Why to come?
- Curaçao is part of the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean area which also consists of islands like Aruba and Bonaire.
- It is a small island of just 10 miles across, compromising 160,000 inhabitants.
- Curaçao has a rich history, albeit not a very positive one. The slave trade which was active until just a century ago, left behind many historical and cultural sights such as plantations and a cultural rich capital called Willemstad. Because of Curacao's colonial history it is culturally and demographically very diverse, boasting some typical Dutch cultural elements as well. Curaçao has a very constant climate, with temperatures of around 27 degrees the whole year round.
- The island has one of the world's most beautiful beaches with pearly white sand and crystal clear water. You can go snorkelling and bask in the sun with a tropical cocktail next to you and some lounge music on the background. For the active visitor the island is a water sport paradise. In addition to beach and water activities there is lots of leisure to be found on land as well.
- Snorkeling and diving: Curaçao's maritime world possesses a great biodiversity, with stunning coral reefs to explore. It is one of the most popular locations for diving in the Caribbean. You can also dive and swim with wild dolphins and other sea creatures.
- Night life: from the African Tumba to the South American Merengue, Curaçao’s rich heritage plays a big role in its energetic music scene and nightlife. There are beach parties on a regular basis, but there are also enough bars and clubs where you can dance and party.
- In the evening everything comes to life! There are beach parties on a regular basis . But there are also enough bars and clubs to go wild on the newest tunes or for trying out some salsa.
- Carnival: The annual carnival is the highlight of the year for many Curaçaoans. Streets are filled with vibrant colours and exotic music. The colourful event lasts for almost a month, and it is definitely a must-see!
- Willemstad: From the floating market in the old town of Punda to the colourful houses along the Handelskade and amazing Antillian food at Marshe Bieu (the old food market). The capital of Curaçao has a rich history, lots of museums, shops, restaurants and beautiful architecture.
- Mambo-beach: This is probably one of the most popular beaches. As such it's pretty busy but also very well facilitated with cocktail bars, live music and an open air cinema.
- Klein Curaçao: 25 kilometres southeast of Curaçao, lies its small sister Klein Curaçao. It is a very peaceful island where you can enjoy beautiful white beaches and stunning coral reefs.
- Christoffelpark: For the adventurous types there are a lot of active opportunities at this park which includes a mountain you can explore by car, quad, mountain bike, horse or by foot.
- Kura Hulanda: Impressive museum dedicated to Curaçao’s history as one of the biggest slave trade posts in the Caribbean.
- Mosquitoes love Curacao's climate too. So don't forget to pack your insect repellent!
- Despite the village like feel, Curaçao has areas where vigilance is required.
- The best way to get around the island is by car. Public transport is limited.