Events Curaçao 2020

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ALL THE BEST FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST

2020 - 12th Edition

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Picture Perfect Island with 20/20 Vision


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Day or Night… There’s Something for Everyone at the

Mambo Beach Boulevard

Curaçao’s most lively popular beach is not just about the sea and sand. This local hotspot features attractions and activities to suit everyone. Indeed, there’s always something to see and do at Mambo Beach Boulevard.

Beach… With the longest stretch of white sand and breathtakingly áġţì ŹÆŞìŐ ĮĨ ŞĈì ċŖġÆĨèʫ ſĮţːŐì ŖţŐì ŞĮ ƏĨè ŞĈì ōìŐāì⪠ŖōĮŞ ŞĮ ġÆſ áÆâĞ ÆĨè ŖĮÆĞ ţō ŞĈì ŹÆŐħ ŞŐĮōċâÆġ ŖţĨŖĈċĨì ĮŐ ěţŖŞ ŞĮ ŐìġÆž ţĨèìŐ Æ ŖĈÆèſ ōÆġħ ŞŐìì ŹċŞĈ ŞĈì ŖÆĨè ċĨ ſĮţŐ ŞĮìŖ ÆŖ ſĮţ Ŗċō ĮĨ Æ âĮĮġ âĮâĞŞÆċġʲ ³ĈìŞĈìŐ ſĮţːŸì âĈĮŖìĨ Æ âĮƈſ beach cabana or a chic lounge chair on the beach, you âÆĨ ìĨěĮſ Æ āţġġ˅ŖìŐŸċâì ìžōìŐċìĨâì ŹċŞĈ āŐċìĨèġſ ŖŞÆƌ ÆĨè Æġġ ŞĈì ÆħìĨċŞċìŖ ÆŞ ſĮţŐ áìâĞ ÆĨè âÆġġʲ ĮÆŖŞ ŞĮ ſĮţŐ ŖōġìĨèċè ŸÆâÆŞċĮĨ ÆĨè ġċĨĂìŐ ĮĨ ÆŞ aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ŞĮ ìĨěĮſ ÆĨĮŞĈìŐ áìÆţŞċāţġ ŖţĨŖìŞʲ

ĈìâĞ ĮţŞ ŞĈì âĈċâ ġĮţĨĂì ŖâìĨì ÆŞ ŞĈì ōĮĮġŖċèì Įā aÆèìŐĮ hâìÆĨ ġţá ÆŖ ſĮţ ŞÆĞì Æ ōġţĨĂì ċĨ ŞĈì ĂĮŐĂìĮţŖ ōĮĮġʲ >ĮŐ ŞĈĮŖì ŹĈĮ ōŐìāìŐ Æ ħĮŐì ÆâŞċŸì èÆſ ÆŞ ŞĈì áìÆâĈʫ ſĮţ âÆĨ ÆġŖĮ ìĨěĮſ ŸÆŐċĮţŖ áìÆâĈ ŐìĨŞÆġŖ āĮŐ ĞċèŖ ÆĨè ÆèţġŞŖʲ Hā ĮĨì Įā ŞĈì ŞììĨÆĂìŐŖ ĈÆŖ ħſŖŞìŐċĮţŖġſ èċŖÆōōìÆŐìèʫ ōìŐĈÆōŖ Æ ĂĮĮè ōġÆâì ŞĮ ġĮĮĞ ċŖ ÆŞ ſŐĮĨŖː ÆŞŞĮĮʲ EĮōìāţġġſ ſĮţːŸì ÆŐŐċŸìè ċĨ Şċħì ŞĮ ĂċŸì ſĮţŐ ÆōōŐĮŸÆġ āĮŐ ĈċŖʸĈìŐ ŖìġìâŞċĮĨ āŐĮħ ĮĨì Įā ſŐĮĨːŖ āÆħĮţŖ ċĨŞŐċâÆŞì èìŖċĂĨŖʲ ţŞ ċā aĮħ èċŖÆōōìÆŐŖʫ ŞĈìŐìːŖ ĨĮ Ĩììè ŞĮ ŐţŖĈ ÆĨè ƏĨè ĈìŐʲʲʲ ĈìːŖ ōŐĮáÆáġſ ċĨèţġĂċĨĂ ċĨ Æ ġţžţŐċĮţŖ ħÆŖŖÆĂì ÆŞ ŞìâĨċŏţì ěţŖŞ ŞŹĮ ŖŞìōŖ ÆŹÆſʬ ŖĮ Źìːġġ ġìŞ ĈìŐ ŞŐìÆŞ ĈìŐŖìġā ŞĮ ŖĮħì ŐìġÆžċĨĂ ˎħìː Şċħìʲ ³ċŞĈ ìŸìŐſ âĮĨŸìĨċìĨâì ÆŞ ſĮţŐ ƏĨĂìŐŞċōŖʫ aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ċŖ ÆġŖĮ ìŏţċōōìè ŹċŞĈ āţġġ˅ŖìŐŸċâì áÆŞĈŐĮĮħŖʫ ŖĈĮŹìŐŖʫ âĈÆĨĂċĨĂ āÆâċġċŞċìŖ ÆĨè ōŐĮŸċèìŖ āţġġ ŹĈììġâĈÆċŐ ÆââìŖŖ ŞĮ Æġġ ÆŐìÆŖʲ ġċō ĮţŞ Įā ſĮţŐ áÆċŞĈċĨĂ ŖţċŞ ÆĨè ōŐìōÆŐì āĮŐ Æ āţĨ ÆāŞìŐĨĮĮĨ ŖĈĮōōċĨĂ ĮŐ Æ āÆáţġĮţŖ ìŸìĨċĨĂ èċĨĨċĨĂ ÆŞ ÆĨſ ŐìŖŞÆţŐÆĨŞ āĮţĨè ÆŞ ìŸìŐſ ŖŞìō Įā ŞĈì ŹÆſʲʲʲ

