PICS: Feel at home on this Caribbean island that looks almost exactly like the Bo-Kaap

When you're sailing through the Caribbean Islands, the last thing you expect to see is a beach that resembles a 'hood in your South African backyard.

Curaçao island has become a new favourite destination for South African travellers. That's right, step aside Bahamas there is a new kid on the block.

This Dutch Caribbean island offers a variety of activities for a South African traveller - from watersports to soaking in the sun on golden sands, your itinerary is bound to be packed.

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But, there is even more...

Woman at Kleine Knip beach in Curaçao, Caribbean

 (Photo: iStock) 

Curaçao island may be breathtaking but that is not what left us in awe. The island's hidden beaches are lined with the most colourful houses and buildings. These buildings, scattered around the island, are inspired by its history of trading with merchants for the Dutch West India Company. The old Dutch colonial buildings have now created a hub of vibrance. And we are so here for it.

These palm beaches mimics Cape Town's very own rainbow-hued neighbourhood, the Bo-Kaap. Unlike Curaçao, it is not clear why the residents of Bo-Kaap painted their houses in such bright colours. This area of the city is one of the most photographed neighbourhood in Cape Town and it is not hard to understand why.

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(Photo - Curaçao: iStock)

Colorful Bo-Kaap also known as Malay Quarter, Cape

    (Photo -  Bo-Kaap: iStock)

These two locations are worlds apart; but whether you are a South African in the Caribbean islands or a Curaçao citizen, you are bound to feel at home among these pops of colour.

TIP: South Africans don't need a visa to visit this island that represents over 55 different cultures and cuisines, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers regular flights from South Africa to the island.

Though we agree that there are striking similarities between the two tourist attractions there is nothing quite like home.

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