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This vibrant, colorful city with its unique architecture has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with buildings from the late 1600s. Archeologists have found remnants of ancient settlements dating back to 950 AD. The historic city center consists of four quarters which are divided by an inlet that leads into the large natural harbor. Due to its proximity to oilfields, its political stability and its natural deep water harbor, this town became the site of an important seaport and refinery. The harbor remains one of the largest oil handling ports in its region.
This destination is also home to a bridge that you had to pay a toll to cross until the mid-1900s — anyone who was wearing shoes had to pay the toll (2 cents). As a result, wealthy people took off their shoes to avoid having to pay, and poor people who couldn’t afford shoes borrowed a pair from the rich and paid the 2 cents to cross the bridge, to maintain a sense of pride. Today there are 65 different nationalities living in this city of 150,000 residents.
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The island of Curacao is the largest and most populous of the three ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) in the Lesser Antilles. Curaçao is located just 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Celebrity Cruises visits Curaçao on a variety of Dutch Antilles, Ultimate Caribbean, and Exotic Caribbean itineraries.