Curacao is a tiny, Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, forming a part of the “ABC” islands including Bonaire and Aruba. Due to the horrific damage caused by Hurricane Irma, my family and I diverted our plans to visit Grand Case, St. Martin, a French-Caribbean town known for its amazing food, and decided to visit the lesser-known island of Curacao. We went into the trip close-minded; we lowered the bar for pretty much everything, deciding that nothing could be better than the charming, French island we loved so much. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the unique and enchanting vibe of Curacao, and even more amazed by the food.
Curacao’s local food is vibrant, spicy, and delicious. The locals love fried whole fish and accompany every meal with either rice and beans, fries, or funchi (boiled polenta) along with plantains, and salad. Aside from the local food, there was an abundance of fancier restaurants that utilized the freshest ingredients found on the island, creating wonderfully delicious dishes. What I loved most about this island was the mixture of local and creative gastronomical restaurants. The quality of the food and the attention to detail at each and every restaurant, no matter what the price range was, was mind blowing and refreshing.