The Curacao Art Scene

The people of Curacao have always fully embraced their colourful surroundings and rich culture, and this couldn’t be seen any more clearly than in their art scene. The island has inspired a huge number of artists, housing over 30 artists from both Curacao and all over the world. It is hardly surprising therefore, that there are many art galleries dotted around the island, all of which are worth exploring as a day trip or a short visit from your Caribbean vacation rental.

Chichi Curacao Serena’s Art Factory

Located in the vibrant city of Punda, the Art Factory is an explosion of colour. You can see how these incredible sculptures are made by the team free of charge, pick up a souvenir to take back to your holiday rental, or even paint your own sculpture. The sculptures are created by 60 local women, and are beautiful to witness.

Gallery Alma Blou

This is the oldest gallery in Curacao, and also the largest, holding a huge amount of authentic Caribbean art. Even where the gallery is housed is stunning, in a beautiful 18th century mansion. The collection is made up of mostly local artists, inspired by their home’s nature and culture.

Ritz Gallery

The Ritz Gallery is housed in a former ice cream factory, which served the island for 70 long years. On a visit from your Curacao villa, not only can you experience its distinctly village like feel, but also an interesting collection of stone statues from Indonesia, and an exposition of the renovation of the factory.

Jean Girigory Gallery

This gallery is dedicated to displaying the works of Jean Girigory. Jean works in a number of mediums, from paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glassworks and more. Although relatively small, there is a lot of talent on show.

Nana Sanchez Gallery

The artist Nana Sanchez draws her inspiration from her surroundings, recreating the bright colours and scenes that draws people to get a Curacao house rental year after year. Not only can her work be seen on the island, but also all across Europe and North and South America.


Brewing Beer in Aruba

There are many thongs to love about the island of Aruba, but one thing that is particularly loved by tourists and locals alike its only home grown beer, Balashi. There is no better way to relax in an Aruba vacation rental than sipping on an ice cold beer around the pool, or with stunning views of the ocean. The beer is brewed from imported Scottish malt and hops, and tastes and looks like your typical Caribbean beer, but there is certainly something special about knowing it was brewed on the island.

Its name was derived from ‘Bala Bala’ and ‘Balana’, which are words from the language of the original inhabitants of the island. Both of these terms mean ‘near the sea’, and is a name that was voted for by the people of Aruba.

If you have accommodation in Aruba, a trip to the Balashi Brewery is a great day out. The ‘Brouwerij Nacional Balashi’, was only built in 1998, and is a state of the art lab that utilises the power of computer software to make sure that the brewing process is of the highest quality. This high tech lab lies in stark contrast to many of the other factories on the island, making it a popular tourist attraction.

On your visit you will be able to see the entire bottling operation, and from a walk way you can see down into various areas such as labelling and packing. The factory also bottles a range of well known soft drinks, and can bottle up to 15,000 an hour!

In order to brew its famous beer, the company uses desalinated and treated ocean water, as well as a range of other imported ingredients. They strive to be eco-friendly by using less plastic in their packaging and sending the old grain to farmers to feed their pigs.

After the tour, you can head out into the picturesque garden for a well-earned and complimentary brew.

No matter where you are on the island, you will be able to pick up a can or a bottle of this light and refreshing beer which can be enjoyed at a pub or around the pool side of one of the many luxury villa rentals.

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