Willemstad, the capital and only city, is divided into Punda (the point) and Otrabanda (the other side) by a narrow channel that leads to Schottegat harbor–a harbor that is naturally protected from wind and sea. The two sections—Punda and Otrobanda—are connected by the Queen Emma pontoon bridge. Otrobanda is where you’ll find much of the island’s culture, dining, entertainment, and history. Punda is a great shopping area. The port inside the island is a great natural harbor called Schottegat.
Willemstad’s population is mostly African or mixed African and European descent. In all, more than 50 different ethnic backgrounds are represented here and the people are very proud of the island’s international flavor. It is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of culture and diversity. And there are 38 spectacular beaches, diving, snorkeling and swimming areas.
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