The “C” in the ABC islands, Curaçao features historic settlements, rugged landscapes and plenty of fun in the sun. Willemstad, the main port city, is what an old-world European city would look like if it had been dropped it in the Caribbean. The brightly painted Dutch colonial buildings reflect pinks, yellows and blues into the cerulean St. Anna Bay. Once you leave the city, the landscape shifts to a desert scene, with spiny aloe and mesquite sprouting from atop weathered limestone cliffs. I wrote about Curaçao for the Southern California News Group family of publications, including the Orange County Register.