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How to Pronounce Curaçao

Curaçao, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, boasts unparalleled beauty and vibrant culture. However, its name often perplexes travelers, leaving them wondering how to pronounce it correctly. In this article, we'll unravel the mystery behind the pronunciation of Curaçao

Curacao, spelled as “Curaçao,” derives its name from… well there are different theories:

Some say: From the Portuguese word for “heart.” And some say from Portuguese curação (“cure” or “medical recovery”).  Portuguese sailors who were ill were left at the island now known as Curaçao. When their ship returned, they had recovered, likely cured from scurvy, probably after eating fruit with vitamin C. From then on the Portuguese referred to this as Ilha da Curação (Island of Healing).

Nowadays the historians agree upon the fact that the name of the island derives from a similar sounding word the native Indian inhabitants used to identify themselves.

Despite its allure, many find it challenging to pronounce the name accurately. Let’s debunk some common mispronunciations and unveil the correct pronunciation. The key is to emphasize the “cure” and “sow” sounds—ku-ra-sow—with a soft “s” sound at the end.

Curaçao’s name may be tricky to pronounce, but its beauty and allure are undeniable. By mastering the pronunciation of “Curaçao” as ku-ra-sow, you unlock the gateway to a world of enchantment. 

pietermaai district

Nestled within Curacao lies the captivating Pietermaai district, a haven for adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts. Pietermaai boasts a rich historical background, with little allyways and picturesque buildings that date back to the 18th century. The district’s unique architecture showcases an array of vibrant colors, offering a visual feast for the eyes. As the sun sets, Pietermaai transforms into a buzzing hub of activity, with lively bars, cozy restaurants, and enchanting live music venues that make for an unforgettable nightlife experience.

Nestled in the heart of UNESCO heritage site Pietermaai District,
you will find Wynwood Boutique Hotel.

Our fully restored buildings (2022) date back to the 1800’s however we have modernized all rooms and apartments with the latest technologies. A spot for the foody and cultural traveler who likes eclectic design combined with history and relaxation.

Are you ready to embark on a journey to Curacao and experience the enchantment of Pietermaai? Discover the correct pronunciation of Curacao and unlock the hidden treasures of this Caribbean paradise. Book your stay at the Wynwood Boutique Hotel and allow yourself to be captivated by the allure of Pietermaai’s rich history, colorful architecture, and vibrant nightlife.

Top 11 beaches

Like untouched gems, our beaches dot our coastline one by one. From the