The Dutch Caribbean is home to many islands, all which are rife with natural splendor and rich culture. From Curacao to Aruba, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views and activities for every member of the family. Read on for some of our top picks in the Dutch Caribbean!
While you may not know it by name, you definitely have seen the colorful streets of the Pietermaai District all over your Instagram feed. There’s no shortage of things to do while spending an afternoon in the neighborhood: stroll the district’s vividly painted streets, shop at some of the many small shops that line the streets, or pop into a cozy cafe for an afternoon pick-me-up. The neighborhood is always buzzing, and there’s something to do at all times of the day. We promise this neighborhood won’t disappoint!
Like all of the Dutch Caribbean, there’s no trip to Curacao without soaking up some sun at one of the plentiful beautiful beaches. For those who seek some adventure, spend a day at Playa Forti, located near the coastal village of Westpunt. Here you’ll find stretches of sand lined with small pebbles, a quaint snack bar and a restaurant for to grab small bites. The highlight of Playa Forti is its many rocks, where adventure seekers can cliff jump 10 meters into the sparkling sea.
Alto Vista Chapel
Originally constructed in the 18th century, the Alto Vista Chapel is a must-see when in Aruba. Said to be the location where the first Aruban Indians converted to Christianity, the chapel stands atop hills surrounded by gorgeous cacti and sprawling sea views. Don’t be fooled: this chapel offers more than meets the eye. Be sure to go out back and explore Alto Vista Chapel’s very own Peace Labyrinth.
Bubali Bird Sanctuary
Home to over 80 species of migratory birds, the Bubali Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit for bird lovers and animal enthusiasts alike. Spend a tranquil afternoon roaming around the sanctuary, sharing space with our exotic winged friends. When you get hungry, head back to Hilton Aruba, where you can grab a bite at Gilligan’s and make your way over to Hilton’s very own bird sanctuary, where on-property bird keeper Victor will introduce you to the charismatic birds that call Hilton home. If you’re lucky, one may even strike up conversation with you!
There’s so much to explore in the Dutch Caribbean, and we’ve only just scratched the surface. From water-sports and adventure to local cuisine and colonial architecture, the Dutch Caribbean makes for the ideal destination for a memorable getaway. Start dreaming about your vacations at Hilton Curacao and Hilton Aruba today!