierge service is second to none; we can quickly make your dreams a reality.
Most importantly, when you book a vacation through KeyCaribe, you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that everything will go masterfully from the moment you call us. But don’t take it from us;

check out what some of our clients have had to say:

“I was blown away with the high level of service we got from Mitchell and his team at KeyCaribe. These guys seriously took care of us. My husband and I and our kids had a fantastic time at the villa in Aruba.. we spent a week, and I wish we could have stayed forever.”

Julie Taymor (Little Rock, Arkansas)

“KeyCaribe knows how to treat people right. We have travelled twice through them – once to Aruba and once to Curacao – we can’t wait to try St Martins next year!

“Susan and Jack Dale (Montreal, Canada)

Make your dreams a reality; book now to secure a beautiful villa for you and your family this Christmas.


Must Try Curacao cuisine

To become familiar with a country is to dine on its local specialties. Curacao’s cuisine is quit diverse and food has become the way of the land since it is as diverse as the many ethnicities and languages of its people. From upscale restaurants to street food stalls, there is something to appease any gourmet; especially these five dishes, that have made a delicious statement throughout the island. Just about every taste of Curacao is a testament of its eventful past, with flavors so rich you’ll be saying “dushi” (local term for sweet) with every bite.

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Kadushi (Cactus Soup)
From Curacao’s lush hills to its coastal cliffs, cacti can be seen just about everywhere on the island thanks to its arid temperatures. Along with the island’s wildlife, people have also relied on the prickly plant for its natural resources, which can still be traced here even to this very day in dishes like kadushi, well-known as cactus soup.
Traditionally providing a source of energy, the spines are removed, and the cactus is skinned, and sliced in order to reach the meat that is located inside of the plant. Once the meat is boiled in a broth, traditionally “palu di lele” (kitchen utensils made from tree branches) are used to stir the soup. Although green in color and slimy in texture, eating kadushi is an ideal way to familiarize your taste buds to Curacao’s culture, especially at the Marsche Bieuw (The Old Market) in Willemstad.

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Guiambo (Okra Soup)
Another dish normally served at The Old Market is guiambo, commonly known as okra soup. Also slimy in nature, the okra is stewed to perfection and mixed with seafood to give it the ultimate taste. Like most soups, it is best consumed with a spoon, although the gooey texture of the dish typically makes it stick to the spoon, which makes it a bit of a challenge to eat.
Nevertheless, once you’ve sunken your teeth into this hearty meal, the gooeyness of guiambo is outweighed by the flavor of the seafood and the okra. And like many soups of the Caribbean, it is customarily eaten as an entrée instead of as an appetizer.

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Ayaka
Just in time for the holidays, ayaka is a Curacaoan specialty that makes an annual appearance during the season of Christmas. You’ll find it neatly concealed in a green leaf of either plantain or banana, and unwrapping is required in order to savor the golden cornmeal treat filled with a variety of stewed meats usually consisting of chicken, beef, or pork.
Ayaka can be found in restaurants and markets across the island, making the pursuit of unwrapping this dish just as exciting as opening a gift during the holidays; particularly because of the savory goodness that is cooked up inside.

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Red Snapper
It is quite hard to resist the temptation of fish in Curacao, especially since specialties like red snapper, which is deemed a national dish, can be found on almost every menu.
That’s why this local favorite is worth a try. In restaurants like Grill King in Willemstad, chefs are masters at whipping up the traditional treat with a side of French fries, plantains, or funchi to make the Curacaoan staple complete.

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Sult
Pig’s ear or feet for that matter may sound like a dish for the adventurous foodie, but you might be pleasantly surprised since many of Curacao’s natives can’t get enough of this beloved dish. Locally known as sult, it is thinly sliced and drenched in a vinegar-flavored liquid in order to absorb the onion and other spices incorporated into the recipe.
If you’re thinking about taking your palate on a wild culinary journey, hotels like the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino have the right ingredients to make your appetite crave more of this unique spin on pork.

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Must know Curacao Holidays

If your planning a vacation in Curacao then one of the things you definitely need to know is the different types of Curacao Holidays. In order to get the most out of your Curacao experience. But don’t fear Keycaribe is here! sharing with you the most common celebrated holidays in Curacao.

