Experience the best of Curaçao

Curaçao is located in the south-western Caribbean. The largest of the Netherlands Antilles, it is 38 miles long and from 2 to 7.5 miles wide. Only 2 1/2 hours by air from Miami.

Willemstad (on Unesco World Heritage list), with its famous Pontoon Bridge, is the island’s capital.
Dutch is the official language, but its multi-racial inhabitants also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamento.

The coastline along the south is irregular, peppered with small bays and inlets, including the spectacular bays and beaches at the west end of the island. The largest bays are located along the central-east and east end of the island.

The long north coast of the island, buffeted by constant northeast trade winds, is characterized by a rough coastline, limestone cliff formations set on top of eons-old volcanic rock, and weather-beaten terrain. It is generally less inhabited than the south coast, but you will find smaller villages and many of the island’s famous “landhuis”, or old plantation house, structures here.

The west end of the island is also characterized by expansive, hilly terrain, most of it encompassed by Christoffel Park. The 4,500-acre (1,820-hectare) park contains Mt. Christoffel, at 1,239 feet (377 meters) the highest elevation on Curaçao.

The east end of the island comprises flat and mostly barren plain, with few settlements and some secondary roads weaving to and from its coastal inlets.

Curacao is a very relaxed and certainly a modern place. It has a modern international airport and two docking spots for cruise ships.

The best part of exploring Curacao is that it feels undiscovered, like an exclusive hideaway. One of the tiny “ABC Islands” – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao – this secluded slice of paradise is the Caribbean’s best kept secret.

Exquisite beaches and spectacular diving, stunning architecture, activities and adventures for every interest. A multicultural diversity, intriguing music, art, and cuisine.

Weather

Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt, making it a sure holiday destination for good weather.

The average temperature is about 28° C (mid 80s F). Refreshing trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, October to February, is marked by short, occasional showers, usually at night, and continued sunny weather by day.

Take sensible precautions against the tropical sun, especially between 10 AM and 3 PM. Neither the trade winds nor clouds will protect you from sunburn.

Healthcare

Although Curaçao is less humid than many Caribbean islands, mosquitoes can occasionally be a problem in the rainy season and at night. Repellent can be purchased at pharmacies and supermarkets.

Curaçao has no malaria or similar tropical diseases, and no vaccinations are needed to visit.

Due to the high level of overall hygiene and cleanliness, gastro-intestinal complaints (“travellers’ tummy”) are very uncommon. Eat and drink freely.

For minor ailments, standard US and European over-the-counter medicines are available at the local pharmacies, called “Botica’s”. There are a number of medical of medical centers on the island.

Currency

U.S. currency is accepted everywhere, as are Traveller’s Checks and most major Credit Cards.

Debit Cards are accepted at most shops, restaurants, all supermarkets and pharmacies.

Prices are quoted in the national currency, the Netherlands Antillean guilder (also called the florin), abbreviated NAFl. or ANG.

The NAFL is link to the US dollar at a stable rate of US$ 1 = NAFl. 1.77 for cash, 1.78 for Traveller’s Checks.

Exchange rates may vary slightly at stores and hotels.

Photo courtesy of the Curaçao Tourist Board