is a beautiful island in the southwestern
Caribbean Sea, just
in front of the coast of Venezuela.
It lies between Bonaire and Aruba and
is the largest island of the five islands
of the Netherlands Antilles. The Netherlands
Antilles are part of the Kingdom of
island measures 275 square miles (444
km2) and is 38 miles long (61 km)
and a wide of 3 miles (5km) to a maximum
of 8,6 miles (14 km). The distance
to Venezuela is 42 miles (67 km),
which you occasionally can see with
real clear weather. The island has
135.000 inhabitants with more than
56 different nationalities.
has a friendly tropical climate, it
is nice and warm year round. Temperatures
do not vary very much during the year,
which makes it particular pleasant
for visits in the wintertime. Yearly
temperatures differ around the mid
80sF (27C). An everlasting tropical
breeze makes it very comfortable to
explore the island or to relax on
the beach. The main characteristic
of the rainy season, October until
February, is short occasional showers
mainly during the night. The rest
of the day is sunny and warm, so even
in this season perfect vacation weather.
The annual average of rainfall is
about 22 inches (570 mm). Curaçao
is outside the hurricane belt, which
limits the actual chance for a hit
to an absolute minimum. Most days
you see the beautiful blue sky with
some white clouds passing by.
The atmosphere is typical Latin American
alternated with Dutch European influences.
This makes the island so very special.
If you walk through Punda, you can
find a typical Venezuelan
boat market next to a beautiful European
styled merchant villa’s dated
back from the golden age.
The island is a mix of several cultures,
has a history
that dates long back and fortunately
a lot has been preserved. The nature
is spectacular and contains many different
aspects. Curaçao is known for
his beautiful and exclusive beaches
and therefore discover the beauties
of the water
life. A lot of watersports, but
also different kind of sports
are possible on the island. But also
for shop lovers
Curaçao has many things to
offer. You will find fine art, design
products and all the popular brands
are represented. Not yet tired after
an exiting day, you can experience
the fun of the nightlife
The island is a mix of several cultures.
This is because of the geographical
location but also because there are
more then 50 different nationalities
living on such a small surface. The
history dates long back and fortunately
a lot have been preserved. You can
find many beautiful restored “landhuizen”
(country mansions), in which the history
of the island comes alive. The architecture
is unique. Nowhere in the world, besides
the Netherlands itself, will you find
such well preserved 17th and 18th
century Dutch colonial buildings.
This gives the guests the unprecedented
opportunity to meet the rich culture
the island possesses.
It is possible to have tours through
the restored center of the city, which
is part of the world heritage monuments
or you can visit a wide variety of
museums on the island.
There are uncountable bays and unspoiled
beaches. Where you can relax
and also discover the beauties of
the underwater world. Some beaches
are intimate behind rough coves and
others are lively and full of vacation
The underwater world is breathtaking
and incomparable. When you visit Curaçao,
you have to meet the wonders of the
life under the surface. You can discover
it by the help of many companies specialized
in teaching you how to dive or to
help you develop your already existing
sports are available in many different
forms. You can do a kayak tour in
the lagoons, or surf on the azure
blue colored waves. Do a romantic
sunset cruise with your beloved one
or try to catch your dinner on a deep
sea fishing trip. Swim with the friendliest
animal of the world, the dolphins
is also one of the things Curaçao
has to offer.
The nature of Curaçao is spectacular
and contains many different aspects.
You can do a nice walking tour through
Hofi Pastor or the Nature reserve
Christoffel Park. You will find a
huge cactuses, divi divi trees and
stunning tropical flowers. You might
also spot a rare neon blue iguana
or one of the white tail Curaçao
deer. Another way to discover the
island is to join one of the guided
adventures of a mountain bike tour
through the country. You can also
visit the “boca’s”,
the place where the ocean meets the
island in a spectacular way. Bird
lovers are in paradise, because of
the numerous species living on the
There are no dangerous animals or
poisonous animals on the island.
For shop lovers Curaçao has
also many things to offer. There are
numerous shops selling products from
all over the world. You will find
fine art; design products and all
the popular brands are represented.
If you go home you can take nice and
unique souvenirs with you.
Also during the night you can experience
the fun of Curaçao. A visit
will mean a treat to your tongue.
You can choose between a wide selection
of International restaurants. Whether
you prefer haute cuisine, a spicy
curry or a fast take away, the island
offers it all. After your dinner you
can dance the night away in several
stylish clubs on the sweet sounds
of the Latin American Merenque, live
music or the best international DJ’s
of the modern world. Some clubs are
air-conditioned but the ones where
you can dance on the beach under the
stars will be the most sensational.
You might try your luck as well in
one of the many available casinos.
It is for sure that your stay will
be too short to experience everything
Curaçao has to offer. Your
visit will give you the best Caribbean
experience and will last in your memory
There is a beautiful 18 holes golf
course available. Just at the coast
and near a beautiful beach. Playing
Golf here will be guaranteed an unforgettable
To stay in shape is no problem during
your visit. You can play tennis on
many different courts, train in one
of the fitness centers or play a game
of volleyball at the beach.
There are also more sportive opportunities
to explore the island. What to think
of a tour on the back of a horse or
a rough ride on a quad.
Every day there are several flights
arriving from the United States. Some
directly from Miami and some arrive
with a stop in Puerto Rico or Jamaica.
American Airlines and Air Jamaica
are the carriers. In the high season,
December until March there will also
be a direct flight from New York once
a week with Continental Airlines.
From Europe, KLM arrives daily and
with their network of partnering airlines
they connect the whole of Europe to
the island. ArkeFly will have 2 to
3 flights per week, departing from
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
There are also many airlines flying
to Curaçao from several Latin
American countries as well from other
Another way to visit is by cruise.
Many cruise ships have included the
island in their itineraries. Experience
have shown us, that many passengers
liked the island so much, that they
come back to stay longer.
There are two national languages,
Papiamento and Dutch. Papiamento is
a Creole language spoken on most of
the Dutch kingdom islands. It is a
mixture between Spanish, Portuguese,
English, French, Dutch and some African
languages. This language is originated
around the 17th Century in order to
make it possible for the slaves to
communicate with each other and their
However, a lot
of people working in the tourist areas
speak English as well. Especially
the hotels are well adapted to the
English spoken guests.
Also a lot of Spanish and Portuguese
is spoken, while a large population
of our inhabitants are originally
from Spanish and Portuguese spoken