New Year’s Day Jan 1
After the year ends with a big bang, the first day of the New Year is traditionally a time for family gatherings. (Stores are closed). For several days the streets are littered with the red paper wrappings of thousands of firecrackers.

Carnival Monday Feb 16 Carnival Monday Feb 16
During the eight Carnival weeks Curaçao is turned into one big melting pot of people having fun on and off the streets. It all culminates in the Grand March at Sunday March 6 (Dates are subject to change) and is finished off with the Farewell Grand Parade at Tuesday evening 8 March. Monday, March 7, is an official public holiday.

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Good Friday Apr 3
An official holiday on this largely Catholic island and the beginning of a weeklong spring break for schools. Like all school vacations, expect local beaches to be crowded. Grocery stores and markets do a record sale in fresh and salted fish on the previous days. Spring breath begins for schools, and lasts through the following week.

Easter Sunday
Local children are decked out in their spring finery for the traditional first communion celebrations, which are held between now and Ascension Day. (May 21 May) The Curacao Cultural Ministry organizes a major kite flying competition at the Waaigat Parking area in Punda.

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Easter Monday / Seu Folklore Parade Apr 6
On the Monday after Easter local folklore groups wear traditional costumes and parade through the streets of Punda and Otrobanda, recalling the harvest festival of yesteryear. The groups, which range from young children to older people, play traditional musical instruments as they dance through the streets.

Koningsdag King’s Day Apr 27.
King’s birthday Willem Alexander.There are official celebrations at Fort Amsterdam and a festive atmosphere in Punda.On this day you can sell and buy almost all kind of things on the streets
and almost every store gives good discounts on sales!

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Labor Day May 1
The government of Curaçao and labor unions organize special activities.

Ascension Day May 14
A popular time for first communion celebrations.

Flag Day Jul 2 Flag Day Jul 2. Dag van de Vlag
Celebrated with official ceremonies and cultural events at Plaza Brion and the Village of Barber.

Curaçao Day Oct 10. Dag Van Het Land Curaçao
Is an official non- working public holiday to commemorate the first anniversary of the date when Curaçao gained autonomous country status. As per the aforementioned Curaçao government announcement, October 10 will be an annual non-working public holiday, called “Curaçao Day”, from this year onward.

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Special Curaçao Holidays
St. Nicolas Day Dec 5 St. Nicolas Day Dec 5 Or Sinterklaas
Children carefully set out their shoes on the eve, filled with grass for St. Nic`s horse. Those who have been good receive a gift, those who haven`t are afraid a “Zwarte Piet” will carry them back to Spain in a Sack. Local schools participate fully in the festivities look for jeeps full of Piets in black face driving around residential areas throughout the week. It may surprise you to see local businesses decorated with caricatures of black face Piet.

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Fuik Day Or Fuik Dag
Is a Curaçao’s yearly recurring boat party in Fuik Bay on the first Sunday of the year with boats, booze and DJ’s.
Since 2011 big DJ’s like Chuckie, Afrojack and others have played there, but who’s coming this year… On the first Sunday of the year (or the second if it’s bad timing) everything that floats comes to Fuik Bay for one big party on the water. Bring your inflatables and lots of booze because this is one big BYOB party on the water.

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Benefit of choosing a vacation rental

Experience the Benefits of Vacation Rentals
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Vacation rentals are becoming more and more popular among traveler looking for an experience far more different than the ordinary hotel stay, Thanks to the many benefits they bring like space, savings and authenticity. rentals do provide a more authentic and “local” experience than regular hotels, giving the traveler the ability to cook their own meals, shop at the local market, and mingle with real-life locals within the rental neighbourhood. besides the different facilities their are also perfect because the choices are endless. acation rentals come in a large variety of shapes and sizes to fit a variety of travel needs, with options ranging from condos and cabins to beach homes and villas.

Now if the above stil doesn’t persuade you enough to choose for a vacation rental? Keycaribe gives you a few reasons for why vacation rentals are the BEST option for you.

