Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Tranquil seas, windswept coast, and swirling windmills decorate this Dutch-influenced Caribbean island. The island benefits from constant trade winds, a built-in air-conditioning system courtesy of Mother Nature. Weathered forts and colorful buildings line the streets of Willemstad, where floating markets display fresh fruit and fish. Hikers in the desert-like interior are treated to exotic vistas of craggy divi divi trees. On the beaches, umbrella-adorned tropical drinks feature the island's well-loved orange-flavored liqueur. Tours of the Curacao Liquor Distillery reveal how the island's self-named drink is produced.