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Start the day like a lo­cal at Nini’s Jhonny Cake, which spe­cial­izes in golden fried cakes (sim­i­lar to an em­panada or arepa) stuffed with Dutch cheese, ham, or salt cod. Along with kiosks sell­ing fruit and is­land sou­venirs, the Ronde Markt of­fers sev­eral great din­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing

Si­mone’s Suri­namese cur­ries and noo­dles and Mi­laika Provence’s leg­endary kri­oyo food at Zus di

Plasa; 5/999/520-2294 or 5/999/ 461-1515. Be­fore hit­ting one of West­punt’s many ex­cel­lent beaches, do some bird­ing in­side Jaanchie’s with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon­ade; 5/999/864-0126. Then hit up Land­huis Misje for Cu­raçao’s best pump­kin pan­cakes and kabritu; 5/999/522-9980. Don’t miss the smoked beef carpac­cio at Bless­ing, lo­cated in­side a for­mer monastery in the Peter­maai District; bless­ing cu­ra­cao.com. Ròm bèrdè, or green rum, is unique to the is­land, and

Netto Bar is widely re­garded as the anisey spirit’s cre­ator; net­to­bar.com. For a con­tem­po­rary craft cock­tail, head to Luke’s Cock­tail­bar, which fo­cuses on harder-to-find bour­bons and amari; 5/999/522-8082. No evening would be com­plete with­out a visit to a truki pan, such as BBQ Ex­press, where fries and marinated meats help soak up the day’s fill of cold beer; 5/999/682-7567.

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