Curacao is prosperous and beautiful, but different from the other islands I have visited. It is more arid than tropical, and the Dutch influence is everywhere.
In 1634, the Dutch West India Company claimed Curacao and began to settle it, although the island had been inhabited by many different people long before then. The island is larger than some we visited with 171 square miles. We docked in Willemstad.
We took an island tour where we saw the rich, the poor, a desert landscape, and beautiful beaches. There were many different churches, and according to our guide, all of them have a restaurant and bar along with the sanctuary.
We spent the last hour of our tour on a beautiful beach. I spent most of it chasing this bird around. I made about twenty shots; this was the best one.