In the Curacaoan tongue of Papiamento, Otrobanda means "the other side," a reference to its position across St. Anna Bay from Punda. Once called "Westwal" and originally kept mostly free of development to accommodate the cannonball firing lines of Fort Amsterdam, Otrobanda began filling with residents in the 1700s as Punda's population expanded.
Today, the neighborhood's one of the liveliest in Willemstad, home as it is to many shops, eateries, the Kura Hulanda Museum, and a good share of the historic buildings that compose the capital city's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Otrobanda also hosts some major annual fetes, including the Seú Harvest Parade (or Macha di Seú) and Carnival celebrations. Well worth checking out!
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