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Shop… ³ÆĨèìŐ ŞĈŐĮţĂĈ ŞĈì aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ŞĮ èċŖâĮŸìŐ ţĨċŏţì ŖŞĮŐìŖ ŞĈÆŞ ĮƌìŐ Æ āţġġ ÆŐŐÆſ Įā ŞĈì ġÆŞìŖŞ āÆŖĈċĮĨŖʫ āŐĮħ âĮĮġ ÆĨè âÆŖţÆġ ŞŐĮōċâÆġ ġĮţĨĂì ŹìÆŐ ÆĨè áÆŞĈċĨĂ ŖţċŞŖʫ ŞĮ ŞĈÆŞ ōìŐāì⪠ĨţħáìŐ āĮŐ ÆĨ ìŸìĨċĨĂ ĮţŞ ĮĨ ŞĈì ŞĮŹĨʲ Ĉì áĮţŞċŏţìŖ ÆŞ ŞĈì ĮţġìŸÆŐè ÆġŖĮ ĮƌìŐ ŞĈì ġÆŐĂìŖŞ ŖìġìâŞċĮĨ Įā ĮĨì˅Įā˅Æ˅ĞċĨè ĂċāŞŖ ÆĨè ŖĮţŸìĨċŐŖ āĮŐ ìŸìŐſĮĨì áÆâĞ ĈĮħìʪ āìÆŞţŐċĨĂ ġĮâÆġ ÆŐŞċŖŞŖː âŐìÆŞċĮĨŖʫ ţĨċŏţì ŞŐĮōċâÆġ ěìŹìġŐſʫ ÆĨè Æġġ ŞĈì ĂìÆŐ ſĮţ Ĩììè ÆŖ ōŐĮĮā ŞĈÆŞ ſĮţːŸì ŸċŖċŞìè ĮţŐ ōÆŐÆèċŖì ċŖġÆĨèʲ