Rentals save you money

Among the benefits that you as a traveler may favor, studies show that 62% of travelers choose vacation rentals for the value they offer. The average price per bedroom per day of a vacation rental usually is approximately $ 30 lower than the average price for a hotel room, giving you more money in your pocket for other travel expenses. While the average square footage of a hotel room is 325, vacation rentals average 1,850.

There is room for everyone

When exploring the benefits,vacation rentals offer multiple bedrooms, which make them a leading option for families and larger groups of people looking to share vacation costs. having multiple bedrooms allows everyone to spread out while vacationing together. Having more room also helps alleviate one of the top-cited annoyances of family getaways: not enough quiet time for parents. Thanks to the extra space vacation rentals offer, two times as many vacation rental guests travel in groups as compared to hotel guests.

in Home amenities

a fully equipped kitchen is one Of the many benefits vacation rentals offer, having a kitchen allows travellers to cut costs by making some meals at home. Another benefit of having vacation rentals is having an in unit wash dryer. a majority of travellers choose vacation rentals for the home-like amenities, such as in-unit washers/dryers, which can add convenience and help guests cut down on luggage.

Experience the local life

authentic local experience Vacation rentals give guests a true feel for what it’s like to live like a local. What better way to experience a destination than by staying in a local vacation rental property?

Choices are endless

the best benefit of choosing for a vacation rentals is that their are different rental types to fit your needs From condos, private homes, cabins and villas to houseboats, tents, caravans and castles. Keycaribe offers many different vacation rentals in the Caribbean in island such ass Curacao,Aruba,St. Maarten, Antigua and more.


10 Reasons why YOU Really Do Need A Vacation Rental Manager

Why should you choose for a vacation rental manager?

Many simply don’t understand the hard work that goes into managing a vacation rental and underestimate the time they will spend on marketing, accounting, property management, customer service and more.
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Making the decision to choose for a vacation rental manager can be hard, we know. trusting someone with such a big investment is a big decision. you’re not only trusting someone with your dream home but the home where you vacation to, so here’s a list of reasons why hiring a rental professional for your vacation home is the best decision.

1 PROXIMITY can make all the difference. Knowing what roads are closed for repair, what the weather is going to do, or just being able to check in on your precious investment to make sure all is well takes being near your rental. Having a vacation rental manager makes it easier for you as a home owner to continue with other responsibilities while knowing your property is well taken care of.

2 ONLINE BOOKING The internet has taken a turn for the more mobile friendly options in recent years. With 15% of all vacation rental guests shopping for and booking a rental online, it is easy to see why having your rental featured on a trusted site that books online is essential in our on the go world. keycaribe’s can take care of all your bookings and reservations.

3 MARKETING Most rental management professionals value a strong marketing presence and use many different media’s to market your properties to a whole new generation of renters, giving you the advantage of staying connected to renters, both new and returning.

4 RENTAL CALENDAR face it: One of the most challenging parts of having a vacation rental can be filling your rental calendar in the off seasons. Rental managers are like calendar fairies, they keep your rental priced competitively and will help you get the word out about your spectacular home!

5 LEGAL PROTECTION Keeping up with legal requirements for vacation rentals can be difficult, with a rental manager all that work is done for you and you get current updates on management laws and a report of all your home’s income for the year.

6 RENTERS one of the most difficult part of renting a vacation home can be dealing with renters. Things can go wrong in a minute for a renter and you do not want to be the one on the receiving end of those 2 a.m. phone calls. Rental managers can offer a safe place for feed back to be given and help take care of renters concerns in a timely manner. face it as a home owner you already have a job. Your rental should be as relaxing for you as it is for your guests. Why not let the professionals do the work for you?

7 EXTRAS guests are more likely to associate key experiences with vacation rental professionals vs. individual owners, such as: services (daily maid service, concierge, dining), customer service, safety and security, activities, services for children, and modern amenities.

8 BRANDING When you rent your home through a professional rental manager they more than likely already have a following of customers they work with. they have people ready to rent from you just because you’re with them. No searching for people and hoping it works.

