The History of Punda

Over 400 years of history resulting in a multicultural city’s life, European architectural style and a rich array of Caribbean colours.

The beautiful History of a Colorful, Caribbean Paradise.

Gazing across Sint Annabaai at the colorful townhouses lined up on the shore, you might think that you're in the Old Country. Until you remember that the sun is shining, it's 28°C (82°F), and you're on your way to the beach. Despite the flawless weather, Willemstad feels like a Dutch city, complete with waterways and street cafes.

Residents live in the hills surrounding Schottegat, the deep inland harbor. Much of the sprawling city is traffic-clogged and rather mundane. But the crowded streets of Punda are packed with galleries and shops, while nearby Pietermaai is coming alive with restaurants, bars and clubs. Throughout the old town, the architecture is rich, with stunning examples of 17th- and 18th-century fortifications, Dutch colonial planning and diverse building styles, all of which earned this city its Unesco-protected status.

6 reasons why you will love Punda

1. Colorful buildings Nothing is more amazing than the streets full with life and colors; fantastic murals and colorful building all over the town. There are more than 25 painted murals, and hundreds colorful buildings to admire....

The Colourful Streets Of Punda

Written by Connie – June 7, 2017 Looking for unique, street art, and 3D visuals in the Downtown core of Curacao, known as Punda, was like a hidden treasure hunt. In no other place, did I see sunflowers shoot...

The Handelskade

The Handelskade is the most famous and photographed spot of Curaçao and can be found in Punda. The beautifully colored facades built in the Dutch colonial style will bring you directly into the Caribbean atmosphere. This quay...