Mysterious historic country houses and secluded beaches are the pride of Banda Abou, Curacao. Located on the northern side of this beautiful Caribbean island, tranquil Banda Abou is the complete opposite of bustling Willemstad, the country’s capital. It’s on the opposite side of the island as well. However, even if you plan to stay in Willemstad, Banda Abou is only a brisk 35 minute drive away.
Banda Abou contains many hidden treasures that some travelers to Curacao overlook. The ocean waves are crystal clear, the greenery is vibrant, and the sand is white and soft. In addition, a large number of historic buildings sit in or near this town. However, the most notable advantage of visiting Banda Abou is the fact that it receives less tourist traffic than Curacao’s southern extremity.
If you’re planning a trip to the Caribbean, read on to find out why Banda Abou, Curacao just might be the place for you! Here are several locations in this town that might be off the beaten path for some, but are more than worth a visit:
LANDHUIS GROOT SANTA MARTHA
Built in 1675, Landhuis Groot Santa Martha is an incredible historic country home. It’s one of the oldest and largest country houses in Curacao. The property used to contain a sugar plantation measuring 554 hectares.
However, in the late 19th century, Landhuis Groot Santa Martha provided 90% of the salt on Curacao. After it was renovated in 1979, the house became a home for the mentally and physically challenged, as well as a museum. You can take a tour through the grounds, and buy handicrafts made by the residents.
THE TULA MUSEUM
After visiting the Santa Martha plantation house, a short drive will take you to Museo Tula. This museum is located on the spot where a slave revolt that would eventually lead to the emancipation of Curacao’s slaves began many years ago. The museum may look small, but it’s packed with interesting insights into life during the colonial era in Curacao.
Slavery may long have been abolished in Curacao, but much evidence of its existence on the island still remains. As you drive through Banda Abou, you may notice white-ish thatch-roofed huts. These once belonged to slaves, and many have been restored in honor of the brave souls who fought for their freedom. You can learn more about these huts at the Kas di Pal’i Maishi Museum.
CAS ABAO BEACH
Our list of the hidden treasures in Banda Abou, Curacao could not be complete without mentioning Cas Abao beach! This lovely public Caribbean beach, featured in this article’s main photo, is one of the most well-rounded on the island. It seldom gets crowded, and there are plenty of fish to see while snorkeling. In addition, amenities like palapas and beach chairs are available to rent.
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