For hundreds of years, visitors to Curacao's capital city of Willemstad have been greeted at the harbour's entrance with 2 rugged fortresses, a testament to Curacao's history of conquests and need for protection.
From 1634 until after the Second World War, the Dutch never felt completely safe on the island and therefore constructed many forts for protection. At first they were threatened by Spain, then by France and England and finally by Venezuela and Germany.
And while several of Curacao's fort still stands, their roles have changed.
Today, the Curacao Plaza Hotel & Casino stands upon one of these iconic forts and represents the island's struggle from predators and conquistadors to a haven of hospitality and comfort.
Wander through the Waterfort Fort arches and enjoy eclectic shops, enticing waterfront restaurants, lounges, a hookah bar, and some of Curacao's best dining. In fact, one arch is even home to a local artist!
Curacao has a history rich in culture, packed with natural beauty, stunning ecological treasures, fine culinary diversity and plenty of warm hospitality.