While Curacao is not known as one of the top places to go in Caribbean for shopping bargains, some great deals can be found if you know where to look.
Even if you don't find the best prices, the items available in island boutiques are high quality and worth the price. Curacao has been a high-traffic trade center for generations, and island proprietors know how to choose the best products for their customers.
The shopping in Willemstad is mainly concentrated in the Punda shopping district, along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat. This area has always been the main shopping area of the city, and today the streets are only available to pedestrians. You will find a little bit of everything in the shops of Punda, including open air markets where locals sell their wares. Check out Floating Market, New Market, and Old Market.
Otrobanda, on the other side of St. Anna Bay from Punda, offers more shopping opportunities. Once considered to be the slums of Willemstad, a revamp has made the waterfront area home to some high end boutiques such as Tiffanys. Renaissance Mall & Rif Fort is in Otrobanda, and offers over 50 stores, 15 bars and restaurants, and is known for its nightlife offerings.
Saliña is the largest shopping area on Curacao after Punda. A number of small shopping centers offer more every day goods than souvenirs, and they are located at larger distances from one another than the shops in Punda, so a car is necessary if you want to “mall hop.” If you are on the hunt for souvenirs in Saliña, Saliña Galleries is where the European boutiques are located.
The Promenade, Bloempot, and Zuikertuintje Shopping Centers are also malls situated throughout the islands, comprised of multiple stores selling a variety of international and local products.
If you enjoy shopping for gifts or souvenirs you might want to try Freeport Duty Free, which is located in Punda, Curacao. One of six shops owned by one of the top jewelry and timepiece dealers on the island, Freeport Duty Free gives visitors the chance to pick up top-of-the-line accessories without breaking the bank. Visitors can reach them at (599-9) 461-9500.
A second possibility is Occhiali Willemstad, which is found a short distance away of Freeport Duty Free. Protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun -- and look good while you're at it when you shop with Occhiali. Visitors can reach them at (999) 738-8568.
Many gift and souvenir shops on Curacao are shown in the chart below.
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 737-7477||Willemstad|
|Freeport Duty Free||Duty Free Store||(599-9) 461-9500||Downtown Willemstad|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 524-0244||Willemstad|
|Occhiali Willemstad||Sunglasses Shop||(999) 738-8568||Willemstad|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 465-3728||The vicinity of Willemstad|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 461-3736||Punda|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 465-7131||The vicinity of Willemstad|
Products available on Curacao make up an international buffet. Dutch Delft blue china, French perfumes, Italian silk, Japanese cameras are all available, as are a mixture of items coming from any of these countries and others around the world. Visitors will find clothing, jewelry, leather goods, linens, liquor, and watches at island shops.
One of the interesting speciality shops in the area is CURious2DIVE. They're located within the vicinity of Willemstad, Curacao. "If you can breathe, you can dive." That's their motto at CURious2DIVE, and they offer a number of courses and dive excursions to prove it. Sign up for scuba training for beginners all the way through to Master Diver, and when you reach that level, continue on by taking specialty courses like wreck and reef diving. Guests can reach them at (999) 513-2265.
A second option is Caribbean Sea Sports, which is found approximately seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) to the west-northwest of CURious2DIVE. Known as the dive shop with "personality," Caribbean Sea Sports is all about having fun while enjoying the sport of scuba diving. Everyone is made to feel welcome and like part of the team, which in turn helps them to feel safe and allows them to thrive as they learn new scuba skills. You can contact them at (599-9) 462-2620.
Kalina Studio: In addition to photographic prints that Kalina has snapped, she also specialized in wedding photography. To talk to them, call (999) 738-9966.
The table below provides you with more information about the specialty shops located on Curacao.
