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Curacao

Curacao Travel Guide

Why Curacao?

  • Curaçao Underwater Park
  • The Maritime Museum
  • Mikvé Israel-Emanuel, synagogue built in 1732
  • Hato Caves & Christoffel Mountain

Curacao Island Guide

Curacao is an island with so many options for accommodations and things to do that advance planning may mean the difference between relaxing vacations you'll talk about for years to come or other scenarios where maybe the rental property you were seeking wasn't available. Knowing what the accommodations are like so you can make educated decisions about whether to stay in a Curacao villa, a hotel, or a resort can make a big difference in how your trip rounds out. This site offers many tips about accommodations, activities, local services, transportation, etc.—all of which are geared to make your trip a happy success.

Curacao Weather/Climate

Average Temperatures
Highs Lows
January 86 ° F 76 ° F
March 87 ° F 77 ° F
March 87 ° F 77 ° F
April 88 ° F 78 ° F
May 89 ° F 80 ° F
June 90 ° F 80 ° F
July 90 ° F 79 ° F
August 90 ° F 80 ° F
September 91 ° F 80 ° F
October 90 ° F 79 ° F
November 88 ° F 78 ° F
December 86 ° F 77 ° F

Average Rainfall
January 1.04
March 0.38
March 0.38
April 0.48
May 0.4
June 0.61
July 0.83
August 0.43
September 0.87
October 2.44
November 3.05
December 1.93

Overview

The striking capital city of Willemstad resembles old Amsterdam itself, full of brightly painted Dutch colonial buildings sparkling in the bright sunshine, reflecting its very cosmopolitan flair. The largest, most populous (over 170,000) and developed of the ABC islands, Curacao (pronounced cure ah sow, as in female pig) changed hands several times before becoming one of the Netherlands Antilles in 1815. Just 40 miles off the northern coast of South America, Curacao offers visitors a vacation rich in color, a blending of sites, peoples, languages and cultures. English, Dutch, Papiamento and Spanish are widely spoken here. In fact, most of the island residents speak all four languages fluently, as do their close neighbors, Aruba and Bonaire.

St. Anna Bay cuts through Willemstad dividing the city into two parts, Punda and Otrabanda. The city center has an intriguing floating market where Venezuelan fruit and vegetable vendors hawk their trade alongside local fishermen. The unique Queen Emma pontoon bridge swings open 30 times a day to allow ships in and out of St. Anna Bay and connects the two sides of the city. Shopping of all kinds is available downtown with jewelry, china, electronic, and clothing stores lining the narrow, architecturally fascinating streets. The natural beauty of Curacao is best savored from Christoffel Park on the island's western tip. This 4,500-acre park and wildlife preserve features stunning vistas overlooking pine and cactus covered hillsides, hiking trails, and a chance to see the native flora and fauna close up.

In addition to the many monuments, parks and historical sites such as Fort Amsterdam, visitors come to Curacao for its water sports activities. A 1,500-acre underwater park was established in 1983 protecting an endless variety of tropical marine life. With average temperatures ranging from 75°-85° F, low rainfall of 21 inches annually (below the hurricane belt), and a water temperature of 80° F, this is a perfect island to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, and deep-sea fishing. For those preferring land sports, golf, tennis, horseback riding, squash and hiking are available all around the island.

Accommodations, dining and entertainment encompass everything from A to Z. Large resort complexes, small Dutch inns, casinos, discos, and jazz clubs await your arrival. The international airport welcomes travelers from the world over, and the cruise ship port is one of the busiest in the Caribbean. Beaches are small and sometimes man-made, but the resorts have beautiful ocean front settings with all the amenities. Rental cars and many island tours are available daily. Take the plunge and discover the Dutch Caribbean.

Transportation on Curacao

Getting to Curacao and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

Proof of citizenship (passport, birth certificate or voter registration card and photo ID) and return or ongoing ticket

Airport

Flights will either be from Miami, Atlanta or from nearby islands. There are also charter flights offered out of New York

Departure Tax

US$20

Driving

On the right - International driver's license required for car rentals.

Curacao Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don't just stay in Curacao villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Not the most popular place to marry since one of you must be a resident of Curacao. Applications for license are made on Wednesdays only and it takes two weeks to get the license.Cost: Free to US$4.00Documents Required: Birth certificate and Certificate

Know Before You Go...® - Curacao Travel Tips

Before making their way to Curacao villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Curacao even more relaxing.

Capital: Willemstad
Population: 148,000
Size: 180 square miles
Electric Current: 110/130
Time: 17:59 pm zone:-4 (GMT/UTC -4)
Official Language: Dutch; English and Spanish are spoken as well
Topography: arid and flat with divi divi trees, cacti and spiny-leafed aloes dotting its rocky landscape
Telephone: Local area code is 5999. From the U.S. dial 011-5999 plus the local number

Curaçao Tourist Board

19 PietermaaiP.O. Box 3266Willemstad, CuraçaoNetherlands Antilles

011-599-9-461-6000
800-3-CURACAO
011-599-9-461-2305
www.curacao-tourism.com

Curacao Hospitality & Tourism Association

(599) 9-4465-1005
information@chata.org
www.chata.org
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