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Although Curacao has many gorgeous beaches, coral reefs and the unique capital of Willemstad, there are a number of often overlooked destinations within the island’s interior. If you need adventure there is no better place to start than one of the national parks.
The largest and most ecologically diverse nature preserve, Christoffel Park, features many hiking trails that traverse up and around Mt. Christoffel. There are hikes for everyone, from relatively easy trails for families to more advanced trails that lead up to the top of Mt.Christoffel.
Regardless of which path you choose, there are plenty of unique plant life, birds and creatures to identify, many of which can be found nowhere else in the world! Two of the most common are the Curacao White-Tailed Deer and the Palabra, a reclusive native owl.
If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, a few of the scenic routes can be enjoyed by automobile.
Along the northern coast, you will find Shete Boka a park dedicated to sea turtles and Den Dunki, a historic site well known for relaxation.
Shete Boka, Curacao’s newest park begins at the picturesque inlet Boka Tabla. Descending the rock path towards the Caribbean, you will find steps carved into the cliffs that lead to a cavern. From there a well-maintained dirt road leads to a series of six smaller caverns, some of which have hiking trails. Aside from the fact that the sites provide a fantastic view of the sea, all of the inlets are protected sea turtle breeding grounds.
Besides experiencing crashing waves and remarkable views The Boka Pistol Trail in Shete Boka
offers visitors a chance to see one of the sea turtle’s hidden breeding grounds up close.
If you are into a calmer and more serene hike, The Boka Wandomi Trail is the one for you! This one hour hike is famous for it’s black lava hills and a natural stone bridge.
If a more elegant park that is steeped in history is your desire, Den Dunki National Park is the one to check out! The Dutch used the park as a camp for African Slaves. After the end of the colonial period, the slaves were freed and the park was used for a more noble purpose. Having been purchased by a wealthy family the area was devoted to a swan park, thus it was outfitted with fountains, wells, and gates. Hiking the trails that weave through the park, one can observe many of the swan park’s architectural embellishments, alongside markers dedicated to the island’s multifaceted past.
After you have had your fill of relaxing on the beach, head for one of Curacao’s national parks.You will find it worth your while to experience the islands natural tropical beauty and unique history of this extraordinary Caribbean Island.
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