Willemstad (the capitol of Curacao) consists of two parts: Punda and Otrobanda. Punda means ‘Point’ and Otrobanda literally means ‘The other side’, because it is on the other side of the water. The two districts are connected by the Queen Emma Bridge, better known as the pontoon bridge.
Willemstad is best explored on foot. There are many restaurants, cafes, museums and a whole lot of stores to visit. The famous colored houses in the commercial quay of Punda (called the Handelskade) can be admired from the other side, Otrobanda. This old working-class neighborhood is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. Punda / Otrobanda is just a 15 minute walk from the Avila Beach Hotel. Every weekday twice a day, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from this area.