9 GUEST EXPERIENCE When it comes down to it, vacations are made and broken in the smallest of details and rental managers know what these little things are. They have resources that will help guests outline a perfect vacation.

10 PROFESSIONALISM most travelers choose to go with a rental manager because they are viewed as hospitality professionals, and are more apt to provide the protections, standards and services families have come to expect (i.e. professionally cleaned properties, secure reservation systems, an emergency contact 24/7, concierge services, travel insurance, travel packages & deals, etc.)

Now that your totally convinced that hiring a vacation rental is for you ! contact us through info@keycaribe.com and let us give you the luxury of time


Spending the Holiday season in Curaçao

Spending the holiday season in the caribbean is a whole other experience. It doesn’t snow it won’t get cold and Santa doesn’t climb down your chimney. nevertheless spending your holidays in the caribbean will be an experience worth while. A visit to the Caribbean is always a good thing, but a Caribbean Christmas is the best time of all. The most important thing a wanderluster in the caribbean holiday season needs to know, is what and how we celebrate.

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Christmas season officially starts in Curaçao when we hit mid- November, its all about the music, the spirit and gatherings. every other weekend you will find at the side of the street “Tambú” gatherings. “Tambú” is a traditional holiday season music that contain rather controversial lyrics sometimes stating how the year went by. Early December there’s the “Koop-avond” night where stores in the city stay open every Thursday till 9, where people can shop, gather and have a good time shopping while enjoying festive music and food.

St. Nicolas Day Dec 5 Or Sinterklaas
Children carefully set out their shoes on the eve, filled with grass for St. Nic`s horse. Those who have been good receive a gift, those who haven`t are afraid a “Zwarte Piet” will carry them back to Spain in a Sack. Local schools participate fully in the festivities look for jeeps full of Piets in black face driving around residential areas throughout the week. It may surprise you to see local businesses decorated with caricatures of black face Piet.

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Christmas eve Dec 24
Christmas eve is the time where families usually gather (allot of workers get half day off or stop working at 3), if they still havent decorated the christmas tree parents and children do so and follow along with a christmas eve dinner or party. its a time families reflect together and prepare for christmas day.

Christmas day Dec 25
Christmas day is a big celebration where the main focus is food. families wake up early in the morning and start preparing the christmas dinner. Around 9 families goes to church to thank god for the birth of our saviour. After this they proceed visiting family members in the neighbourhood to spread the blessings and remind them about christmas dinner. After christmas dinner they proceed opening gifts and spending time together.

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New Year’s Day Jan 1
After the year ends with a big bang, the first day of the New Year is traditionally a time for family gatherings. (Stores are closed). For several days the streets are littered with the red paper wrappings of thousands of firecrackers.

Fuik Day Or Fuik Dag
Is a Curaçao’s yearly recurring boat party in Fuik Bay on the first Sunday of the year with boats, booze and DJ’s.
Since 2011 big DJ’s like Chuckie, Afrojack and others have played there, but who’s coming this year… On the first Sunday of the year (or the second if it’s bad timing) everything that floats comes to Fuik Bay for one big party on the water. Bring your inflatables and lots of booze because this is one big BYOB party on the water.

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Now that you have a feel of what to expect ask santa this year for the gift of a Caribbean Christmas. It’s easy to wrap, fits under any tree and comes with a lifetime of memories.


Key Caribe | Curacao Street Art

Think the Caribbean is all about beaches? You might be surprised to find a thriving street art scene in Curacao, an island in the Netherlands Antilles. Some tourist over look the fact that, Curacao also has allot of artistic value.

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If you are a lover of arts, than Curacao might be right up your alley. Curacao is mostly known for its crystal clear beaches and colonial architecture but walking through the colonial city of Willemstad you will notice allot of colourful murals and public art installations. You can instantly feel that the people here are really artistic and express their emotions in a unique way.

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The architecture in downtown Willemstad is very traditional; pastel-colored buildings with red tile roofs dot the landscape. Painted murals are also a fixture of the city, ranging from advertisements for local shops to political art.

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If you love an adventure it might be a fun idea to cruise the island searching for all these beautiful murals which al express a different meaning and give the island a special touch.

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