Take one tropical island, add in a pastel palette of historical buildings, mix in vibrant sea water and sprinkle in the local color.
That is the brief recipe for the rainbow of hues I found on Curacao, a Caribbean island near Aruba and Bonaire. The capital city, Willemstad, is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, so the brilliant green, yellow, blue, pink and purple paint that outfits the buildings isn’t going anywhere, but what I most enjoyed is that, even driving out into the country, homes and shops did not shy away from color.
Many of the buildings also have fun graffiti decorating the sides. Though I’m a fan of traditional graffiti anyway, the artwork on these buildings depicts the historical roots of the country with caricatures of people and images of the island’s flora.