Aruba and Curacao – Caribbean Dutch Island Report
I must admit, I was really looking forward to visiting these Dutch Caribbean islands. I’d heard so much about their beauty and I was not disappointed!
Aruba’s first inhabitants were the Caquetio Indians from the Arawak tribe from South America. The island was first occupied by the Spanish then finally settling with the Dutch in 1636.
Aruba has some great traditional dishes which we sampled on the island. The Arubans love their fish dishes such as Kerrie Kerrie and eat lots of crab, shark and shrimps which are baked, fried or made into soups.
Curacao is one of my all time favourite Caribbean islands. It has a unique beauty, very colourful with it’s own unique character. The island is split in half by a river which can be crossed by one main bridge (via car), ferry and by walking over a floating bridge in the heart of the town (yes, we couldn’t believe it either!)
This floating bridge can be moved to the shore to allow cargo ships to pass through the island. It takes only a few minutes for the bridge to recede. It’s a stunning engineering sight.
The islands architecture are painted with soft pastel colours with Dutch influenced structures. The island has had a large Jewish population who where involved in property and industry development on the island. Most of the elaborate and colourful older buildings were occupied by rich Jewish immigrants.
Cheese is big in Curacao! Dutch Edam, Gouda, you name it it’s here. Many local recipes include cheese in their dishes.
Aruba & Curacao Supper Club – For a taste of these Dutch islands, book your seat in our living room!