The Waterfort Arches were built originally as a series of storage chambers for munitions, food and medical supplies, with a fortified roof that ran toward the entrance of St. Anna Bay, the thick-walled chambers were still in use as late as World War II, when Allied servicemen were sent there to watch for Nazi submarines in the Caribbean. A decade ago Willemstad’s organization of downtown merchants saw a different and imaginative use for the abandoned Arches. They found the funds to restore the historic structure and add modern conveniences, and leased them to businesses wanting to be in the middle of the historic city. Today the Waterfort Arches is an area of several restaurants, nestled to the side of the Water Fort in Punda. Located above the water, you’ll have a great view of the sea while dining.