Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Curacao - Lat 12.04 – W 068.51 Dec 15 –

We are anchored in Spanish Waters a large safe water bay housing 4 designated anchorage areas.  These are close to bus facilities that provide easy access to Willemstad (the capital) for check-in –out procedures, albeit you need to have good walking shoes as they have somehow managed to spread out the distance between customs and immigration about as far as possible without changing towns.

The colours here are brilliant and the hustle and bustle reminds you that you are in a busy trading center.  The local population is made up of Dutch, Venezuelan and native islanders and it is unfortunate that our experience with them showed they are not always as gentle or friendly as one might expect.  On more than one occasion we found ourselves being jostled about, whether just standing and waiting for a bus or dealing with unpleasant /impatient and often rude vendors.  This was not what we expected and would not recommend a return visit.  

We are waiting a weather window for our next leg to Aruba.

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