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Floating Market, Willemstad

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Sample fresh regional dishes at Floating Market, where stalls and vendors operate out of boats as well as along the embankment. Curacao imports most of its food from surrounding islands and South American countries like Venezuela and Colombia; the boats that make up this market sell abundant quantities of fresh seafood, fruit, and other goods from those countries. Get into some Caribbean flavors with yuka, plantains, passion fruit, sugarcane, key limes, large avocados, and peppers. See Floating Market and all Willemstad has to offer by arranging your trip with our Willemstad itinerary builder.
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  • The people selling their fruit actually live in the boats that are floating along the canal their produce is on the sidewalk. Lots of fruit to choose from and friendly people.  more »
  • During a city walk through Punda, you automatically reach the "floating market". In the early morning, come the farmers with their fishing boats from Venezuela and sell their local goods, especially fruits and vegetables. A stand before the boat is used as a display and presentation. Here there is no fixed prices, i.e. they must act to get the goods at a reasonable price. This floating market is a typical originality of Willemstad and hence a popular photographic motif.
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  • Seven years ago I skipte the floating market during our family trip but curacao. Now after seven years back and promised myself this time a visit to the ' floating market '. Maybe the expectations were too high. I imagined an almost Asian-style market for with rows adjacent canoes with market merchandise. Unfortunately.. I came tricked out. The floating market is made up of a number of to a closed ' stalls ' with fruit and vegetables from Venezuela. Nice but certainly not a must see. We stay in an apartment and then fresh fruits and vegetables fine, but in a hotel you have little to. The mostly male sellers are not too intrusive, but quite present, truly relaxing purchasing is not there. After a few fruit and vegetable stalls, get some art or Souvenir-like articles and a number of fishing boats. All in all, not very special, nice to once having seen and fruit/vegetable to buy, certainly not for detours.
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  • Walkimg around this area is simply beautiful. Such an array of vibrant colours, smiling faces and peace. You can buy fresh fruit and veg from the locals and reasonable cost. I loved watchimg the bridge open and close and the fishermen preparing the fish of the day. Don't miss a stroll here 😉
  • Awesome place to get fruits and veggies! A nice experience haggling with the Venezuelan vendors. Wander the shopping center with a 5$ bag of fruits, really a must.
  • Go here. You have to see the colors of all the produce. I have never seen a driver by fruit stand. Some vendors place a small assortment of fruit in a plastic bag and simplify pass it through the window of a passing car in exchange for payment. The fishing boats are also there selling fresh ( hours old ) fish right if the bows if their boat. If you come in by cruise ship is is a short walk to the bridge then a charming walk along the water side cafes to get to the market. Even if you are not buying it is worth seeing.
  • This place is really cool - boats come over from Venezuela and other parts of Curacao to sell fruits and vegetables. Very interesting from a tourist point of view, and can make for some good pictures.
  • Pretty cool market that sells Venezuelan fruits, veggies and fish. The whole experience is unique because the merchants sell from a counter next to their boats.