Of course the brilliant white sands and aqua water, swaying palm trees and island vibe is what you would expect from a gorgeous destination in the Caribbean but as far as islands in the middle of the aqua, supporting humungous bridges, hotels with infinity beaches on the second floor and a drink named for them go, well Curaçao is definitely your island!
I’m particularly fond of anywhere where the local population speaks Dutch, it reminds me of my childhood, raised by Dutch parents on pickled herring, bitterballen, boterkoek and poffertjies I was in kiddie nirvana when I hit Curaçao finding some of these delicacies a part of the regular meals on the island! Of course, given it’s location there is the usual fare of creole food to keep your fresh fish and island fare cravings at bay. The best part is that at any time during your travels on the island you can stop in at any number of roadside stalls where you can grab anything from a coconut, a juice or a couple of pieces of fruit to keep on going.
We ventured to Curaçao to shoot our latest campaign and in so doing explored the length and breadth of the island by minivan, passing through the ever changing landscape, from beautiful old world multi colored houses all butted together like jewels in a majestic crown to the oh so impressive harbour complete with a passenger bridge spanning 67m’s. It swings open and closed to allow ships through or the bridge that spans across the inlet at 56m above the sea! To the rambling dessert strips and salt lakes complete with flocking flamingos.
We spent most of our time on the west coast – where the quintessential azure blue waters lap onto the pristine white sand. The locals (both human and puppy) took a great interest in our campaign and we’re so friendly they offered to help with the shoot!
We were told about it but unfortunately didn’t have time to get to the Eastern part of the island where you have to share your space with plenty of iguanas. We know where we will be headed next time!
Finishing off our days at Jan Thiel Beach we found another european export, a beautiful beachside bar! complete with a pontoon to race too and perform any number of diving tricks. I had the pleasure of teaching one of our models (a former gymnast) to back dive!
A skip and a plane jump from Miami will have you there in just over 3.5 hours – so brush up on your Dutch get ready to work on your tan and perhaps learn a couple of new Curaçao based cocktail recipes!