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Willemstad, Curaçao

This is an island without hasslers or pushy vendors, a place where your family can walk safely along the streets, dine at sidewalk cafes, and be greeted by friendly Curaçaoans.

Start with a visit to Willemstad, an historic city that bustles with activity but also takes a slower pace in its shopping district. Here you can take a guided tour aboard an open-air trolley or a self-guided walk for a look at Fort Amsterdam. And you can’t miss the historic harborside shops, as colorful as Easter eggs.

Stroll through the streets and alleyways, then walk across the Wilhelmina Bridge (a swinging bridge nicknamed the Swinging Old Lady) to the Floating Market, one of Willemstad’s most colorful sites. Here Venezuelans sell fresh fish and vegetables (a real commodity on an island without much agriculture).

Stroll along the waterway booths and buy exotic tropical fruits or watch fishermen cleaning their catch for a buyer. Behind the stalls, colorful schooners make an excellent photo.

While you are in the city, be sure to make a stop at the Seaquarium, a favorite with kids.

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