Imagine an island where hidden coves reveal an emerald-blue sea. Where arcs of golden sand stretch out beneath vibrant multicolored sunsets. Where a rich historical heritage meets Caribbean vitality. Where the only thing you need to worry about is deciding how to spend your next day in paradise. Imagine Curacao: the best-kept secret in the Caribbean.
Whatever you’re looking for, Curaçao promises you a magnificent travel experience!
For more information on what makes Curaçao tourism unique in the Caribbean, visit the island¹s official website at www.curacao.com.
Curaçao facts and general information
Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. Curacao, which includes the main island plus the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curacao (“Little Curaçao”), is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has a population of over 140,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171 sq mi) and its capital is Willemstad. It is located just 35 miles north of Venezuela, 42 miles east of Aruba and only 2 1/2 hours by air from Miami, 9 hours from Amsterdam. Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt, making it a sure holiday destination for good weather during summertime.
Culture and people
What makes Curaçao special among Caribbean islands? Authenticity. For centuries, we have forged a vibrant and rich culture rooted in history and hospitality. Our heritage is both European and African – representing more than 50 nationalities. We speak Dutch, Spanish, and English – as well as a local language, Papiamentu, a colourful Creole dialect.
Get inspired by this (local) croud-sourced collection of 1000 awesome things about Curaçao http://1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao.com.
What to do on Curaçao?
Klein Curaçao (‘Little Curaçao’)
Far away from the hustle and bustle of Curaçao’s Punda and Otrobanda districts lies a remote, coral island with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, a spectacular reef and colorful sea life. The flat, wind-swept island of Klein Curaçao (Dutch for Little Curaçao) is a mecca for divers, snorkelers and sunbathers.
If you think that Curaçao festivals begin and end at the beach, think again. Our island has great festivities year round, celebrating culture, food, music, and more. Why not join in for fun events like the Curaçao Heineken Regatta?Check the island’s official event page for exact dates: http://www.curacao.com/Attractions-and-Restaurants/Festivals-Events
Ancient Carnival began as a Catholic rite to represent the Christian practice of “Carne Levale,” or giving up meat for Lent. In the 19th century, Curaçao continued the tradition by organizing masquerade parties and marches in private clubs. It wasn’t until 1969 that Curaçao Carnival! started to gain the popularity it enjoys today. It’s one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles of the Caribbean — starting in early January, and ending late February/ March.
Read more and check the exact dates at http://www.curacao.com/The-Curacao-Difference/Carnival!-Dancing-and-Music
Almost all Curacao beaches are scattered along the sheltered and calm southwestern coast, where the waters are calm and crystal clear. At some beaches admission is charged, sometimes including a beach chair. Here you will find an overview of the most popular beaches: http://www.curacao.com/Attractions-and-Restaurants/Beaches
Curaçao is a pleasant, safe place for families with children. You’ll find all the expected conveniences of home. A small-town atmosphere prevails across the island. Food purchased at roadside snack bars (“Snèks”), the market, or anywhere else is safe to eat; the tap water is pure and drinkable. Larger supermarkets are well stocked with familiar foods from the U.S., South America, and Europe, as well as other items. In addition, we offer a breathtaking assortment of activities for fun Curaçao family travel.
Curaçao is a creative melting pot, housing over 30 artists originating from Curaçao and all over the world. Some of them are represented by the following Curaçao art galleries. To truly capture this Dutch Caribbean nation, you should experience it through the eyes of our artists. We invite you to awaken your senses and come visit these Curacao galleries. Check out www.curacao.com for a complete overview.
- The Curaçao Museum
- Jewish Cultural Historical Museum
- Kurá Hulanda Museum
- Numismatic Museum (coins and bank notes Museum)
Adventure & Sports
Curaçao offers a great variety of sports activities for all ages and tastes. From scuba diving, mountain biking and windsurfing for the daring ones, to more relaxed, but still very exciting activities such as jeep safaris, sea kayaking and horseback riding. Fill your vacation with fun and excitement as you discover Curacao’s adventurous side.
Get inspired! (links)
Discover the wonders of Curaçao on our Island’s official website. http://www.curacao.com
This (local) croud-sourced collection of 1000 awesome things about Curaçao is still growing! http://1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao.com
Thé Dutch website for tourists. http://www.curacaovoorbeginners.nl
A special website for special people looking for an unique experience on Curaçao. http://bijzondercuracao.com
In January 2014 the second editions of this unique events takes place with a wide variety of exhibitors and presenters who will share their techniques, tools and passion for living a holistic and healthy lifestyle. http://www.healingheartscuracao.com
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