If Blue Curacao (the liqueur) is your only connection to Curacao, then say hello to uncrowded, soft sand beaches, pristine dive sites and a “Live and Let Live” mentality unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean.
“The gay and lesbian community is quite large,” explains Madame Jeanette Pepper, of Curacao GayPlasa Foundation, organizers of Curacao’s annual Gay Pride event. “They are not all out, but they occupy positions throughout all layers of the community,” says the Facebook user.
Although the Caribbean played a huge role in the slave trade, unlike the holocaust, rarely if ever are the ills of slavery acknowledged in any effort to repent or further understand the documented history of where they and we come from…That is, until The Kura Hulanda Hotel (www.kurahulanda.com) compound came along.
Within the confines of an eight-block radius of 17th and 18th century Ducth Architecture, a Unesco World Heritage site of cobblestone streets lines multiple restaurants and bars, shops, a spa, casino, courtyards, and winding gardens all leading to a museum largely dedicated to the slavery.
Museum Kurá Hulanda is situated on the site of a former slave yard and merchant’s home in central Willemstad–the capital city of Curaçao. Museum Kurá Hulanda is the nexus of the Kurá Hulanda, which in the language of the locals (Papiamentu) translates to “Dutch Courtyard.” The entire complex was conceived and built by Jacob Gelt Dekker. The museum is comprised of 15 buildings and spans more than 16,000 square feet.
Madame Jeanette’s hot spots include The G-Lounge, Williwood, Wet & Wild and Tutu Tango, where every second Saturday of the month is a party by Curaçao GayPlasa. “Gay couples also frequent the so-called straight clubs, as all of the beach bars and nightclubs on the island have such a relaxed and gay friendly attitude. So, places like Papagayo, St.Tropez, Mambo, Bermuda, Pampus, Mundo Bizarro, Omundo and De Heeren are all very gay friendly as well,” says Madame Jeanette.
GET WET Weekend is considered Curacao’s annual summer Gay Pride event. Christmas time is yet another period where there is almost always lots of parties and events. To stay in the loop on all things gay, hot and new in Curacao, visit www.gaycuracao.com.