Experience the Dutch Influence of Downtown Willemstad - Photo
Copyright: Curacao Tourism Corp
This tropical paradise is
located just 44 miles north of South America. Actually on a clear
day you can see the continent from the south shore of Curacao.
Measuring 38 miles long and 3-5 miles wide, Curacao is independent
under the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language of the
island is Dutch - but English, Spanish and Papiamentu (a native
Creole language) are spoke. The currency is the Netherlands
Antillean Guilder. The average temperature in Curacao is 82 degrees,
and rain fall is only about 22 inches per year.
approach to the harbor, the cruise ships sail up the Sint Annabaai
River, past the pontoon bridge and colorful houses lining the river
and dock right in the capital city of Willemstad. The houses are all
meticulously maintained and are painted bright and cheerful colors,
creating an excellent photo opportunities against the Caribbean blue
sky and water.
Curacao offers a number of activities to keep
you busy. Including Christoffel National Park which is a 4,500 acre
wildlife preserve and home to Mt. Christoffel - the highest point on
the island. Here you can explore the preserve which used to be three
plantations. You can tour the plantation by car, horseback, hiking
or by bike.
Another National Park is the Shete Boka - meaning
seven mouths. This park hugs along the rugged coastline and offers
dramatic view of the sea and cliffs. Also visit the natural bridge
and caverns carved out by the sea. Make sure you are wearing
A visit to the herbal Botanical Garden -
Den Paradera will shed light on Caribbean folk medicines and herbal
Explore the fascinating geological formations and
coral reefs that have developed over the centuries at the Hato
Caves. See the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, wall paintings
and underground lakes with waterfall.
If history is your
thing, you can visit the Curacao Museum in Otrabanda. Here you can
rediscover Curacao's past.
The Maritime Museum offers a look
back at the island's maritime history. Some of the artifacts on
display include ship models and maps dating back to the 1500s.
The Kas Di Pal'i Maishi is a traditional adobe house where
guests can get a flavor for how the locals lived in years gone by.
Bring home Liqueur from Curacao Liqueur Distillery - see how it
is made first hand and bring home a sample for friends.
the Ostrich and Game Farm. Here you can take a jeep ride through the
wilderness and experience first hand how an ostrich develops from
and egg to a full adult. The area is packed with over 800 ostriches.
What more wildlife? Go to the Curacao Sea Aquarium, where you
can see, first hand many species of sea creatures, up close and
personal including sharks, rays and eels to name a few.
the Dolphin Academy you can choose how you would like to interact
with the dolphins, whether it is swimming, snorkeling or just
In addition to the attractions, Curacao offers
shopping for those looking to bring home souvenirs or seek that deal
on perfume or jewelry.
For those seeking a day at the beach
Curacao has some of the most beautiful beaches found in the
Caribbean. At most beaches you will have the opportunity to swim,
snorkel or even dive. Many of the beaches feature white sands and
crystal clear water.