³ċŞĈ ŖĮ ħÆĨſ ŸċŖċŞĮŐŖ âĮħċĨĂ ŞĮ ĮţŐ ŖĈĮŐìŖ āŐĮħ Æġġ âĮŐĨìŐŖ Įā ŞĈì ĂġĮáìʫ ŞĈì aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ĈÆŖ áìâĮħì Æ ĂÆŞĈìŐċĨĂ ōġÆâì ŞĈÆŞ âÆŞìŐŖ ŞĮ Æġġ ŞÆŖŞìŖ ÆĨè âţġŞţŐìŖʲ hƌìŐċĨĂ ÆĨſŞĈċĨĂ ŞĈÆŞ ſĮţŐ ŞÆŖŞì áţèŖ ħÆſ āÆĨâſʫ ċĨâġţèċĨĂ HŞÆġċÆĨʫ aìžċâÆĨʫ WÆōÆĨìŖì ŖţŖĈċʫ ÆŐċááìÆĨ ŖìÆāĮĮèʫ ŐĂìĨŞċĨċÆĨ ŖŞìÆĞŖ ÆĨè ìŸìŐſŞĈċĨĂ ċĨ áìŞŹììĨʫ ŞĈì aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ĈÆŖ áìâĮħì Æ ōĮōţġÆŐ ŖōĮŞ āĮŐ èċĨìŐŖ ŹÆĨŞċĨĂ ŞĮ ìžōġĮŐì ŞĈì ħÆĨſ èìġċâċĮţŖ âţġċĨÆŐſ ĮōŞċĮĨŖ ŞĈÆŞ ŞĈì ċŖġÆĨè ĈÆŖ ŞĮ ĮƌìŐʲ

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WţŖŞ ÆŖ ŖĮĮĨ ÆŖ ŞĈì ĂĮŐĂìĮţŖ ŖţĨŖìŞ áìĂċĨŖ ŞĮ ħìġŞ ċĨŞĮ ŞĈì ĈĮŐċƈĮĨʫ ŞĈì aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ŞÆĞìŖ ĮĨ Æ ŹĈĮġì ĨìŹ ÆŞħĮŖōĈìŐì ÆŖ Æ ōġÆâì ŞĮ ħììŞ ţō ŹċŞĈ āŐċìĨèŖ ÆŞ ÆĨſ ĮĨì Įā ŞĈì ìžâċŞċĨĂ ŐìŖŞÆţŐÆĨŞŖ ĮĨ ŞĈì áĮţġìŸÆŐèʲ ³ċŞĈ Æ āţġġ ÆŐŐÆſ Įā èċƌìŐìĨŞ âţġċĨÆŐſ èċŖâĮŸìŐċìŖʫ ŞĈìŐìːŖ ŖĮħìŞĈċĨĂ ŞĮ ōġìÆŖì ìŸìŐſĮĨìːŖ ōÆġÆŞìʲ ³ĈìŞĈìŐ ſĮţːŐì ċĨ ŞĈì ħĮĮè āĮŐ ÆĨ ìġìĂÆĨŞ ìŸìĨċĨĂ ÆŞ ĮĨì Įā ŞĈì ìžâġţŖċŸì ŐìŖŞÆţŐÆĨŞŖʫ ĮŐ Æ ħĮŐì âÆŖţÆġ āÆħċġſ˅āŐċìĨèġſ ĮââÆŖċĮĨʫ ŞĈì ĮōŞċĮĨŖ ÆŐì ìĨèġìŖŖʲ

ţŞ ŞĈì ĨċĂĈŞ ċŖ ĮĨġſ ěţŖŞ áìĂċĨĨċĨĂ ŞĮ ŹÆŐħ ţōʭ ÆōŞţŐì ŞĈì èċƌìŐìĨŞ ĨċĂĈŞġċāì ŖâìĨìŖ ÆŞ ŞĈì ĮţġìŸÆŐè ŹċŞĈ ġċŸì ōìŐāĮŐħÆĨâìŖ ÆĨè èÆĨâċĨĂʫ ĮŐ Ŗċħōġſ ìĨěĮſ Æ āìŹ èŐċĨĞŖ ŹċŞĈ āŐċìĨèŖ ÆŞ ÆĨſ ĮĨì Įā ŞĈì ġċŸìġſ áÆŐŖ ĮĨ ŞĈì áìÆâĈāŐĮĨŞʲ ³ċŞĈ ÆĨ ìžâċŞċĨĂ ġċĨì˅ţō Įā ōÆŐŞċìŖʫ ƏìŖŞÆŖ ÆĨè âĮĨâìŐŞŖ Ĉìġè ÆŞ ŞĈì aÆħáĮ ìÆâĈ ĮţġìŸÆŐè ŞĈŐĮţĂĈĮţŞ ŞĈì ſìÆŐʫ ŞĈìŐìːŖ ÆġŹÆſŖ Æ ĂĮĮè ŐìÆŖĮĨ ŞĮ ōÆŐŞſ ŞĈì ĨċĂĈŞ ÆŹÆſʲ

