Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 73

A destination of choice for the cultural explorer, the former Dutch colony offers an exclusive alternative to the region. A cityface so beautiful that it was named a UNESCO world heritage site, the country offers a unique fusion of European-island culture, with distinctive architecture and cuisine, bonded over centuries of tradition and new local flair. Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, a ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture, Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands in the Caribbean. The island was recently selected as one of USA Today’s 10 Best Caribbean destinations. The capital city, Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features an iconic colorful backdrop, as well as an intriguing roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping. Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving, and snorkeling sites are a 69 favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition. Easily accessible for North American travelers, Curaçao recently launched twice-weekly direct flights from New York via JetBlue, as well as weekly service from Canada. The island also offers daily flights from Miami with American Airlines and Insel Air.