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.


Delving into Aruba’s History

Aruba is an island rich in history, and getting a villa in Aruba would not be complete without delving deeper into its interesting past, and there are many ways this can be done!

National Archaeological Museum

For a general overview of the rich history of this Dutch island, you are best to start your journey at the National Archaeological Museum of Aruba, located in a renovated home in Oranjestad. As soon as you step in the doors you will be impressed with collections dating back over 4000 years ago. There are plenty of hands on and interactive exhibits which are a great way to entertain children, making it a great day out for the whole family.

Arikok National Park

Head to Arikok National Park to not only see some beautiful landscapes, but also get a glimpse of history. The park covers 18% of the total area of the island. In it you will be able to find Fontein Cave, which is home to ancient Arawak cave paintings that date back to the pre-Colombian era. As the island is small, no matter where your Caribbean vacation rental is located, the caves should be easily reached.

SS Antilla

For a fascinating look at the island’s history, take a dive to visit the SS Antilla wreck just off of the coast. The wreck is the largest in the Caribbean, and was believed to be supplying German U-Boats during World War 2. Divers can explore the boat and the interesting marine life that have now made it their home.

Aloe Vera Factory

One of the products Aruba is most famous for is its Aloe plants, and, you can find out more about its production at the Aloe Museum and Factory. The plant was first introduced to Aruba back in 1840, and at one point its growth covered around 66% of the island! The museum was where the first aloe vera was planted, and it is still in use today. It also features a working factory and exhibits on the industry’s equipment.

Walking Tour of Oranjestad

One of the best ways to get to know the island’s capital of Oranjestad is to take a walking tour. You can learn more about many of the lovingly restored historical landmarks such as Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower before retiring back to your Caribbean holiday rental.

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