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Handelskade picture in Curacao
Handelskade picture in Curacao
Handelskade picture in Curacao
Handelskade picture in Curacao
Handelskade picture in Curacao
Handelskade picture in Curacao

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On the Punda side of Willemstad is Handelskade, that picturesque stretch of pier you've seen on every Curaçao postcard. Colonial Dutch buildings painted in brilliant pinks, blues and yellows line the waters of St. Anna Bay. Grab a seat and a daiquiri at one of Handelskade's outdoor cafes and watch the Queen Emma Bridge swing open to let ships into the harbor or pop in to one of the shops along the water. 

If you wake up early enough, you can get your hands on fresh fish and produce at the daily floating market at Handelskade's northern point. Or, you can walk across the bridge at night to see Handelskade's illuminated façades and reflections glinting on the bay. Regardless of what time you visit, you're going to want to snap a picture or two. Past visitors recommended crossing the bridge for the best photo angles. 

Recent visitors said the waterfront and colorful buildings that line it are as beautiful as they are in the pictures, and most recommended stopping to get a drink at one of the cafes.

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#2 Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge Spanning the St. Anna Bay, the Queen Emma, or also known as the "Swinging Old Lady," is a floating pedestrian bridge that connects Willemstad's two halves, Punda and Otrobanda ... Read more » David Waller / EyeEm / Getty Images

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