Built somewhere in the beginning of the 18th Century, ‘Pietermaai’ was originally a residential neighborhood. ‘Pietermaai’ District is well known for its stunning Dutch colonial architecture, built in the 18th and 19th century style. In the mid-19th century, after the city walls were torn down, ‘Pietermaai’ became a hub for business-, and cultural ideas. In the late 20th century, after having been a top notch business district for many years, slowly and regretfully ‘Pietermaai’ was being taken over by drug peddlers. The residents in the area retreated indoors and wealthy families moved to other parts of the city, leaving the streets and iconic buildings to be used by criminals. This decade, the area is being rebuild and put back into its former glory.
Nowadays ‘Pietermaai’ area is highly recommended to visit during your stay in Curacao. Come and taste the atmosphere of this historic district from the tropical beach feel to the bohemian elegance. The Pietermaai District offers you in short walking distance from each other: more than 15 high-end restaurants, many different bars, nightclubs with often live music performances, and boutique hotels. Looking for a daytime activity? There is a shopping mall and there are small boutiques, a few hairdressers, a spa, some beach clubs and a dive shop.