Fortress Riffort in Willemstad, Curaçao

The reef resort is located in Curaçao's capital Willemstad directly at the mouth of the Sint Annabaai into the Caribbean Sea and offers sensational views as well as food and drink behind historic walls.

The Riffort in the Otrabanda district of Willemstad is the counterpart to the Waterfort in the Punda district. Together, these two fortresses at the entrance to Sint Annabaai have guarded the capital of the Caribbean island of Curaçao for centuries.

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The fort was built between 1824 and 1828 and can be entered through an imposing entrance gate. A narrow staircase leads to the roof terrace, which offers a dreamlike panoramic view over the open sea and the Punda district with the impressive Fort Amsterdam and the walls of the Waterfort.

The reef resort is located in Curaçao's capital, Willemstad, in the Otrabanda district, right at the mouth of the Sint Annabaai into the Caribbean Sea - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

Immediately behind it, you enter an elongated inner courtyard framed by former magazines in round arches, which are now used privately. A small guest garden invites you to take a seat. Besides Fort Nassau on the hill above Schottegat and Fort Waakzamheid, the Riffort is the third fortress in Willemstad where you can dine within historic walls.

"Le Clochard" in the Riffort

Behind the time-honoured walls of the Riffort on the harbour side, the French restaurant "Le Clochard" set up shop in 1978. Its guests dine either in the rustic, cosy interior (whose past as a dungeon can still be seen in traces) or under awnings on the airy terrace, from where the view falls on the colourful district of Punda. The excellent menu includes Caribbean specialities as well as cheese fondue and French-Swiss-style mousse au chocolate.

In the elongated courtyard of the Reef Resort on the Otrabanda side of Willemstad, a French restaurant serves Caribbean and European food, Curaçao - © James Camel / franks-travelbox
© James Camel / franks-travelbox

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