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Healing Plants of Curaçao

Dinah Veeris specializes in utilizing the healing properties of plants, herbs and fruits in her botanical garden called Den Paradera which means “where people feel at homeâ€?. Dinah Veeris was gifted with ancient secrets passed down from her mother about the healing properties of the plants in her garden that could be used as natural remedies and for their health EHQHĆ“WV 6LQFH VKH KDV EHHQ UHQRZQHG IRU KHU VSHFLDOL]HG consulting for people seeking a more naturopathic treatment plan or a supportive medicinal approach to healing. Dinah Veeris welcomes Curaçao residents and visitors to the island that seek natural cures or who are simply interested in knowing more about the healing power in nature. Tourists enjoy wandering through the maze of plants of over 300 species. These include the calabash, a tree with a gourd-like fruit used to treat stomach aches, hypertension and breathing problems, and a SODQW FDOOHG VLON FRWWRQ WKDW KDV JUHHQ SRGV Ć“OOHG ZLWK FRWWRQ OLNH Ć“EUH ZLWK DQ DURPD WKDW KHOSV FXUH LQVRPQLD DQG UHOLHYH headaches. The tour of her garden also includes a visit to a well about 60 feet deep, dug in the 1920s. dinahveeris.com

Let's continue the adventure throughout the east. It’s a great opportunity to explore the mangroves of the scenic and sheltered Spanish Water Bay. Mangrove trees are a vital part of our local environment. They thrive along the water’s edge with their tangled roots emerging out of the water to create a beautiful forest of bright green leaves above, and provide D VSHFLDO KDELWDW IRU D IDVFLQDWLQJ GLVSOD\ RI Ć“VK UHSWLOHV DQG birds. Perhaps you can spot a few of our local egrets, also known as herons, resting in the upper branches or doing their elegant dance in the shallow waters below. These mangrove forests, home to a diverse ecosystem, also play a very important role in Ć“OWHULQJ SROOXWDQWV WR LPSURYH ZDWHU TXDOLW\ 7KH\ EXIIHU DJDLQVW rises in the sea level and are a valuable weapon to help protect the island from the impacts of climate change. The very best way to explore the mangroves and tread lightly through this delicate ecosystem is to take a SUP tour with Windsurf Curaçao.

Treading Lightly in a vital ecosystem

Without leaving any footprints, you can get an up-close look at the natural wonders of these unique mangrove forests as you stand tall on the SUP board, giving you a bird’s eye view of the calm, clear waters below. If you’re new to the sport, SUP Curaçao teaches you the ropes, so you’ll be SUP’ing like a pro in no time! 23


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rossing over the bridge from the east to the west, we venture into a landscape with abundant nature. Fondly known as “Banda Bou� the western part of the island takes us back to a time of picturesque simplicity with its old “Landhuizen� (estate homes) dotting the countryside, gorgeous beaches, unique natural sites, historical museums and much more to discover.

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CARMABI’s largest nature reserve is Christoffel Park. With 2,200 hectares of unspoiled terrain, it is Curaçao’s foremost nature park and is home to Mt. Christoffel and the Savonet Museum. There’s something for everyone in the family, whether it’s a relaxing stroll through any of the 8 scenic hiking trails or a more challenging hike to the top of Christoffel mountain. The mountain is open for climbing from 6:00am – 10:00am. We recommend you take this challenge early in the morning to capture the sunrise and before the heat kicks in. There are also scenic car routes throughout the park offering stunning vistas of the windswept hills on the northern coast, and beautiful inland wooded areas offering a closer look at some of the wildlife. Join a deer spotting tour to see if you can spot the elusive Curaçao white-tailed deer, or a birdwatching tour where, if you’re lucky, you can observe the rare native barn owl. During the rainy months, you can encounter natural springs cascading down the mountainside with wild orchids coming into bloom on one of CARMABI’s guided park tours or join them on an occasional full moon walk. You can also check out the Savonet museum, situated in one of the island’s oldest and most beautifully preserved plantation houses featuring an extensive display of artifacts that portray Curaçao’s rich history and the history of this plantation.

