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But the bridge swings open whenever a tanker or other ship needs to pass through.
It’s quite a sight to watch a massive supertanker pass right by the cafés where tourists and locals are enjoying keshi yena and cold Polar beers.
Many of the European-looking people in Curaçao are tourists, but lots more are locals, born on the island from families that have been living there for generations.
“Being a local means you master the Papiamento language,” says Ravic Richie, who is of Dutch descent but was born and raised on Curaçao.
No wonder the island hosts more than a million visitors every year — the majority from Europe.
That doesn’t mean a hurricane here is impossible, but it’s far more rare for one to hit here than on other Caribbean islands.Among the earliest Europeans on Curaçao were settlers from the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam.One of their synagogues, Mikvé Israel-Emanuel, was opened in 1732 and remains in service to this day — making it the oldest continually operating Jewish temple in the Western Hemisphere.Walking into the vast synagogue for Friday night services is like stepping through the sands of time — literally, as the floor of the temple is covered with sand.There are also a pair of Jewish cemeteries on the island.
Open for more than 65 years, Campo also has bars and a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.