Curaçao is the very equivalence of color. Whether you are familiar with this beautiful Dutch Caribbean island or not, it is most likely that you have seen a picture or two of its colorful “Handelskade” in the heart of its capital Willemstad. You know, that row of colorful buildings by the harbor. Now, what if I told you that since recently, the color has spread all over the the island, concentrating in Willemstad itself, and that this time it was by the hand of local artists?
A photo journal of my Wynwood Walls experience
Guadeloupe, an island group in the Southern Caribbean Sea and part of the French territory is my new favorite island in the Caribbean. It’s French, it’s chic and it is Oh La La-Gorgeous. Just the fact that the two main islands together resemble a butterfly should be enough a reason to visit. The group consists of the two larger islands, Basse Terre and Grande Terre and smaller islands Marie Galante and La Désirade as well as some smaller formations off the coast. But for the sake of easy writing (and also because I did not get to explore the smaller islands on this trip) I will refer to the two main islands when speaking of Guadeloupe or “Gwada” like the locals call it.
Oh Guadeloupe, how you have enchanted me. Your rivers, beaches and food were enough to make me want to live there permanently. But then you showed me your art.
Dear readers, it seems I have finally found the Street Art Mecca of the Caribbean. I still have lots to discover and I was not always camera-ready to snap a photo (a real traveler faux-pas) of all the murals, graffiti and street art I saw while driving around beautiful Guadeloupe, but I am convinced that this is it.
Enough of my ramblings tough. See for yourself why these French isles are the best in the Caribbean to Chase Murals.
Street art at it’s Caribbean finest. That’s what I call the murals found in Santa Bárbara, a tiny neighborhood at the edge of the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo. Not the finest of neighborhoods but a treat for street art fans nonetheless.
Graffiti has long been considered a “bad thing” mainly because of words like vandalism and property defacement. Hip Hop helped bringing it to the mainstream, spinning people’s views and opinions of it from a negative to a positive. It is now referred to as Street Art and is even used to beautify or add character to neighborhoods.