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The March to Freedom

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.818.8 +286( The last remaining Kunuku house that has been kept historically intact is called the Kas di Pal’i Maishi (house of the sticks of corn) and is open to visitors to catch a glimpse of the old-world life in Curaçao. 7+( &85$‰$2 086(80 Housed in a spacious colonial-style building, on exhibit are geological and pre-Colombian Indian artifacts, maps and charts, a traditional plantation kitchen, antique furniture & more. T: 462-3873 &+,/'5(1 6 086(80 This museum provides a rich environment that stimulates children’s natural curiosity and creativity. Ininteractive exhibit zones, children explore and learn through the power of play. It is D SODFH ZKHUH FKLOGUHQ IHHO IUHH DQG FRQĆ“GHQW WR H[DPLQH DVN TXHVWLRQV explore, create their own masterpieces, and connect with other children. childrensmuseumcuracao.org 6$921(7 086(80 The historical plantation complex is an experience for the entire family where the running theme is the interdependence of humans and nature. Portal to Christoffel Park. T: 864-0363

0$5,7,0( 086(80 Curaçao’s strategic location and natural harbor made it a major seafaring and commercial center. The museum, situated in a beautifully restored 17th century building in Scharloo, includes exhibits of antique miniatures and 17th century ship models and maps, some even dating back to 1500. T: 465-2327

.$6 ', $/0$ %/28 Papiamento for Home of the Blue Soul. Absorb the Curaçao expression of art, situated in the heart of Willemstad, just a few steps from the well-known Pontoon Bridge. Alma Blou is special because it is housed in one of the most beautiful monuments in Otrobanda. T: 4628896

7+( 180,60$7,& 086(80 Numismatics is the study of or collection of currency. The exhibit here illustrates the evolution of Antillean currency. T: 462-5912

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The park is open every day of the week from 6.00am – 2:00pm The Christoffel Mountain can be climbed until 10 AM in the morning. For the latest information on our fees, regulations and reservations, please visit our website:

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District Revival & Street Art Street Art Skalo is an initiative undertaken by a group of creatives working in the Scharloo area who all earn a living with their creativity. They believe that art is business and that the creative sector on the island should be taken more seriously. The creative industry is an important one, but one that is often underestimated.

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ear Anna Bay Street, a delightful walk away from the souvenir shops in Punda, you can cross the pedestrian bridge into the Scharloo district to discover a succession of old colonial houses, street art and a melting pot of restored historic houses in juxtoposition to some rather dilapidated ones. In the past few decades, many of these century-old homes have been restored into JDOOHULHV DUW VWXGLRV RIĆ“FH EXLOGLQJV museums and restaurants. Ćš guided walking tour through Skalo is a great way to imbibe the characteristics

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of this spruced up district and also gain a better understanding of how Curaçao has helped its people be proud of this neighborhood again. You can weave through the narrow streets of Skalo, pointing out to the many walls where talented artists express themselves with vibrant murals such as the Romanesque painting by Francis Sling on Bitterstraat. If you walk north behind the colorful row houses in Skalo, \RX OO Ć“QG D FKDUPLQJ QHLJKERUKRRG with narrow, brick-paved roads. The talented street artists' work is not limited to the facades of buildings, for it is in these narrow passes you'll

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Street Art in Otrobanda Only a half dozen years ago, street art and wall murals were just beginning to emerge in the city of Willemstad. Today, festivals are held celebrating the diverse and decorated buildings in Otrobanda and Punda. Walking tours are available in the capital city, but if you want to venture down the alleys of Otrobanda and discover the famed artwork for yourself, I suggest you begin at the top of the Havenstraat near Theatro Luna Blou. As the street rounds the corner, you’ll notice the large mural of a rooster painted on the face of the blue building. From there, the colorful steps welcoming you to the

neighborhood under the bridge is a must stop, photo op. On both sides of that street, you’ll discover where the Kaya Kaya festival has left its indelible mark with colorful murals reaching high heights and crossing over various buildings. Look for the realistic faces of Curacao’s youth, the angels and turtles, the dancers DQG IUHHGRP ƓJKWHUV 7KHUH DUH so many wonders to discover as you explore the city alleys, proving that Curacao is much more than its beautiful beaches. It is a celebration of its art, its people and their ability to inspire wonder in all who come to see it.

