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One old now even better than Punda

Once this was the old dirty poor part from the city back in the 80,s but after construction this part off this city is getting more popular, less tourism more real curacao not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Oranjestad, Aruba
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We experienced Otrobanda whilst on a Caribbean cruise and went on a tour of Curacao which involved driving through Otrobanda

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Once this was the old dirty poor part from the city back in the 80,s but after construction this part off this city is getting more popular, less tourism more real curacao not with the bla bla tommy hilfiger shops etc, just walk through the small streets for music, feel the ambiance, smell, do visit this area.

Thank wouter94
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's the RIF Fort, Kura Hulanda and Brionplein areas which in themselves are well worth a visit. Then there are the less touristy areas up the main road through Otrabanda and a few interesting architectural sights on Hoogstraat and basically scattered all throughout the residential areas.

Thank AndreToronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is nice old port with fort. Beautiful view and bridge. On a sunny day it is must see. That is where all the post cards pictures are made.

Thank Bob M
Covington, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is what you'd expect on a cruise ship stop. All the typical shops mixed in with some local shops. We bought a few little souvenirs and walked up top of the fort next to the Renaissance hotel. Even if you aren't looking for souvenirs it's nice to walk through and see what shops are there. I always enjoy Swarovski... More 

Thank LisaSCovington_OH
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice area to be gently explored at a slow speeed to take in the myriad of colour that abounds especially on a nice day. Lots of character and seemingly history in the area so some excellent photo opportunities to take in.

Thank Steve T
Tryon, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

While most travelers and cruise ship passengers cross the floating bridge to walk around Punda, with it's (expensive) shops and boutiques, I recommend a stroll thru Otrobanda (the other side). The vibe is real Curacao, vibrant, friendly and different. This is where the locals shop, and hang out. Lots of stores and boutiques, small hotels and bars. It is where... More 

2 Thank Kathy R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I was born and grew up there. Several decades ago, made a movie about the sad state it was in. Now, many buildings have been restored but don't honor the spirit of Otrabanda, I deplore to say. There are many locations where tourists wouldn't dare to go, and they are quite right. It's downright dangerous. You have a camera or... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Nice to walk around and see the area, lots of places to pop in for a cool drink or snack as well, good day

Thank Pelt321
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Lovely buildings, Rif Fort and LOTS of shops in the wee streets if you fancy shopping. We just went for a drink here and visited RIF fort as the shops are all much of a muchness really. But if it's something you are looking for.....happy shopping.

Thank BarbaraRiekwel

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