Historic & Cultural
Historic Willemstad ( 2 minute walk)
You can walk from the Plaza Hotel and discover Willemstad's rich and diverse history dating back long before 1634, when it's first European visitors arrived. Today, Willemstad is home to a population of 135,000 and represents over 55 nationalities. There's plenty to do and see in Curacao's capital city, so be sure to plan plenty of time to explore this culturally rich and diverse city, both during the day and at night.
Willemstad is divided by the gorgeous St. Anna Bay, thus creating two major districts, Punda and Otrobanda. These districts are connected by the world famous Queen Emma pontoon bridge and both offer visitors plenty of duty free shopping, culinary delights and cultural sites. Stroll Willemstad's winding streets and discover historic forts, stately mansions, outside cafes, a multitude of open air markets, small craft shops, fine jewelry stores, exciting nightlife and plenty of dancing and fun.
Curacao Floating Market ( 2 minute walk)
Be sure to discover Curacao's famous "Floating Market", located in Punda and just footsteps from the Plaza Hotel.
Here you will find one of Curacao's most famous and picturesque sights featuring numerous Venezuelan merchants selling their fresh fish, products and spices from small fishing boats.
Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue ( 2 minute walk)
Regardless of your religion, the Mikve Israel- Emanuel Synagogue is an inspiring venue and fascinates everyone.
The oldest synagogue building in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere, was founded in 1651 by 12 families from Amsterdam.
Discover many interesting and unusual objects illustrating the culture and history of the Jewish community of which many are still in use in the Synagogue today.
The Hato Caves( 15 minute drive)
The Hato Caves were formed millions of years ago, during the Ice Age. The Hato cave covers an area of 4900 m2, and is the home to the beautiful limestone formations, romantic pools, waterfall and our famous Madonna statue. Also inside the Cave is a colony of seldom seen long nose fruit bats.
Browse Curacao's astonishing array of museums and galleries - a collection of traditional and contemporary art, history, religion, and much more from local and international artists. To list a few; Curacao Museum, Kura Hulanda Slavery Museum, Maritime Museum, Jewish Cultural Historical Museum, The National Archaeological Anthropological Museum and much more.