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Cosmetic Treatment on the go ever has the desire for happiness been as strong as it is today. In this unbridled quest, beauty and well-being are major assets. Cosmetic treatments together with science can allow the body and mind to harmonize by reducing VLJQV RI DJLQJ DQG UHĆ“QLQJ IDFLDO RU ERGLO\ IHDWXUHV 3URJUHVV LQ VFLHQFH and technology today makes it possible to achieve this.

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The annual carnival celebration was once again the colorful display of costumes and pageantry that everybody has come to expect. The 2019 season was a bit shorter than usual due to the early date of lent. However, the celebrations were not to be outdone. The six weeks before the JUDQG PDUFK ZHUH ƓOOHG ZLWK FDUQLYDO WKHPHG pageants, jump ups and events. The pinnacle of the carnival season was the Tumba Song Festival, the largest singing competition of the island with over forty participants and bands. Approximately 28 groups participated during the colorful parade, and the atmosphere was electric. In 2020, the carnival celebrates its 50th anniversary, and Curaçao plans to go all out with its celebration, so don’t miss the festivities!

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The SeĂş parade is one of the easiest ways to celebrate Curaçao’s culture, and the local population welcomes people from all nationalities to partake. Deborah Lantveld, a Surinamese woman that moved to Curaçao two years ago, decided to join a SeĂş group to immerse herself completely in the experience. According to Deborah, it’s important for foreigners who live on the island to experience this at least once. “I had

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such a good time, and I danced till my feet got sore,â€? she described. “Don’t let anybody tell you about it, just pick a group of your liking and enjoy the parade,â€? she added. According to Lionel Jansen, the president of Fundashon Kultural Kòrsou, "Many tourists are interested in the history of our country and want to experience the uniqueness of WKH 6HÂź FHOHEUDWLRQ Ć“UVWKDQGĹ?

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There are also several events and competitions associated with SeĂş, like the Reina di SeĂş pageant and the KantadĂł Mayo song festival, where the winning song leads the SeĂş parade. This year’s winner, Sharrel ‘Adjatay’ Denisia, sang Na Pia Mes speaking about the resilience of the Curaçao people and that need to press on to achieve greatness. For the past few years, there has been a wave of fresh talent being introduced to the SeĂş celebrations, attracting lots of young people. Jansen emphasizes that young people need to develop a deeper appreciation for the essence of SeĂş.

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Every year, the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival ups the ante with its latest edition where legendary jazz cats meet Latin, soul and Caribbean performing acts during an unrivaled three-day musical spectacle. Everyone attending could check out their favorite artist and move freely from stage to stage. The atmosphere was filled with excitement as locals and tourists, who traveled from South America, Europe, U.S.A, Canada and other regions, flocked to the beachside venue. We look back on a successful and energetic 2019 Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival and can’t wait for the 2020 edition. by Deya Mensche

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Day 2 $XJXVW WK The second day of the festival kicked off with Mr. 305, 3LWEXOO himself. He gave a stunning performance with charisma and rhythms that fused Latin music with pop and hip hop and lots of pyrotechnics. Pitbull brought along some sexy dancers and had everybody on their feet. The festival always tries to cater to a variety of musical tastes ranging from contemporary to Latin jazz, soul to pop to attract a diverse group of festival goers. 6D[RSKRQH YLUWXRVRb .HQQ\ *b DQG UHJJDH EDQGb ,QQHU &LUFOHb WRRN WR WKHLU UHVSHFWLYH stages and gave unforgettable performances. It was incredible to hear Kenny G hold a 5-minute note as he glided through the crowd.

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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 shook his hips like Jagger and belted out popular hits like ‘She will be loved’ and ‘Girls like you’, keeping the Curacao North Sea Jazz attendants on its feet. The popular alternative rock band has sold over 20 million albums, which resulted in three well-deserved Grammy Awards and an impressive performance during the 2019 Super bowl.

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to remind us why we fell in love with her. The audience enthusiastically sang along to her famous renditions like "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "I heard it through the grapevine" For the pop lovers, singer $ORH %ODFF also gave a stellar performance at the waterfront Sir Duke stage. Headliner $GDP /HYLQH RI 0DURRQ belted out hits like “She will be loved” and "Girls like you" and shook his hips like Jagger, keeping the Curaçao North Sea Jazz attendants on its feet. The festival was wrapped up with ƓUHZRUNV DQG DQ HQHUJHWLF EHDFKIURQW performance by Reggaeton legend 1LFN\ -DP, who warmed our hearts with his remarkable comeback story from addiction to stardom, reclaiming his rightful position in the Reggaeton pantheon.

