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Entertainment & Nightlife in Curacao


The best time of year to visit Curaçao for the die-hard reveller is during Carnival, which runs for several weeks, ending on Mardi Gras, and features about two dozen parades through the main streets of Willemstad. During this time, the sides of the road are lined with chairs and makeshift spectator stands. The parade route is about 5 km (3 miles) long, and the seemingly endless parties start early and end late.

During the rest of the year, the island nightlife works on a time-share system – each club has its unofficial "night" when the crowds gather under its roof and the fun lasts long into the early morning hours. Pick up a copy of the weekly dining and entertainment guide K-Pasa at any tourism office or hotel lobby.

Because the island is densely populated with a happy, social bunch of locals, the nightlife scene is geared for the residents as well as the tourists. The hot spots move around like shifting dunes, and the locals all have their fingers on the pulse of each evening's beat. The Salinja district is the heart of Curaçao nightlife, but ask a Curaçaoan for the best place to go on any given night. If so inclined, you can stay out late and dance till dawn to great live music. The local brothel even has a ladies' night that's apparently quite popular among local women and men.

Places to Unwind

One of the island's best and most memorable venues is Blues, a restaurant and bar in the Avila Beach Hotel, Penstraat 130. Perched over the water, this tiny treehouse of a bar is packed every night except Monday, when it is closed. Live jazz plays Thursday from 10 pm to midnight and Saturday from 9 pm to 1:30 am.

Mambo Beach (Seaquarium Beach), features food, music, and a great beach bar that, on slow nights, shows classic movies under the stars a mere stone's throw from the water. Sunday night is salsa night, and the place is usually packed. While the revelry can be heard and seen from the far end of the Breezes resort, unless you are a good swimmer, it's a long walk or a short cab ride to this perennial hot spot.

Another long time favourite, especially for happy hours, is Hook's Hut, on the beach of the same name at Piscaderabaai z/n. Asia de Cuba (Zuikertuintjeweg z/n), has live Cuban music and a Pan-Asian décor and cuisine.

The Sopranos Piano Bar (Rif Fort Village), has nightly dancing, cocktails and live music. The bar is open from noon to 3 am.

You'll find plenty of gaming action in the island's casinos. The fun usually starts at 2 pm, and some places stay open until 4 am. The Princess Casino (Breezes Curaçao Resort, Dr Martin Luther King Boulevard 8), is the liveliest on the island. The Emerald Casino (Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Piscadera Bay), features 149 slot machines, six blackjack tables, two roulette wheels, two Caribbean stud poker tables and a craps table. The Holiday Beach Hotel & Casino (Pater Euwensweg 31, Otrobanda), also offers gaming. The newest and flashiest casino on the island is the Carnaval Casino (Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino), which features flashing lights and noise from the slot machines; including hilarious themes such as Betti the Yetti and Revenge of the Moolah, featuring cows in spaceships. Nightly live music is a nice touch.

Performances of drama and music can be found at the Centro Pro Arte.





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