Curaçao

Curacao is situated in the south of the Caribbean Sea, in the Atlantic ocean. Curacao is one of the Netherlands Antilles, in addition to Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. The island, which is 64 km long, is with a maximum width of 14 km the largest island of the Antilles. The area covers 444 km². Curacao is located 90 km north of Venezuela and only 12º from the equator.

Climate

Because Curacao is situated near the equator, the climate is all year round warm and sunny. The average temperature is between 28 and 32 degrees, but because of the ever-blowing northeast trade winds, the temperature feels pleasant and is rarely oppressive. Curacao lies just outside the hurricane belt. In the rainy season in September / November, the morning usually know brief heavy rain, which will be interspersed with sunny weather during the day.

Population

Curacao is a good example of a multicultural society. The island counts about 170,000 inhabitants and 40 nationalities. This mix of nationalities can be found in eg architecture, various cuisines and the music (samba, salsa, merengue). The people of Curacao are friendly and welcoming people; you will enjoy your holiday. Almost everyone speaks English, Dutch and Papiamento.

Willemstad

Willemstad is the capital of the island as well as the capital of the Netherlands Antilles. It is a charming, colourful city. The architecture is a tropical form of Holland’s style, with pastel colours but can be produced. The buildings were painted in 1817 as Vice-Admiral Albert Kikkert got a headache from all white, in the sun radiating houses. Punda is the most important shopping centre of the island. You will find many jewellers, souvenir shops and, in the narrow streets, plenty of clothes shops.

From Punda you can walk the Queen Emma Bridge (also known as pontoon bridge), to Otrobanda. (‘the Other side’ in Papiamento). This bridge consists of 16 barges and is opened more than 30 times per day for boats and cruise ships. When the bridge is open, pedestrians will be taken across by boat. On the quay, you’ll find outdoor cafés where you can enjoy the view of cruise ships sailing in.

The first part of Otrobanda has been completely renovated. It is characterized by small houses and alleys. In the renovated section you will find Kura Hulanda. This is a hotel, but also a nice park to walk through to. The slave museum is also located here.

Next to the beaches

The beaches and the beautiful blue sea are very important for Curacao. They are the main attractions of the island. Curacao has several beaches and coves. Curacao also has fantastic underwater world that you can experience when you go snorkelling or diving. Curacao is known among divers as one of the places with the most clear water and easily accessible dive sites.

But Curacao has more to offer than just beaches and the underwater world. For those that enjoy to sport, there are options such as tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, sailing, surfing, golf, canoeing, fishing and karting.

Are you more of a nature lover? Then there are also many interesting places to visit. Examples include Hofi Josi, with a 300 years old tree, the ostrich farm, the aloe plantation, the Hato Caves and of course the Christoffel Park.
Culturally too, Curacao has much to offer. You can visit the Maritime Museum Curacao. The museum is a tribute to the rich maritime history of Curacao. How about a stroll through the historic town of Willemstad.
There are also many historic houses to visit and rich history.

In the villa you will find information about all activities and attractions.
The most popular attraction on the island is the Curacao Seaquarium. You can see many animals from the underwater world around Curacao, such as stingrays, sharks, sea turtles as well as pelicans, flamingos and sea lions. The main attraction at the Seaquarium is however the Dolphin Academy. Dolphins are performing great shows for you and you even have the opportunity to swim with them.

Klein Curacao

What is certainly worthwhile to undertake when you are on Curacao, is a trip by boat to the island of Klein Curacao. Besides the bounty-like beach, there is a good chance that you can snorkel with sea turtles. There are several boat trips to the island possible.