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Bringing the Military back into BootCamp #Fitter, #Faster, #Stronger Bootcamp Curaçao was founded in 2012 by a group of friends who had something special in common: a passion for sports and the Royal Dutch Marine Corps. Being on a tropical island with endless outdoor possibilities, they wanted to offer more outdoor sport activities, and whoever felt like joining in was more than welcome to do so. Their motto was, and still is: We’re going to work out; who is joining us? It turned out that they were not the only ones sharing that same passion for sports and the outdoors. More and more people joined in this outdoor event, and before long, Bootcamp Curacao was introduced to the world, and became popular on the island! The workouts offer amongst other types of games, a training that consists of sprints, drills, core work and bodyweight exercises. Bootcamp Curaçao not only works with body weight but also with weights, plates, TRX, sandbags, beams, metal boxes, ropes, tires, kettlebells and everything else that the surroundings have to offer. This vigorous training rapidly improves strength, ďŹ tness, speed, coordination and fat burning. Training as a group also increases cooperation skills and contributes to improved results in daily work. ARE THE BOOTCAMP WORKOUTS FOR EVERYBODY? We all have to start somewhere, and this is the perfect place! Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a novice, Bootcamp Curaçao suits everyone's needs. Bootcamp workouts are ideal for a group of friends or for individuals who would like to meet up with other active people. Bootcamp Curaçao provides training 3 to 4 times a week at different locations on the island. Everyone can participate! From beginner to advanced, you will receive coaching and guidance by professional and experienced members of the Royal Dutch Marine Corps. Bootcamp Curaçao truly brings the military back into bootcamp!

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The observation that coral reefs are declining worldwide has resulted in a myriad of protective measures to reduce the effects of land-based pollutants and to curb over-harvesting. These efforts enhance coral reefs’ ability to withstand the detrimental effects of climate change which generally cannot be dealt with at a local level. In the Caribbean, the reefs of Curaçao stand a good chance of surviving once such protective measures are employed locally. This is currently ongoing, and several organizations, such as the &XUDŠDR 'LYH 7DVN )RUFH, the &RUDO 5HVWRUDWLRQ )RXQGDWLRQ &XUDŠDR and 6HD 7XUWOH &RQVHUYDWLRQ Curaçao to name a few, work with other stakeholders to achieve this goal.

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For many islands, the realization of the need to act has come too late, and reef systems have collapsed. The result has been losses in tourism and fishing revenue, floods, and deteriorated water quality which has led to waterborne diseases that affect human health. None of that has happened on Curaçao, and as such, the island’s reefs remain amongst the best in the Caribbean region.

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1- PLAYA KALKI – GO WEST DIVINGb Explore this fullservice dive operation to one of Curaçao’s best shore dive sites, Alice in Wonderland. They also offer a short boat ride to dive sites such as the Mushroom Forest, Watamula, and the Black Coral Garden. 2- SABANA WESTPUNTb This popular dive location is QH[W WR D SLFWXUHVTXH SXEOLF EHDFK ƓOOHG ZLWK WLQ\ FRORUIXO ƓVKLQJ ERDWV DQFKRUHG LQ WKH EOXH ZDWHU %HIRUH UHDFKLQJ the reef drop-off, there is a gradual slope covered with healthy coral, sponges and hanging vines. 3- KLEIN KNIP & KNIP CHIKITUb This is the perfect place for shore diving! After a short swim over the sandy RFHDQ ŴRRU ZKHUH \RX FDQ VRPHWLPHV VSRW JHQWOH (DJOH Rays, you will reach the vibrant coral reef. The star coral formations begin at just 10m below the surface and continue along a reef wall which descends more than 30 meters for more advanced divers. 4- PLAYA JEREMIb This remote beach is accessible by a sloping ramp which can be used for hauling your gear. The beauty of the reef is just a few kicks from shore where \RX FDQ HQMR\ WKH VLJKWV RI EUDLQ FRUDO DQG ŴRZHU OLNH anemones. You may even spot green Moray Eels as well as ODUJHU ƓVK OLNH *URXSHU LQ WKH GHHSHU ZDWHUV 3/$<$ /$*81bCheck out this western hideaway which is an ideal beach for both divers and snorkelers. Wade directly onto the colorful reef known for being a frequent home to sea turtles.

