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Entertainment or Unique Tours: 

Punda, Willemstad

 

For those who want to explore the towns, head to the Punda neighborhood of Willemstad. You’ll get to stroll around the Dutch colonial architecture with its pedestrian-only streets, brightly painted walls, be near the water, and pop in and out of local restaurants and shops. You just might find that perfect souvenir to take home!

 

Shopping: 

You can indulge in the shopping experience at 

Sambil Curacao

Punda Willemstad

Renaissance Mall & Rif Fort

 

Culture/Events: 

Curacao’s culture has been infused with traditions from many nationalities which have all played a role in the customs and traditions observed. Most notably, of course, is the Dutch influence as Curacao is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

Then of course there is the Latin American and African influence. The native language Papiamento is believed to have an Afro-Portuguese base.

 

Curacao is home to arguably the best nightlife in the Dutch Caribbean Islands group. The weekends are never ending as bars and dance clubs come to life and welcome all who appear at their doorstep. You’ll get to mingle with locals, indulge in the atmosphere of fun, and make memories to last.

 

If you plan to travel in September before going back to school, chances are your travels will line up perfectly with the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. You’ll get to enjoy the sultry notes as you dance the night away.

 

Lime & Dime:

National Dishes are Red Snapper and Keshi Yena

 

Beaches:

Curaçao is famous for its beautiful beaches such as Blue Bay Beach, Cas Abao Beach and Seaquarium Beach. However, a trip to Curaçao would be amiss without a day spent on Mambo Beach.

 

This fun beach with its turquoise blue waters and warm, sugar-white sand is just a short drive south of the capital Willemstad. You can rent chairs, a cabana, and enjoy a variety of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

 

It’s a great beach destination if you’re looking for something in the middle of it all.

 

Water Activities/ Bird Watching:

Avian lovers will delight in the Flamingo Sanctuary located near Sint Willibrordus. The flamingos are in their natural habitat and you can view them from the shores as they enjoy grazing in the water. It’s recommended that you wear waterproof shoes, just in case!

 

For those who are looking to get a little bit closer to nature, you can sign up for a Standing Paddle Board Tour. You’ll get to travel through mangrove forests, travel along the shore, and even enjoy riding some smaller waves as you journey through the beauty of Curaçao.


The adventurers out there who want to try something new should consider signing up with Aquafari Tour. These underwater tours equip you with a helmet linked to an oxygen supply and an underwater scooter to propel you around underwater. You won’t need a SCUBA certification to experience the beauty that comes with diving.



Car Rentals: 

Several companies available to rent from including:

Hertz Curaçao Car Rental

Alamo Car Rental

Avis Rent A Car

Prudential Car Rental

Bike & Scooter Rentals: 

 
Curacao Scooter Rental
 
Scooter Huren Curacao
Nr1 Scooter Rental
West Adventures on Wheels & Rentals
and more

Taxis: 

Taxi service available from 24-7 Taxi Curaçao. Taxi's can be booked 24/7 through their mobile app, website or telephone line (local 9-247/international +5999 844 9247)

Public Transportation:

Available

Accessibility:

Much of downtown Willemstad – as well as many of the popular beaches and attractions – is accessible by wheelchair, with some notable exceptions like Playa Grote Knip, Shete Boka National Park, and Christoffel Mountain.

Companies like Carin Cares and Joseph Cares can assist with special needs our tourists may have; should you need a specialist

Getting There:

You will have no problem getting a flight to Curaçao because the country is home to the longest runway in the entire Caribbean! Hato International Airport, the international airport of Curaçao, is able to accept anything from a small pedal hopper all the way up to a luxury jumbo jet. With flights coming from major cities in Canada, the southern United States, Europe, South America, and other airports in the Caribbean, you will have no difficulty making your journey to Curaçao by air.

If you’d rather journey to Curaçao aboard a cruise ship, you can embark from several major ports in the United States and Europe. With two docking ports available for cruise ships in Willemstad, the capital, you’ll be able to explore the fun and vibrant city with ease.

Capital: 

Willemstad

Population: 

159,999

Currency: 

Netherlands Antillean Guilder

Religion:

Roman, Catholic

Language:

Dutch, Papiamento, English

History:

Curaçao is a long, arid, and generally flat island, stretching some 40 miles (64 km) from southeast to northwest. The island is about 10 miles (16 km) at it’s widest point, and the area is about 180 square miles (472 square km), making it the largest island in the Dutch Caribbean Islands group. With its delightful Dutch colonial architecture, bustling commercial capital and excellent history museums, Curaçao feels like a little piece of Europe on the edge of the Caribbean. That is, a little piece of Europe with glorious hidden beaches, amazing onshore snorkeling and diving, and a wild undeveloped windward coast. Curaçao has a surging economy beyond tourism, which means that Willemstad has factories, humdrum neighborhoods and sometimes bad traffic. But if you’re looking for a Caribbean island that is busy setting its own pace, Curaçao is for you.

National Heroes

Dr. Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez: Dr. Gomez was the president of the first Governing Council of the Netherlands Antilles. He also founded the National People’s Party in Curaçao, a progressive, yet faith-centered, political party. He fought most for suffrage for all.

For those who want to learn more about the history of this beautiful island nation, you can spend some time at The Curaçao Museum. The museum focuses on the vast history of the island, dating from the indigenous populations to modern-day, as well as the artistic culture of the island. Just because the island is small, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a rich history.

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