|CURious2DIVE||Dive Shop||(999) 513-2265||5.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda|
|Caribbean Sea Sports||Dive Shop||(599-9) 462-2620||2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda|
|Caribbean Sea Sports Hilton||Dive Shop||(+599-9) 462-2630||2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda|
|Caribbean Sea Sports Marriott||Dive Shop||(+599-9) 462-2620||2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda|
|Jewelry Store||--||Downtown Willemstad|
|Dive Center Aquarius||Dive Shop||(599-9) 461-2248||Zeelandia|
|Dive Center Scuba Do||Dive Shop||(599-9) 767-9300||Jan Thiel|
|Fashion Zone||Jewelry Store||(599-9) 736-1394||Downtown Willemstad|
|Freeport Jewelers Breedestraat||Jewelry Store||(599-9) 465-8117||Downtown Willemstad|
|Freeport Jewelers Zuikertuin||Jewelry Store||(999) 736-1394||Willemstad|
|Freeport Jewelry & Gifts||Jewelry Store||(599-9) 461-2399 / (599-9) 461-3764||Willemstad|
|Art Gallery||(999) 864-3595||Punda|
|Handmade By Me||Art Gallery||(999) 738-2606||Willemstad|
|Kalina Studio||Art Gallery||(999) 738-9966||Willemstad|
|Nena Sanchez Gallery||Art Gallery||(999) 869-4965||Willemstad|
|Old Freeport Shop||Watch Store||(599-9) 461-2399||Downtown Willemstad|
|Jewelry Store||(599) 9 465-4774||Downtown Willemstad|
|Scuba Store and More||Dive Shop||(999) 738-6640||Willemstad|
|Art Gallery||(599-9) 738-0648||The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao|
|Toy and Game Store||(999) 736-2686||Willemstad|
Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might want to try The Bikini Shop -- it's located in Jan Thiel. With the biggest selection of beachwear on Curacao, the Bikini Shop has everything you need to get you beach ready in no time. If you want to call ahead, you can do so at (599-9) 461-7343.
Another shop to consider is Occhiali Willemstad -- which is found 4.2 mi. (6.7 km) to the northwest of The Bikini Shop. Protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun -- and look good while you're at it when you shop with Occhiali. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (999) 738-8568.
A third place to consider is McGregor. Located in the only air conditioned mall on the island, this shop caters to men who want comfort and fashion all at once. To contact them, call (999) 738-6442.
Take a moment to read the following chart for more information.
|Children's and Infants' Clothing and Accessory Store||(999) 738-3133||Willemstad|
|Department Store||(999) 737-5501||Willemstad|
|Lingerie Store||(999) 747-8080||Willemstad|
|Men's Clothing Store||(999) 738-6313||Willemstad|
|Clothing Store||--||The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao|
|McGregor||Men's Clothing Store||(999) 738-6442||Willemstad|
|Occhiali Willemstad||Sunglasses Shop||(999) 738-8568||Willemstad|
|Shoe Store||(599-9) 462-8848||Willemstad|
|Shoe Store||(999) 737-0022||Willemstad|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(999) 736-3655||Willemstad|
|The Athlete's Foot Curacao||Shoe Store||(599-9) 461-2700||Punda|
|The Bikini Shop||Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(599-9) 461-7343||Jan Thiel|
Got the munchies? Vreugdenhil Supermarket is located within Willemstad. This all-encompassing grocery store is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (599-9) 461-1296.
Another option is Bon Bini Supermarket, which is found mi. ( km) to the of Vreugdenhil Supermarket. Fulfilling all of your grocery shopping needs, Bon Bini Supermarket is well known for its high quality of service and nice selection of food stock. To contact them, call (599-9) 737-9240.
Be sure to look at the following chart for more information about your options.
|Grocery Store||--||1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad|
|Bon Bini Supermarket||Grocery Store||(599-9) 737-9240||Willemstad|
|Confectionery and Nut Store||(999) 461-0977||1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(599-9) 737-0787||Willemstad|
|Grocery Store||(599-9) 868-1473||The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(599-9) 868-3839||Willemstad|
|Bakery||(599-9) 869-1565 / (599-9) 869-2777 / (599-9) 747-1566||Willemstad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(599-9) 461-0101||Willemstad|
|Vreugdenhil Supermarket||Grocery Store||(599-9) 461-1296||Willemstad|
The official currency on Curacao is the Netherlands Antilles guilder (also called the florin), though the United States Dollar (USD) is almost universally accepted. Payment can also be made by credit card. The prices in island stores are fixed, and not a jumping-off point for bargaining. Shopping on Curacao is not duty free, despite some shops in Willemstad claiming to be.
Shops on Curacao are typically open Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a two hour break in service mid-day. Hours may vary when cruise ships dock, with the shops staying open through lunch, later in the day, and sometimes even on Sundays.
If you plan to spend a chunk of your Caribbean vacation shopping, pick Curacao to do it. While you may not find the best prices, they aren't outrageous either, and the product is always worthy. On top of that, allowing yourself to get lost in the crowd as you wander from vendor to vendor is an experience all its own.
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