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6- SANTA CRUZ This is a great spot to use as a base for accessing the island’s best west-side boat dives as well as the nearby Playa Santu Pretu and the world famous Blue Room. The large, sandy public beach has many free picnic tables and tiki huts available and several boat operators will happily take you to explore. 7- BDIVING AT CAS ABAOb7KLV JUHDW EHDFK KDV IXOO facilities and an on-site dive shop. The reef is a short swim RXW DFURVV FDOP ZDWHUV DQG KDV PDQ\ FRORUIXO ƓVK DQG FRUDO <RX FDQ VSRW VHD KRUVHV DQG SRVVLEO\ HYHQ IURJ ƓVK 8- PORTO MARIEbThis is a wonderful full-service dive center situated on one of Curaçao’s most beautiful fullyequipped beaches. The unique double reef is accessible directly from the shore. You can cruise through large schools of Blue Tang and curious Trunk Fish who are exploring the man-made habitat. 9- DAAIBOOI This secluded spot is home to a variety of marine plant species including star, pillar and brain coral. You may spot a rarely-seen pod of squid swimming amongst the underwater forest. 10- BOCA SAN MICHIEL Also known as Boca Sami, this relatively isolated beach has several easy points of entry for a relaxing shore dive including a small boat UDPS 6ZLP RXW WKURXJK WKH WLQ\ ƓVKLQJ ERDWV EHIRUH descending to the shallow reef where hard coral abounds.

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11- DIVE BLUE BAY Accessible directly from the shore lies the seemingly endless wall reef at Blue Bay Resort. Beginning very close to the surface and continuing in a vertical slope to a depth of over 30 meters, this famous house reef is not to be missed. A full-service dive shop is conveniently located right on the beach. 12- SUPERIOR PRODUCER This famous cargo ship, which sank off Curaçao’s coast in 1977, is the site of one of the island’s most popular dives. Roughly 30 meters below the surface, this massive wreck looms like a living ghost, brimming with aquatic life. 13- OCEAN ENCOUNTERS &XUD©DRōV RZQ 3$', FHUWLƓHG 5-star dive center caters to divers of all experience levels from novice to seasoned pro. From this location you can shore dive and explore what it nearby at Sea Aquarium Beach, or jump on their boat to discover many other reknown dive spots. 14- DIRECTOR'S BAY A Curaçao landmark located between the famous Tugboat wreck and Small Wall. Perfectly suited for divers, snorkelers and beachgoers looking to relax, this site includes an old decaying surge protection fence which is now encrusted in many beautiful corals and sponges.

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a feeling of awe about the world in which they live. Be prepared to have your perspective of the underworld changed; be prepared to fall in love with the world 100 times over. If the Lens has whet your appetite for the world below, don’t miss the Curasub! Take a trip to depths up to 1000 feet below sea level and H[SHULHQFH WKH LQƓQLWH GDUNQHVV RI the deepest reefs and wrecks. This unique experience is open to guests, but it is also used by the scientists in residence. It reaches depths far greater than divers can even venture, thus offering a truly rare experience.


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routines. You will feed them, learn about their physiology and maybe even steal a kiss from their cute, whiskery face. After visiting the sea lions, don’t miss the unique opportunity to see dolphins in their spectacular show where the lagoon meets the sea. And if simply viewing them isn’t satisfying enough, you can book a dolphin encounter to swim and interact with these intelligent mammals and even go into the open water with them. The Dolphin Academy will guide you every step of the way, and will make sure you take home that photo immortalizing this breathtaking experience.

If you are a family visiting Curaçao or a solo traveler, your visit to the island is simply incomplete without a trip to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium. Swim, interact, play, feed, but also learn about research projects that involve the oceans and coral reef ecosystems and DSSUHFLDWH WKH PDJQLĆ“FHQW FUHDWXUHV ZKR call the Curaçao Sea Aquarium home. Upon your return to your homeland, the knowledge and appreciation of nature you have gained for the world below will forever remain in your heart- and that is as certain as the ebb and tide.

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