The Plantation Houses
|Several have been turned into bars and restaurants. They can be the easiest to tour.|
The Western End, Cont'd.
Landhuis Daniel: Now a guest house and located back from the main road, this place has a little bit of everything: restaurant and bar, dive shop, souvenir shop and lots of animals such as iguanas, parrots and toucans. Open to the public Wednesday though Sunday, 8:30-6:30. Closed Monday and Tuesday except to guesthouse residents. Call 648400.
Landhuis Ascension: Open to the public the first Sunday of the month from 10-2. Owned by the Dutch marines, the monthly open house includes a property tour and a music and folklore show. Also a snack bar, handicrafts/souvenir shop and a children's playground. Call 641950.
Landhuis Kenepa: This museum and cultural center houses two diverse exhibits. One is a collection of 17th and 18th century furniture, the other a gallery of the island's most famous tambu musicians. Tambu, originated by slaves, uses the drum (tambu) and a hoe (chapi) which are beaten in a complicated rhythmic pattern. Tambu's lyrics (often a social critique) and suggestive hip gyrations made it unpopular with the government and church in years past. On holidays and during school vacations, cultural events are often staged here. Open Sunday through Friday 9-4; closed Saturday. Call 640244.
Landhuis Santa Martha: This 18th century estate, run by the government's social services department, is where mentally and physically impaired people make crafts for sale. The workshops here are open to the public. Open Monday through Friday 8-4. Call 641559.
The Northern Route
Take Gosieweg off the Ring Road (Schottegatweg). Drive through the residential area of Brievengat to the intersection just past the Curacao Sports Stadium (Sentro Deportivo Korsou). Turn right to reach the hofi, left to see the country house.
Landhuis Brievengat: An elegant 18th century plantation house with a small museum containing 18th and 19th century artifacts and furniture and a terrace bar that is a popular night spot. Small admission fee to the museum. Open Monday through Saturday 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. (until midnight on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.) Open Sunday 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Call 378344.
Hofi Pachi Sprockel: Continue on the road after the pavement runs out to this hofi, a fruit orchard. It has a small replica of slave life including huts and farm implements. You can also walk through the shady orchard. Open by appointment; call 369957.