Curaçao is a tropical island situated in the southern part of the Caribbean.
Together with Aruba and Bonaire they are the three western-most islands of the Leeward Antilles and also known as the ABC islands. Curaçao is the largest of the three islands and consists of the island Curaçao and the island Klein Curaçao which is situated 10 km off the east coast. The highest point on the island is Mount St Christoffel with 375m.
Curaçao consists of coral limestone and volcanic rock. It has six natural harbours which have been created through erosion by natural forces. The largest one, het Schottegat is the harbour of Willemstad, situated on the south west side of the island. It is amongst the largest natural harbours in the world and around it are the largest dry dock and oil refinery of the region as well as goods and container terminals and berths to accommodate cruise ships.
Access is via the St Anna bay which divides the city of Willemstad. In the east, the oldest part ‘Punda’ (the Point) with a multitude of little shops and in the west the Otrobanda district (Papiamento for ‘The Other Side’).
Since 1888 both sides have been connected by a wooden pontoon bridge (Koningin Emmabrug). There is a lively ‘floating market’ on the De Ruyterkade where often many Venezuelans offer their merchandise to customer on the quayside.
If you don’t fancy cooking or lighting the BBQ – there are plenty of options to go out for a meal. We have listed a few of our favourite restaurants below which are all in close proximity to the villa.
(ex Trio Penotti)
One of our favourites close to home 🙂
The head chef prepares amongst others some fabulous local dishes like Stoba Kabritu (goat stew) and Stoba Karni (beef stew) which are highly recommended! They also organise theme nights on a regular basis.
Situated in the Christoffel Park also offer a fabulous lunch after a brisk walk on the Christoffel Berg.
- Turn right leaving the villa park
- After approx. 1200m take the first right (bistro on corner)
- Drive to the T junction then turn left
- Drive for approx.. 15 minutes towards Westpunt You will find Trio Penotti on the right handside opposite the entrance of the Christoffel Park
A causy restaurant owned by a local family and offering tasty Curaçaon cuisine with a view of the Christoffel Berg. The restaurant is situated on a hill with unobstructed views all round.
- Turn right leaving the villa park
- After Soto village turn right at the large T junction ( just before St Cruz snek on the right hand side)
- Continue for approx. 1500m and turn left into the narrow street. There is a sign ‘Shelterrock Paradise’ opposite on the right hand side.
- Continue up the hill following the white arrows.
- You will find Shelterrock Paradise at the top.
Bistro E Lanternu
A nice little restaurant with a simple but very tasty menu. You can also have your meal outside on one of the picnic benches.
- Leaving the villa park – turn right
- After approx. 1200m you will see the he bistro is on the corner of the first side street on your right.
Beach Bar & Restaurant Porto Marie
The bar and restaurant in Porto Marie opens daily from 09.30–18.30.They serve good food and delicious cocktails. With a variety of hot meals and sandwiches this is the ideal spot for something to eat after a day’s diving or a day on the beach.
Enjoy delicious food on the porch of one of the oldest country houses in Curaçao. Open every day and approx. a 10 min. drive from the villa.
Enjoy good food and a cosy relaxing atmosphere to go for a drink. For the wine lovers
‘de Buurvrouw’ has its own wine shop where beautiful wines can be purchased to be enjoyed at home.
Besides the renowned climb of the Christoffelberg which is certainly worthwhile, there are several routes mapped out in the immediate surroundings of Kas Tribon by the Stichting Uniek Curaçao. For further information visit https://facebook.com/uniekcuracao/
Directly outside Villapark Fontein there are several walking routes. These routes start from the back of the park and lead up the hill.
Rif Sint Marie
This is the area that you can see from the terrace of Kas Tribon and you can find some beautiful walking routes here.
The area Rif Sint Marie, situated near Willibrordus offers various walking and mountain biking routes which lead you past remains from the slavery.
Discover the caves in the rock faces or for a greater challenge and a beautiful view, climb Seru Largu. Take pictures of the flamingos in the salt pans, take a walk through the Mangroves or give kitesurfing a go. Rif Sint Marie offers many possibilities. All routes are marked out with yellow bricks.
You can also walk with a guide in a group: