CURAÇAO © Curacao Tourist Board ine List OF UNANTICIPATED SURPRISES.” Curacao from pirates and other seaborne enemies, or tour the Kura Hulanda Museum, which documents the island’s slave trade and the African diaspora. They can also visit Mikve Israel-Emanuel, possibly the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, with a famous sand floor installed as tribute to the worshipers who had to quiet their footsteps while attending services during the Spanish Inquisition. Unlike some of Curacao’s tropical neighbors, the island contains more xeric shrublands, so expect to see cacti, thorny shrubs, and evergreens while passing through the interior. It also contains stunning beaches; Knip Beach and Playa Porto Mari are a couple of the fan favorites. For snorkelers and divers, sights like the Underwater Marine Park provides access to the plentiful marine life and its many shapes and sizes of fish and coral. Once the swimming becomes tiring, there’s an exciting array of possibilities in store for the stomach. Sample okra soup, conch, and stewed iguana, or visit Willemstad’s floating market for a tasty selection of fruits and vegetables. Stop by the Curacao Liqueur Factory for some Curacao liqueur, the tangy drink is flavored 73 with dried citrus peels and is known for its distinct shade of sea blue. Curacao is a prime destination for visitors who want to add an extra dimension to the sun and sand of the classic Caribbean vacation. This heart of the Caribbean is full of wonderfully unique natural, historical, and cultural experiences.