Tourists wandering on the sandy beaches of the Avila Beach Hotel in Curacao are struck by the sight of an unusual octagonal shaped two story building, with a shingled cupola, freshly painted in a bright yellow and overflowed with lush white and red bougainvillea.
This quaint looking house has an unexpected historic significance. For it is in this building that the Venezuelan “Libertador”, the famous Simón Bolívar, spent time before he set out to assemble the forces with which he eventually put an end to the Spanish colonial rule in South America.
Today the “Octagon” serves as a small museum in memory of the Curacao connection to Simón Bolívar, and is open by appointment. The romantic setting combined with the historical ambience makes the Octagon the perfect location for elegant wedding receptions, special meetings, small concerts and poetry readings.